I've been wanting to know the name of this flower for a while now. Internet searches along the lines of "purple wildflower Europe" didn't get me anywhere. I can't even put them into a wide family group. Also, I just can't get a good enough photo with our camera. These flowers are a beautiful purple that lasts really well when we press them. They're something like airy, graceful violets with a tail or hat or trumpet added to them. We see them all around, and they've been blooming for quite a while already. The main place that I notice them is along paths; shade or sun doesn't seem to matter too much.
Yesterday I finally sat down to draw them. This is a full-sized sheet of paper, and I only had crayons to work with. The shape is very complex and hard to capture. The final result is rough, but hopefully someone will be able to recognize these beautiful flowers and solve our mystery. Maybe clicking on the photo of Raia holding them and looking at the larger version will help, too.
(By the way, that's an interesting art/nature assignment: sketch a little wildflower to fill up a whole sheet of paper. Use whatever you have around to do it, and you only get a few minutes out of your busy day to work. Anyone else want to show me what they come up with?)
Update, August 29: It's a Forking Larkspur, Consolida regalis! Now can you see the shape I was trying to describe and draw? There's a little more at the Russian Wikipedia article. The botanical drawing there is great.