Monday, January 14, 2008

Quick Pick-Me-Up!

Look what I brought home from the store! Two African Violets!

I put them in vintage cream colored planters and put them in my kitchen window.

They are so pretty and really perked up my kitchen!


I love the way that they look, but sadly, most of the time I buy them I end up killing them! I do not have a green thumb!

Aren't they so beautiful! I was excited at how well these close up shots turned out, it shows the translucency of the beautiful petals!


What a great way to fight off the January blahs! I would greatly appreciate any tips on how to care for African violets. I am hoping to keep these two alive for some time and to have them continue to bloom!

"Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything." Genesis 9:3

Happy Monday! Sharon

14 comments:

Flea said...

They're beautiful! And the secret to not killing them (from one brown thumb to another) is to keep them away from sunlight! They like low light. I keep mine in the bathroom, since it stays warm and humid and the light is just right. There's a window, but it is shaded by a huge tree. Can't keep them in the dark, but they aren't fond of sun. What sweet little beauties!

Feathering My Nest said...

I love them. I have another secret. It's stupid, but I think it's my own theory. If they get dumped over, let's say by a cat or something. They do really well. Mine used to fall off the piano regularly, as my cats would forget to be careful around them. Each time their roots got exposed to fresh air they got bigger, bloomed more, and got brighter green leaves. I hope this helps. I love your idea of getting something fresh and new for the windowsil to perk us up in January. Great idea! Love, Kathi

Brenda said...

They are pretty Sharon. One of my moms fav. i even see the sun in your window.

Velvia said...

Hi Sharon!
The violets are beautiful! My mom's kitchen windowsill is filled with them, she has always been able to grow beautiful ones. I'll have to ask her how she does it, unfortunately, I didn't inherit her green thumb. Have a great week!
Love, Velvia

Mimi said...

I love African Violets... I used to have bunches and bunches of them... but have not had any for a while... I went on a trip and they died while I was gone... but seeing yours makes me want to get some more and start making clippings off them again!!!

Mary said...

Sharon,

The African Violets are beautiful. Grandma used to grow them and she always told us never to water them from the top. Put the water in the bottom of the planter and let the roots absorb it. If water gets on the leaves they will die and be sure not to over water them.

African Violets like artificial light, as in flourescent lighting. A lady I knew had her hubby build a shelf and put flourescent lights on the top of each shelf.

Use fertilizer especially for African Violets. Follow directions on the container specifically. Natural light should be filtered. Never place them in direct sunlight.

Here is a link that gives lots of advice on growing African Violets.

http://www.googobits.com/articles/51-how-to-grow-and-care-for-african-violets.html

Hope all this helps.

Blessings,
Mary

Kelli said...

Oh, how pretty, Sharon! What little spots of cheer for the winter! I'm glad you asked about secrets to keeping them alive because mine is just hanging on. LOL
Hugs,
Kelli

Brenda said...

I am just doing the cabbage a few days. It really washes your system out. I am not going to do the diet. I did buy some 100 cal snacks and low cal bread. Just cutting back.BUT if I get ready to eat something I will! I am not gonna punish myself.If we wanna go out on the weekend and eat I will.If I had 15....oh id love it.I do hide mine pretty well hehe.

Shelley said...

Hello Sharon, I am new to your blog. I just love the bight colors of your blog. Its very cheerful to look at. I like the vintage pictures that you posted on the 12th. The African Violets are just so sweet and also the cream colored pots you have placed them in. I do hope they do well for you and you will have lots of enjoyment from them.I am sure to be back for another visit.

Blessings,Shelley

Lisa said...

Your violets are lovely. I enjoyed visiting your blog.

Jan Parrish said...

Try some orchids too. They love to be ignored as long as they are in a southern window, they thrive.

I know I'm ready for spring. Those are beautiful.

Cottage Contessa said...

Beautiful plants, and what a lovely view outside your window! Sorry, no gardening tips from me. The only thing I can keep alive are fake plants! Barely.
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

SweetAnnee said...

They are lovely!!
Sadly, tis not something I can grow..so
I have no tips..but enjoy them!!
fondly
deena

Cathy said...

Yes, they are beautiful. I love african violets. I also have heard to water them from the bottom in the saucer. But I did not know you weren't supposed to water them at the top! And I think I heard to use warm water? Mine could use a little help.

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