Thanks for all your sweet responses to my wild yard woes! I never would hire a lawn service, anyway, because it takes a whole lotta chemicals to keep a lawn that lush. My babies play outside almost every day! As to potting wild violets, there's nothing to it. I planned on using these clumps as temporary decoration, the rooted equivalent of cut flowers. I left the dirt clinging and stuck them in undraining containers, watering every couple of days. To my surprise, they're flourishing, two weeks later! Now that's a plant you have to love.