Looking for sweet violet expert to talk to
I'm a hobby gardener who's interested in violets and currently greatly confused about them. I live in Italy, have a number of cultivated V.odorata varieties plus a good range of the wildlings, and would like to know something about the Parma violets, in particular with regard to their hardiness. I have a double scented variety that came to me under the name of 'Marie Louise', one of the Parmas, but it has been growing outdoors without protection for several years now and is doing just fine. We live in a USDA Zone 8 climate with abundant winter chill and snow. I suspect my 'Marie Louise' is a different, hardy variety. I would love to talk with someone knowledgeable about sweet and Parma violets by telephone (Skype is fine as well and obviously I pay the charges): if you're interested you can send me an e-mail saying so, or we could write back and forth. All I have to offer in exchange are my own curiosity and experiences.
Normally I hang out in the old rose forum as that's my specialty, but for this question it seemed worth dropping in here. Also, if any one knows of a good book on violets, in particular the fragrant varieties, I would love to know of it. It doesn't need to be currently in print.