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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5984 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5984 Posts

Posted - Dec 27 2021 :  12:56:36 PM  Show Profile
This year's International Herb Society Herb of the Year is a really good one. Viola violet family which includes pansies and heartease aka Johnny-jump-up.

For new FarmGirls each year we celebrate our FarmGirl Jubilee and MaryJane's birthday in May. Some of us plant the Herb of the Year or a rose in celebration. I post the Herb of the Year early so those who wish to plant it can add it to their garden shopping list.

Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.

Edited by - YellowRose on Jan 06 2022 02:44:36 AM

quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

6695 Posts

Linda
Terrell TX
USA
6695 Posts

Posted - Dec 27 2021 :  2:26:30 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message
Thank you, Sara. I love pansies, but didn't know they were also an herb.

Farmgirl hugs,
Linda
Terrell, TX

Farm girl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015 and April 2017


"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5984 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5984 Posts

Posted - Dec 27 2021 :  2:39:48 PM  Show Profile
Linda, They are also edible. I'll do a container for the back deck so it'll be close to my kitchen. I like violets in my hot or iced tea. Just thinking and talking about my gardens makes me happy.

Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3423 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3423 Posts

Posted - Dec 27 2021 :  6:36:25 PM  Show Profile
I am sitting here reading this and smiling Sara. Johnny Jumpups, they jump up all over and are pretty. Enjoy!!

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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AussieChick
Sharpshooter

175 Posts

Cindy
Ravensbourne QLD
Australia
175 Posts

Posted - Dec 27 2021 :  9:56:43 PM  Show Profile
Great choice, Sara! Violas make beautiful cake decorations too! They also add a pop of colour to your summer salads.

Farmgirl #6058
Farmgirl Sister of the Year 2021

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have".
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Lacey
Chapter Guru

62 Posts

Rea
Davis Ca
USA
62 Posts

Posted - Dec 30 2021 :  3:57:46 PM  Show Profile
What a great choice. Violets and Johnny Jump-ups are so delicate and vibriant in color. A wonderful medicinal flower as well as a beautiful addition to any garden big or small!
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ruthie218
True Blue Farmgirl

1373 Posts

Ruthie Ann
Indiana
USA
1373 Posts

Posted - Dec 31 2021 :  06:48:49 AM  Show Profile
So excited to get my herb starts going.
Ruthie Ann


Farmgirl sister#4072
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

2401 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
2401 Posts

Posted - Dec 31 2021 :  08:41:21 AM  Show Profile
Do you dry them for tea or just pop one in fresh? I'm a bit nervous to try a flower tea - I had a jasmine tea once and it was like inhaling perfume. I din't like it at all!

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5984 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5984 Posts

Posted - Dec 31 2021 :  08:57:33 AM  Show Profile
Heather, I have not dried flowers for tea. I add them fresh to black tea. I'm like you I don't like my tea to taste like perfume. I may try drying some this year.

Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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tigger9777
Sharpshooter / Chapter Leader & Guru / FG Guide

96 Posts

Candy
Oakley CA
USA
96 Posts

Posted - Dec 31 2021 :  10:26:23 PM  Show Profile
I am so excited to plant these in the Spring. Thank you for advertising the new herb each year.
Candy Hogan #8283
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

15717 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15717 Posts

Posted - Jan 01 2022 :  9:40:10 PM  Show Profile
Oh Sara,, fabulous choice! I love Violets and Johnny Jump-ups!


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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

2059 Posts

April
Central Oregon
USA
2059 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2022 :  1:58:53 PM  Show Profile
WOW! I knew pansies were edible, but I didn't realize they were considered an herb! How interesting! Love the pansie and johnny jump up nomination for herb of the year! Will definately purchase myself a plant or two (or some seeds) as soon as I come across any in my neck of the woods. We are well into winter here on the high desert, we are snow covered with bright blue skies today! Cold, but beautiful! I'm imagining a darling little pansie poking it's head out of the snow! xo

Dreamer42
Farmgirl Sister #7038
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8320 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8320 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2022 :  12:09:19 PM  Show Profile
Love pansies, violets and Johnny jump ups. I have used violets for decorations on cakes, sugarcoating them to make them sparkle. I've also used them with out sugarcoating.


~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5984 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5984 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2022 :  1:26:51 PM  Show Profile
If you need a little inspiration check out the first page of the new MJF magazine. A beautiful chocolate cake with edible flowers. See how many of the flowers you can identify.

The cake recipe is on page 5.



Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

3707 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
3707 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2022 :  6:04:33 PM  Show Profile
One of my favorites Sara and I do so love adding it to my salads! There is a gal I follow on Insta that makes, bakes, creates the most beautiful edibles with her organic flowers! She uses a lot of viola's too! :)

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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tigger9777
Sharpshooter / Chapter Leader & Guru / FG Guide

96 Posts

Candy
Oakley CA
USA
96 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2022 :  9:43:06 PM  Show Profile
I love the Viola for 2022 and have already purchased one.
May I pitch a suggestion for the year 2023?
I would like to nominated the Sunflower as the next herb in 2023. A sunflower is classified as an annual, it belongs to the Asteraceae family, being an annual means it is an herb.
There are over 500 documented types of sunflowers#127803; to enjoy. The flower was a symbol of Aztec Gods and from there spread into other Native American cultures.
Sunflowers are also known as Indian Heads.
You can harvest the flowers and the seeds.
They grow well along side other tall crops like corn or sorghum.
They grow best in areas with low humidity and hot climates, plant in rich soil with full sun exposure.
You can even buy sunflowers in a rainbow #127752; of colors such as blue, pink, red, orange.
Just a future idea, thanks for reading.
Candy Hogan #8283
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tigger9777
Sharpshooter / Chapter Leader & Guru / FG Guide

96 Posts

Candy
Oakley CA
USA
96 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2022 :  9:45:01 PM  Show Profile
Here is a picture of my 2022 Viola.
Candy Hogan #8283

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5984 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5984 Posts

Posted - Jan 06 2022 :  02:49:43 AM  Show Profile
Candy, I did not choose the Herb of the Year. The International Herb Society did. I forgot to add that when I posted. I have edited my post to clarify it.

I think your idea of having FarmGirls to choose the Herb of the Year is a great idea. Put it on your calendar to post in 2023 that sunflowers will be the Herb of the Year.

Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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Lacey
Chapter Guru

62 Posts

Rea
Davis Ca
USA
62 Posts

Posted - Jan 10 2022 :  9:26:19 PM  Show Profile
I really would love to have a sunflower herb of the year!!

Rea
“Action is the foundational key to all success.”
– Pablo Picasso
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

15717 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15717 Posts

Posted - Jan 19 2022 :  10:37:29 PM  Show Profile
I look forward to the snow melting and little Johnny Jump-ups poking their lil heads up in my Irish patch..
As for next year,, Sunflowers!!! Luv it!
I grew quite a few this year, and dried the heads for the birds..

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www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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Allison Clark
Chapter Guru / Farmgirl Guide / Sharpshooter

41 Posts

Allie
Nacona Texas
USA
41 Posts

Posted - Jan 31 2022 :  9:06:40 PM  Show Profile
I would love to see a sunflower for next year

Allison Clark
Farmgirl #8292
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

15717 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15717 Posts

Posted - Feb 01 2022 :  1:57:36 PM  Show Profile
Because I live in the Inland northwest, sunflowers are summer only, but each year I do grow an assortment of then and then dry and save the seeds for my winter bird feed.

I look forward to starting off this year with Violas especially the sweet little Johnny Jump Ups in purples and yellows.


>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8320 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8320 Posts

Posted - Feb 02 2022 :  04:20:10 AM  Show Profile
We have pretty much a clean slate here for planting this year. Johnny jump up would be so pretty in our front garden. We tore down wistera from the pergola on the deck. It had been there a long time and was starting to ruin the rails and poles of the pergola. We are going to plant some morning glories to climb it. Not too many as I know they can go crazy and get really quite heavy. Will be planting some violets out front too.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
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VT Oma
True Blue Farmgirl

165 Posts

Sheila
Greensboro Vermont
USA
165 Posts

Posted - Feb 11 2022 :  07:04:22 AM  Show Profile
We still have snow. I was thinking of starting some seeds in some empty plastic milk jugs, then either transplanting them out side when it warms up or maybe keeping them inside and decorating the milk jugs. Should I poke holes in the jugs or just put rocks?

Sheila
Farmgirl
#5766


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jmpiercy
True Blue Farmgirl

374 Posts

Joan
Lansing North Carolina
USA
374 Posts

Posted - Feb 11 2022 :  07:30:37 AM  Show Profile
Thanks for posting the choice early, Sara. Growing up with my Nannie made me love pansies and Johnny Jump-Ups. She put them in every empty spot she could find. I will look for some to put in pots so I can take them to my dad's when I move. Hope you are doing well, Sara.


Joan P.
Farmgirl Sister #8056

"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth." - William W. Purkey

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Phillippians 4:13
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5984 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5984 Posts

Posted - Feb 11 2022 :  07:57:30 AM  Show Profile
Thanks for asking Joan. I'm dealing with MS fatigue and brain fog but this too shall pass. Enjoy filling your pots and hang on to your precious memories.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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