Wild Violets Everywhere!

Hi everyone!

Growing up, our backyard was filled with wild deep purple violets. Instead of grass, there were violets. And even now, my parents backyard is filled with wild violets. My dad has tried to kill them off so he could actually have grass but, they just come right back. I love them!

moms yard 003So, I thought it would be nice to have this week’s tea in among the wild violets. 

tea among the violets 023I am using my violet teapot.

tea among the violets 012tea among the violets 013And the matching teacup and saucer.

tea among the violets 006Troy bought me this pretty teapot and teacup set about 7 years ago at, of all places, a small truckstop in Ohio! Can you believe that?

tea among the violets 010tea among the violets 003tea among the violets 009I bought this little violet creamer at a yard sale last summer. It looks like it is part of the teapot/teacup set.

Violets are a symbol of everlasting love. They have long been associated with romance and are mentioned in romantic literature. In his sonnet 99, William Shakespeare wrote; “Sweet thief, whence didst thou steal the sweet, if not from my lovers breath”. Shakespeare had likened the violet to a thief. Implying that its sweet fragrance was stolen from his lovers breath.

tea among the violets 007tea among the violets 004This pretty violet china dish is actually a vintage ashtray. My mom bought it for me last summer at a big outdoor flea market we went to.   It is normally in my small purple teacup bathroom and holds a lovely scented soap.

tea among the violets 008The little purple bird normally hangs off a mirror in my small bathroom.  And the white cherub candleholder was a thrift find (I actually have a pair of them).

The scent of violets was the favorite perfume of Josephine Bonaparte. When Napoleon returned from banishment in Elba, Josephine was dead. He picked a bouquet of violets for her grave before then being exiled to Elba. When Napoleon died, violets and a lock of Josephine’s hair were found in a locket.

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tea among the violets 005I’m showing one of my small silver spoons. Love the old tarnish look of it.

Candied violets are beautiful on top of cakes. Add blossoms to fresh salads and desserts for a decorative touch.

tea among the violets 011I had to snitch a couple of the brownies my mom made for our tea!

Sweet violets are the only medicinal violets. They are a useful herb with both expectorant and diuretic properties. Violets can be taken in a tea for coughs, colds, and rheumatism. Sweet violets make a soothing poultice for external usage. The essential oil of violets can also be used in aromatherapy.

tea among the violets 015Yay, a little sunshine peeked out from behind the clouds.

tea among the violets 016There is also a lot of wild catnip that fills their yard. They are all blooming with tiny light purple flowers.

The Greek word for violet is Io. Io is a character in Greek mythology and the daughter of King Argos. Zeus loved her. However, Zeus was concerned that Hera would discover their illicit affair, so he turned Io into a heifer and then created the sweet-scented flowers that we now know as violets for her to eat while in her heifer form.

tea among the violets 018tea among the violets 019tea among the violets 014Well, I hope you enjoyed my tea among the wild violets today. I absolutely love violets especially the wild ones. They are such an old fashion flower that remind me of days gone by. And of course they remind me of a wonderful childhood that I was fortunate enough to have experienced.

I’m joining:

Table Top Tuesday (I hope Marty will forgive me for not using a table for my tea)

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Twice Owned, Return to Loveliness, Tuesday Treasures

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha & Tea Cup Tuesday with Terri
Tea Time Tuesday with Lady Katherine & Tea Time Tuesday
Teapots and Tea Things Tuesday & Tea For Two

Outdoor Wednesday & Fertilizer Friday

35 comments :

  1. I really enjoyed this post. The violets and your little tea set are so precious. Very nice pictures.

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  2. This post is so beautiful! One of my favorite colors and flowers!! I haven't seen real violets in ages. It is so dreary and rainy here today and this just lifted my spirits. I love all these pieces that you found in different places that belong together. xo,

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  3. Lovely, Diann. I think all lawns should just be replaced with wild violets now. :)

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  4. The wild violets and the ones on the teapot are just perfect together! lovely♥

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  5. How beautiful. I have always loved violets. One very fond memory I have of them is from when I was a kid living up in CT. We would gather them for May day baskets for our neighbor.

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  6. Imagine a whole yard of violets, tell Dad it is a problem we would all love to have! I love that he got the Tea set at a truck stop, sometimes they are the best. I love looking at all of the goodies at Cracker Barrel restaurants!

    Carol

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  7. The violets are beautiful and so is your tea tray!

