Well, I *finally* managed to obtain a plant of Viola odorata -- after unsuccessfully trying to start them from seed, I traveled a long distance to a nursery that had one. I was excited! Our native violets here in the U.S. don't have much fragrance, and I had heard great things about the fragrance of European violets.
Well, they *are* fragrant! But . . . has anyone noticed . . . that the fragrance of violets recalls . . . how to put this . . . body odor?
Not in a *bad* way, exactly -- but in an undeniable way. Like somone who's been exercising heavily and wearing perfume instead of taking a bath. Am I crazy? Or do I simply have a bad batch? I think the variety is "Elaine."
Hope I haven't spoiled anyone's enjoyment. After a friend pointed out that root beer tastes like toothpaste . . . it was never quite the same.