John gave me an African Violet in August of 2011 for my birthday. Originally, she had a beautiful cluster of flowers, but within a few weeks they withered and died. I kept her watered, sparingly, and found a couple of good places in our apartment with indirect light (not hard to do here!) to make her happy. I didn’t expect her to flower again but this summer–wow, she flowered up nicely! One of the tips I learned, and followed, about caring for African Violets is to water them with warm water, and be sure not to get their leaves wet. I would place a baking funnel directly in to the soil of the plant and water her that way. Also, my plant did not like to be watered all that often, say once every two weeks. Anyhow, I am proud of my thriving African Violet! Have a look at Velvy…yes I name my plants 🙂 And enjoy some bonus pics of our little cupcake, Chloe, who was very interested in what I was up to.
We finally visited the Volunteer Park Conservatory http://www.volunteerparkconservatory.org/ in Capitol Hill. What a beautiful collection of greenhouses! Each greenhouse has different plants from a particular climate. I must say, I felt a tad nostalgic when I entered the last greenhouse and laid eyes upon a banana plant and tropical palms *sniff sniff*. I remember having banana trees in the backyards of various places I lived back home in Florida. Memories of myself making “mud pie” with bananas in my grandmother’s backyard flooded my senses. The earthy smelling dirt, the grassy smell of unripened bananas mixed with the gooey sweet smell of the black ones that had fallen to the ground–and me squishing my hands in the lumpy batter. This park feels calm in the city and it is a great place to stop walking and start strolling. Here are some pictures to entice you into a visit.