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I have always loved violets. As children we picked them for our mother for May baskets and May altars. I always mean to acquire some so I can pick and use a glass shot glass as a vase, as we did long ago. But my friend has these crazy violets, no flower, from hades. I have been helping her in her yard and these crazy things are everywhere and do nothing but invade. What is the violet I like and what is the violet I don't like?
My wild Violets only bloom once and then they are just green stuff you probably mow over, at least that is what happens in my yard. For a little while every spring I have 2 or 3 varieties - "Confederate" that are sort of blue and gray and the rest are purple and not as fragrant as my childhood friends (we had a special tiny class for them, too and Mom would take us on excursions to pick violets).
Thank you Janiej. I will visit that violet site. You know, I was thinking, and maybe these things are not violets. The leaves look like em but they do not flower at all. I will check it out. thanks again.
When I lived in High Springs Florida, there was a woods that was wall to wall wild violets. When I visited the woods, I would bring home and transplant bunches into my yard and always kept an eye out for seeds. I haven't seen any wild violets since I left North Central Florida. I miss them.
Janiejoy... i really like the violets in your yard... so much better then a lawn...
Now you have me thinking...
Maybe i could fill the dead spots of my lawn with violet seeds?
I know the typical heart shaped violet may be considered invasive... but it sure would beat having a lawn to care for...and it would look nicer too!
Im going to look for violet seeds and maybe place an order .
Just happened upon this thread. I have lived in my home for 35 years, and am an avid gardener, so I am always moving plants around. I am plagued with violets everywhere. I weed them out of my gardens, but I have pretty much let them alone in the lawn. They just bloom once in the spring, then it is just green leaves. I wouldn't mind if there were a few yellow violets, but mine are all purple.