The first spring violets are finally here! Last year was so mild, these were blooming at the new year, this year is much colder and they have finally arrived. The first real harbinger of spring to come.
Since I do not have any snowdrop bulbs, these are the first flowers here.
I got my first shovel-fulls of violets from an elderly neighbor about 30 years ago. I loved how it grew around her shrubs. If it gets water or shade in the summer, it will stay green. I don’t worry if I dig up the violets, as they are very hardy, but not too invasive. They look beautiful under rhododendrons.