Monday, April 21, 2008

Violet Splendor

"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it"
~Mark Twain

This violet infusion blew me away today....a part of me just wanted to drink it straight up. Not for the taste, because it surely doesn't have much of one,but simply for the beauty of it. I'll make syrup today and maybe jelly tomorrow. Might even candy some and make a flower essence, too. You might say that I'm feeling slightly infatuated today.


Clare said...

Oh Sue, I so love violets. Could you share some of your receipes for your ideas, please?

Susan said...

yup...coming right up!I love 'em too. My Grandmother's name was Violet...

Lorelei Ranveig said...

Ooooooooh, that looks so yummy!!
Last year me and my boys candied some violets, as well as putting them in our salads. Violet jam sounds really yummy.
That vibrant color is woooonderful, though. I look forward to any recipes you may have.
I wish more violets were around my home. I see them everywhere, but I always worry about picking too many and then having them in short supply the next year. Do you have a large patch available to you? Or tips to get more of them to grow in our area?

Susan said...

The wonderful news about violets is that the flower that we know and love is produced for the "sheer exuberance" of beauty. It has no use as a seed producer. The real seeds are produced later in the season under the heart shaped leaves. Most people don't even know they exist.So picking violet flowers has no ill effect on the reproduction of future plants. Mowing the seed heads off later might.

Lorelei Ranveig said...

This is the sort of thing I LOVE learning about in the plant world. Thanks for the I won't feel so guilty. =)

Ellen said...

Did you ever sing that jump rope song about violet riots? Stretching to remember but it was like

Jump like the wind,
where have you been,
Wind blows so sweet?
Among the violets
When they blossom at your feet.

There was another verse too... if that was even the first? I'll have to call my sister ;)

my comment moderation word is zebama... can't get away from the election in pa today lol

kansasrose said...

I'm a violet junky. Don't you think some Iris smell of violet? Violet sugar? There is something so nostalgic about them. I want a room with violet flowered wallpaper. I could never grow them as house plants like my granny could.


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