In admiration of violets

Viola is a large and diverse genus of flowering plants with over 500 species around the world. The Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) is the type best known here in Kentucky as an early spring wildflower. Not everyone likes violets in their lawn, but their heart shaped low growing leaves can be an attractive ornamental yard feature when grown in clumps, borders or as a ground cover.

 These Midwestern wild violets generally bloom in the Spring and produce seed pods in the Fall. The violet seed pods can be gathered before they explode. Store the seed pods in a paper sack while they dry out and pop open. Listening to the seed pods pop in a paper bag is like listening to microwave popcorn . . . in slow motion.