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hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2006
11:19 AM

Post #2202054

In the yard :) Sort of pretty, even though it's a weed.

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Kathleen
Panama, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2006
11:30 AM

Post #2202072

Its not a weed! Its a wildflower! ; )
hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2006
1:30 PM

Post #2202288

Well I guess I have plenty of wildflowers then! LOL

As long as they stay out of my beds, we're ok.

I do have lots of nice wildflowers that I actually dug up and moved to a bed just for native plants - things I found growing in the field. Ironweed, sunflower (helianthus?) and some others. I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks this year. This will be it's first full season in the ground. So far so good...lots of new growth popping up!
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2006
3:05 PM

Post #2202531

I'm with Kathleen. Wild violets are the darlings of spring to me. After the Little Bluettes they are the first flowers of sping around here.
Daturapod
Rose Hill, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 21, 2006
4:33 PM

Post #2208589

http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/image/v/viso--wpin-flower10552.htm

this may be your flower


http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/image/v/viso--flfront-variant19254.htm a mutation of the above aka "Confederate Violet"

I have started collecting viola esp. native species
http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/plant/350.htm
I have some of these to trade >>for some species out west that I sure can't find around here.
these are very heavy bloomers and perennial

take care
Larry
herbmoxie
Annandale, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 11, 2006
2:28 AM

Post #2267517

The common blue violet - the state flower of New Jersey! For more on violas and violets - try www.toadshade.com who propogates native species for gardeners. I bought a Downy Yellow Viola from them today to go with my blues in my woodland area. When I find 'em in the lawn...I move 'em to my woodland area which is really just a pine tree next to the driveway. HM
NoH2O
Everson, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2006
3:04 AM

Post #2274258

The violet is host plant for several fritillary butterflies. http://www.greatergreenvillemastergardener.org/html/Butterfly.htm

I have some violets in my lawn and they reseed like crazy. I wish they weren't quite so enthusiastic but I don't want to eliminate them altogether. I love butterflies and besides, the violets and dandelions look lovely blooming together. (Can you tell a perfect lawn is not my top priority? LOL)
Kathleen
Panama, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 13, 2006
2:45 PM

Post #2275262

lol, when they first came out with weed and feed products, my youngest daughter, who was very young, said, "Gee, if we used that, we wouldn't have any lawn at all!"
herbmoxie
Annandale, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 14, 2006
12:32 AM

Post #2276590

Here's to biodiversity in lawns! HM
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 14, 2006
1:01 AM

Post #2276660

I have to get the pics off my camera, but I have a butter yellow wild viola growing all over my back yard

Janis
terri_in_PA
Emmaus, PA
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2006
2:41 AM

Post #2330053

I have the common blue violet everywhere... im not caring if they are in the lawn, and in an area ive made for them, but they do have a tendency to just multiply like crazy, and can smother out other plants.. i dont like them in my flower beds.
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2007
10:02 AM

Post #3318068

I have tiny (flower is about 1/2 inch top of bloom to bottom, 3/8 inches wide) that I find in both white and lavender. The leaves are not like the blue violets , but these are smaller than the description of bird's foot violets. They are welcome, as it's an excuse not to mow, but what are they? I'm in Greenville Cty, SC, zone 7b/8, if that matters...
Margo
loves_lavender
Granite City, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 12, 2008
7:36 PM

Post #4941645

This is what most of my front lawn looks like :)

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=4904367
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 13, 2008
1:29 AM

Post #4943032

Lavender, what a beautiful lawn.

eye candy>

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loves_lavender
Granite City, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2008
9:15 PM

Post #4946566

Thanks, although it certainly wasn't planted that way. Not that I mind and neither do the bees. At least I managed to get a shot with no dandelions in the pic. I have to ask DH now to mow the front yard too low so he does shave the flowers off the tops!

Thanks!

Nicole
amazar
Eau Claire, WI
(Zone 4a)

May 15, 2008
8:18 PM

Post #4956178

I pull the dandelions out with the "weed hound" and leave the violets.They are so cute!

Andy

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