Tag Archive | Judging

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 63

Welcome to Episode 63 of All About African Violets!  It’s a little of this and a little of that this week – the new African Violet Magazine arrived this week, and there is some footage on potting.  If you’re still having trouble with iTunes, please unsubscribe and then re-subscribe to the podcast – that should fix it!

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • Summer’s over . . .

Tips and Treasures

What’s on the Stands?

  • Some changes here and there  :-)

Get the Bail Money Ready!

  • Delta Gesneriad & AVS, Annual Judged Show and Sale, September 14-15, 2013, Sacramento, California.

Keep Moving Forward

  • Thank you for those reviews and star ratings on iTunes – and thank you again for your patience while the feed problem was worked out.
  • If you have questions, please leave a comment here on the website – If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who will!
  • 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 55

Welcome to Episode 55 of All About African Violets!  In this longer than normal episode, we head back to the showroom at the National Convention for a look at the Design Division, and then an in-depth look at some designs with Joyce Stork.  There is also an interview with Joyce (and Apollo makes an appearance!)

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • Come on in!
  • No talking head today – we’re going right to Tips and Treasures!

Tips and Treasures

  • Let’s go back to the showroom at National one last time and take a look at the Design Division
  • A slap happy interview with Joyce Stork :-D

What’s on the Stands?

  • Some things are blooming!
  • And the Big Box violet is already filling in!

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!
  • 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 50

Welcome to Episode 50 of All About African Violets!  In this episode I talk about what happens when you get back home from Convention.  There is a tutorial on how to put down a leaf that does not have a stem, and I own up to all the plants and leaves that I brought back from Austin . . . I did not limit my collection  ===:-O    <—  that’s me, with my hair standing on end . . . more than usual  :-D

IMPORTANT PODCAST ANNOUNCEMENT You will hear in this episode that All About African Violets is no longer available on BlipTV.  I thought I could announce this on the podcast, have a smooth transition and be able to advise Blip viewers that they would need to switch over to viewing here on the website or on iTunes. However, rather than giving me the two weeks they advised on Thursday, June 6, 2013, they disabled my account pretty much immediately.  When I went to upload this episode last night, Blip had already disabled my account.  I have a new server, and for most of you there will be no disruption.  You will see Episode 50 and all future episodes as you normally would.  iTunes viewers may experience a slight delay until I get the feed re-pointed (which should happen later today, June 9th.  If you know someone who watched on Blip, please share this news with them.  I’m really sorry about this.

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing the National show last week!  I will have more footage to share with you in the weeks to come, but today, I want to talk a little about what happens when Convention is over . . .
    • How do you get it all home?  Meet my friend, Carolee Carter and see how silly we are at the very end of Convention.

Tips and Treasures

  • Ms. Bloom asked:  if you could create your own ‘perfect’ violet, what would it be? Quilted? Heart leaf? Double blossom? Orange flower?!
  • Robin asked a following up question about genetic ability to bloom true:  “For the Q/A episode- I was interested to hear Dr. Smith’s comment about a violet losing its genetic ability to bloom true as it ages. Is that something remedied by renewing the plant from a leaf start? I suppose a violet can sport over time from continued leaf restarts, compounding small genetic mutations each time. Is this what Dr. Smith referred to?”
  • Mandy asked on FB:  “Regarding leaf support rings. Is it like muscles (if you don’t use your muscles they get weak) will the stalks get weak since they don’t need to support themselves because the rings are doing it?”
  • One other question that wasn’t actually asked, but I think many of you might be wondering about it, is: “Why couldn’t I take the BigBox Violet to show?”

What’s on the Stands?

  • First, I want to show you how to put down a leaf when there is no stem, and then you’ll see the look at what’s on the stands.  Things are looking a little different now after National  :-)

Get the Bail Money Ready!

  • Blip is Booting me Out . . .
    • This is IMPORTANT for anyone who watches the podcast on BlipTV – going forward, you must view from here on the website or through iTunes.

Keep Moving Forward

  • To celebrate one year of podcasting, I’m going to have a drawing – there will be a few things – one will be an awesome shelf donated by BeautifulViews – this will be for viewers in the US, but there will be other items that will be able to be shipped internationally, include some of the carabiners I gave away at National, some books and a couple of one-year memberships to the AVSA – I’ll have more info on everything for you in a couple of weeks at Episode 52!!!
  • If you have questions, please leave a comment here on the website – If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who will!
  • 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 42

Welcome to Episode 42 of All About African Violets!  Last week it was all about getting ready for show – this week, it’s about what happens and what to do when you come back home  :-)   A few questions answered and plenty of events coming up where you might need some bail money  ;-D

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • Download problems last week –  (I waited to upload this episode until I could see that the entire episode did buffer completely, and it did, so, hopefully, you won’t have any trouble this week  :-) )
  • iTunes problems – again, this was an issue with the former server and they are working on it
  • Ads on the former server . . .  I’m sorry, but that’s the name of the game now and I have no control over it

Tips and Treasures

  • Questions from Irene:
    • “I have questions about the grooming you did on your plants. I was surprised to see you take off so many leaves. Did you only trim severely to strike a balance to the (sparse) flowers? When I saw the plants (especially the first one) I thought they looked like only a leaf or 2 should come off to make a more uniform shape. If the flowers had come into bloom more profusely would you have left more of the leaves?
    • How would one go about growing those super large specimens like fishermans paradise and the buckeye champions I’ve seen so much of (cranberry sparkler, etc.) if one is removing so many of the outer leaves as you did? The show plants that I’ve seen look like nary a single leaf was ever removed from the plant — there are just so many of them.
    • Show Grooming – why so many leaves off?
    • Growing a standard – what does it take?
    • Overview of judging
      • (I misspoke – if you can’t find 11 points to take off (not 10 points), a plant is a blue-ribbon plant)
  • What happens when you come home?
    • Disbud at the show if possible
    • Isolate the show plants
    • For plants – repot into your own mix as quickly as you can – use a little Marathon – and isolate

What’s on the Stands?

