It's always a welcome sight to be greeted by the first Sweet Violets [the scented ones as opposed to the scentless Dog Violet] of Spring. Some may call them Shrinking Violets because of their close growth to the ground, but I would argue that they are anything but this. Their colour was chosen as one of the ones to symbolise the Suffragettes...green [Give], white [Women] and violet [Votes]
We have a local connection to wild violets here in Sussex. From 1905 to 1953 a Miss Ada Brown and a Miss Decima Allen ran their own wild violet nursery in the small town of Henfield. They exported their plants all over the world to places as far away as India and Egypt and had some very notable members of society [Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII] amongst their customers. Below you can see some examples of the products they made too.