Friday, March 2, 2012


I opened the blinds to my balcony just now and started shrieking with joy - alarming S, I might add.  What was I shrieking?  "My violets are blooming, my violets are blooming!"  So much happiness in a pot of flowers.  Last year I had two bloom, but this year I got 48 - including the one I promptly ate.  Interesting fact about scented violets: they contain a compound called ionone which deadens the scent receptors of the nose temporarily.  So you're sniffing a lovely sweet violet, then suddenly you can't smell it anymore. . . then a few minutes later you can again.   Someday I am going to have a big herb and flower and vegetable garden with pink and gold cabbage roses, and dark scented alchemist roses, and violets everywhere!

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