So for this blog, once again, I am checking in with my show plants. This time, I just took general pictures of the shelves and how the plants are looking. I’m still way behind schedule, and even with a miracle, I won’t have the amount of blooms that I’d like to have. But, with some luck (and extra warmth and light in the plant room,) I might have a few worthy candidates for the show tables in two weeks.
The dominating theme right now is “show-time.” For anyone who shows their plants, this is pretty much what everyone is talking about: how are the show plants looking? Between affiliate spring shows and the national convention in 12 weeks, even those who don’t exhibit their plants are talking about shows. Because if you can’t show, please at least go!
What’s the big deal, you might ask? Well, for affiliate clubs, an annual show is the one time of year to show off how magnificent well-grown African violets can look. Public visitors, whether or not they grow violets themselves, are always, always in awe of the beauty and variety of the plants on exhibit, even if it isn’t a judged show.
Some smaller clubs simply have an exhibit without awards and ribbons, and this is really just as fun for the public, too! Part of the reason clubs have shows and exhibits is to encourage the public to try violets and potentially even join or get involved in the club. Most clubs generally focus on the educational opportunities that the exhibits and shows allow. With even just a little bit of good advice, most people who didn’t think they could successfully grow violets, can and do!
Not all of my plants are bare of flowers. I've had a couple surprises lately: sports!
And here are some more bloomers to brighten up this first day of spring . . . . .
By Amy Cash-Allison
It's all about the violets! :-)