Posted: 25/03/2015 at 16:41
I have them self-seeded all over the place, and I love them. I pull up anything that's in the wrong place, and pop them into a spare piece of garden, and this can sometimes bring its own surprise.
We have a leat at the end of the garden, and I put a lot of seedlings on the bank - perfect. And then I forgot about them. The other day, working at the end of the garden, a sweet violet scent made me stop what I was doing and hunt around for the source - and lo and behold, the forgotten seedlings had clumped up and were in flower, perfuming the air. What a lovely moment!
And yes, I do remember the florist selling bunches of violets. They were 6d a bunch, and on my limited pocket money, I could only afford 3d. The florist would kindly sell me half a bunch for my mum - and I was so proud to give them to her. Ah, such simple times. And the scent of violets brings back happy memories of her.