June 11, 2009 at 9:58 pm 1 comment


The violets in our garden are blooming like crazy right now. We had a few hardy violets growing in the open dirt that was our yard when we first bought our house two years ago. Transplanting them was my first act of gardening at our new home. Since then, I’ve been collecting the seeds each fall and scattering them. Violets have seeds that are very easy to harvest and grow. At the end of last summer I laid seeds on the soil, covered them very lightly with dirt and after a long winter we now have healthy patches of violets growing in several places throughout our front and backyard.

Violets are by far one of my favorite flowers. I have nostalgic memories of them growing in our yard when I was a child, and I remember being allowed to pick them and put them in little vases or glasses. Violets are one of the better known edible flowers. There’s not really any taste to them, but they are lovely to look at and add a nice element to the presentation of a dish. I’ve had them on salad and have also seen them pressed into goat cheese (Salt Spring Island Cheese Company’s pretty flower chevre is a favorite of mine). Another fun idea is candied violets as a garnish for cakes or other desserts.

Hardy, easy to grow, edible, beautiful and full of fond memories. What’s not to like?


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  • 1. Goodbye garden (part 1) « Nest and Sparkle  |  March 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    […] I guess in some ways things won’t change at all. In Calgary I can see the first chives and my pretty violets starting to poke through the earth. I think if I can take a few of them along with me to Vancouver […]

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