Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Violets Are Blue

sweet violets (Viola odorata) also known as garden violets in our lawn

These are the sweet violets (Viola odorata) growing “wildly” in our garden. They usually grow with common daisies and dandelions in our lawn. And although most of the time they are considered “weeds,” they give a dash of spring color and romanticism in our yard.

backside of the violet flower

I was thinking of digging these viola plants and put them in our flower beds, but I finally decided against it. Aside from the amount of work involved (they are everywhere), I can only recognize them when they are in bloom… which is not the best time to uproot them. Besides, I find that a patch of blue here and there gives a better impression of idyllic charm than having the sweet violets arranged neatly in a flower plot. And they go well with the whites of the daises and the yellows of dandelions in varying hues and heights.

Plus, since these little blue flowers give off a sweet aroma (hence the name), I prefer to have them scattered in our lawn so that when a light breeze passes by while walking aimlessly outside, I’ll have a whiff of their delicate fragrance. Their scent makes me think of candies, thick syrup and ice cream. Maybe one day, I should try to collect the flowers and add them in our desserts. Now, where do I “find” some culinary skill *scratching my head * ? (If some people have two left feet when it comes to dancing, I guess I have two left hands when it comes to cooking :)).


Unknown said...

There is something so perfect about these tiny little fellows. I love stumbling upon small flowers like these then getting to see all their details on my screen. :) Beautiful!

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