Tuesday, April 26, 2011
A - Z Challenge: Violets
She is not your typical 'shrinking violet'. Freckles has lived in our garden for almost 15 years. A friend, whose garden I had never seen, offered me a root of a violet with a blue and white flower. She thought it would be perfect for a fellow member of Girl Guides. (At the time, we leaders were wearing blue and white blouses.) I had always loved discovering little clumps of violets hidden under trees along our hiking trails. How wonderful to have a violet clump all for myself. And such an unusual variety. The handover was made and we planted Freckles with great care under the magnolia tree. She has been very happy there ever since. Very happy.
I would, however, caution you against thinking that Freckles needed adopting because she was a frail and tender young thing. Not so at all. Freckles has proven herself to be tough and determined. She has a root system that rivals the buttercups. There is no part of the garden that Freckles couldn't invade if we didn't keep her in check. Now, she and her descendants cover all the ground beneath that magnolia - and beyond.
But, through it all, isn't she lovely? Each spring, I await the first fresh little faces with their cheeky grins, I am never disappointed.