Yes a Yellow Violet can you believe! Downy Yellow Violet or (Viola Pubescens) is a native violet and is found in a rich woodland habitat. I think most people know of the common Blue Violet which spreads easily. The Downy Yellow Violet doesn't spread as easily and is very well behaved! The common Blue Violet is not a weed! Many butterflies use this plant in their larva stage as a host. Adult butterflies often visit Violets for nectar! So if you have them leave them they really do brighten up my woodland garden flowering in early April through May.
With Valentine's Day fast approaching I thought you'd all love to know Violets were used as an Aphrodisiac and for Love Spells! They were also used in amulets for good luck. Folklore says in the Spring you should pick the first Violet you see. Then you make a wish and your wish will come true! At my home the first Violets to appear are the Yellow Downy Violets. I'll let you know if my wish is granted.
Our beautiful Header is courtesy of The Frog Queen.Special thanks to Marci Brandt for the photo .
When Seeds Are Planted
Intriguing things begin to grow!
On January 6, 2010, Jeanne, over at The Candy Corn Chronicles, began a two day series on the state of our plant and seed industry, and how much peril heirloom and native plant seeds are in of becoming extinct.
Over the next few days, Chris, aka, The Frog Queen, over at Frog On The Pumpkin, Becca of Magikal Seasons fame, and myself shared some of our thoughts and ideas about our gardens and our dreams.
Finding that while we are diverse not only in our climates, and our personal favorites in styles of gardening, we all agree in promoting a healthy green planet.
Taking it a step further, blending in our combined love of all things magickal and spooky into a group blog format, wasn't a stretch at all!
So here we are. Presenting a diverse assortment of botanical topics for your reading pleasure. We hope that you will join in with your comments and questions, sharing new ideas and rediscovering old ones.
Becca, Chris, Jeanne, Sherry & Suzie
"It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought."
It is not the intent of this blog, or its contents to promote any herbal medical preparation or application, but merely to outline any potential medicinal properties of certain herbs, when discussing the plant as a whole.
We are not qualified medical personnel, nor certified herbalists and therefore it is strongly recommended that no one use any herbal treatments without seeking professional advice beforehand.