I love African Violets. I always have. I always will.
They are by far my favorite kind of houseplant…always has been…always will be.
At the farm house I had lots of them. I had a great window for them. It was easy to grow them. Here, at the house, with the childcare kiddos, I’d kind of given up on them.
Then Hubby helped me rig up a grow light in the basement….then daughter Kayla told me they had really cool- (I mean really-really cool)- plants for sale on Ebay. Really?? Ebay. Yes. And then it started….the plot. The plot to get a few really cool African Violets.
I had looked several times but was very apprehensive. How would the plants be safe? How could they ship them? Then Kayla said “Oh let’s give it a try.” I was still apprehensive. Then I started looking more seriously.
Then I got a little more nervous. The ones I REALLY liked were from Romania. No. I wasn’t buying plants off Ebay from Romania….and then while I was on quarantine with plenty of time to be on the computer and a little bit of boredom sneaking in I just bid and the next thing I knew, I had plants coming my way from Romania.
I’m not one to hide things like this from Hubby…but I was sure I had just wasted money as the plants would likely come and be a disaster…I didn’t want him to say I was foolish-not that he’d mind even if it didn’t work out…but still I didn’t want anyone to be a witness to my foolishness at buying plants from Romania. –On a side note: Shipping from Romania was only $12!!
Anyway…the package came.
I wasn’t any less leery as I walked from the mailbox to the house.
I opened the package. Inside was a box.
We had a couple near freezes in our area lately so I wondered what I’d find.
Inside the box…this.
I was starting to feel a little hopeful or at least I tried to be. I was still nervous.
No need to be though. The plants look awesome. There are three little plants there.
I had tried to pick out some fun ones…Little like this they don’t look like much yet.
Here’s what they are suppose to someday look like.
Sorry about the small pictures.
I am super excited about them all. I love the variegated leaves and the white outlined flowers. I am so excited.
Right now the plants don’t look quite as variegated but that will all come with maturity. I’ll keep you posted.
I’m a little afraid that with the success of this shipment that I might have awakened a monster in me. I remember as a kid in high school even then I collected African Violets. I am hoping that “adulthood” will keep me from going overboard because back then, I went overboard. I had babies started and plants in all of the upstairs bedrooms of my parents home….oh dear. The main floor here is mostly out. The childcare kids will get the plants…but grow lights..and sewing room windows…Hmmm. I guess there are worse things I could do than collect African Violets…right??