Japanse tuinen en ikebana/Japanese gardens and Ikebana

Op deze blog zullen we berichtjes en informatie plaatsen over Japanse tuinen en ikebana.
Japanese gardens, floral design and musings about living a good life.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Violets for your Valentine

Sun on a Pansy
As the legend of St. Valentine goes, this Christian priest used the ink made from crushed violet blossoms that grew outside his prison cell to write notes of love and friendship. He wrote these words on violet leaves. These notes were delivered to St. Valentine's friends via the elegant bird of love, the dove.

TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋)
Violets (Viola) are a genus of flowering plants in the family Violaceae, with around 400-500 species throughout the world and it are commonly called violets, pansies or heartsease. A popular houseplant, it can bloom all year 'round and is quite forgiving.
One quirk of some violets is the elusive scent of their flowers. A major component of the scent is a compound called ionone that temporarily desensitizes the receptors in the nose.
One wonderful whiff is all you get, so breathe deeply.

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