A pot of scented violets currently in bloom in my greenhouse. The powerful scent is all you can smell, when you first enter.
A Violet grower in Hudson Valley New York, circa 1898
As a cut-flower, scented violets were as essential as orchids or camellia blossoms.
Viola odorata - the classic 'scented violet'
Viola odorata, when grown under cold glass, blooms in February in cold pit houses and greenhouses where winters are cold. New York State's Hudson Valley was once the United States' epicenter for scented violets where they were grown for the New York City market until the 1920's. A posh winter wedding or a trip to the opera required a proper nosegay of violets, but today, they are grown by no commercial nursery, and are lost forever as a cut-flowers. Winter weddings are no longer the same.
Images from PRACTICAL VIOLET CULTURE, 1910