Yesterday, I wrote about a flower in my garden which I identified as a Sweet William. A reader e mailed me and said she called them Johnny Jump Ups and one of my sister's in England said she called them Violas. She also sent me a photo of a large display of flowers which she knew as Sweet Williams.
As I lay no claim to the title of gardener, I have come to the conclusion that my flowers may be a number of things but they are not Williams-Sweet or otherwise. I think I will call them Violas as that is a nice short name but I believe they are probably more deserving of the Johnny moniker.
They do tend to Jump Up in unlikely places. I thought my neglect had killed some that I planted last year but, there they are, popping up in the driveway and other unlikely spots. Not, however, in the garden where I had put them. I guess the old saying of 'Grow whee you are planted' doesn't apply to flowers.
My sister, who loves gardening, has already bought a book on the flowers of Ontario in preparation for her move here. I probably should get one also so I can be a bit more accurate in my identification. It would hardly do for someone who has lived in Canada for most of their life to be out shone, flora-wise by someone who has lived in England since she was a child
(If that sounds confusing, here is the explanation. I was born in England. Mom and I moved to Canada to join my Canadian soldier father. My younger siblings were all born here. Mom returned to England when I was a teenager and took my brothers and sisters. I chose to stay. So the Canadians live in England and the Brit lives in Canada. One brother moved back. He is the only one living in his country of origin).