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  8. I also love wild violets! They bloomed in our yard this year again and they make me so very happy!! Love your tea set. That Troy is so good at finding you gifts... yum to the brownies! hugs, Linda

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  9. What a sweet setting, Diann! I love your bird; it fits right in. We have wild violets growing here and I love them. I actually moved some a couple of years ago to fill in an area and crowd out weeds. They just look so pretty with their little purple flowers. I also like that the leaves stay nice throughout the summer so it does work like a ground cover.

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  10. Beautiful tea set Diann! I love the violets, always thought it would be fun to make Violet Jelly, but haven't tried it yet-enjoy:@)

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  11. I need to check into Teacup Wed. I have tons of teacups. Love your pretty violet set ;)

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  12. Love the tray, so pretty and your teaservice is fabulous. I would love to be there, this looks so inviting and relaxing. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  13. What a gorgeous setting for your violet tea party. So romantic.

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  14. Lovely,lovely, lovely post, Diann. So pretty with all the great photos. I love violets, too. Your violet everything is great! Susan

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  15. Very, VERY pretty! I wish I could find a tea set like that & I LIVE IN OHIO!! Guess I should shop some of the truck stops. LOL

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  16. i've been finding 'violet-y' things this spring in my thrifting...and i'm loving looking for more.
    you have captured my breath w/ your photos.

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  17. What a beautiful post Diann. Everything looks like a breath of Spring.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  18. Hi Diann
    This is a delightful tea among the violets with matching china. All the information about these flowers was fun to read.
    Judith

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  19. Diane what a beautiful tea set! I love the violets!

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  20. SO Beautiful! I LOVE violets and you've captured their charm and beauty... Your little tea set is So Pretty. I think the truck stop had GREAT TASTE! My yard is blooming with endless violets too. I LOVE them so much...
    Thank you for sharing with us...
    Have a wonderful week,
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  21. How sweet! Beautiful collection and I love the butterfly handle on the tea cup, what a sweet touch! Visiting you from the Return to Loveliness party. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  22. Hi Diann,
    I love your violet theme! I always associate violets and poetry together. Violets are so dainty and I love their purple colour. Lovin your teapot and tea cup! The little pitcher and ashtray are sweet too. I've enjoyed your tea very much and I thank you for sharing it with us today. Have a lovely week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  23. This is so pretty, Diann! I wish I could grown those violets in my backyard wildly. I just love the color....Christine

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  24. Hello Diann,
    you shared so many interesting informations about Violets and so lovely photos. What a luck, they do not allow your father to kill them. Violets are so wonderful and when they love this space, I don't believe, grass would grow there very well. Your teapot and tea cup in Violet Chintze design is outstanding. Love the little butterfly-handle. I guess, the owner of this truckstop was certainly a woman with good taste.
    Thank you for sharing those wonderful photos.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  25. Thank you so much for such a wonderful post! I truly enjoyed reading it and seeing your beautiful tea setting. I love violets as well. Your tea cup with the butterfly handle is so pretty, and I can not believe your hubby got that tea pot at a truck stop!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us today.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  26. This is absolutely beautiful. I love violets and your teapot and cup are gorgeous and what a wonderful setting you created.

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  27. Love the tea cup & tea pot lovely pattern to (such sweet handles) Your Bird is adorable as well

    Love Dawn xx

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  28. Oh how beautiful all those wild violets growing amongst the garden. A lovely post! Violets remind me of my grandmother, she used to pick us fresh little bunches to take home everytime we visited. Childhood Memories! Have a wonderful week!

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  29. Hello Diann,
    I have a fondness for wild violets too. We have several that grow throughout our garden and in my husband's grass. He's not too fond if it. You've set a very lovely tea amongst the violets - quite beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  30. You are the only person I know who could find a beautiful, delicate tea set in a truck stop.
    That is the kind of set I'd put in a breakfront or built in. Every time I'd pass it I would have to smile.
    We always had violets in our yard too. When my parents were digging them under I had to rescue many. I've moved them (and their offspring) to several states. A plant I haven't actually killed!

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  31. I love your story about the violets in the yard and trying to kill them. I enjoyed your voilets on your tea dishes. Your entire post is so precious.

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  32. beautiful, would love to join you for tea.

    sue

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  33. My goodness this was stunning!

    I joined your linky party ( thank you for hosting ) and then was looking around. The violets drew me in

    When I was a little girl I always picked violets for my mama. Where I live today generally has some springing up in the yard in the spring and I just have to pick some....

    What lovely china and photographs!

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