|Blue Heaven Sorbet Violas|
Violas and Pansies are known for blooming well in cool weather; however, they are in the minority of plants that are usually still blooming on December 5 in our area. Some years, even Violas and Pansies are looking pretty sorry by this late date.
We decided to try some of the Sorbet series of Violas this year as last fall, winter and spring, I drove by a planting of the Sorbet Violas that seemed to look better than any of the Pansies that we had planted on campus. Hopefully, my observations won't prove to be a case of the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. So far, the Blue Heaven Sorbet Viola and Yellow Delight Viola are performing admirably near the Clock Tower by Van Munching Hall. While I am not fond of the screaming yellow, visible from the space shuttle, color of the Yellow Delight Sorbet Viola, I am a big fan of its wonderfully sweet fragrance on warm afternoons. The Blue Heaven does not seem to be fragrant.
|Yellow Delight Sorbet Viola|
|'Otto Luyken' Cherry Laurel|
|Knock Out Roses and Sorbet Plum Velvet Violas|
|Knock Out Rose|
|Pink Double Knock Out Rose|
|White Out Rose|
|White Out Roses and Pampas Grass|
|Unknown Camellia Cultivar|
|'Winter's Snowman' Camellia|
|'Six Hills Giant' Catnip|
|'Dropmore Scarlet' Honeysuckle|
|Leadwort or Plumbago|
Sam Bahr, author and photographer