Friday, May 06, 2011

Johnny Jump-up


Johnny Jump-up
Viola cornuta
(vy-OH-la) (kor-NOO-tuh)

These happy faces have been greeting me each day on the way out to the truck to go to work. They were left over from the first batch of Pansies and Violas we planted that got frozen but have made a steady comeback since then. This year I saw more Johnny Jump-ups for sale then ever, which is a good thing. Many of the varieties have nice shades of blue and purple. This picture is of one of the darker types. They seem to mix well with Pansies and are very similar. The major difference between a Pansy and Viola is the flower size. The Violas are much smaller. They make up for that by having a lot of flowers per plant.

4 comments:

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

They are sweet little faces.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

A happy greeting for the morning is always good.

NellJean said...

Violas are a fav of mine, too. Violas last into warmer weather herebetter than the larger pansies.

joey said...

Always a favorite!