January’s velvety violets

violet-5 1-14-10During warmer months my Connecticut gardens provide a wide variety of blossoms.  Not so in January, when windowsill-grown African violets take center stage.

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Though these tiny wonders offer few blossoms, I don’t mind … their limited quantity insures greater focus on each.  Makes me wonder why I don’t have more.

Want to read an amusing African violet post ?  Visit Is Petting Your African Violet a Good Idea?

Enjoy the photos and flowers in gardens elsewhere by visiting all the linked garden blogs at May Dreams Gardens, where Carol posts her Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day photos and offers others a venue to do the same. 

15 comments for “January’s velvety violets

  1. January 15, 2010 at 8:01 am


    Happy Bloom Day! Your african violets are so bright & cheery. They remind me of my mother-in-law, she always had them growing all around home. Thanks for giving me a happy memory to start my day.

  2. joenesgarden
    January 15, 2010 at 8:31 am

    My African violets are always a bright spot in grey winter months. Glad to share them with you.

  3. January 15, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I love African violets and these photos entice to go shopping. 😉

  4. January 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I love my African violets, except for the fact that they’re better at catching hair than are black clothing articles. You have some gorgeous colours in yours.

  5. January 15, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Beautiful blooms for Bloom Day!

    I’m reminded of the late Mrs. Weldon who grew and sold African Violets in our town when I was a teenager. She kept them in an east window. They made a lovely gift and still do, 50 years later.

  6. joenesgarden
    January 15, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I think both of my grandmothers also grew African violets. Now, it seems that many pass them by as old-fashioned , but I still love them.

  7. January 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    First time visitor and when I saw the ‘petting the african violet’ link I thought whaaaa??? That was funny and I love your little blossoms. I have a few AFs in my kitchen window at the moment, though none of them have taken the initiative to flower!

  8. January 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I love those sweet little ruffled blooms. When the last of my African violets died many years ago from neglect, I didn’t replace them. You’ve enticed me into thinking about going shopping for some again. We certainly need something to cheer us up in the winter!

  9. joenesgarden
    January 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Kate, glad you liked the link. I tried to visit your blog, but your link did not work. Thanks for stopping by, though.

  10. January 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    aloha joene

    i love violets, they remind me of my mom with hers on her garden window…funny i never grow them myself…thanks for adding the link to petting your plants, it was a hoot!

  11. joenesgarden
    January 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Rose, I’m so glad my violet photos inspired you to try them again. And, Noel, I’m glad you enjoyed the petting link at The Garden Professors. Thanks to both of you for stopping by.

  12. January 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    The ruffled blooms on your violets are so sweet–certainly helpful in getting through this winter. When all my African violets died several years ago–due to neglect–I didn’t bother to replace them. You’ve enticed me to consider shopping for some again. Happy Bloom Day!

  13. January 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

    my great aunt used to swear that keeping a worm in a pot of african violets helped them to flower again – I don’t know if it really worked or not but my mum used to have us searching in the garden for worms for her pots of violets.

    • joenesgarden
      January 16, 2010 at 10:06 am

      I’d be hard pressed to find a worm in my frozen ground! I’m happy my violets bloom without one.

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