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Pansies, Violas and Violettas: Complete Guide Hardcover – 24 Sep 1990


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  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; First Edition edition (24 Sep 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185223332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852233327
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 959,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 1 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
I have been employed in horticulture for almost 40 years and as those who are avid gardeners will know, the passion of cultivating and exploring plants and gardens is all consuming. My experience of growing these plants goes back to the mid 1980's and a look through my archive of periodicals rekindled my interest, but where to start? There is no better place than to read a recognised work on the subject but where to find one, well that is easy, type in your subject and hey presto, Amazon pop up with the options. The 'More inside' facility to look through key pages is excellent and gives a good indication of the content. The book is brilliant, ideal if you want to start or renew an interest in Pansies, Violas or Violettas, Cultivation, History plant lists and sources, written in an easy to follow style.
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every item there is on pansies is in this book a comprehensive read worth every penny spent a worthwhile read
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cover marked as per description wiped with damp cloth marks almost all away book could now described as hardy read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Thorough treatment of growing violas 17 July 2013
By lady_of_mercia - Published on Amazon.com
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The one drawback of this book is that the author addresses English conditions, not American, but this is not a serious drawback. An experienced gardener is used to reading advice from gardeners in other parts of the U.S., where conditions may differ even more than from England.

The history of garden violas, how to grow them, descriptions of different varieties, and more are contained here. A very useful guide. Violas are thought of in the U.S. largely as bedding annuals, and the book is useful for learning how to grow these well, but there are many beautiful (and pricey) perennial violas, and if you're buying any of these for $10 or more a pop, you definitely want to know what you're doing to give them their best chance to perform well.

If you don't remember anything else, remember: (1) lots of sun or at least bright light, (2) loose, organic soil, cultivated 1 ft deep so that small fibrous roots can reach a good depth, (3) consistent moisture -- do not let them dry out! and (4) they like it cool and will fry in too much heat. Balancing requirements (1) and (4) is the greatest challenge in the Eastern U.S.

Violas are not stick-them-in-the-ground-and-see-what-happens plants, unless you already have an ideal setting, but the growing requirements are not terribly difficult, either.
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