Redcliffe Pier

Sunday, April 17, 2011

SUCCESS AT LAST

For years I have tried to grow African Violets without much success but in this last year I have managed to keep them alive and even grow bigger. I think the secret is finding the right place for them. Here they are sheltered and get the morning filtered sun. It has also been warm and wet this summer.

They are so squashed now, that I am renovating a bigger shelf to put them on.




23 comments:

  1. The plants look beautiful, I have the African violet inside behind the glas window and mostly it has flowers.

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  2. Good Morning, Diane... This post brings back memories to me. My mother grew gorgeous African violets --just like yours. I have tried all through the years to grow them--but could never find the right place in my home. You are right .. It has to do, as Mom would say, with having the 'right' window!!!!!

    I'll just have to enjoy yours... They are beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. beautiful plants. i have killed several violets over the years and gave up. what is that beautiful plant in the top right of the first photo? i love the shape of the leaves, have not seen one of those.

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  4. Congratulations, they are magnificent. You have definitely found the spot for them ... what a great display.

    I've never had much luck with them ... I have one going at the moment, but it's not flowering and hasn't for quite some time. I'm still trying to find the right spot!

    Love your terrific Maidenhair too!

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  5. Sandra: It is a Begonia but I must admit it has developed huge leaves.

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  6. Diane, what a beautiful and green corner. I am inspired!

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  7. Diane, they look beautiful. Looks like you found the right place for them to be happy.

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  8. Oh they are lovely. I wonder if they would grow on my back verandah .. the conditions seem to exactly match what you described. I might buy one and give it a try.

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  9. Oh they are lovely. I wonder if they would grow on my back verandah .. the conditions seem to exactly match what you described. I might buy one and give it a try.

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  10. Diane,
    I like your violets of the African type. I agree with you about the right spot, also some people could put those violets anywhere and they would grown.
    You have a nice colour range.

    Also been catching up on your story and I am enjoying, thanks for sharing.

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  11. Diane, you told me that my post about my mom came on the day you lost your precious brother, David.

    This is a little early as my mom passed away on 4/25/09, but I needed to read it and smile at the beauty right now.

    My mom ADORED African violets, and she would have been so impressed with your garden of them. Thank you for this precious memory today. I just may have to go shopping for an African violet garden, and name them Mary Ann and Diane.

    Love Kathleen in Memphis, TN

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  12. Great shots, Diane. They almost look like watercolor! Nice effect. I've never grown African violets by purpose, by I once live in a house that had a bay window that I accidentally found was a good spot for them...they overtook the place and I was giving them away! Has never happened since!!

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  13. African Violets hopefully it can continue to live up to big

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  14. I'm glad you found the secret to successfully growing African Violets. Your plants are beautiful.

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  15. Well done, Diane! They look beautiful. I only have the one (same blue & white as yours). You've inspired me to try a couple of others. Your pink and white ones are gorgeous!

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  16. They look very healthy, so you must be doing something right!

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  17. Your african violets look really lovely! There is such a huge difference in the colors of the leaves. .

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  18. I love them they are great such wonderful colours thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us.

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  19. Your African Violets are beautiful. i have been thinking of getting an old stand like this from a shed at my mother in law's farm and giving it a new coat of paint. Then I'll use it on my deck this summer. Have a great week!

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  20. Congratulations!!! A feat I never managed to reach no matter how I tried. I don't think I was really meant to be a gardener.

    (I am in an admiring other people's talent sort of a mood this week.)

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  21. I have never been able to keep an African violet alive and I applaud your success. They are lovely, aren't they?

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  22. I've so much catching up to do! Love these colourful African violets. I have one in a pot but it won't flower for me.

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  23. I myself never had much success with them but I think yours look very lush and healthy!

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