This is one of my favorite violets! It has big clusters of giant, frilly, periwinkle blue blossoms. I’ve grown them as miniaturized plants as well as large plants and they are just lovely either way. This year I’ve had a huge influx of blooming violets starting in late December through now. I am not sure […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Flowers are a popular gift for Mom. But cut flowers wither and die after just a few days, so why not get Mom a living bouquet instead so that she can enjoy your gift to her for years to come? Live plants and flowers are becoming more and more popular. So which living flowers make […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Name: Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus) Type: Perennial Growth habit: Most of us are familiar with Swedish Ivy (also known by the common name “Creeping Charlie”) as a houseplant, though in some warmer climates it is an outside plant grown in the garden or as a wild ground cover. Its foliage is leathery but brittle, almost […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Name: African Violet (Saintpaulia) Type: Perennial Growth habit: Compact, upright (some varieties somewhat trailing) fuzzy-leafed plant with colorful blossoms. Most often seen in homes and offices as a decorative plant. Light Level: Prefers bright indirect light and even will even grow in environments with entirely florescent lighting. Water: Generously, but allow soil to dry out […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Nope, not California dreamin’… although with the weather we’ve had lately, I’m almost there. The real story is that I’ve been trying for a number of years to start citrus trees from seed. For some reason I have failed miserably on every attempt. That is, until now! About two months ago I bit into a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Well, it’s been a crazy year so far, with house-buying, moving, repairing, new-carring, etc… and finally getting back into the swing of things. For me, that means planting seeds, and repotting starts, rooting cuttings, etc. Currently dazzling me are my amaryllis. Recently, one bloomed, but even more exciting are the results of last year’s blossoms… […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The move really messed me up. I lost a few of the rooted African Violet leaves I’d started, but I finally got to transplant some of the ones that survived. Looks like one leaf only had 2 babies on it, while one other had about 6. I cut the leaves off the babies and put […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
My new African Violet home is working out well, but already getting full! I’m not sure how much longer one table is going to be enough. We’re moving in a few weeks so maybe there will be enough room for a second table. 😉 The miniature (my last variegated violet) is finally putting on blossoms […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Earlier this month I brought home an ugly old table from work that was just going to get junked. Thought it would make the perfect African Violet home, since my smaller makeshift growing surface was becoming crowded. It works most excellently and offers some room to grow: On March 1, a day or so later, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I actually had some time this weekend to snap some shots of my plants… something I hadn’t done in a number of years. It’s interesting to compare some between now and earlier. And amazing how long I’ve had some of these plants! Above you will see two photos of a ficus tree… it is the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.