Saturday, March 27, 2010

Violas, of Course!

Carol of May Dreams Gardens asked which we preferred, Violas or Pansies? Those big Pansy faces are so beautiful. For non-stop bloom in all but the hardest freezes in my garden, I choose Violas. They will continue until the sun gets really hot in May. My love affair with pansies goes back more than half a century, when Miss Ann and Miss Susan let me pick the colorful pansy faces in their garden. I didn't know then that deadheading kept them going.


My garden Guru, Miss Billie, taught me that violas endure more cold and more heat than pansies and make a better show in the winter garden by the sheer number of little blossoms, making up for their small size. Miss Billie always ordered 3 flats of yellow because they show up well. I want them all.





Blue Violas make a good backdrop for daffodils, here Tahiti.

Yellow and purple violas with emerging Purple Heart.

Orange violas will blend well with California poppies in the beds.

First California poppy blossom in my garden.



Do you plant Violas or Pansies?

21 comments:

  1. Love your sweet violas, most especially the orange! Up here, pansies are much more in evidence, although many gardeners do grow the sweet little johnny-jump-up violas.

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  2. Neil jean,

    I like violas or Johnny Jump ups as I like to call them over pansies. Johnny Jumps here have been know to reseed here in the past making them a much more enticing plant to grow. Enjoyed the photos. I think I might have miss labeled one of my daffs on the most recent post. Jet Fire on the package label does not look like some of the catalog and your photos.

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  3. Love your combinations here, I plant both.

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  4. Violas get my vote. A bit more subtle than some pansies.

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  5. I plant both, but I tend towards planting more violas :) The seem to do better for me, and the ones I bought last fall have lasted the entire winter. Our temps dropped down to 17F a a couple of times, and they're still all here lol. Love their little faces :D

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  6. I love violas, but the occasional small pansy comes along that I love like Morpho Butterfly...it blooms a lot and a long time.

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  7. I don't have pansy in my garden, only the white violas. They are very lovely, and bloom non-stopping. You have lots of variety of violas, love them all, especially the purple one!

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  8. I don't plant either, but I'm fortunate to have a wild native viola that pops up here in spring all over the property. I do however have a fondness for violas over pansies, they're just a little more delicate in appearance.

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  9. I've grown pansies, but never violas. Pansies always make me feel happy. I love both of yours and your daffies too Nell. Did you grow your violas from seeds?

    Have a lovely weekend.

    FlowerLady

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  10. Thank you! I learn so much from you Nell. My thinking was that "what was the difference between the two". Now I know more about them. I love the yellow with purple for standing out in your bed but blue is the color I always enjoy the most. That mass of blue violas is just gorgeous.

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  11. Oh, those blue ones are pretty - I want! :)
    I definitely prefer violas over pansies - didn't even know about them until I started working in a nursery, but now I couldn't be without them!

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  12. I prefer violas, also. Among all violas, violet ones are my favorite. But those yellow and purple are beautiful too!

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  13. I plant violas if I have to choose. The form for me is key. I love those tiny, three-petaled blossoms. Right now I have a pot full of orange and purple-splashed violas, very like traditional johnny jump-ups except for the orange replaces the usual yellow. :)

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  14. Pretty post! I plant violas in the ground and I usually put pansies in a container. I like them both, but if I had to choose I would pick violas.

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  15. I am so with you. I love pansies but violas are my top choice for winter color in Central Texas. Fewer problems, and they handle our early heat better. Plus, I love those tiny little flowers that keep on going and going. I love yours!

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  16. I like to plant both. I don't know which I'd choose if I could only plant one. I am looking forward to getting some planted soon.

    I love all the colors of your pansies and violas.

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  17. Nell Jean !
    These are true beauties and I would love to see some here SOON ! We truly need some Spring inspiration with this cold patch we were hit with.
    My first encounter with a pansy was the huge face of dark violet and yellow and that scent knocked me over .. I was just a little girl but I never forgot and I still get the same thrill when I smell them to this very day : )
    Beautiful post !
    Joy

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  18. Yes. Both of these flowers remind me of my maternal grandmother, especially the violas known as Johnny-jump-ups. I have a plethora of them, and their little faces just delight me. I planted some on my grandmother's grave a few years ago, but the bloody obsessive need of the cemetery caretaker to mow everything flat with a power mower took care of the Johnnys. So now I just let them run loose here along with forget me nots.

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  19. Here in the Toronto area, we see more pansies than violas. Which I don't understand after reading your post. Violas do much better. Last year I had them blooming still in July (in the shade, but nevertheless). Love the orange ones in your garden.

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  20. I sure love your Violas Nell Jean! How lovely!! ;>)

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  21. Nell Jean,
    Just discovered violas last year. They lasted through May here, too. I think they have lots of punch for the dollar.
    Meems

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I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.



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