Hi! It’s us garden fairies again. Carol isn’t too happy about the snow and she has started working on her taxes, so we thought this might be a good time for us to do a guest post.
Hopefully she’ll appreciate our thoughtfulness and not be upset that once again we’ve taken over her blog.
Remember how she said that African violet’s were your grandmother’s houseplants and she made up that rule that no one should have more than one African Violet for every ten years of their age? And she was all smug because she had only three African violets, making her only 30 African violet years old?
Well, it's time for us garden fairies to tell you the truth about Carol and her African violets.
The truth is, after today, she now has 12 African violets, which if you multiply that by ten, would make her 120 African violet years old, which is darn near as old as some of us younger garden fairies.
Want to know how that happened in just a few months' time?
First of all, awhile back, she divided up two of her African violets into six plants and they all seem to be surviving and growing just fine.
Then today she went to an African violet show, allegedly just to see what African violet growers were like.
But can she be trusted to go to something like that and not buy a plant or two or six? No, apparently not.
Here’s what she bought.
‘Boolaroo', a trailing type African Violet
Carol likes those mottled flowers and the trailing, spreading habit of this one.
And these four African Violets.
From the top, clockwise:
‘Midnight Waltz’. We think she liked that flowers on that one.
‘Merlot’. It has wasp—type blooms and bustled, variegated foliage. The grower also gave her a leaf of one to root.
‘Tiny Wood Trail’. We garden fairies really like this one because it is a little micro-mini. Look at those cute little leaves. It should have dark purple flowers
‘Alchemy Bells’. Look at those little flowers. We garden fairies are eyeing those for new hats.
And if that wasn’t enough, Carol also got herself a Streptocarpus cyandrus.
It’s a species Streptocarpus, a close relative of the African violet, Saintpaulia. It self-pollinates and is supposed to produce a lot of seeds. Carol is looking forward to that because she loves to grow plants from seeds.
So that’s how Carol ended up with 12 African Violets and a Streptocarpus. Plus, get this. She has another 14 African violet leaves rooting right now. If all those survive, she'll be pushing two dozen African violets, which is 240 African violet years. Even we garden fairies aren't quite that old.
Well, we better get going before Carol comes back in the room. But before we go, we'll offer that if you want to know more about her, just leave us garden fairies a comment, and we’ll try to sneak in a guest post now and then with the real truth.
That is, we'll post if we are still here. We aren’t that happy with this snow in March, either, and we saw that Annie in Austin had a garden fairy consultant come and visit her garden. Now it looks like THE place to be! We are thinking about packing our bags, stowing away in Carol’s luggage, and riding along when she goes to Austin for the Garden Bloggers Spring Fling. And if we like it there, we might not come back!