Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Does anyone know if The Redhead is still available? How about these?
Pink Granada (Granger)
Purple Spot (Lyon)
Kira (Howard Utz)
Fredette's Sugar Blues
I'd love it if anyone could point me to some the violets that I've listed but I'm afraid that many of them are no longer around.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Renee (946) 11/16/1957 (A. Richter) Double medium blue. Plain girl foliage. Standard.
I received this crown on April 25, 2011 as my first try at starting a crown (from a class that our club did). I removed 2 leaves from that crown to send to a woman who had been looking for Renee for years and then I left her pretty much alone.
The other night when I was brushing my teeth, I noticed that she had put a bloom stalk up and I nearly choked! lol She thought she was being pretty sneaky there! Today she opened up enough for me to take a photo and I snapped it as soon as I could!
There are 2 other blossoms on that bloom stalk that are developing but no other bloom stalks. There is, however, another baby coming up on the side. My understanding is that this girl is quick to do this as the mother plant had crowns ALL over it!
Really loving my oldie... she hurdled me into the world of vintage violets and I'm loving it!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Carol Ann Miderski
Several years back my parents started raising African Violets. At first it was just a hobby but it gradually grew into a small business. Originally I couldn't understand their enthusiasm over what I considered to be "JUST A BUNCH OF PLANTS." Slowly but surely it must have rubbed off on me because I began to enjoy working in the plant house. I grew to love watching the little green sprouts in the soil grow into big, healthy, blooming plants. As I gained interest I graduated from pot washer, to divider, to helper, to experimenter until finally I had a hand in just about everything. For instance, I have just recently tried my hand at hybridizing and I am eagerly waiting to see what kind of results I get. Now, at age 15, I think I love working with the violets as much as my parents do. I guess you could say they've grown on me.
I went to the St. Louis AVSA Convention with my mother and we attended many of the workshops. I also attended the judging school and took the test. I felt that even if I didn't pass, it would be a good experience. Well to my surprise I did pass. But that's not the point. The point is that violets are for everyone, young and old, male and female. The problem is that most people do not realize how wide and interesting the field of violet growing is. It encompasses much more than first meets the eye. With African Violets there is always something new to learn and something different to try. It allows you to use your imagination. I believe that if more young people are convinced that African Violets are fun because they are easy to gro, that I will see many more of my generation at the next convention.
November, 1977 AVM
I also discovered yet another Richter violet that Candy doesn't have on her list. Jingle Bells has no information on it other than the name but it was on the 1977 Best Varieties list. I've written to her to let her know about it.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Well, here she is 5 days later. The blossoms are getting larger and more what I was expecting. The color is still more purple than I remembered but she's very lovely. Can't wait to see how much she changes in another few days!