National Viola and Pansy Society Newsletter Spring 1996

Spreading the Word

Our membership has grown steadily during the past year, and hopefully will continue to do so throughout 1996. We are spread the length and breadth of the land, and while I hope that as many of you as possible will attend the Annual Show, and put at least one exhibit on the bench, I know that for some this is just not possible. The newsletter is a main source of contact, and I am sure that many members would be interested to read of exploits of growers from different parts of the country. If you are putting up blooms at your local show, please let me know how you fare; I can print some countrywide results. I would also like to hear from those of you who do not show and simply enjoy growing a good garden display.

Cold Comfort.

One of the most difficult things for any exhibitor is timing the blooms to perfection for show day. Your humble kitchen refrigerator can be of help. I have found that blooms which arrive too early can be cut and stored up to their necks in water in the refrigerator for up to a week before a show. My record last year was 10 days for a bloom of 'Jack Frost'. Beware! Fresh blooms are a must, preferably cut in the early morning. Show and Fancy Pansies generally fare better that the violas, whose limit is about three or four days. I think this may be due to the stouter petal texture of the pansy.

Lapel Badges.

Good quality enamel badges are available from the Secretary at 1.75 including postage.

Spring 1996

Editorial News Pot Culture Spreading The Word
Exhibition Violas on Shallow Soil The Future Staging for beginners Nursery News
Species Maintaining a collection

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