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Viola Memories

Posted by carolelen (My Page) on
Tue, May 10, 05 at 16:59

My Mothers favourite flower was Violets - she always wore a violet broach.
She died in 1956 when I was 12 and we were a family of 7 children .My last memories to this day was of us all holding a bunch of violets and sprinkling them inside her grave at the funeral.
Fifty years on for my retirement I got a greenhouse and propogate violas ( every colour and kind available in her memory. My little business card is violet and i have called myself "viola memories" - heaven sent - and even called my home"viola cottage"
Talk about a gift from above. I have never been happier.They make me smile.

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RE: Viola Memories

  • Posted by etii France 8 (My Page) on
    Fri, May 13, 05 at 19:38

from the 3rd century B.C. Chinese sage known
as Chuang-tzu:

"Once upon a time, I dreamed I was a butterfly,
fluttering hither and thither. Suddenly I awakened,
and there I lay, myself again. Now I do not know
whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man."

RE: Viola Memories

What a lovely memorial to your mother, and sweet memories and fragrances for you!

RE: Viola Memories

both my mother and paternal grandmother carried the name 'violet'. interesting neither were ever called by this name but used their second names. i have experienced this pattern many times...there is something almost reclusive about violets, perhaps?? ivy, rose and myrtle were family names, too, but these ladies, aunts, great aunts and second cousins, were known under these floral names.

RE: Viola Memories

I have strong floral memories of my grandmother( we lived in her house till she died when I was 9) and my mother. Lilacs,roses,poenies,bleeding hearts,lilies, flags, violets, forget-me-nots. Here I am,age 52, just getting into planting flowers. I think I'm trying to re-create my happy childhood.

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