[Exhibition] Viola 'MOSELEY IDEAL'

Raiser: J. Bastock

Year: 1924

Colour: Pale Cream edged mauve

General: One of our oldest surviving varieties and the last to be raised by one of the Society's founding members. It has stood the test of time and remains a favourite of our present Chairman Tom Mantle. As with many highly bred show varieties some decline in quality is inevitable, nevertheless 'Ideal' can still hold its own if well grown. Its genes are still about in our garden varieties as Harry Hoyle used it to produce both 'David Wheldon' and 'Ruth Elkins' in the 1940's.

Cultivation: Another variety that left to grow will make a garden plant of sorts, with a mass of small blooms, hence cutting material is readily available. To get show quality blooms from this old stager 2 or 3 shoots only and ruthless deshooting are required. Really a board variety, now it dresses well and flat as Pat Tipping showed on a stunning 24 board a few years ago.

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