For The Love of Violets~

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” ~ Mark Twain

“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.” ~Tennessee Williams

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”

~Therese of Lisieux

“Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.” ~Henry James

“Each violet peeps from its dwelling to gaze at the bright stars above.” ~Heinrich Heine

“Inside, the cathedral is a Gothic forest dappled in violet twilight and vast with quiet.” ~Wendy Insinger

“I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill”

“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.” ~
Beverly Nichols

“A violet by a mossy stone Half hidden from the eye! Fair as a star when only one Is shining in the sky.” ~ William Wordsworth

*Image of violets taken by daughter Elise

Big doesn’t necessarily mean better.

Sunflowers aren’t better than violets.”  ~ Edna Ferber


“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.”

~Walt Whitman

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.” ~
Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858

“Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock. ”
~Henry Ward Beecher

“The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn, And violets bathe in the wet o’ the morn.”
~ Robert Burns

“I have loved flowers that fade, Within those magic tents Rich hues have marriage made With sweet unmemoried scents.”
~Robert Seymour Bridges

From this site on violets and perfume: “Violet (Viola odorata), also called Sweet Violet grows in the regions of Mediterranean and Asia Minor. Its delicate purple, white, or variegated flower appears early in the spring time before the trees grow leaves. Violet is well known for its sweet floral odor, but also for its wide variety of therapeutic properties: it helps with cold, asthma, rheumatism, and a range of infections (including syphilis).

Violet was a symbol of ancient Athens, and also a favorite flower of Napoleon Bonaparte. In the 19th century, violet based perfumes were very popular.

The odor of violet flower is different than the one of the leaves. The flower possesses a sweet powdery to woodsy-flowery scent due to ionones, first separated from the Parma violet by Tiemann and Kruger in 1893. The discovery of ionones enabled production of synthetic violet scent identical and not as expensive as the precious natural oil.”

From The Beautiful Scent of a Violet:

“I look upon the pleasure which we take in a garden, as one of the most innocent delights in human life.”

~Joseph Addison

There are records of sweet violets growing during the first century AD in Persia, Syria, and Turkey. Violets have been introduced elsewhere and are now cultivated in several countries for their lovely and exotic scent used in the perfume industry.


“Where fall the tears of love the rose appears, And where the ground is bright with friendship’s tears, Forget-me-not, and violets, heavenly blue, Spring glittering with the cheerful drops like dew.”
~William Cullen Bryant

2 responses to “For The Love of Violets~

  1. Thanks, Beth. I love violets and often plant them as a cover under rose bushes. Whenever we’ve moved, I’ve taken a start of violets for the next house. My iris crowded most of them out, but I have a nice clump left from my mom’s home in Lubbock. Next spring I’ll move and divide them. Lovely post. You are so creative with your blogs.


  2. Thanks Caroline. How lovely that you keep the same ones. We have little purple violets all in the back yard. I’d like to acquire more varieties.


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