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Violets, One Of The First Signs Of Spring

Updated on January 28, 2017
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Gardening is so relaxing. Just looking at beautiful greenery and flowers is calming to my soul.

Wild Purple Violets
Wild Purple Violets | Source

I know it's spring, when I see violets

I love when violets first open up, their bright purple flowers dot the lawn and let me know it's spring.

On closer look, violets come in many different varieties. In fact, there are white violets and yellow violets. Get up close, they have a clean sweet smell, but not so sweet that the aroma is overpowering. Pick a little bouquet and bring the fragrance inside to enjoy.

If you find a field of violets in the spring, you are lucky. They are a free edible. Include them in recipes or use them as decorations.


Violet Poem
Violet Poem

Beautiful and fragrant and easy to grow - Easy to grow and spread each year.

Plant some seeds and watch the beautiful violets spring up every spring. They are a low care plant and need little care once established. They will spread rapidly.

Use them in salads to add color. Just remove the stems and wash gently. You can add the whole flower, or taken the petals one by one and add them.

For cake decorating, wash the violets as above but let them air dry a little. They look great decorating a cake or cupcake. If your cake decorating skills aren't up to par, just ice the cake or cupcakes. And arrange few violet flowers on top. I like to put a ring of violets around the edge of a cake iced in yellow or white. If I am feeling really ambitious, I draw stems and leaves on the cake with green decorative icing or gel and them place a violet at the ends of the stems to make it look like a bouquet

My Favorite Teacup - The Victorian Violet pattern

Victorian-Violet-Teacup
Victorian-Violet-Teacup | Source

This cup is aptly named Victorian Violets.

Violets were featured on many Victorian items -- china, painted household goods, needlepoint and lithographs

Vintage Violet Postcard

Violet-Postcard
Violet-Postcard

Here's a vintage postcard showing violets with the soft hues common on vintage postcards.

This is an Alfred Mainzer postcard.

Purple and white violets are edible. Yellow are not.

Gather. Pull flowers off. Wash.

Toss into salads for color. Press into icing to decorate cupcakes or cakes.

In case you don't believe me about a candied violet disaster check out this photo - Not too appetizing - glob of violets anyone?

Candied-Violets
Candied-Violets | Source

Honesty, is the best policy. This was incredibly hard to do. All the recipes show these either before the sugar is applied or after they are done. What goes on in between is shown above.

One is supposed to take a toothpick and open each petal up.I guess I wasn't meant to be a petal-picker. I lost patience with this early on.

Northern White Violets, or Viola Macloskeyi (viola pallens)

Northern White Violets, or Viola Macloskeyi (viola pallens)
Northern White Violets, or Viola Macloskeyi (viola pallens)

Violet Ice Cubes

Here you will find instructions for making lemonade, as well as really good instructions for making violet ice cubes

Here's What Happens When You Don't Follow Instructions for Violet Ice Cubes

Violets in Ice Cubes
Violets in Ice Cubes | Source

I just plopped the violets in an ice cube tray and filled it with water.

As soon as I put the ice cubes in liquid, and the ice cube start melting, the violets separate.

Do follow the instructions by only filling the cubes halfway up with water. Freeze. Then fill the top half with more water and freeze again. This puts the violets in the middle of the ice cube and they stay longer.

Yellow Violet - Yellow Violets Are Not Edible

Yellow-Goosefoot-violet
Yellow-Goosefoot-violet | Source


Yellow violets are also known as Goosefoot Violets


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      angemari 3 years ago

      In Italy we haven't had a cold winter so far, even if very rainy.I know that some violets are growing just now, even if we are still in early February.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      I love springtime. I used to have violets in the spring on our farm in Westminster, Maryland. As children we used to bring them in the house and make bouquets. Nice lens.

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      Margot_C 4 years ago

      I had no idea you could eat violets! I love the first signs of spring and purple flowers are my favorite. Makes walking my dog in the mornings quite a treat as the first flowers start popping up. Thanks for a great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Violets are pretty flowers and got to eat too. T

      his brings back lots of nice memories for me, so I really enjoyed the visit. :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Such a cheery and beautiful spring lens.

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      jolou 4 years ago

      I love violets, they are such a cheerful flower. Spring is my favorite season. It starts early here. Today I saw quite a few trees starting to blossom.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Lovely to see violets, on a snowy day... can't wait for spring!

      Oh, and if it's any consolation, I've had my own candied violet disaster. Fun to try, though! :)