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.