Sweet Violets

Viola odorata – otherwise known as Sweet Violets or Wood violets. We usually have a few patches of these sweet, tiny little flowers on the lawn during early Spring, but they seem to be much more plentiful this year. They have sprung up all over the place – particularly in shady areas of which there are many.

They appear to tolerate deep shade and dry, chalky soil, and have such a wonderful scent too.

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28 thoughts on “Sweet Violets

    • They smell wonderful. One day last week when it was really warm and sunny, the scent was really strong and heady due to the sheer amount of them! Thank you Sandy.

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    • I’m quite astounded by just how many more there are this year. With all the concerns about lack of water for gardeners, if a shady spot is available, these little flowers are a good choice! Thank you Gary.

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    • Thank you Fergie! I have previously found them difficult to photograph due to their tiny size and preference for shade. This little group was very close to the Primroses I have featured recently and the light was a little better.

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  1. ‘I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
    Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
    ‘Tis called, The Lantern Room.’ πŸ™‚

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    • You’re very welcome Eremophila. I was pleased that a couple of photos actually came out not too bad yesterday. I have previously found them difficult to photograph.

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  2. The ubiquitious violets — I had them in my lawn in Texas and have got them here in Florida. I am also the kind of person who mows round them until they have finished flowering.

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    • How lovely that they have followed you around! Ah, I know – one could not possibly mow them down; the grass stays long whilst they continue to flower. Primroses take a liking for the lawn here too. Such a shame to try and transplant them somewhere else!

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