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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Viola ‘Tinkerbell’: New from Victorian Violas

Posted by Graham Rice on 05 Mar 2011 at 09:35 AM

Viola,Tinkerbell,Victorian,Violas. Image ©GardenPhotos.comAt last year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show I noticed a lovely little viola called ‘Tinkerbell’ (left, click to enlarge) on the corner of the Victorian Violas stand. Unfortunately, plants were not available as stocks were still being built up. Now, I’m pleased to say, plants can be ordered.

I found ‘Tinkerbell’ especially appealing because of its delicate coloring - the flowers open cream and mature to silvery-blue-lilac - and its mass of flowers on a small plant. Rob Chapman, who runs Victorian Violas, selected ‘Tinkerbell’. He told me about it.

“This little beauty "flew into the nursery" during the summer of 2008,” he explained. “Each year I plant groups of selected named Viola varieties and allow Mother Nature to take control. The 'Tinkerbell' seedling soon blossomed as the front runner in the group.

“She produces blooms en masse for the entire summer, she seems happy in bowls and pots or in a sunny spot directly into the garden border. Only this week (mid-February) I noticed fresh, vigorous, healthy growth on my garden specimen, after such a severe winter it is a most heart-warming feeling.

“To sum up we have a fully winter hardy variety of extreme vigour, bloom-full of pale silver blue and dusky primrose cornuta type flowers continuously from April to September.”

You can order plants of Viola ‘Tinkerbell’ from Victorian Violas.


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