Life in gardens: violets

Child with violets cropped, ca. 1900, Mississippi Dept of Archives and HistoryMary Heldon, between 1900 and 1920, Friars Point, Mississippi, by Milton McFarland Painter, Sr., via Mississippi Department of Archives and History.* Mary was also pictured in this garden photo by Painter.

I had not thought of violets late,
The wild, shy kind that spring beneath your feet
In wistful April days. . .

— Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson, from “Sonnet


*Photo cropped slightly by me.

Life in gardens: happy

Smiling woman and baby, 1900, Powerhouse Museum“Portrait of woman with infant,” ca. 1900, probably near Sydney, Australia, via Phillips Glass Plate Negative Collection, Powerhouse Museum Commons on  flickr.

You don’t usually see such smiles in Victorian photos.

In the picture below, you can see a little more of the garden and admire the woman’s beautiful sleeves and collar.

Woman in garden, Sydney Aus., 1900, Powerhouse Museum