Thursday, May 31, 2012


Beethoven's first bloom. It's more red than the first two photos show but it's definitely not a true red at all. More of a reddish purple. Very pretty though and I'm glad I was able to find it!

Beethoven (Volkmann) Semidouble red star/white ruffled edge. Dark green, round. Standard
(Does anyone have a year for this one?  I'm thinking it's from the mid-80's or so?)

 I don't like this photo nearly as well but it shows the color much better than the first photo.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Update on the Optometrist's plant

Last November I wrote a blog entry about an African Violet that I rescued from my Optometrist's office.  It was waterlogged and the plant had rotted away from the roots.  The only thing that was saving it was that part of the "neck" was still in good shape but it wasn't long for this world at the rate it was going.  To all appearances by a newbie, it needed to be watered but water was the last thing that it needed!

It's been in the "hospital" since then with good light and the occasional water while it worked on growing roots.  Here's what it looks like today while I was transplanting it.  (I apologize for the low quality of the photos as my cell phone was the only way that I could take photos right now.)

What a change from before, eh?  No more wilty leaves.

Look at that root ball!  Quite a difference from November!

Another shot of the crown.  Look at the new growth coming in.

After transplanting it today and giving it fresh soil, I'm going to let it keep growing and rehabbing for awhile.  My next appointment with them will be in November again, so there's plenty of time to grow it into the glory that it had when she originally received it.  I'll take it to her when it's blooming... I can't wait to see what this girl looks like!