African Violet Update

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Last year, I wrote my first post about growing African violets. In the meantime, life got very busy, and I haven't been paying much attention to the plants other than to remember to turn on the plant light every morning, off again every evening, and water them. With tax season coming to an end, I made time to go to this month's meeting of the Tucson African Violet Society, which got me excited about growing them again and writing an update how things are going with my plants.

As you can see, very well. Almost all of them have flowers. I had to go out of town last month and was a little afraid of how they'd do without me to look after them. Imagine my surprise when they looked better than before I left! Maybe benign neglect really is the way to go.

Of course, this minor success has me longing for more African violets. I even loaded up my shopping cart on The Violet Barn website. I chose miniatures and semi-miniatures because of my space problem. The one I bought as part of my initial assortment is so cute.

Then I remembered the cats.

They look so innocent, don't they? Don't let sleepy Spenser fool you. He's usually the one leading the chase around my living room, hopping across chair backs and onto the dining room table. Nothing is safe!

Still, I'm tempted to chance it. After all, because I'm working on a book that features African violets, they're research, right? And they're so pretty and cheery. There's got to be a way to have more African violets.

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