Walking through your yard this time a year offers little, delicate delights: wild violets. Our farm family love these delights.
The geese enjoy stumbling upon a bed of deep blue flowers poking through the grass. One by one, they pluck the treats as they slowing waddle across the yard.
However, it is Dawn that loves to pick each violet one at a time to make into violet syrup to enjoy with lemonade, mix drinks, over ice cream, and even pancakes.
It may seem tedious, but the rewards and the time to relax are priceless. You may choose some alone time, but by including the kids, you can offer a lifetime of memories and the perfect photoshoot. Then, there is the chance to turn this adventure into a romantic date.
Make Your Own Violet Syrup
After spending some quality time in the yard picking a bowl of viloets, you just need to fill a quart jar with flowers, pour boiling water over them, and then let set for the night. After 24-hours, you need to pour it into Bain-maire—double boiler, add a cup of sugar, and heat until the sugar desolves. Then you strain off. This makes a delicious simple syrup for your next treat.
Note to self: the more sugar you add, the thicker and sweeter the syrup. Take it slow. 😇
Wow Your Friends
If you add drops of lemon juice to the violet syrup, you can watch it change colors before your eyes. The lemon juice turns the blues to pinks. This chemical reaction is a litmus test to enjoy. The more you add, the pinker it turns. This is why it is so much fun to add violet syrup to lemonade.
Between the dandelions, clover, and violets, I’ve always been tempted to treat the grass with chemicals to keep it perfectly green; however, Dawn is firm in protecting the violets and even the rest of nature for the geese, chickens, and the rest to safely enjoy. She is right—as usual. I just need to keep my OCD tendencies in check. The flowers of all kinds offer a bountiful palette for us all to enjoy.
Yep, roses are red and violets are blue . . .
And the Lord put them here
Just for me and you. Blessings,