Friday, January 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - January 2010

African violet

My one and only blooming plant this GBBD is a relatively nondescript pink African violet that I purchased from a grocery store about 7 years ago, maybe more. It was the only survivor of a grand repotting effort last year. It thrives on a mixture of indirect light from the north-facing kitchen window and a fluorescent strip light above the sink. It's in a self-watering pot. I feed it Schultz African violet food (when I remember). It's nothing particularly special or rare. But I do like its ruffled flower petals--they sparkle like a pastry chef's sugar flowers.

It's not a garden bloom, technically, but Carol at May Dreams Gardens says all blooms count on GBBD, and Carol's the one that thunk up GBBD, so there! Visit her site and find out what else is blooming today.


  1. Of course it counts, Caroline - seven years in African Violet years must be about 70 in people years, right? That's a long-term resident you have there.

    Happy Blooming Day!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog, Caroline. Your little African violet does look like pink spun sugar. That glistening quality of the petals is lovely!

  3. What Annie said! I don't think I've ever had an African Violet longer than a couple of years. Love the sparkly flowers!

  4. Grocery store plants can be the best - they survive the grocery store, after all! Love that combo of soft pink with a yellow center, so sweet.

  5. I've read African violets can live indefinitely, "if properly cared for." Me, I managed to kill the other three I had. They nearly all perished when I moved from Houston to Austin. This one lives on.

  6. My pink African Violet is about the same color and I love it! None of mine are blooming at the moment. Yours is beautiful! I too love the way those ruffled blossoms sparkle like sugar flowers.
    I'm so envious of your luscious looking veggies. Glad to know your garden survived the frigid temps so well.
    Thanks for visiting :)