The Road to National – Part I

Welcome to a special episode of All About African Violets!  In “The Road to National – Part I,” I share some info about how I make the decision on what plants to choose to focus on for show.  We look at plants in March and the same plants again in April to see the changes, if any.  There’s a look at what’s on the stands, and it’s really good to see you all again  :-)

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • We last saw each other on December the 8th – nearly four months ago.
  • I am so thrilled that people keep finding All About African Violets and watching it – or watching it again!
  • Big thanks to Jeff Hubbard and Jeannie Myers and everyone who has shouted out on FaceBook and directed newer growers to the website :-)

Tips and Treasures

  • It’s “The Road to National, Part I”  :-)
  • Some of the footage was shot about a month ago – and some was shot now.

What’s on the Stands?

  • Yup – I’ve really been limiting my collection . . .

Get the Bail Money Ready!

  • Be sure to check the AVSA website to see what shows are happening.
  • All the National Convention info is up on the AVSA site – I really hope to see you there!

Keep Moving Forward

  • Part II of “The Road to National” will be happening in late April or early May :-)
  • 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!
  • Since the end of regular production, there have been anywhere from 100 – 200 hits on the website DAILY, and we are at 465 (not 265) “likes” on the Facebook page.      THANK YOU!!!!     :-)

All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 76

Welcome to Episode 76 of All About African Violets.  In this episode, I share the last of the footage I shot in Nebraska with the Storks.  Once again, a little big longer than normal, but there was a lot to share with you in this episode. I hope that you will enjoy this relaxed interview – more of a conversation, really.  Things are blooming on the stands, and we keep moving forward . . .

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • I’m so glad many of you enjoyed the plant judging segment last week!

Tips and Treasures

  • A Question!
    • Dakota asked about a plant that he is noticing changes in – both Joyce and Dr. Jeff respond.
  • And more treasure!!  We’re going back to Nebraska to talk – a conversation with Joyce and Kent Stork about the podcast.

What’s on the Stands?

  • Lots of things blooming!  Yay!

Get the Bail Money Ready!

  • Be sure to check the AVSA website for upcoming events!
  • The National Convention information will be posted around the first of the year!
    • Hotel info for National is already available (I made my reservation!)

Keep Moving Forward

  • It’s time to truly keep moving forward . . .
  • You know now that this is the last regular episode of All About African Violets.  It has been my honor and pleasure to spend this time with you and come into your homes weekly for the past 18 months.  It’s so hard to say goodbye, but my years in the theatre taught me that timing is everything – and the time has come to end regular production.
  • The most recent five episodes (and apparently #’s 27 and 32) of the podcast will remain on iTunes until early in 2014.
  • All of the podcast episodes will remain here on the website for the foreseeable future.
    • Please feel free to continue to ask questions here or on FaceBook – if I don’t know the answer, I still know someone who will!
    • I hope you will continue to send growers of all levels to the podcast for reference and information!
  • Two Requests!  :-)
    • First:  I would love to know your favorite episodes and why they were your favorites!
    • Second:  Are there topics I never covered that you would like to see covered?  Or topics where you would like some more, in-depth information?
  • Thank you seems so inadequate, somehow – but thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for taking this journey with me. We’ve come full circle.

Keep moving forward in your own lives.
Keep Learning!
Have FUN!
Share your Knowledge – Share your Plants
Be Joyful, and
Remember to Limit Your Collection   ;-D

Goodbye

Thank You All, So Very Much.

For the foreseeable future, all episodes of All About African Violets will remain available to view here on the website.

All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 75

Welcome to Episode 75 of All About African Violets!  Another lengthy episode, but I hope you will enjoy it.  We go back to Nebraska for Part II of Judging – this time it’s all about the plants!!  I do manage to answer some questions this week, and you catch a glimpse of my Christmas tree  :-D

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed spending time in Nebraska with me last week because we’re going back today!

Tips and Treasures

  • A few Questions!
    • Joy asked about pH
    • Robin asked about powdery mildew
    • Alcie asked about lighting systems
  • And more treasure!!  We’re going back to Nebraska to talk about Judging, Part II – let’s look at plants this time :-)

What’s on the Stands?

