Monday, 10 February 2014
O Wind , where have you been
That you blow so sweet ?
Among the violets
Which blossom at your feet .
The honeysuckle waits
For summer and for heat ,
But Violets in the chilly spring
Make the turf so sweet !
Christina Rossetti 1873
So with the cafe closed at Charmouth , off we drove to Groves Nursery in Bridport .
....Where we enjoyed a huge...and I mean huge, full English breakfast !
I stocked up on shallots and onion sets , peas , beans , seed potatoes , greyhound cabbage and kale seeds and potato sacks......hormone rooting powder ....
............. and then fell in love ....... with Mr Groves collection of Violets .
Violets , an almost forgotten about treasure of our English wild-flowers .
Oh ! My goodness me ! This was the first time I have ever breathed in that sweet scent from a real Violet flower , heavenly !
With delightful names such as Grandads Violet , Annalesia , Becky Groves ,Perle Rose , Lydia's Legacy , Lavenders Lady , Dawnie and Dick o The Hills .
I took home with me to Cornwall , The Baroness de Rothschild ....an early Valentine 's Day gift from my husband xxx
Our Cornish violets , which are so beautiful , along our Predannack Cliffs , Mullion , sadly have no fragrance , unlike the ones that grow in Devon and Dorset ...I must go and see them ..they must be loving this rainy weather !