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I suppose most of us use packs of Violas as bedding plants. I put them in containers all the year round!

My gate trough is crammed full of pretty lilac and purple violas at the moment. They don’t seem bothered by the wet weather we’ve had.

I planted a dozen of them in my new flood walls last autumn, and they carried on flowering until a couple of weeks ago, when I replaced them with Gazanias for the summer.

When I took them out, I was thinking about their little smiling faces, and realised that bedding violas are just the tip of the iceberg – in the family, there are so many different violas – ranging from the native viola odorata -which comes in purple,

white,

or even with a hint of apricot!

Lovely though they are, there are so many more – scented perennial ones like ‘Rebecca’

‘Etain’

and ‘Elaine Quin’.

Last week, I added two more perennial Violas to my garden – ‘Green Molly’

and ‘Janet’.

Well – my Mum was called ‘Molly’ and my daughter is ‘Janet’!

My real love in the world of violas, though, is Viola cornuta – they’re perennials, and there’s such a range of colours to choose from! I can’t pick a favourite, but on my last open day, I found a visitor sitting on a seat gazing at one particular Viola cornuta – he said " I didn’t know you could get bicoloured Violas like that" – well, you can! He was looking at this one.

Its name is ‘Blue Moonlight’. A lovely name for a lovely flower.

I have others…take a look!

Elworthy Bright Eyes

Amethyst

Freckles

A nice big clump of V. cornuta ‘Alba’

Icy but Spicy

Victoria’s Blush’

Grovemount Blue

I’d better not start on Viola wittrockiana – Pansies – or this blog would be far, far too long.

Just one more photo of a pretty little smiling face to finish with and hopefully make you smile, too!

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Good morning Spritz, thanks for the lovely smiles ♡

I much prefer them to pansies and your perennials are something I must look for ......

31 May, 2014

 

Wow! What a collection. Beautiful.

31 May, 2014

 

I prefer them to pansies, too. You have such lovely ones there, I can't pick a favourite. I plant these in containers but they rarely perform for me. I thought they were meant to keep going through the Summer. I do try to keep on top of deadheading but it doesn't seem to be enough. The SAS seem far too fond of these pretty little plants. Any tips on how to keep mine, Spritz?

31 May, 2014

 

Gorgeous colours and who would not smile seeing all their pretty little faces;0))

31 May, 2014

 

I have the Viola odorata. Didnt know what it was before.
Thank you Spitz. Will now make a label for it.

31 May, 2014

 

Some gorgeous violas there B. I bought two today funnily enough....Buttercup and Jackanapes. Now, here's a question for you...are they all edible? It never tells you on the labels!

31 May, 2014

 

Tuesday, I do dead-head, as often as I can, but other than that, you could try cutting them back and hope for new growth?

Karen, I believe so, as many chefs/cooks on the TV and in books put viola flowers in salads or drinks!

Diane, pleased to be of help. :-)

Pam, you're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

1 Jun, 2014

 

Some lovely photos Sh. I love the colour of the "Elworthy Bright Eyes".

1 Jun, 2014

 

Rebecca is still one of my faves. Love violas too. but don't have that many.

1 Jun, 2014

 

I don't suppose you've got much space to grow them, have you?

2 Jun, 2014

 

no sadly and I am plagued by the large brown slugs this year :o( OH not overly keen on pots either!

2 Jun, 2014

 

Sbg, I'm not overly keen on pots either but my OH has difficulty hearing me ...... Therefore we have in excess of 75 pots/troughs and baskets dotted around. I declared the garden "FULL" many years ago, but what does a man have to do? Please don't say "move to a house with a bigger garden" . <]:-))

PS It was our neighbour who told us how many pots we have, when we asked him to water for us, whilst on holiday one year.

2 Jun, 2014

 

I picked over my Violas yesterday Spritz. They are indeed so very rewarding. I am a potoholic so they are among my favourites in pots. You have an in depth knowledge about violas. I never realised there were so many types

2 Jun, 2014

 

Interesting, isn't it. I dead-headed mine yesterday, too.

I daren't count my containers, AlanB! I'd love to have hanging baskets as well; but as we live in a listed house, we're not allowed to attach anything to the walls. Did you know there are trailing violas available now? ;-)

3 Jun, 2014

 

that made me smile AlanB. Oh daren't say too much though as how many bikes does one man need?

I keep re arranging mine and have winter pots that go out round the back out of site and bring forward the summer ones.

Seen the trailing ones but only in a dirty yellow that didn't set my world on fire. :o)

3 Jun, 2014

 

That's a shame Spritzh. So you can't put brackets on walls. ....... How do I get my house listed ... lol. You've just given me an great idea for a blog that could go "viral" ..... Especially if I put up a cash prize ...Watch this space !

Sbg. I only have one mountain bike in my garage, but probably FIVE sets of golf clubs.

<) :-))

3 Jun, 2014

 

Sbg, I have some lovely purple ones in one of my pots!

Alan, you really wouldn't want a listed house, well, not unless your Council Planning Officer was a little more 'lenient' than ours. :-(

Why have you got five sets, by the way? Did you forget you had any and buy the others? LOL. I shall indeed 'watch this space' - intriguing...

4 Jun, 2014

 

Great blog Barbar, I love violas, problem is so do our local wood pigeons:-( They didn't seem to fancy Alba though, but something has attacked them, they're such poor raggedy things this year. I don't suppose the incessant rain over winter helped either. I think Etain may be my favourite viola, but I do have rebecca as it's my daughter's name and some have a lovely perfume too:-)

4 Jun, 2014

 

Love them all, and many moons ago had a huge collection, sadly all gone now, we tend to grow them in pots because they do not do well in our soil...my favourite was Rebecca Etain, and Elaine Quin...happy memories thanks for this blog.

4 Jun, 2014

 

Can't you grow V. cornuta, Dd?

5 Jun, 2014

 

Ha ha, I see I've turned you into an elephant in my previous comment Barbara ....sorry about that:-)) I think I'm must buy more violas now .... your fault:-)

5 Jun, 2014

 

One of my pots had a sudden irreversible collapse and it turned out to be whitefly when I looked under the leaves. Fortunately it was separated from the other pots. So I shall be looking for a replacement if we get out today and we get to a GC.

5 Jun, 2014

 

Spritzhenry, I apologise, I didn't answer your question re- five sets golf of clubs. .... I keep buying new clubs hoping I'll find a set of clubs that hit the ball straight ... lol.

5 Jun, 2014

 

Yes we do grow V cornuta..

5 Jun, 2014

 

LOL, Alan!

Good, Dd. I thought you might. :-D)

Ba, I shall forgive you, this time only. x

6 Jun, 2014

 

I've only got one viola but after looking at your fabulous collection I think I will just have to buy some more this year.

16 Jun, 2014

 

Yes, do - and look at Elizabeth McGregor's website for a real drool! ;-D

17 Jun, 2014

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