Every spring when the violets bloom I collect a bouquet like this. There are over 100 stems in there, and it takes a while, but I love their glorious shade of purple, their delicate scent, and the memories they hold.
These violets were given to me by my dear neighbor Lois one house and many years ago. I've nurtured them through the years, moving them when we moved, and protecting them through the big remodel. And every year they repay me by sending up thousands of these long stemmed beauties. And they always remind me of my sweet neighbor who was so generous with her plant cuttings and her friendship.
Here is another purple flower that is starting to bloom here Amongst The Oaks. I posted frequent photos last year. You can look here or click on "Spring" in my catagories to see more. It is wistaria according that brilliant Lurcher in Cornwall, or wisteria here in the colonies. However you spell it, it is a wonderful plant. We pruned it rather heavily this winter and it is rewarding us with fat blossoms that are just beginning to color. I'll post a photo of it at its best in about a week.
And look at what else is starting to bloom; lilac! I really love lilac and wish I had lots more of it. I have two dependable plants and one not so reliable. But I always have enough to make a bouquet for us and one to share with SisterP at work because she loves spring and lilacs too.
Thanks everyone for all the nice comments yesterday. I think I have Mr. Linky figured out now and I plan to participate in Outdoor Wednesday again.