Tuesday, August 31, 2004

African Violets Blooming



My houseplants have severely dwindled down since my cat Cosmo has come to live with us. Cosmo is famous for jumping on attacking and giving no mercy to my houseplants. I have managed to salvage a couple that I keep hidden in a room that the door remains closed. I also have a terrarium that I keep a handful of plants. My two African Violets live in the terrarium. They have been blooming all year. They love it in there. I use a special fertilizer specific for the plant once every two weeks. I do have two orchids that live right next to them that have never bloomed. They are both Phalenopsis type orchids. I got one about 6 years ago around Easter at an Orchid Show in Portland Oregon. It was a baby and had not bloomed yet. The second one I got last year at Lowes on the clearance rack it was not blooming either. I am a sucker for plants on the clearance rack. You know the ones that are half-dead. I feel like they are calling to me “please save us!” So anyway, I am still waiting for them to bloom.




Here is an updated photo of the fountain grass. I bet Cosmo would love to play in that grass. My pink dwarf Oleanders are beginning to bloom also.



I am starting to get excited about planting this fall. I am still deciding on the plants, that is half of the fun.

13 Comments:

Blogger Lauren said...

Seeing that fountain grass makes me miss New Mexico! I loved it there. I don't think you ever mention where you live... I used to be in Roswell, and I loved it!

Your violets are so pretty--my kitty would eat those up (or knock them on the floor) in two seconds flat!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, am a push-over for orchids on clearance. A phaelanopsis and dendrobium have both been worse off in my care than crammed in too small pots and misted everyday at Home Depot. Both sprouted off babies (keikeis, is it?) which I've nearly killed off as well. Anyway, just wanted to say that even if yours haven't bloomed, keeping orchids happy is truly an accomplishment.
Laura-M

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i have the worst luck with african violets, they don't die but they also don't bloom. I do much better with veggies.

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