Direct sowing viola odorata?
I have a large patch of rich, moist soil under an apple tree that I would like to fill with sweet violets. I would like to sow my viola odorata seeds directly there and cover with an inch of straw for the winter, but don't know if this is feasible. I have a lot of critters (mostly stray cats) that pass through my yard and they have dug up every outdoor potted plant I've ever had, so the usual winter sowing in pots or flats is just not an option for me. Does the direct sowing of these seeds that I've described sound feasible?
I posted a similar question about direct sowing to the winter sowing forum, but not specifically about violets. However it occurred to me after posting there that violet specialists were what I really needed! Thank you so much.