In case you ever wondered why this blog is called Violet Posy here is the reason. When I was a very little girl growing up in Surrey we had a massive woodland behind our flats to play in and violets grew everywhere. So I loved spring, playing with the violets and making posy’s. They are so rare and only appear for maybe a month to six weeks but they glorious, and if you have a little shady corner in the garden they are well worth growing.
In Victorian times flower sellers sold bunches of violets on street corners. They were so popular that there was even a special train that rain from Cornwall to London everyday so fresh violets could be sold at Covent Garden Flower Market. But somehow like all flowers they went out of fashion and the industry went into a decline.
Violet Cream chocolates are made with violet scented fondant, dark chocolate and sugared violet on top. As you can guess Violet Cream Chocolates are my favourite and are thankfully having a comeback, along with Rose Creams as traditional English chocolates.
So now knowing my violet fixation, you can imagine my face the first spring in this house and I saw that violets were everywhere in our new garden. We have violet, pale blue, white, freckled, and even some pink Violets all growing in the garden. They grow everywhere, under trees, in the grass even in cracks in the patio.
Go check your garden for these little gems, you can pop them in a egg cups around the house and they will smell heavenly. Go to Julia at Hooked on Houses to see more spring posts.