From this Japanese, cold hardy citrus,
we make our own syrups and flavorings
Already, we have begun the parade of Spring bulbs in an amazing array of color, size, and scent.
The origins of the parma violet are unknown, though they have been shown to be derived from two different Viola alba strains, and more closely resemble, in flower colour and smell, Viola odorata..
It was first imported into Naples in the latter part of the 19th century, when Count de Brazza became infatuated with these fragrant plants. There are no records of his work, though it is widely believed that he deliberately crossbred to produce at least two varieties of parma. One of these is still available, whereas the other one is romantically believed to languish in some forgotten back garden somewhere, just waiting to be rediscovered.
They are not cold hardy, and must be cosseted all winter. Ahh but the powerful fragrance, and taste, such as in the "Chowards" violet candies, is lovely.
The lavender flowers above are from "Dutchess du Parma" and the white cultivar is "Compte de Brazzia"
Passion Flower is cultivated and harvested as part of our new
Garden Volunteer Program,
in collaboration with the Sonoma County Herb Exchange!
Feel free to tell us how fabulous we are!
Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
We are currently trapped inside here at home. 4 humans. 5 Dogs. 2 Parrots. One Cat.