Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham and other Violas….

In a pot of lovely but quite ordinary and diminutive bedding violas, an interloper of more considerable character. A little detective work now to see if it is a named variety... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham perhaps?

I put a spell on you: Colourful cyclamen and a little foray into witchcraft

A relation to the popular houseplant, Cyclamen persica, these outdoor bedding cyclamen will add a splash of colour to seasonal containers for weeks to come. And in sheltered locations where frosts are absent - or rare at least as in many city gardens they are - will flower for months. Water carefully, deadhead regularly and…