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V is for Viola on the A to Z Challenge

Violas on the Bridge of Flowers

V is for Viola, a large family of plants that includes the johnny jump up, pictured above. Viola is also my mother’s name. I never thought it was a very pretty name until I knew that johnny jump ups, violets and pansies were also Violas. Now I see the first violas in the garden centers and in my garden as a first sign of spring. I see the happy blue blossoms and I think about a mother of three sons  looking into the blue eyes of her first daughter, born as winter approaches, and seeing spring, seeing sunny days, and joy.  Now I think Viola is a name as beautiful as the flower.

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6 comments to V is for Viola on the A to Z Challenge

  • I just love Violas. Their little faces are so sweet and they do so much better here than Pansies. I plant them in the Fall and they last all through winter and spring!

  • My violets in the Spring are pretty, right up to the point that they encroach on all the other bedding plants.

  • Pat

    Christy – I love violas, and they self seed all over my garden beds which makes me very happy.
    Denise – I do have one small clump of ‘sweet violets’ and what I call wild violets grow all over my ‘flowery mead’ of a lawn.

  • Beautifully put. I can’t wait for my Johnny Jump Ups to come out!

    Are you exhausted yet? You’re going to need a long rest when you finally get to Z!!

  • In more wild areas, I like to let violas form a ground cover.

  • I love my violas and let them grow as groundcovers. I also grow them from seed. I think they are the most beautiful flower. Your mother has a lovely name indeed.

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