Another self seeded, in 2014, Permanent. Not annual, Viola in 2015 .
A picture of a perennial viola. This is just one plant in a five inch pot, now in its third full season. The pot is sunk into the soil which means once established(roots go into soil below pot through drainage holes) it will not dry out and can be left without fear.
This plant all being well will continue to flower for years to come.
Exhibition Violas. The first two bottom row are Helen Cochrane and William Fife (long established Exhibition Violas) the third and fourth bottom right are seedlings the third is a Helen Cochrane and Lesley Keay Cross and the fourth is a Helen Cochrane and William Fife Cross.I think the resulting seedling from this cross is worth keeping, and I will be taking cuttings in the later part of the year.
These are some of the new 2015 seedling blooms.
They could be mistaken for early 18th Century photos in some of the books published.
A lack of refinement detracts for exhibition , but the genes of their ancestors seem to still be present.
Some old and new.
The first four are Fancy Pansy Seedlings from hand crossing last year, unfortunately plants have been hosting some greenfly perhaps reason for crumpled blooms.
The second attachment shows four named cultivars for comparison.
The blooms are being staged in little plastic cups available on the web at minimum cost, which in my opinion is a better way of displaying than the current “board “ method for garden society shows .
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