Episode 92

Welcome to Episode 92 of All About African Violets.  Finally!  Some footage from National  :-D

Welcome to my Sunroom

  • Thanks for the comments on the Dish Garden photo on our FB page

Tips and Treasures

What’s on the Stands

  • Wow!  Things are GROWING!!

Get the Bail Money Ready

  • Cincinnati African Violet Society – Judging School – Saturday, July 7, 2015, Bridgehaven Clubhouse, Milford, Ohio.  Pat Hancock is the teacher.
  • Violets Color the Land of Enchantment, AVSA National Convention 2016, May 29- June 5, 2016, Crowne Plaze Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Keep Moving Forward

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  • And thank you for watching!

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Episode 91

Welcome to Episode 91 of All About African Violets.  We’re back to a regular length episode this week.  There is an extended look at what’s on the stands, I share my watering practices, and also show how I pot on/up a plant.

Welcome to my Sunroom

  • Thanks for all the well wishes – I’m still coughing a bit but I’m pretty much well now  :-)
  • Thanks, too, for the good wishes on my eye surgeries  :-)

Tips and Treasures

  • Potting on a plant

What’s on the Stands

  • An extended look at what’s on the stands, and a glimpse into my watering and grooming practices.

Get the Bail Money Ready

Keep Moving Forward

  • If you have questions, please leave a comment here on the WEBSITE – If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who will!
  • Thank you for the continued reviews and star ratings on iTunes :-)
  • And thank you for watching!

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All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 90

Welcome to Episode 90 of All About African Violets.  This is a substantially shorter-than-normal episode where I share the promised footage about how and why to restart a crown.

Welcome to my Sunroom

  • Bummer – I’m sick as a dog.

Tips and Treasures

  • Restarting crowns
    • How
    • Why

What’s on the Stands

  • First leaf losses

Get the Bail Money Ready

Keep Moving Forward

  • If you have questions, please leave a comment here on the WEBSITE – If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who will!
  • Thank you for the continued reviews and star ratings on iTunes :-)
  • And thank you for watching!

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All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 89

Welcome to Episode 89 of All About African Violets.  A few questions, a teaser for next week, info on how I integrate the leaves and plantlets from National into my collection, and a slightly less “tilt-o-whirl” look at what’s on the stands!

Welcome to my Sunroom

  • Come on in!!
  • Alrighty then – the podcast is a reasonable length.  :-)

Tips and Treasures

  • Questions about crowns – to be discussed more thoroughly next week!
  • Cleaning up from National
  • What will you end up with if you start with 37?

What’s on the Stands

  • Is the Tilt-O-Whirl your favorite ride?

Get the Bail Money Ready

Keep Moving Forward

  • If you have questions, please leave a comment here on the WEBSITE – If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who will!
  • Thank you for the continued reviews and star ratings on iTunes   :-)
  • And thank you for watching!

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All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 88

Welcome to Episode 88 of All About African Violets.  I’m home from National!  What a great convention!!  This week there is an extended look at what’s on the stands, there’s a look at what I brought home with me from convention, there are teasers for coming attractions, and there’s an update on how my Jersey Snow Flakes did at show.

Welcome to my Sunroom

  • Come on in!!
  • National was wonderful!

Tips and Treasures

  • An update on Jersey Snow Flakes.

What’s on the Stands

  • I spent some time at the potting bench last week!
  • No, I didn’t limit my collection at National
    • National is the place to buy plants for a variety of reasons
  • Is 30-40 minutes too long?

Get the Bail Money Ready

Keep Moving Forward

  • If you have questions, please leave a comment here on the WEBSITE – If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who will!
  • Thank you for the continued reviews and star ratings on iTunes   :-)
  • And thank you for watching!

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All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 87

Welcome to Episode 87 – the first episode of Season Two of All About African Violets.  In this episode, we begin a second journey together – this time, coming back from the brink of neglect . . .  One of the first steps in this case is physically cleaning the plants.

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • I’m really glad to be back with you!!

Tips and Treasures

  • Six months of neglect . . . construction dust, concrete dust, wood dust. Is it even possible to come back from that???
  • How to give a violet a shower!

What’s on the Stands?

  • I’m down at the moment to 28 varieties and the stands are not pretty, but it is what it is, and here we go  :-)

Get the Bail Money Ready!

Keep Moving Forward

  • If you have questions, please leave a comment here on the WEBSITE – If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who will!
  • Thank you for the continued reviews and star ratings on iTunes   :-)
  • And thank you for watching!

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All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Limit Your Collection . . .

It’s a special episode of All About African Violets!  Today I’m devoting this episode to a topic near and dear to my heart:  Limiting Your Collection.

Welcome to My Sunroom

  •  We last saw each other on November 9th, 2014.
  • Thank you for all the Facebook “likes.”  We’re closing in on 2,000!  Wow!

Tips and Treasures

  •  I’m a talking head today (and I’m sort of orange . . . I though it might be nice to see the snow falling, but unfortunately the light isn’t great – sorry :-(
  • Limiting Your Collection – it’s always your choice
  •  HOW?????
    • How do you know if you have too many?
      • You’ll know . . . it’s not fun . . .
    • How much time do you really have?
    • How much space do you really have?
      • Violets NEED airspace around them to grow well.
      • You need an isolation area.
    • Are there varieties that are non-negotiable for you?  i.e., you’re always going to give them shelf space.
    • Once you know how much time and space you have:
      • Make an estimate on a number of plants that sounds reasonable to you.
  • Easiest first step?
    • Do you have duplicates?
      • Take them to your next club meeting for the opportunity table
      • Give them away
      • Sing the Frozen Song and let them go to their Great Reward
  • Second step:
    • Look at what’s left and recalculate your number
    • Were you able to reach your original reasonable number by letting go of the duplicates?
  • Third step:
    • Do you have a lot of the same kind/type of plant?
    • How many blue semi-miniature trailers do you really need, Annie???
    • If you have multiple plants of the same type and/or color – take a good look at them.
      • If you grow for show and you have seven pink standard violets with green foliage, they are all going to be in the same color class in a show
      • Collection class vs. color class
    • Which one(s) do you like the best?
    • Which one(s) grow the best in your conditions?
  • Fourth step:
    • By now your numbers may be closer to your “reasonable” number – but if not:
      • Look at the plants that you have.  Really look at them.
      • Do any look wonky?
      • Are they thriving in your growing conditions or merely surviving?
        • As much as I want to grow Buckeyes and the big Cajuns, thus far, they are not happy in my growing conditions.  They exist/survive, but they don’t thrive.  I’m experimenting with location, but so far . . .
    • Sing the Frozen song and let them go.

What’s on the Stands?

  • You’ll notice that things are back on reservoirs.
  • Down to 34 varieties.

Get the Bail Money Ready!

Keep Moving Forward

  • Thank you for joining me today!
  • You can still leave questions here on the website and also on the Facebook page, and I encourage you to do so – If I don’t know the answer, I still know someone who will!

All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.