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Thursday, January 27, 2011

A slight change of pace


Yes, being a little fed up with winter I decided to but a new 'pet'. Many years ago I cultivated many African violets under lights. I even won a few ribbons - though never best in show. Still, though very short on space in the Retreat, I thought it was time to bring in some new color (or if you prefer, colour) grin. Except for the dim glow from the computer screen, and the surveillance camera screen, it's dark in here. So I have this little plant under a single CFL. Lets see how well this grows over the next few months. ATB!

13 comments:

ChrisJ said...

I'm not very good at growing things, but I love to see them. Your photographs in the side bar are wonderful -- not to mention the raccoons at the top.

Home In The Hollow said...

Rusty, Violets are such "happy" flowers, don't you think? They so remind me of my Johnny Jump Ups that spring up everywhere throughout the growing season! Thanks for the warmer upper!...:)JP

forestwalk/laura k said...

beautiful violets!
i've not had much luck with them myself...yours make me smile! thanks.

Country Mouse Studio said...

I love these flowers too, one of the few that blesses us with flowers in the winter

shirl said...

I agree with everyone, sweet faces on these blooms. Love purple flowers too. Good luck with your experiment. Wishing you a good weekend too :-)

Gail said...

Beautiful, I could never grow these.

My mother was the best at growing violets. When she became ill, her friend called and reminded us the violets must be watered at noon...no other time would do.

Sandy said...

Love the violet. I use to have a few in my kitchen...years and years and years ago. I may need to get more after seeing this beauty.

Greg C said...

You know that is one plant that I fail to be able to grow. They always die for some reason. It has been a while since I tried to grow one though so maybe I should try again now that I am older. Maybe they just grow for older people like me.

Rusty said...

OK, great ammunition for the dead of winter blog stuff. How everyone can grow beautiful African violets.

Coming soon...

1) The right amount of light.

2) Easy way to water them properly.

And so on..... ATB!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I have never been good with house plants, Rusty, but this on is so very colorful and hope it does well under the CFL.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I have never been good with house plants, Rusty, but this on is so very colorful and hope it does well under the CFL.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I have never been good with house plants, Rusty, but this on is so very colorful and hope it does well under the CFL.

Kerri said...

Oh, you've done a great job with this beauty!