As well as buying roses – I’ve also been buying Violets from the delightful Groves Violet Nurseries
Along with the rose, the violet is one of the most ancient of all known flowers. It was known and grown long before the birth of Christ, being chosen as the symbol of ancient Athens.
Napoleon picked violets from the grave of his Josephine and they were found in a locket he was wearing on his death bed.
Violets were a major strewing herb and well-known for their use in cookery. These plants contain a chemical that , after the initial blast of scent, numbs the sense of smell. It makes them ethereal, like fairies at the bottom of the garden.
…is thought to be the original Parma Violet.