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Violets in January = Impossible?

January 14, 2012

Up until now the weather seemed to be teasing us with spring like temperatures, sunny intervals and rain, but it’s still January… We had lots of gray days and strong winds, and even though the grass was unexpectedly green, there was no hope to find a pretty bloom in the garden. I guess that’s why the supermarkets are doing well selling colourful cyclamens, daffodils and hyacinths.

Just the other day I also gave in and got myself a little Saintpaulia, commonly known as African Violet (the latter name was given due to a superficial resemblance to true violets) and at the moment, after yesterday’s blizzards!, it turned out it is the only thing that can still remind me of spring.

This tiny flower, native to Tanzania,  brings back memories of my childhood and an old animated tale called “The 12 Months”. In that tale a sly stepmother, fulfilling silly princess’s wish, sends her stepdaughter into the January blizzard to get her some violets. This was possible only with the help of the 12 months, who just for a few minutes made time go quicker, changed the season and filled forests with spring flowers.

“Violets in January” has become a synonym to the word “impossible”, yet it seems that now we can have anything whenever we want to… There’s lots of snow behind the window, but there’s also some violets right in front of me!

Everything is possible! All you need is a positive attitude. Anyway… I’m off to take some photos of snow, before it disappears again.

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P.S. African violets were introduced to Europe in the late nineteenth century. These fuzzy favorites come in hundreds of varieties and grow well in bathrooms and kitchens as they love humidity.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2012 2:26 pm

    No snow here, we have bright blue sky and lovely sun, however it is a little colder than usual, but what’s really strange is that I have seen some trees with blossom on them !!

    • January 15, 2012 9:44 am

      I remember everyone saying that this winter would be the coldest ever, it seems they were very wrong… I’ve never seen trees with blossom in January!

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