Although early experimental crosses using the common un-colored "Johnny-jump-up" or "Pied Heart's-Ease" (Viola tricolor) a pretty weed of grain fields and hedgerows, were also being made by William Richard, gardener to Lady Mary Elizabeth Bennet (1785–1861), daughter of the Earl of Tankerville, at Walton-on-Thames. The modern garden pansy had its origin in the Iver, Buckinghamshire, estate of James, Lord Gambier, whose gardener William Thompson began about 1813 crossing various viola species with Viola tricolor. A yellow viola, V. lutea, and a wide-petalled pale yellow species of Russian origin, V. altaica were among the crosses that began the new hybrids, today classed as Viola x Wittrockiana. A round flower of overlapping petals was an early aim of Robinson's trials; in the late 1830s he found a chance sport that no longer had narrow nectar guides of dark color on the petals but a broad dark blotch on the petals, which came to be called the "face." Developed in Gambier's garden and released to the public in 1839 with the name "Medora," this pansy and its progeny, including "Victoria," rapidly became popular with gardeners and breeders throughout Europe.
We have two crops of Pansy, the first is ready by the last week in March for the early spring planting and the second follows soon after. They are in a 804 deep tray, or 32 plants per flat. We offer the following colors in the Matrix series:
Blue Blotch, Blue Frost, Blue Light, Mix Amber, Mix Amethyst, Mix Blotch, Mix Citrus, Mix Clear, Mix Coastal Surise, Mix Diamonds, Mix Improved, Mix Jewels, Mix Ocean Breeze, Mix Opal, Mix Raspberry Sundae, Mix Ruby, Mix Sapphire, Mix Tanzanite, Mix Topaz Garnet, Mix Yellow Topaz, Morpheus, Ocean, Purple, Rose, Rose Blotch, Rose Wing, Sunrise, White Improved, Yellow, and Yellow Blotch. We also offer the following colors in Violas:
Whiskers Orange, Sorbet Blueberry Cream, Sorbet Coconut Swirl, Sorbet Primrose Babyface, Sorbet XP Coconut Duet, Sorbet XP Mix Citrus, and Sorbet Yellow Frost.