Sunday, May 19, 2013

Viola odorata 'Rosina'

Viola odorata 'Rosina'
The violets are just starting to come into flower. This sweet smelling pink variety is a selected form of the naturally occurring pink species 'Rosea' and it sometimes goes by the name of the Strawberry violet. The petals appear almost stained with crushed strawberry juice and are quite distinctive and appealing.
According to Australian violet expert Dr Judyth McLeod, this was a popular violet in the 1920's and 1930's for ladies posies. It seems all things from that era are having a bit of a revival of late thanks to the buzz created by the movie The Great Gatsby.
Something "pink" from that time would have to be this song by Pinky Tomlin..'The object of my affection can change my complexion from white to rosy red...'

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