Gearing Up – Behind the Scenes


Annie’s Sunroom Studio – getting ready to film Episode 3-001

Behind the Scenes is something new happening at All About African Violets, just one of many new things around this joint!  When I made the decision to return my video podcast to production, there was a lot to consider.  Times have changed dramatically since my first episode in 2012.

Looking at returning now, in 2018, was a whole new world, so to speak.  Thanks to some expert guidance and advice from Douglas the Digital Dude, All About African Violets is becoming more than simply a video podcast.  You can follow AAAV now on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook, and I encourage you to do so – I don’t want you to miss a thing!

There is a lot of work to be done to get the wheels of a video podcast rolling smoothly again – a new camera (HiDef!), new lighting, new production schedule, and new video editing software (which makes a huge difference in how long it takes me to accomplish stuff).  In addition, some actual cleanup had to happen around here!  Yes, my potting bench really did look as bad as it appeared in the trailer.  You’ll be happy to know that it now looks like this:


Annie’s Basement Potting Bench

And, last but certainly not least, there is a new Web interface for me to learn – one that entails lots of things called plug-ins that make it work well.  Oh – and in case you were wondering, navigating iTunes remains just as . . . um . . . interesting as it was the first time around.  Ahem.  ;-)


s. brevipilosa Mather #10 – first bloom!

But there is one constant through all of this:  my plants.  I’m still growing African violets.  I grow fewer of them than in years past (yes, that means that I take my own advice to limit my collection ;-) ).

That I grow fewer of them, however, in no way diminishes my love for them, nor the joy I get from sharing them regularly with all of you on every podcast episode.  I’m really looking forward to the look at what’s on the stands again.

“I don’t want you to miss a thing!”


Corytoplectus cuticuensis seedlings

I’m also trying to expand my horizons by growing a few more of the “other gesneriads.” Currently, that means a couple of columneas, a streptocarpus or two, and some corytoplectus cuticuensis plants that I’m growing from seed! I thought I was buying a plantlet on eBay.  Imagine my surprise when the plantlet turned out to be seeds.

Looking further forward, I’m planning to attend the joint AVSA / AVSC convention in Buffalo, New York, in May 2018.  I’m going to attempt to enter a few designs this year.  That means that you’ll get to come along with me on that journey, which should be interesting because as some of you might recall, I’m not known for my design skills  :-D

Season 3 of All About African Violets starts next week, on Sunday, April 1, 2018 (and seriously, it is NOT an April Fool’s Joke!).  I’ll see you then.  :-)