Apparently those lovely little violets we all have growing wild in our gardens or hedgerows are not the famous "violettes de Toulouse" which gardeners have been cultivating for years in la ville rose. Today (Sunday 5th March) sees an exhibition of the cultivated varieties, with lectures and displays in the Place du Capitole. The show also includes all those products made from or using the violet, from dolls to sweets to perfumes.
Violettes de Toulouse
The true Toulouse violet needs to be pruned and the cuttings replanted each year, but produce double flowers, with up to 50 petals. The Toulouse city greenhouses have a national collection of plants. Saturday's events were curtailed by the weather, so today will be busy.
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