Up Jumped Johnny

The first of this spring’s crop of Johnny Jump-ups (Viola Tricolor) has started to bloom. I am a bit perplexed to explain how it made its way into a pot, a good 12 inches above the

Capture JJU in potground. I never planted it there. In fact, I never planted them anywhere. Johnny Jump-ups just appeared mysteriously in my garden several years ago and have spread…with my complete approval. I don’t think the pink Flower Carpet rose (Rosa x ‘Noatraum’) in the pot will mind; it’s not likely to be crowded out.

I do understand that this little charmer self seeds…rather prodigiously, thanks to the bees that pollinate them.  Evidence of that can be seen in the number of patches of Johnny Jump-ups appearing throughout my garden beds. I can only assume that the finches or wrens poking about ingested a seed and passed it along to my rose pot.

When they first appeared in the garden, I thought they were weeds and studiously picked them out. A few weeks absence to visit my granddaughter, however, gave them time to bloom and show me their smiling faces. I learned to identify them in pre-bloom stage and now just let them have their way. They spread a heaping amount of joy.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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