Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Wild Violets are Blooming

Wild Violets and Mason Jar Terrariums

Wild Violets are Edible

My front yard is carpeted with lovely wild violets.  Also known as Violas.  Do you know the flowers and the leaves are edible and can be used in salads, to make teas, flavored water and vinegar.  You can even make wild violet jelly.  While I'm more inclined to purchase it, there is a lovely shop in North Carolina which sells wild violet jelly and syrup on Etsy.  I am going to make violet vinegar very soon and will post on the experience.
Half Gallon Blue Ball Mason Jar by TheInspiredTrader on Etsy

Wild Violets Make Good Terrarium Plants

They're so irresistible I used one as a prop for a large half gallon vintage Blue Ball Mason Jar which I think would make a stunning terrarium container.  In fact violets make wonderful terrarium

plants as they stay dwarf size and like low light and humidity.  Although I've read the wild variety will tolerate more sun, all mine are growing on the north side of the house which gets very little direct sun shine.  It's often used as ground cover beneath trees.

The violets purple blue flower will add a pop of color!  As you can see above, I tucked one inside a mason jar which is listed for sale in my shop.  (If you are interested in purchasing the link above will take you directly to the listing.)  You can expect them to bloom in fall and early spring.

Terrariums are pretty easy to make and you can find a how to on the Better Homes and Gardens web site.  Just think how much fun it will be to go hunting for wild violets.  There are over 60 species of wild violets and they grow in every region of the US except the Rocky Mountains.

Who knew wild violets were such a blooming good idea?!