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Old March 11th, 2008, 02:09 PM
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tiny purple flower id

this year a bunch of tiny purple flowers popped up in my garden... I've lived here 3 years and they never bloomed before...i've attached a picture- sorry, it's from my cell phone...
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Old March 11th, 2008, 03:08 PM
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Re: tiny purple flower id

Violet. They can be pretty invasive but I love them.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 04:10 PM
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Thanks Margaret! They're really pretty and growing in a place nothing's ever grown before! So it's a good thing.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 08:28 PM
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Re: tiny purple flower id

yes, violets. very, very pretty flower - and they're one of the first to bloom in the spring. yes, some consider them invasive. i like them and i encourage them (and the wild strawberry) to grow in my flowerbeds...nothing like using nature, itself, to provide :)

they make great ground cover and really do keep the weeds down and it saves on the cost of mulch.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 06:56 AM
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I wonder if I can dig them up and move some?
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Old March 12th, 2008, 09:16 AM
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Re: tiny purple flower id

I don't see why not - they're pretty tenacious.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 09:46 AM
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oh, yes!! i do that all the time! they transplant really well!!
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Old March 12th, 2008, 09:56 AM
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Re: tiny purple flower id

Yes, they transplant very well and they usually also produce lots of seeds. Personally I use them in areas such as under the fig tree where bluebells, considered by some gardeners to be a weed, also grow. I really enjoy the colours and perfume after the winter and find that mowing the area in late spring allows the roses and lavender to strut their stuff and gives me easier access to the figs.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 11:18 AM
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Re: tiny purple flower id

Viola odorata ,one preferite flower of Rome antique.
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Old April 27th, 2008, 08:45 AM
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Re: tiny purple flower id

This flower in your post looks the closest to the one I have in mind.

It grows like clover in the grass and I think I may have thought it to be a different variety than the hairy clumpy lavender clover flower that I am now thinking of...so...

My question is: is a Violet a flower of a variety of clover or just another plant altogether as I now suspect?

I may have to change that line in my poem...

(Thanks in advance for any info...I just wrote my Mom a poem for her 75th bday and Mother's Day invloving many flowers and want to get them right...)
~Poem shared below if anyone is interested~

Gifts
Orchids display their beauty
and offer their heart in the open air
Blooming, the iris shows you
things that are not always there
Lilacs present perfume,
reminiscent of a day
when lady slippers flourished
as their children ran to play…
Crocuses push forth
the birth again of spring
Violets~ the surprise
that clover loves to bring
……Tulips open gently
to kiss the springtime dew
Freesia breezes joyfully
to search the world anew…

I want to thank you for the flowers
that you’ve often shared with me
So here’s a birthday harvest for you…
all your loving family!

@ Susan Beth Burke April 27, 2008

Last edited by Flora Voileta; April 27th, 2008 at 08:48 AM. Reason: The flower photo to which I refer is the cell photo at the start of this thread by "Roxturpin", I believe.
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Old April 27th, 2008, 08:51 AM
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Re: tiny purple flower id

Violets are not the flowers of clover. They are completely separate plant entities.
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Old April 27th, 2008, 08:53 AM
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Re: tiny purple flower id

I was afraid of that. Thanks so much for the info. As you can see, I am more of a poet than a botanist!
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Old April 27th, 2008, 09:00 AM
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Re: tiny purple flower id

OK, here's the corrected version. And from now on I will limit my posts to botanical questions :)

Gifts

Orchids display their beauty
and offer their heart in the open air
Blooming, the iris shows you
things that are not always there
Lilacs present perfume,
reminiscent of a day
when lady slippers flourished
as their children ran to play…
Crocuses push forth
the birth again of spring
Violets~ the surprise
that small leaves in grasses bring
……Tulips open gently
to kiss the springtime dew
Freesia breezes joyfully
to search the world anew…

I want to thank you for the flowers
that you’ve often shared with me
So here’s a birthday harvest for you…
all your loving family!

@ Susan Beth Burke April 27, 2008
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