Welcome - Jim McKenney
To save threads getting off-topic, I have copied the posting by Jim McKenney on another topic, where he intorduces himself so well.
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Posted by: Jim_McK (My Page) on Thu, Dec 8, 05 at 14:06
Dear Members of the Violet Society,
Please let me introduce myself. My name is Jim McKenney and I garden in the suburbs just north of Washington, D.C., USA. I discovered the Violet Society while Google-ing for information about Parma violets. You have no idea how happy I am to learn that so many others are working to keep violet culture alive and making sure that violets remain a well-loved part of our twenty-first-century gardens.
Although I grow some other violets (Viola pedata, V. dissecta, and of course pansies), I am currently in a very intense sweet violet phase with emphasis on Parma violets. I am trying Parma violets here for the third time. The last time I tried, over ten years ago, I grew fine plants but lost them during the winter to poor culture inside the house. Prior to that, I had tried some cultivars outside in the garden (Lady Hume Campbell, Marie Louise among others) and lost those during the winter.
This third trial has the Parma violets in a cold frame.
Although I have a fairly extensive personal horticultural library (including a copy of the first edition of the Allen-Browns' The Violet Book which was once owned by Henry Mitchell), until Google came along I was having trouble finding good information about Parma violet culture for my area. When I started to read the archives of the postings to the Violet Society, I was overjoyed to see that there are other members here in Maryland. I'm hoping that they can guide me to success with these plants.
Violets are only one of my many gardening interests. Two months ago, I put together a web site; please take a look at:
All of the images on that site are from my garden except for several of the animal images and one or two of local scenery.
I am looking forward to many enjoyable postings on this forum in the future.