March 11, 2010

Violas, Tougher than a Pansy

The blossoms are smaller, but voilas survived the freezes we had. They will last longer into hot weather. They make a grand show because of the numbers of blooms on a single plant. These need a bit of compost and a drink if the promised rain doesn't materialize. Viola plants were available in November and again early February.

Ms. Billie always said to get yellow violas, they show up.

I planted lots of these.
They were the only ones the landscapers weren't buying where I got them.

Peter Stuvesant Hyacinth from years ago happened to blend.

California Poppies from seed will blend with the
Violas and then carry on the Show.

In front of the stones are daylily "Salmon Sheen." I've added new clumps of crocosmia behind the hemerocallis as the previous crocosmia grew itself out of the ground and stopped blooming.
There are rooted Salvia farinacea awaiting placement to replace some of the violas when heat takes them out in May. Orange annuals will go in front of the mealycup sage. There are also Mexican Hats that overwintered and Kniphofia on each end. Orange roses (not seen; they've been cut back and are naked) line the back and a Vitex is on the end.

Next Fall: blue and white violas. Less pine straw, it inhibited the seeds I scattered around the violas. They don't seem to mind the cold.

Butterflies: a single cloudless sulphur showed up yesterday. Buffy gave chase. The butterfly is visiting minature daffodils.

1 comment:

Eddie said...

Your work has paid off. They are beautiful.

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