Spring Entertaining: Violas

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The Profile

Violas

Violas, also known as Johnny-jump-ups are the smallest member of the vast Violet or violaceae family. Pansy is the general term used to identify this large collection of blooming plants & it should be noted that there is no relation to the indoor Violet varieties. They are a good flower to showcase in partially shaded areas as spring begins to emerge. Violas are generally offered as annuals or biennials with some perennial varieties & come in a variety of lovely color combinations. Learn how to make these petite blooms the focal point of your entertaining spaces.

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How To Entertain With Violas

Beautiful flower arrangements should change with the seasons so begin by choosing items currently in bloom. Creating arrangements to use for spring entertaining need not be complex & with a few pointers they may be quick to make. Violas offer a lovely seasonal look when seasonal celebrations are in order.

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The Technique

Violas may be found from garden centers in the fall & early spring months, the time of the year they are best planted. They make a lovely selection to showcase in containers & are some of the first blooms that may be used to perk up front doors & mailboxes. Violas grow well when planted in moist, rich well-drained soil & when they are spaced approximately 4 to 6-inches apart. Violas make lovely cut flowers for small needs. Linens may be wrapped with twine then finished with a flower or two for an effortless design to showcase in the center of place settings. Expect snipped blooms to last several hours without water between the twine atop the napkins.

The Tune
“Pennies From Heaven” Billie Holiday 

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* Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Football Fanatic * Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Techniques Instructor * Cooking & Baking Tutorials * Media Personality * Baking & Pastry Artist * Gardener * Runner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rebecca Gordon shares over 20 years of cooking knowledge in the instructional filled original editorial content on Buttermilk Lipstick as well as the cooking class format videos that can be found on her YouTube channel through regular collaboration with numerous media outlets. Gordon draws from an extensive background in corporate publishing spanning over 13 years on both the business and editorial side focusing on women’s southern lifestyle. She is a classically trained pastry chef and draws from fine dining restaurant experience from a James Beard award winning chef as well as her southern roots upbringing to share cooking, entertaining & style content relevant to today’s modern woman.

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