Violas are among my favorite garden flowers, especially because they will happily bloom all winter long. Not only are they beautiful, they are edible, too. They make a lovely cake decoration, or salad topping. Very nice, violas!
Vitex (or Chaste Tree, as it is commonly known) is a gorgeous herb to grow, but it does take up quite a large space. I love the lilac blooms almost as much as the butterflies do. Vitex has some medicinal uses (ladies only!), and a rather interesting history, as well. To learn more click here.
Vanilla Beans are a wonderful addition to the spice cabinet. I like to take a whole vanilla bean and place it in quart jar and then fill the jar with sugar. Let it sit for a few days and you have a delicious vanilla sugar to put in your cup of tea, or your favorite cake or cookies. For a different sort of vanilla recipe, try this:
Vanilla Sugar Scrub
1 cup vanilla sugar made with white or brown sugar (see above)
1/2 cup sweet almond oil (or whatever oil you like)
a few drops of vanilla essential oil (optional)
Mix together and use as a body scrub to exfoliate and make your skin soft, smooth, and sweet smelling.
A note to my fellow Alphabe-Thursday friends:
I'm sorry I didn't have time to read many of your posts last week, the garden is a merciless task master these days. If I don't water, weed, and pick squash daily, I have wilty veggies, wildly overgrown weeds, and zucchini the size of baseball bats. I will try to do double duty this week and read both your U & V posts. Anyone want some squash??? ;)