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.

Gary’s Out of Africa

Welcome to a special episode of All About African Violets!  In “Gary’s Out of Africa,” Carolee Carter and I visit Gary Mikita.  The sound and light are a little wonky, but I think you will be very surprised to see how Gary grows many of his plants!

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • For once it was a sunny day in the Sunroom!

Tips and Treasures

  • Come with Carolee and me to Portage, Indiana and meet Gary Mikita!

What’s on the Stands?

  • Take a look – and see a disbudding gone wrong  :-(

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.

Meet Carolee Carter!

Welcome to a special episode of All About African Violets!  In “Meet Carolee Carter” I sit down with my dear friend, Carolee – I hope you will enjoy meeting her!

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • I’m not running my mouth this time – we’re going right in to Tips and Treasures!  :-D

Tips and Treasures

  • Meet Carolee Carter – she’s a Senior Judge for the AVSA, and a past president of four different local affiliates actross the country, and a champion grower!

What’s on the Stands?

  • Yup . . . I limited my collection for sure!

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.

Let There Be Light!

Welcome to a special episode of All About African Violets!  In “Let There Be Light!” I take you back to Nashville again where I sit down with Neil Lipson again to talk about lighting.

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • Fall is in the air here!

Tips and Treasures

  • Many of you have asked for more information on lighting.  I hope this interview answers some questions for you.

What’s on the Stands?

  • So much in bloom!!!

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.

It’s Optimara Time!!

Welcome to a special episode of All About African Violets!  In “It’s “Optimara Time!!” I take you back to Nashville again, but this time NOT to the show . . .  !

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • It’s a beautiful day in Chicagoland!

Tips and Treasures

  • It’s Treasure today!  Come with me to the Holtkamp Greenhouses!

What’s on the Stands?

  • I take you on an extended tour of what’s on the stands again this time.

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.

Photography!

Welcome to a special episode of All About African Violets!  In “Photography!” I take you back to Nashville for an interview with Neil Lipson.  There is also an extended look at what’s on the stands!

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • I’m happy to see you again!
  • Thank you for all the “likes” on Facebook  :-)
  • Let’s jump right in to Tips and Treasures!

Tips and Treasures

  • A visit with Dorothy Kosowsky
  • A call from Pat Hancock
  • An interview with Neil Lipson – a basic photography primer!

What’s on the Stands?

  • I take you on an extended tour of what’s on the stands!

Get the Bail Money Ready!

Keep Moving Forward

  • Thank you for joining me today!
  • I hope you’ll start planning NOW for Kansas City in 2015  :-)
  • 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.