Every year some of these charming Viola tricolor plants pop up on the lawn or in the flower beds here.
To spare them the wrath of the lawn mower, i'll uproot some of them and stick them in a pot to ride out the growing season.
This year, a fine dark flowered specimen jumped up in an abandoned flower bed, and what at first appeared to be multiple plants, actually turned out to be one large plant.
That plant was promptly potted up into a 8" pot and this is how it looked back in July.
Yesterday, some shots were taken of what still remains of this Viola.
It is still flowering and has plenty of spent seed pods.
The bumble bees visit the flowers and the pollinated flowers produce seed pods like this green one, which then open and spill out their seeds as the dried one above this unopened seed pod already has done.
The wind spreads the small seeds all about, and they pop up in unexpected place, hence leading to one of their common nicknames - Johnny-Jump-Ups.
If the definition of a weed is any plant that grows where it wasn't intended to be, then these little darlings would be my weeds of choice.
Plus, it doesn't hurt that the flowers are edible.
Perhaps it isn't just me that has a soft spot for these plants...
...some of their other common nicknames according to Wikipedia are: heartsease, heart's ease, heart's delight, tickle-my-fancy, Jack-jump-up-and-kiss-me, come-and-cuddle-me, three faces in a hood, or love-in-idleness.