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Does Size Matter?

I know it’s been a while since I posted, but I swear I have a really good excuse!  For those of you not located on the East Coast, we had a very nasty storm called a “derecho” that knocked out power for a few million lucky people.  I had no power for 4 days, but I know of more people still without power after over a week!  Of course this loss of power coincided with an incredibly nasty heat wave, but I’m not even going to get into that since it’ll just make me bitter.  :/

We’ve been spending lots of time cleaning up the mess the storm left behind.  Our yard was covered with tree limbs, my garden was torn to shreds, our belongings were scattered everywhere, and all of our food had to be thrown out and replaced.  All in all it’s been a pretty expensive week.

Well, enough about that.  I have a couple African violet pictures to share on this sweltering Friday afternoon.

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Check out the size difference of those blooms!  The white ones edged in pink are from a plant that originally had larger, dark pink flowers.  That particular violet likes to sport.  🙂

Overall my violets look great considering the conditions they’ve had to endure.  With extreme heat and no water (we have well water, so we lost running water when the power went out), all have managed to survive.  I can’t say the same for my hanging baskets outside.  😦

Anyway, I’m happy to be back up and running!  …and sitting in air conditioning.  🙂

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How ‘Bout Some Sport?

I haven’t posted anything about my violets lately, so I’d like to share an update with you.  Everyone is starting to bloom again, and I noticed two plants in particular that have sported big time.

The “Before” shots show the plants during their last bloom.  The “After” shots show the plants as of today.  Quite remarkable, eh?

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Before

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After

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Before

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After

In other news, the seed pods on my dark blue violet shriveled up and died.  😦  Not sure what went wrong there, but I’m very disappointed.  The injustice!


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African Violet Seed Pods

I know for sure, now, that the swellings I’m seeing on my dark purple/blue African violet are seed pods!  As such, I took some pictures to share:

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African Violet Seed Pod

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African Violet Seed Pod

The above pictures show dying flowers with developing seed pods.  The following shows a dying flower without a developing seed pod:

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It’ll be months before the seed pods reach maturity, so I’ll have to wait patiently before I can harvest them.  I see 5 seed pods forming as of the present, but that number could change drastically as time progresses.  I’ll post updates as they’re warranted.


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Plant Progress

I think it’s about time for an update on my plants’ progress.  Up first, my dark purple African violet:

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A seedpod? Maybe?

I’m hoping that that right there is the beginning of a seedpod.  This particular plant has more than one of these swollen looking things, so I may be wrong.  I’m going to try to think optimistically, though.  I did hand-pollinate more than one flower.

My bell pepper seedlings are looking awesome.  I’ve never had pepper seedlings get this big, so I’m in uncharted territory!

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Bell Pepper Seedlings

The two different kinds of sunflowers I planted are growing bigger every day:

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Mexican Sunflower Seedlings

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Black Oil Sunflower Seedlings

The violas have begun to grow their true leaves:

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Viola Seedling

The carnations are slowly adding height:

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Carnation Seedlings

The foxgloves are getting bushy:

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Foxglove Seedlings

And my one lonely columbine seedling is doing well:

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Columbine Seedling

I’m so excited that we’ve finally hit April.  Only another month’s wait until I can transfer these guys outside!


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Bulbs, Bulbs, & More Bulbs

I went shopping today with my mom to buy another package of pansies to fill in the rest of her front yard garden.  While out I picked up some more plants for my garden (I’ll write more about them after they’re planted) and a bunch of bulbs.

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Begonias, Cannas, and Freesias

I love those orange begonias.  I think they’ll look fabulous on the right side of my house where it’s shaded.

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Lilies and Glads

The instructions for all of these bulbs say to plant them in April-May.  That gives me some time to map out where I want everything.  🙂

I also bought more flower seeds.  (I know, I know.  I need to stop.)  I’ll be sowing them outdoors once in gets warmer.  I have no more room for indoor sowing.  I think I’ll plant these out by the telephone pole.

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Orchid Food, Fungicide, African Violet Fertilizer

Due to that whole powdery mildew mess that is some of my African violets, I picked up some fungicide, too.  It’s too cold outside to spray them on the porch, so I had the brilliant idea of putting them in the tub for their fungicide bath.  Now I have a headache.  :/

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My African violets preparing for their fungicide bath.

I drenched my lovelies in fungicide, turned the fan on, and ran out of there.  I’ll probably let them dry overnight before returning them to their spots.  I hope the treatment works.  They’re too pretty to die!

Tomorrow is supposed to be absolutely beautiful, so I hope to be outside weeding and planting.  If you’re lucky, I’ll share some pictures with you.  🙂


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We’ve Been Attacked!

A couple days ago, I noticed that the flowers on my 99 cent African violet were looking “powdery.”  In a panic, I cut all of them off the stems.  It wasn’t one of my finest moments (I probably should have run to the store and got some spray), but I couldn’t help myself.  I’ve seen this sort of thing kill more than one of my plants.  The violet seems okay, now, but I’m on the lookout.  If anything pops up, I’m buying some spray.

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My medium purple violet after a haircut.

I also noticed something strange about my blue/purple violet.  (It looks different depending on the light.)  One of the buds has these white “balls” inside of it.  I’m sure it’s just some malformation, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

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Strange bud on my deep blue/purple violet


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Pollinating African Violets – My First Attempt

I’ve become a bit of an African violet aficionado. In the course of my neverending googling, I found some information on how to hand-pollinate African violets. Seeing this as a chance at free fun, I committed the information to memory and made an attempt at getting my violets pregnant.

The procedure seems simple enough: remove the pollen sacs (those yellow things in the center of the flower) from the “father” plant, cut or tear them open, and apply the pollen to the end of the pointy thing in the center of a few of the “mother” plant’s flowers. There are lots of technical terms for these plant parts, but I’m not even going to attempt to sound like a professional plant pimp.

I cross-polinated my African violets, then went to my mom’s house to try it on hers. I figure the more times I try, the better my chances that I’ll end up with a seed pod. From what I gather, it takes many months until the seed pod is ready to be harvested. This will be a long process, but I’d much rather grow my own violets than take cuttings of my existing violets to produce clones. (Speaking of cuttings, my 99 cent “freak violet” is in desperate need of a trim. It’s producing baby plants off the sides.) I read that most of the time, the violets grown from seeds different greatly from their parent plants. I’m excited to see what I get! 🙂

Yesterday, Kai told me he wanted to go to a hardware store to look for a sledge hammer. (He looked up some exercise routine that called for the use of a particularly heavy sledge hammer. I think the workout involves smacking a large tire. Sounds like a ton of fun.) I, being the patient person I am, decided to capitalize on the opportunity and searched the houseplant section for things that I just had to have. I purchased two more African violets for Eva’s room:

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(I’m hoping this one thickens up now that it’s living in better conditions.)

A white orchid for the living room:

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And a pink orchid for Eva’s room:

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I think I’m all flowered out now. That is, until something else catches my eye. 🙂

I can’t sign off on this post until I mention a little something about Eva. Kai’s mom came over to babysit her last Friday while I went grocery shopping. When I came home, she told me that Eva had rolled from her stomach to her back! That’s a first!

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Here she is with Grammy the Elder.

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And here she is napping with Daddy while watching cartoons.

Since she’s starting to roll and move a whole lot more than she used to, I think we’ll have to move her to her own room very shortly. Right now she’s in a tiny crib next to our bed. I’m beginning to worry that she’ll fall out of it if we don’t take action soon. 😦 I miss her already!