I got an email from a sweet blog reader named Ginny. She wrote that she had went on The Violet Barn’s website and ordered two violets for me. WHAT? I’m so flattered that someone would think of me in this way. That is so sweet.
Later she sent me a shipping notice so I knew to expect them. Last week the week the box came.
I was so excited, I immediately opened the package. I was a little scared as the weather here has been really cool. The day they came we were in a frost advisory for the overnight.
No fears. These were packaged masterfully. Check out the insulation around the plants.
Inside was this guy…
All wrapped and snuggled in there.
There was plastic around the dirt so that dirt wouldn’t fly all over in transport.
The second one was like this…
It’s even blooming!!! WOW. Isn’t the variegated blossom precious? I love the purple flexs.
I put them both in a bowl for now. I’m going to let them be like this for about a week and will then transfer them into self watering pots.
I use pots similar to THESE. They are miniature though. The water goes in the bottom and the plant virtually waters itself through the wicking.
People always ask how I can grow such nice plants. This style of pot is high on my list of recommendations.
I have gotten MANY requests from people who want to swap leaves of African Violet plants. The list is way longer than five. More like 20. I’m hoping I will transplant my plants sometime in June. I will send off leaves starting at the top of the list.
Feel free to leave a comment on this post if you are interested in exchanging leaves with one of my readers. It would be fun to have a leaf exchange that way too!
By the way, I looked up the names of the plants that Ginny sent so I could see what they looked like…Here is Rob’s Boolaroo.
This is a trailing African Violet. I’ve never had one so I looked up more information about it. Here’s what it said: “Trailers are African violets that naturally branch and spread. Grow them either as hanging baskets or in shallow pots as ground covers. Feel free to pinch or prune, it will only encourage even more dense, lush, growth. Their size and shape when mature, is entirely up to you. Because they are multi-crowned and spreading, they have the potential for producing large amounts of foliage and massive amounts of bloom on a single plant.”
The other is labeled RS Acroplois. It says it is a Russian Standard.
This picture is all that showed up so I guess I’ll just learn more about it as it grows.
I’m so excited to have these new plants to work with. THANKS so much Ginny and thanks to the many who wrote that they were interested in swapping leaves.