IS THERE A 12-STEP PROGRAM FOR AFRICAN VIOLET ADDICTS? I only ask because yesterday, after struggling to find new quarters for the violets that lived on the fluorescent-lit shelves in my study (I needed the shelves for my big tomato sowing venture), I then drove to Albany, attended the Capital District African Violet Society’s annual show, and came home with…guess what?
Yep, more violets! Six, in fact, that I found too irresistible to leave behind (click photos to enlarge):
When its buds open, ‘Lunar Eclipse’ will display double purple flowers edged in vibrant raspberry. The leaves are handsome too — medium green, quilted, and with a light ivory variegation on their edges.
Ever heard of a “space violet?” Optimara’s blue-flushed, green-edged ‘Evergrace’ is one. It descended from seeds that orbited earth for 6 years aboard one of NASA’s space shuttles. When the seeds were retrieved in 1990, certain mutations were observed, including extraordinary abundance of flowers, or “multifloresence,” which never stop blooming.
In truth, if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you already know about my saintpaulia addiction. You also know that I use the plants to adorn windows, light gardens (when veggies aren’t growing there), and centerpieces. Plus, The African Violet Society of America gave me an award for one of my articles. So who can blame me for adding a few more plants to an already-exuberant saintpaulia collection?
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African Violets – My Easy, Always-In-Bloom Program
African Violets – Divide & Desucker for Better Flowering
The Window Garden in Autumn
‘Tis the Season for Saintpaulia
The Window Garden in February