With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: African Violets ~ Show & Tell Friday

Thursday, October 21, 2010

African Violets ~ Show & Tell Friday

While re-potting some houseplants today, I realized that I must always have had at least a couple of African Violets sitting somewhere in the house blooming or resting by a bright window.
I love flowering houseplants! Through the winter months when garden flowers are not available somewhere in the house one of these houseplants is usually blooming.
The mosaic above are some of the plants I re-potted today. (The center bottom is an Oxalis from St. Patrick's Day)
My favorite houseplants are Orchids and many plants of the Gesneriad Family which includes African Violets.
This photo is from a few years ago.  It was so over crowded with several plants in the same pot but too pretty to separate at the time.
Streptocarpus is also from the Gesneriad Family.  I have a long planter in front of my bathroom window filled with these pretty plants.
This terrarium became so over-crowded that I had to disassemble it.  It was so fun to have.  Miniature anything fascinates me, so of course, I love to grow miniature flowers.  Included in this terrarium are some of my very favorite Gesneriads.  See the teeny, tiny little flowers/plants ~ they are called Sinningia and are some of the smallest flowering houseplants.  They need a terrarium environment to survive.  The center top plant is an Episcia and growing up the sides are miniature ivy.  I really enjoyed this terrarium but it took a lot of care and was difficult to keep from becoming too over-grown.
Photo below is a view through the top of the terrarium:
I have been growing houseplants for a very long time as seen by these faded Polaroid photo's. Using 'Grow Lights' was popular back in those ancient days along with macrame plant hangers.
Those 70's were like, far out!
Linking to Cindy @My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!

17 comments:

Maggie Ann said...

I've really enjoyed your 'violet' post! I enjoy mine so much. I've got some 'babies' up and doing well, that I started from leaves. My hubby found me a book at the 'Good Will' entitled....'1001 African Violet Questions Answered by 12 Experts'. That is a very interesting book for sure. I like your miniature things and your Streptocarpus is like the spring violets, & very pretty. I'd never heard of it before. My daughter found a Terrarium similar to yours and gave it to her sister-in-law. Yours is pretty. =) It looks like leaded glass, wonder where you got it. Warm wishes for a cozy evening....Maggie

Mildred said...

Such beautiful plants and your photography is just amazing. Mother loved to grow African Violets back in the 80's. She and Karen's oldest son enjoyed re-potting the "babies!" Sweet memories and a beautiful post!

NanaDiana said...

Those are beautiful African violets. I have never had any luck with them at all...and my Mother grew them beautifully. Your photography is amazing! xxoo Diana

Lady Farmer said...

Oh, they are all beautiful! I don't do well in the houseplant department! I either overwater or underwater ~ both with the same result ~ dead plants!
And the terrarium is magnificent ~ with or without plants!

Susan said...

Oh my gosh, LDH, not only are you a fabulous cook and baker, you have a green thumb, too! Loved looking at all your "green children." Love the look of African violets in the milkglass. Classic! Susan

Julie Harward said...

I have always loved them too but mine are the faux kind, I', not good with plants at all! But I do love yours! Come say hi :D

Carolyn said...

Oh, your African violets are beautiufl!!! I have never seen one as big as what you have in the one picture. Afrian violets always make me think of my grandmother as she always had quite a few around her home! Sweet memories!

Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

Val said...

Your violets and pics are lovely! I grow them too but not like this!!!! A few ?, if you'd be so kind as to share your talent...are they potted directly in the milkglass? How do they drain? Do you use any special food for them? How exciting to find something so rewarding you have enjoyed it all these years! Thanks for sharing! V

Suzy said...

I enjoyed these photos so much. I have no luck with indoor plants and these are just beautiful!

crochet lady said...

You have very lovely houseplants. Your violets are beautiful. They are one of my favorites as well.

I was saddened last time I did some re-potting of my violets. They sure don't have a very long root system. The one very large plant I had like yours simply broke off and I was crushed. I tried to save some of the root, but it didn't take. Do you ever have problems with re-potting them?

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

So lovely. I just adore everything about African Violets, and your collage of your collection is sweet!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

love your violets.. they are all so pretty! seems the plant can grow well in house! I tried few inhouse plant but too bad, they didn't thrive as much as plants that I have in my garden.. thanks for sharing.

Traci said...

The violets are so pretty. I can never keep anything alive inside.

Ann said...

your violets are so pretty. I've never been very good with plants in the house. I have a very bad habit of forgetting to water them. Of course if the brown and crumbly look ever goes in style I'll be doing good :)

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love african violets so much. I haven't had any in quite awhile and this makes me want to go buy some to fill my window sills. Your collection is lovely. I have a terrarium much like your's that I have nothing in. I was wondering if african violets would do well in one.

julia holloman said...

I love your violets. I have a passion for violets and have been growing violets for about 36 years. Do you happen to know the variety of the big one with the huge amount of blooms? would love to know what the name of it is. They are so beautiful. Great job.
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1RN4GOD said...

HI Maggie

I am a African violet lover as well and I enjoy your page and I enjoy seeing your plants. I am wondering if you would be willing to sell a leaf from the purple African violet plant you have photographed?

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