Dedicated to Jan Marler Morrill. Found this and it’s so apropos
An excerpt from my herbal, Plants for A Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles:
“Who are the violets now
That strew the lap of the new-come spring?” ~ Shakespeare: Richard II
Violet (Viola Odorata). Part Used: Flowers (dried). The leaves and whole plant (fresh).
Sweet violets grow at the edge of forests and clearings and can be detected by their scent. Sometimes they appear as unwanted guests in yards and gardens, but we like violets and encourage them here. Violets have a long history reaching deep into the misty past. There are over two hundred species in the world; five are native to Great Britain. Sweet violets are usually dark purple, but may be white. The flowers are full of honey and appealing to bees, but usually bloom before bees are really out from as early as late February into April.
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