February Flowers: FL Violets

Taken from Llewellyn’s 2018 Herbal Almanac:

“Wild violets are a member of the Violaceae family, which has over 500 species, including what we know as the sweet violet, the dog violet, and even pansies. Don’t be tempted to grow the garden center pansies for your table, though! It’s the sweet violet that grows in the wild–Viola odorata–that you’ll want to find for your recipes.

Violets can be used much the same way as lilac and lavender–in fact, there’s a candy in the United Kingdom called Parma Violets, little sweet violet-scented disks that come in a small cellophane tube. A syrup made from violets and sugar was a traditional cordial on Mothering Sunday. It’s a wonderful base for a drink, and a few drops added to royal icing or fondant produce the most interesting color and taste.

Violet petals make an intriguing addition to salads as well as a colorful and delightful garnish to meat. The flowers dipped in beaten egg white and then in finely ground sugar are beautiful toppings for cupcakes and other sweets; they just need a bit of careful handling and attention paid to them while they’re drying. It’s worth the effort to see the finished result, though!”

Such a savage Song you sing

It’s such a savage Song you sing

Oh Mother, Lady of the Woods, sprite or faery bold,

The melodies sing Life to me as all things meet as One

The land is painted shades of Earth, greens and browns and faint light hues, and I can see the growing things waking up, among the shade of the oak trees.

Through death and rebirth and the shadow’s prayer, this Land is here to roam.

It’s such a savage Song you sing, and I’m here to sing along.

 

 

 

+lj

Spring is coming 💚☘☺

Spring is pretty much here for central FL. Daytime temps have reached 80 and nighttime temps swinging as low as upper 50s. The humidity is low, and the breeze is up. This lovely weather won’t last forever. Days like this one just beg for acknowledgment of the sun and birds and green growing things…and of course creativity.

Herbcraft, tea, soil work and replanting. Crafting with nature and found items in the house. Clearing clutter and freshening up.