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Violets, One Of The First Signs Of Spring

Updated on February 15, 2018
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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. I attended a farm lunch a while back, where the violet petals were in a salad. They taste good and add beautiful color.


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

Spode Tea Cup in the Victorian Violet Pattern
Spode Tea Cup in the Victorian Violet Pattern | 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.

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) | Source

My Attempt at Making Candied Violets So I Would Have Them Year Round For Decorating Food

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Ingredients for Candied Violets - So Far So GoodViolets Soaking in Sugar ConcoctionGlobs of Violets - They Didn't Turn Out The Way I Expected
Ingredients for Candied Violets - So Far So Good
Ingredients for Candied Violets - So Far So Good | Source
Violets Soaking in Sugar Concoction
Violets Soaking in Sugar Concoction | Source
Globs of Violets - They Didn't Turn Out The Way I Expected
Globs of Violets - They Didn't Turn Out The Way I Expected | Source

Yellow Violet - Yellow Violets Are Not Edible

Yellow Violets Also Known as Goosefoot Violets
Yellow Violets Also Known as Goosefoot Violets | Source

My Attempt At Making Ice Cubes With Violets in Them

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I Just Plopped Violets in an Ice Cube Tray and Filled It With Water - Not the Way to Do ItViolets With Ice Cubes Melting and Violets Floating in Drink - A Disaster
I Just Plopped Violets in an Ice Cube Tray and Filled It With Water - Not the Way to Do It
I Just Plopped Violets in an Ice Cube Tray and Filled It With Water - Not the Way to Do It | Source
Violets With Ice Cubes Melting and Violets Floating in Drink - A Disaster
Violets With Ice Cubes Melting and Violets Floating in Drink - A Disaster | 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 find and follow instructions on the internet. Most suggest 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.

© 2013 Ellen Gregory

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      angemari 

      4 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 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 years ago

      Such a cheery and beautiful spring lens.

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      jolou 

      5 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 

      5 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! :)

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