Friday, June 10, 2011

The story about the stepmothers violet

Some weeks ago when I read about the violet on Bill's blog, I wrote a comment and told him that my favorite is the Heartsease. Than I got a mail from one of his other readers with a photo of Heartsease from this persons garden in Germany. I was told that they call it Little stepmother which is almost the same name as we have for this little beauty. I will now share the story about how she got her name.

                                                   Stepmother and her daughters
The lower and more yellow petal symbolizes the stepmother who sit on two cushions / chairs. Turn on the flower and see the two green sepals at the bottom of her petals. She sits on them with a yellow butter dish in her knee. The middle two petals on either side of her are her own daughters, who sit on the opposite cushions (sepals) and also at a comfortable distance from the butterdish. The two slightly narrower petals are her two step-daughters, who huddle together and are forced to share a pad and they almost don't reach the good butter. So they will have to eat their sandwiches without any butter.

But I have also heard another story which explains that the yellow color is porridge that the stepmother only gives to her own daughters. (A cruel story....)


ML said...

The reader of Bills Blog is me.
I love much more the story with the chairs, and honestly, I didn't know the other story. The reason could be that porridge ist not a common meal in our region.
I am surprised that you could gather a big bouquet of stepmothers violets.

Gowganda Photography said...

Great post Ella, you never know what you will learn from day to day. Bill

Ms. Becky said...

I've never heard that story. a step-mother rather than a mother. hmmmm. I guess there's an attempt at demonstrating a bit of cruelty for the story? no matter, I'm enamored with the lovely bouquet of violets, regardless of the story!!! that is a huge bunch of these tiny flowers. here we call them violas too. beauty by a different name is still beauty. thanks for the story Ella. I hope you have a fun-filled weekend.

Anonymous said...

these are so sweet, and great to know the story.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

What a neat story Ella. AND...such beautiful blooms.