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18/02/2013 at 18:45
I havent really taken to pansies ever but violas are different. They are more classy, longer lived and more subtle. When their flower power diminishes in mid summer I cut them hard back and they will flower again in a few short weeks. Also I split them then to secure more plants that will flower shortly. Pansies are brash, gaudy and ungainly.......spoken to stir debate but I guess they are ok....ish!
18/02/2013 at 18:51

I have a pot of little purple violas on the terrace outside my back door - they were blooming when I planted them in the autumn, the bloomed over Christmas, they were blooming when the snow started falling - they were buried under about 9" of thick snow for at least a week, probably more - when they emerged they looked very sorry for themselves, but 10 days after the snow had melted they were budding up and now their little faces are smiling up at me whenever I open the door  and the perfume .... it's wonderful, absolutely wonderful  - I love them, they beat pansies hands down 

18/02/2013 at 18:53

Yep, Violas get the thumbs up from me every time, great plants. 

18/02/2013 at 18:55
Another vote for violas.
18/02/2013 at 19:00

I love Violas, they always look so dainty. But, I like Pansies too, I have quite a few panies in my front garden and I must say in their defence that they flower their socks off every year, Even if they do go a bit leggy after a while I just cut them back and off they go again. Now Violas, I also have these in my front garden, and I have to say they look so sweet bobbing in the breeze and yes I have to agree Verdun they are more classy but I can't help it, I love them both

18/02/2013 at 19:03

I like both.

18/02/2013 at 19:06
Hiya Dove, do you know what variety those violas are? I've grown many varieties over the years but never been aware of their scent. I'm quite tall so maybe I need to bend down more...ha ha. So, consensus is violas are the winners
18/02/2013 at 19:24

violas get my vote.

18/02/2013 at 20:20
I like both, but if I could only have one or the other I would have violas.
18/02/2013 at 20:43
Verdun wrote (see)
Hiya Dove, do you know what variety those violas are? I've grown many varieties over the years but never been aware of their scent. I'm quite tall so maybe I need to bend down more...ha ha. So, consensus is violas are the winners

I bought them from Notcutts, the label calls them Viola Violet Blue and says they were produced by http://www.farplants.co.uk but I can't find anything about them specifically on their website.  

The day I bought them I got home and I unloaded some stuff out of my car and then took a phone call - when I went back to the car the violas had been in the warm car in the sunshine for about 10 minutes - as I opened the door the perfume hit my senses - it was lovely - and even in the winter, if they get some warm sunshine on them and I bury my nose in the pot there's that beautiful scent again 

18/02/2013 at 20:55
Viola for me
18/02/2013 at 21:13

Viola for me too as they survive our harsh winters much better than namby pamby pansies.   I like the daintier flowers and markings too.

18/02/2013 at 22:55
Dove...you have convinced me to get viola violet blue. By hook or by crook I shall track them down.
19/02/2013 at 05:50

planted  up violas this year much better show and have survived the snow it was lovely to see them after the thaw get my vote

19/02/2013 at 06:37

I think it depends on the situation planting, If you want strong large blooms then Pansies but for masses of smaller flowers then violas work a treat, I love them both, why not plant both.

19/02/2013 at 07:02

Or what about Panolas - a cross of both plants http://www.panamseed.com/series_info.aspx?phid=046705326004702 

19/02/2013 at 07:08

Did I read right, Panolas only flower for 5-7 days? (I assume thats per flower)

20/03/2013 at 06:23

Hm, missed this, sorry Dave .... I think that 5-7 days refers to the plants all coming into bloom together, within a week of each other, if sown at the same time and under the same conditions - it's a piece of blurb for commercial growers.

Panolas bloom and bloom and bloom - they inherit that from the violas 

20/03/2013 at 07:11

This is a US site, but gives a picture of the violet Dove mentions (I think). It mentions that it has a scent.

http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/viola-cornuta-rocky-violet-blue-rocky-series/

 

20/03/2013 at 07:16
Violas for me, so much more understated than pansies which are a a bit blousy, having said that I still like them. Somehow violas look more natural.
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