  • Lots of changes . . .

Get the Bail Money Ready!

  • I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
  • Now is the time to take a look at your stands and do some housecleaning in preparation for the spring shows (they will be here before you know it!)

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!

All About African Violets is always available here on the website (there is an RSS feed available up at the top of the sidebar).  You can also subscribe on iTunes.

All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 74

Welcome to Episode 74 of All About African Violets.  It’s another longer than normal episode – but I hope you will enjoy it.  We’re going back to Nebraska with Joyce and Kent Stork, and this time, it’s all about Design (and the Mariachi Duck :-D)!

I apologize for the strange shape of the podcast this week – I don’t seem to be able to get it back to its normal resolution, and because it is so large it looks a little fuzzy to me – I hope you will still be able to enjoy the presentation.  I filmed a portion in portrait view and then had to upload from a different location and these things obviously affected portrait vs. landscape.

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed spending time in Nebraska with me last week!

Tips and Treasures

  • A few Questions!
    • Dakota asked about getting leaves from Dr. Jeff.
    • Chris said:  “I had a question, what kind of rocks do the species African Violets grow in? Are they acidic rocks, alkaline rocks, do they affect PH at all? Do they hold water? Etc. I’m curious as to Jeff Smith’s response to that.”
  • New Magazine!!
  • And more treasure!!  We’re going back to Nebraska to talk about Judging – and today, it’s all about Design  :-)

What’s on the Stands?

  • Some things looking wonky in the guest room – and lots of babies getting ready for their first blooms.

Get the Bail Money Ready!

  • Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

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!

All About African Violets is always available here on the website (there is an RSS feed available up at the top of the sidebar).  You can also subscribe on iTunes.

All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 73

Welcome to Episode 73 of All About African Violets!  This is a longer-than-normal episode, so get your coffee or tea, sit back and relax, and come with me to Nebraska!

Welcome to my Sunroom

  • Come on in!!
  • So glad so many of your enjoyed seeing Dr. Jeff Smith again last week!

Tips and Treasures

  • Come with me to Nebraska and get a tour of Kent’s Flowers – including the violets!!

What’s on the Stands

  • I trim a trailer  ;-)

Get the Bail Money Ready

  • There are no events to share this week.

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!

All About African Violets is always available here on the website (there is an RSS feed available up at the top of the sidebar).  You can also subscribe on iTunes.

All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 72

Welcome to Episode 72 of All About African Violets.  I have a special treat for you today – my last interview with Dr. Jeff Smith!  This time it’s all about African violet species.  So much history, so much information.  He is one of the most interesting people, and his knowledge of the African Violet species is second to none.  I can pretty much guarantee that you will learn something new in this episode – I certainly did during the interview.  Do you know what a tetraploid is?  :-)  This episode is substantially longer than usual, but Jeff is just so interesting that I didn’t want to cut it.  You can thank me later :-)

Welcome to my Sunroom

  • Come on in!!

Tips and Treasures

  • I’m saving my AV Magazine to share with you next week.
  • Welcome Dr. Jeff Smith back to the Podcast - this time, it’s all about species!

What’s on the Stands

  • Because the interview with Dr. Jeff was longer than usual, I decided to forego the look this week.

Get the Bail Money Ready

  • Romanian Club of Gesneriaceae, African Violet & Gesneriad Show, Thursday – Sunday, November 14th – 17th at the Botanical Garden “D. Brandza” Centre of Ecological Education in Bucharest, Romania.

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!

All About African Violets is always available here on the website (there is an RSS feed available up at the top of the sidebar).  You can also subscribe on iTunes.

All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 71

Welcome to Episode 71 of All About African Violets!  This week we’re talking about books – kind of a review, as many of them you have seen throughout the podcast at various times.

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • Come in!
  •  A quick question on the difference between blossom types:
    • Chimera v. Fantasy v. Multicolor v. Two-Tone

Tips and Treasures

What’s on the Stands

  • I’m down to 75 varieties.

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!

All About African Violets is always available here on the website (there is an RSS feed available up at the top of the sidebar).  You can also subscribe on iTunes.

All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.