Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2012!!

Here's a pic I snapped today of one of the African violets I gave my favorite uncle Dwight a few years ago... I can't remember the name, but it looks like he's taking pretty good care of this one!

I mean, we've seen way worse specimens from other members of my family..
My theory is that the homebrew wine being made nearby is keeping the plant happy. I know it would keep *me* happy!
Hope everyone had a great holiday and ate way too much! It's the only day of the year where all calories are ZERO, so we all gotta take advantage of that! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

African Violets In Pop Culture: Nature - Raccoon Nation

I watch a lot of really trashy TV (Honey Boo Boo & Real Housewives -NJ, OC, & BH- are among my faves) but little do people know, I also watch quality stuff as well.

Last night we watched this awesome Nature episode on PBS called Raccoon Nation. Seriously fascinating, you should prolly click that link & check it out.

Of course, I am only posting about it here on an African violet blog because I saw my favorite little houseplant in one of the scenes where the scientists are tracking the little furry masked creatures on their computer... It's not the best looking African violet I've ever seen on TV, but it still counts!

Ok, I get it, you're scientists, not botanists... But can't one of you at least water that dang thing!?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Best In Show MAAVS 2012

And now for the plant you wanna see most, here is Best In Show - Buckeye Cranberry Sparkler grown by David Dick.

There are more rosettes for that one plant than I even have from 2 years of showing!
Think I need to move to David's house and take lessons.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hello From MAAVS!

Hello from Richmond, Virginia! We're here for the  Mid Atlantic African Violet Society's 2012 convention and show. If you're anywhere close by, COME SEE US!! Trust, you'll be happy you did. There are so many gorgeous show plant entries, and the sales room is full of awesome plants and supplies to buy!

We've got a nice little howd'ya do right when you walk into the hotel lobby...

I guess it's official--I'm a pretty damn good weed grower! My only little entry in the show, micro sinningia 'Lil Georgie' won best in its class! I'm soooooo psyched, I got a fancy rosette! WHOOHOO!!!

I might do a hula dance of excitement (and keeping with the show theme)! I sure hope no one has a video camera...

That's all for now, I'm the official show photographer and it's my first time doing it solo, so I really best get back to work!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

2012 Tristate Show - CANCELED

The Tristate African Violet Council's annual show that was to take place this weekend in Morristown, NJ has been canceled. There's no electricity in that area, and it's not expected to be on until at least Monday. The show will not be rescheduled. Better luck next year...

Thanks a lot, Frankenstorm Sandy! >:-(

I had just settled on a couple of entries, too. And I was gonna get to photograph the show. Darn! Well, maybe my entries will hold out for another week and I can take them to MAAVS next weekend.

2011 Tristate Best In Show winner - Casey's Charm - Exhibited by David Tooker
Now David gets to wear his crown for another whole year? :-)

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