"Describe to me scientifically the haunting wistful fragrance of a bunch of violets." -From the film, "A Man Called Peter"
Sometimes a breeze catches the scent of the violets in spring, but the delicate aroma is more apparent when there is a cup full of the pretty blossoms. The violet has a delicate sweet scent. To make a violet perfume, do a web search for recipes. It is hard to find violet perfumes.
Gather a handful of the blossoms and take a breath. They smell like a confection.
The Violetby Jane TaylorDown in a green and shady bed,A modest violet grew;Its stalk was bent, it hung its headAs if to hide from view.And yet it was a lovely flower,Its colour bright and fair;It might have graced a rosy bower,Instead of hiding there.Yet thus it was content to bloom,In modest tints arrayed;And there diffused a sweet perfume,Within the silent shade.Then let me to the valley goThis pretty flower to see;That I may also learn to growIn sweet humility.VioletsBy L. Young Correthersfrom “These Blooming Rascals”Violets can be devastatingWhen they look up at you with faces sweetBreathing sheer poetry into the airMaking spring and life and love completeBut they also can be exasperatingAnd I’ll tell you why and when and where.Treat them too well—they run to leaf--Neglect them—then they come to griefBut whatever you do—under the groundThey send tough rootstocks round and roundUntil plants nearby are choked and bound.Yes—violets charm with their artlessnessBut underneath—they’re a perfect mess.