Tuesday Treasures for my Active Rain Friend Judy Klem

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty
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TUESDAY TREASURES FOR MY Active Rain FRIEND JUDY KLEM


Judy Klem loves to garden and quite often she photoblogs some amazing

photos ~ you can almost smell the fragrance as she explains the

different blossoms. I, on the other hand, do not have a green

thumb. I don't garden, I delegate, I admire, I appreciate ~


 
That said, I will tell you I was given a very small African Violet from

my neighbor when I first moved into my house in Sunset Beach

eight years ago. She presented "Her Treasure" to me in a small

3 inch clay pot and told me to water it from the bottom ~ Duh,
 
what?? The bottom, the bottom of what?? I obviously didn't know

what she was talking about and wondered why the heck she had this

clay pot sitting on top of a bunch of pebbles in some sort of saucer ~


I will admit I researched the care of African Violets as soon as my

neighbor left because I knew nothing about the plant at all ~ The

only plant that ever survived in my Sunset Beach home was a Pothos, but you can't kill those, anyone can grow them, even me ~

eight year old
For the past eight years, I have lived through some very traumatic repottings,
near deaths and long talks with my African Violet. I have come to treasure her and admire her beautiful blossoms. 

 

 

 

 

 

She is now in a 14 inch clay pot, sitting in the same exact spot in my Sunset Beach home, enjoying the filtered morning sun and providing me with the joys of her everlasting violet blossoms.

 

 

 

 

eight year old African Violet

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Cindy Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - White Pine, TN
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She is  very besutiful.  I hope you enjoy her for a very long time to come.

Jun 07, 2011 06:23 AM #1
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Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Cindy ~ Thank you very much ~ This is quite an accomplishment for me ~

Jun 07, 2011 06:25 AM #2
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Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
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Those are very beautiful!  I am the same way...have the absolute opposite of a green thumb.  Congrats for keeping it alive so long so that you can share the beauty with us :).

Jun 07, 2011 06:34 AM #3
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Karen Baker
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Brenda ~ Thanks! I'm real proud of her ~
Jun 07, 2011 07:04 AM #4
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Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
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This is a beautiful violet. My plants always die too - right now I have none alive. I've never had an African violet - perhaps I should get one and see if I can make it thrive. Beautiful plant.

Jun 07, 2011 09:36 AM #5
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Karen Baker
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Elizabeth ~ so there are more like me without a green thumb ~ you should try, it's rewarding!!
Jun 07, 2011 09:52 AM #6
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Barbara Le Pine
Advantage Real Estate, serving Lincoln County - Newport, OR
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Karen, She is a stunner! Love the color of the blooms! I have a story: I received my first African Violet this year after a seller gave it to me. Luckily, our office manager knows how to care for them and suggested I buy a "pot inside another ceramic pot" that are perfect for them because they do not like to be watered from the top, but want to draw water gently from underneath. They also need to be separated like siamese twins when they start to get overgrown. It looks like you have many plants in the one pot, you can split that up and start 3 or 4 new separate plants - apparently, they like to have room to grow. The other thing you can do with these is snip off a leaf, put it in a glass of water and get the roots to sprout. Buy a little planter pot, add potting soil and put it in a second container it can draw water from, and you have even more plants. Needless to say, my office is full of them, now I always have a closing gift handy that is always blooming and easy to care for.  Thanks for a great blog post!

Jun 07, 2011 11:20 AM #7
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Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Barbara ~ I am terrified to do what you suggest ~ will you come visit me and do it when you get here??

Jun 07, 2011 11:27 AM #8
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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Karen - Wow! Thank you so much - I feel very honored to be mentioned in such a great way in your blog. You've done a magnificent job with your African violet! She is beautiful and quite obviously well-loved. Barbara is correct in her suggestions, but you can also continue to do what you have done, which is to just transplant to a larger pot when it seems like the current one is too cramped.

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous plant with us, and thank you again for the delightful mention.

Jun 09, 2011 12:23 PM #9
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Karen Baker
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Judy ~ Thanks so much ~ You are such an inspiration to me with all your beautiful blossoms ~

Jun 09, 2011 12:40 PM #10
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