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African Violet Tree?

African Violet Tree?

Is your African violet looking more like a small tree, than a normal violet?  Does it look like the violet in the picture? I’m embarrassed to even admit that this is my violet. I have let this get too dry, then watered it too much too quickly, and should have

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Violet Safari in Ohio

Violet Safari in Ohio

Winners stage This year is the third year I’ve been to the Ohio State African Violet show and sale at Kingwood Center in Mansfield, Ohio. This event is held at one of the most beautiful botanical gardens I’ve been to. ( More about that later.) The show and sale is

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Flowering Maple

Flowering Maple

Abutilon hybrid Flowering maple, or Abutilon is a beautiful container plant. It is a profuse flowering plant, as long as it has plenty of sun. The papery bells hang down and look beautiful with the light shining through them. They can grow to be quite sizeable plants if allowed to,

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Great Grandma’s Fern

Great Grandma’s Fern

Jan. 2011 Before “surgery” When I was married in 1985, I inherited a family heirloom~a fern. My mom gave me a piece of her fern, received from my great grandma, Alice Gustafson Eldred, at her bridal shower in 1957. She still has her fern after all these years, and has

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Kissin’ Cousins

Kissin’ Cousins

Kohleria ‘Peridots Mango Martini’ Recently, I attended my African violet club meeting, and the speaker introduced us to some cousins of the African Violet. The subject was rhizomatous gesneriads and the one that I came home with is a kohleria. I love it! This is my first kohleria, but I

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Garden Walks

Garden Walks

Medinilla magnifica I love garden walks, and one of my favorite things about them, is seeing people’s houseplants they bring outside for the summer. I don’t usually take my plants outside for the summer. Number one, I have too many to take outside. Number two, in the fall,  things get

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Inherited Cactus

Inherited Cactus

Since Easter has just passed, I thought I’d share a picture of my Easter cactus, which once belonged to my Grandma Eldred. This cactus, Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri, is native to Brazil and is a forest cactus, not a desert one. More familiar to most is the Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus. The

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