The violas are back in town….

Violas from the Coconut series, ~ ice, ~ duet, ~ swirl etc., Charming little faces, which belies their near indestructible hardiness and immense flowering capacity. In addition to these colours, violas come in an extraordinarily wide palette from clear white and golden yellows to near black, though a spectrum of blue and well, violet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3346277/Winter-pansies-and-violas-How-to-grow.html…

Syon, Pansies and the Seven Dwarfs..

A brief photo-stop by the Thames at Isleworth yesterday, on my way to Syon - birds wheeling around, planes overhead and folk already out on the river... Pansies in the sunshine... happy plants My (current) favourite Rhododendron, a Yakushimanum (Yak. for short) hybrid named Grumpy. I will have to look out for the full collection…

Little and Large (and Orange)

Viola Citrus (above) with Pansy Citrus (below) Hardy things, violas and pansies, and excellent for injecting some welcome long-term colour into seasonal displays - not that there is much shortage in the garden at the moment, but as the season moves deeper into autumn and on into winter and pigments leach from the landscape, these…

Blue Lagoons

Pansy Beacon Blue Such intense colours, on a plant that could go on flowering right through until next spring - unfazed by much that a typical winter can throw at it. Deadhead regularly keep in a sunny spot (but remember they don't like too much heat) trim back if the plant gets too leggy watch…

Life after the petunias….

Viola Beacon Blue - just one from a myriad choice of violas and larger flowered pansies Large-flowered Cyclamen, bringing colour to autumn and winter containers September next week it is, and the nights are drawing in. Containers full of summer colour - lobelias, petunias, marigolds, begonias and all that - might be looking a little…