Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dreaming of Playing in The Dirt

February is the month I get cabin fever.  I love the winter until mid February.  That's when I want to be outside planting this......


Instead, I am passing the cold days inside watering this....

And speaking of Violets, does anyone have any tricks on getting them to bloom?  These are a couple of years old.  They were blooming when we bought them and have never bloomed again.  We have used violet fertilizer (according to package instructions) on them.  Re-potted them into these violet pots and they get southeastern light.  They look healthy.  They get new leaves.  Any hints?
Welcome Home,
Penny

31 comments:

Sherri said...

I don't know if this is the case Penny, but you can over fertilize violets and then they just grow very nice leaves. Other than that you are doing everything they say to do. Good Luck!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

You are asking someone with a brown thumb for inside plants. I am much better with my outdoor ones! I am sorry but I cannot offer any advice that would make them bloom. I just know they are finicky..my mother had them. Once in a great while they would bloom. I am with you on mid -February cabin fever! Makes me crazy!~Hugs, Patti

Martina said...

Hi Penny I feel the same way, I love the winter but right about now I am wanting spring to come!! Sorry but can't help you with the violets, I have the same problem with my Christmas cactus. Good Luck, Martina

Karen said...

Penny, I'm not great with plants, but I've always had good luck with violets. I put them in an east window, used the pots that you have, and was a bit on the negligent side when it came to feeding them. They bloomed beautifully! Perhaps Sherri is on the right track and they are being over fertilized.

Now, if I could just get my Christmas cactus to bloom. . .

Stacey said...

Me too! Looking out at beautiful snow right now though. :)

Blondie's Journal said...

I am waiting for the snow to thaw out but it is minus 5 degrees here. It doesn't hurt to dream though. I never had luck with my violets re~blooming and I never thought to use fertilizer. I wish I had better luck with my indoor plants.

Stay warm, Penny!

XO,
Jane

Kathleen Grace said...

I wish I could help with the violets but I have never been able to keep one alive long enough to rebloom, so you are already way ahead of me! Do you start any seeds inside for your garden? We are dreaming right now of what we want to plant int he raised beds. I think the planning is as much fun as the planting!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've never had much luck with violets. I used to have a special light over a row of pots...and they would do real well but that's been YEARS ago! Hope you get some pretty weather soon! ♥

Donnie said...

I'm hoping to plant some veggies in post this year such as the lettuces. We have rabbits around so I will have to find how to protect the tender leaves. Wish I could help with the African Violet.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Penny, I want to know the same thing about the violets. I bought one a few months ago and it bloomed for a long time and then they were gone. I am using the violet stuff, too. I can't wait to work outside again, too.

*Ulrike* said...

This is not my favorite time either. It feels like February just drags, and then we woke up to snow again this morning. Can you believe that? My hubby told me that according to the Farmers bulletin it will be time to plant beets. Yeah, right, it is too cold for me, brrr, hope it warms up! I have 5 African Violets. They would never bloom. Then I put them on a stand right next to the window, and the things starting flowering like crazy! I don't really fertilize them, once in a blue moon, and I do let them dry out just a little. I've read that they don't like it too damp. Ever since I did that....but then again who knows?!
Take Care,
Ulrike

Shelley Davis said...

Hi Penny,
I too have cabin fever. It has been a long, cold, snowy winter in Ohio. I have good success with my violets by using the same liquid fertilizer I use on my other plants. I let them dry out between waterings. I think one secret is I put a glass of water behind the plant and allow the evaporating water to nurture the plants. I hope that helps.

Blessings,
Shelley

Tracy said...

Hi Penny, I am so ready for Spring also. I have had the same problem with violets and I didn't fertilize...your's are pretty even without the blooms :)
Tracy

Julie Harward said...

I love AV's they are just so cheery! (I know that song too, got a bunch of love songs in my head now!) ;D

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

I have MAJOR cabin fever!!! Looking at your garden makes me want spring to come tomorrow!!

Pondside said...

I've read all the violet advice - I have the same problem. Perhaps we'll both have blooming violets now!

see you there! said...

My Grandmother could grow them by seemingly just sitting them in her kitchen window. I can barely keep one alive. I'm going to buy myself a potted pretty something or another this weekend tho - just to feel spring like.

Darla

Meggie said...

Hey Penny! I have to agree with Karen...perhaps you are caring too much for your violets. Mine are in their small, original containers and dry out completely between waterings. In the many years I've had them, I remember fertizing them only once. They bloom continuously, even in the winter.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Penny I have not a clue..My mama could get this dang things to bloom all year long..when she died in 07 I brought them home never a flower since ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Natasha said...

I hope that the weather gets warmer for you soon! Wish I could send you some Aussie sunshine but all we seem to have over these days is rain!

Happy weekend and best wishes,
Natasha.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

They might have wet feet. Violets need to have excellent drainage, that's why they have the specialized little violet dishes...those with the pot sitting in an attached saucer and the pot has about three drainage holes that allows excess water to drain away from the roots. Your violets look extremely healthy though.

Mary said...

Hope with all the great info. your violets will soon start behaving - I've never tried growing them as I have nowhere with enough sun or wide window sills! I rarely have indoor plants - just a rosemary tree at Christmas and a pot of Easter lilies for the dining room table!

Some lovely days promised this weekend and into next week - sun is out and this morning I'm off to Durham to have coffee and the best fresh-baked biscuit with Vanessa - we go to the famous Foster's Market (Sarah Foster is in several mags. with great recipes and her cafes are marvelous).

I'm heading to San Francisco next Fri. and hope to have some adventures to share! Have a great weekend dear - hopefully your arm will soon be healed and you can beat the Winter Blues out in the dirt!!

Hugs from Bob too - love, Mary.

Snappy Di said...

I've only tried violets once... many years ago. My grandmother had the knack for them... they always sat in the window sill above her kitchen sink and I think it was a south facing window. Unfortunately, by the time I took an interest in having any flowers in my home, she had long passed away. Good luck with yours!

Di

Sarah Knight said...

I'm not much of a green thumb. My grandmother always had her African violets (and a myriad of cacti). We do have violets in the yard. Of course, they thrive in the shade under the magnolia.

I have cabin fever too! I just want the cold to go away! I'd love to be outside in the garden
: )

Jen Kershner said...

I have a pretty severe case of cabin fever too. After a year of no gardening for me I can't wait to get my hands in the dirt!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I totally feel cooped up too. Spring cannot come fast enough!

Rosie said...

Hi Penny,
I've had a couple of African Violet plants for several years now and they have bloomed continuously. As they got larger, I did repot into slightly larger pots and placed them in a saucer filled with some pebbles. I did find out that they liked to be watered from the bottom, not the top, and only with room temperature water, not cold or straight out of the tap. They seem to be thriving. Hope this helps.

Jeannine said...

Hi Penny, I read somewhere that African violets like a west window. I have two in a west window and they do repeat bloom - they're blooming now! Hope this helps.

Jeannine

bj said...

The only time I've had a violet that bloomed was beneath a florescent light, on my kitchen counter.
Happiest Valentine's Day..

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Penny, don't worry spring is on it's way soon and here it will be autumn. Atleast I know I can drool over your potager when mine isn't doing much. I always love reading about your vegie garden. take care, Maryann

Jaybird said...

I have AV in south and west windows. I never fertilize them....just repot once in a couple or three years, with fresh dirt. They bloom all the time, year around except when the crazy Posie cat eats the buds!! Maybe that is the secret, you have to have a cat to munch on them :^). Good luck!