Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Violets - Lin Frye

Violets  by linfrye
Violets , a photo by linfrye on Flickr.

9" x 12"
Arches 140#CP

One can tell spring has really taken hold no matter how cold the nights when these dainty purple flowers take over the garden.

Everywhere on my property- from the herb beds to the perennial beds to the lawn, these dainty purple pretties are dotting and brightening anywhere they grow.

This particular violet (Viola odorata) is a perennial, often used as a ground cover and spreads easily (don't I know!! LOL). The plants grow 4 to 8 inches tall and form 1- to 2-inch-diameter leaves. The plants grow best in well-drained, moist soil that is slightly acidic. The rootball can be divided, or the plant sown by seed (requires cold weather to break dormancy) and is edible.

The perky flowers can be candied, or made into tea or syrup. I've rendered them into a mild jelly. The jelly is more green than pink, and so I had to add a bit of food coloring to give the jelly a 'violet' coloring. I've read that the leaves are edible, though I've not tried them myself.

The rain has finally moved out and we're in for a warming --

Have a great day!

Lin Frye
North Carolina

1 comment:

  1. ooooh I love violets, they remind me of my grandmothers house in Southern Missouri. I would love to get some of that seed. I wonder how it would do out here in north eastern New Mexico. We have moist ground in the spring and it is for sure acidic. I wonder.....
    love this little painting.
    peace n abundance,


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