  • Take a look at what’s on the stands!  There’s a new stand this week!

Get the Bail Money Ready!

It is really spring!!  Lots and lots of shows!

Keep Moving Forward

  • Leaves to put down, and plants to repot, as well as isolation for all the show plants.
  • If you have questions, please leave a comment here on the website – If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who will!
  • 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.
  • Thank you for watching!!

All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 29

In this episode of All About African Violets, I answer some questions on First Class 2 and remind everyone to avoid using the photos to attempt to identify plants.  In addition, I demonstrate some potting for show, and share the exciting news that the AVSA 2013 National Convention info is now available on the AVSA website!!  Get the Bail Money Ready!!

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • Welcome to Episode 29!
  • Sponsored by Ted Yoder.
  • So many comments on FC2!!
  • Laurie said:  “I’m wondering about Lollipop Kid and the pictures in FC2 representing it. Lollipop Kid seems to be prone to sporting.  A picture on the top of a Violet Voice forum shows 3 variations from the same leaf start by AV grower Jaye…!!  Mine seems quite different from the picture as well, although it’s only been open a couple of days and may change as it more fully opens. When I did a google search I came up with one exhibited in a show that’s closer. Seems like it said exhibited by Pat Hancock! Curious if you think the pictures match the description next time you have FC2 open? ;)  Perhaps you might “dissect” the description on this one… point how (IF) it does in fact match?”
  • Then Danelle said:  “I have a similar question to Laurie’s. You often talk about checking to see if plants bloom true. There seem to be so many variables to a plant’s culture, so how do you determine “trueness?” Even reading a description could leave a lot of room for interpretation wouldn’t it? As a judge how do you determine how close a variety is to the hybridizer’s original ideal?”
  • Great questions!
    • This is why you cannot use the photos to attempt to identify plants.
    • The registered description of Lollipop kid is as follows:  Lollipop Kid (8247) 07/28/1995 (S. Sorano) Semidouble light orchid pansy/dark red-orchid frilled edge. Medium green, ovate, quilted/red back. Semiminiature
    • This is what the judges have to go by.

Tips and Treasures

  • Treasure in the mail!
  • The Magazine
  • Amy Cash-Allison’s website
    • Her Blog Post on Wicking

What’s on the Stands?

  • Lots of things moved around this week as I head into the pre-show schedule for an April 6th show.

Get the Bail Money Ready!

  • National Convention info is now on the AVSA website!!  There is a link there to a PDF with all the show documents and information that you will need.
  • If you are interested in joining the AVSA, over on the sidebar, on the right here on the website, there is a link that says JOIN THE AVSA  :-)
  • Pre-Show Schedule – Week 1

Keep Moving Forward

  • For my knitting viewers:
  • If you have questions, please leave a comment here on the website – If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who will!
  • 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.
  • Thank you for watching!!

All About African Violets is musically sponsored by Ted Yoder.

Episode 16

Welcome to Episode 16 of All About African Violets!  In this episode, I discuss what happens after the show, getting the plants home, and isolating again. I also give more information on judging and judging schools, and talk a little about National in 2013.

Welcome to My Sunroom

Tips and Treasures

  • What came in the mail?  :-)   My Gold Card!
  • Judging school is not just for experienced growers
  • The AVSA Handbook for Growers, Exhibitors and Judges
  • So, what did you think about Biscayne Trail?  Girl leaves are not always popular because they don’t always shape up for show.
  • I forgot to look for blossoms to share with you – I’m sorry.
  • A look at what happens when it’s all over.

What’s on the Stands?

  • Things are looking a little different today – I’m home from show, and it’s getting colder in Chicagoland, so a lot of things have headed down to the basement.
  • Domes are available from The Violet Showcase, or look at your local plant nursery.
  • Isolating again
  • What am I going to do with all those babies?!

Get the Bail Money Ready!

  • Illinois African Violet Society’s Fall Get Together!  Saturday, November 3, 2012, with special speakers Joyce and Kent Stork!
  • I came home with two leaves that have been put down, but a generous person has offered me a treasure trove of leaves . . . more about them next week  :-D

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!
  • 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 2

Welcome to Episode 2 of All About African Violets!  This week touches on a number of general growing topics. I discuss the easy removal of fertilizer salts, judging school, and the possibility that I have not aged at all since 1997  :-D

Welcome to My Sunroom

  • Thank you all for the comments and well wishes!!!
  • I am sharing what works for me – remember, your growing conditions may be different than mine  :-)
  • More info from two experts on my mini-semi fertilizer salts question.

Tips and Treasures

  • Clarification of “Putting Down a Leaf”
  • The Violet Showcase, in Englewood, Colorado
  • Next Week:   Some wonderful books!!

What’s on the Stands?

  • Wherein I give us all vertigo with my novice video skills (or lack thereof  :-D)
  • Easy removal of fertilizer salts from leaves
  • A Quick look at the plantlets and at the leaves

Get the Bail Money Ready!

Keep Moving Forward

  • Not everyone grows for show . . . what topics would you like to see covered?
  • Are you interested in a “Beginners” section once a month?
  • If you have questions, please leave a comment here on the blog!
  • If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who will!
  • Podcast is now for sure available from iTunes, and, of course, always on the blog
  • RSS Feed is at the top of the Sidebar!
  • If you like it, please rate and review the podcast on iTunes  :-)