Monday, April 20, 2009

Sweet Violet/ Macro Monday

Close up of a sweet violet

"...sweeter than all the roses"? Well, I think the jury is still out on that one.

Common around North America, sweet violets (Viola odorata) are actually native to Europe and Asia.

Blooming amidst blades of grass

Many gardeners consider them to be uninvited guests and I admit I weed them out of my garden beds but I like them in my lawn. In fact, this is a photo of one blooming in my lawn right now.

Please note: Today's Flowers is the post below.

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25 comments:

margie said...

seems like spring is taking her sweet time, i am so happy to see any sign!! i like violets. i had an awful corner that nothing would grow in, hidden in the back, they thrived.

B Squared said...
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B Squared said...

Awfully pretty in or out of the lawn.

Julie said...

I like them also and have the white one along with that color. I leave them, finally flowers after such a long winter. Nice shots.

PERBS said...

I love their color and the insides remind me so much of Iris.

Small City Scenes said...

I like sweet Violets and I have some growing here and there. MB

Me and my puppies said...

They are usually found in unexpected places, leaving us with a pleasant surprise and a smile.

Kate said...

Such happy faces!!

Ginger said...

What a beautiful color! I wish I could grow violets, but down here in the south they won't grow.

Jarart said...

I love spring flowers! I can almost smell the sweetness.

barb said...

Oh, goodie, more beautiful purple flowers! Lovely! I certainly wouldn't weed them out!

Tricia said...

pretty purple flowers on both posts!

m_m said...

It is great! Wonderful photos! Nice colour:)

maryt/theteach said...

"Sweet violets, sweeter than all the roses..." I love the purple, EG! Thanks for helping me pick out my profile pic! :)

Rambling Round said...

At first I thought this was an iris, but its a gorgeous little violet. Good photo!

Martha said...

They're lovely little flowers. Around here they are yellow, I wouldn't mind them in my lawn but they only seem to grow in the meadow.

Shammickite said...

I've noticed the little violets in my lawn are blooming too... well, what passes for a lawn, it seems to be more of a weed bed, but at least weeds are mostly green.

Becky and Gary said...

More gorgeous purples EG. Wonderful! We're still waiting for them.
B.

Jan said...

Perfect. I just love your captures.

Natural Moments said...

They are so beautiful. When we went for a hike last week we came across yellow stream violets. Like all violets, they are edible and yummy. Maybe they taste sweet. The yellow one's have an aftertaste flavour of bubblegum.

Old Wom Tigley said...

I took a picture of one of these last Friday whilst out and about... I will be posting it soon. I had forgot it's name and you have saved me the trouble of looking it up... thank you.

Ash said...

Gorgeous shots!

Jama said...

They are so pretty, I wouldn't mind having them in my garden too.

The Gundam are not only for kids, a lot of men do buy them too. It required patience and skill to put them together and some are quiet expensive. For your info, my son is already 20 years old! lol

Mojo said...

Never heard this term applied to them. I've only heard them called wild violets. They're striking by any name though.

Misty Dawn said...

SO pretty (and my favorite color too hehe)

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