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May 17, 2015


What a lovely story this is. And I love your illustrations! I have one African violet and have not taken good-enough care of it in recent years. I used to be much better about caring for my plants before we had a child. I seem to only have a certain amount of space for caring for things, alas.

Was just thinking about African violets, must be a sign of my own impending biddy-ness. The are of another era, like aspidrista and philodendron. What's next, antimaccasars?

I like your drawing very much; it captures the charm of these always- saucer-sized plants.

I had a lot of success with African violets when I lived in Switzerland. It's too warm to grow them where I live now, but people at higher elevations grow them successfully. A friend of mine has amazing ones. She lives in Amherst and has cultivated them for many years. They are very easy to propagate from cuttings.
It never occurred to me to consider them old fashioned!

Are root and crown rot transferable to humans? I think I may have both if they encourage a liking for polysyllablism.

So you are a plant-sitter and your motives become clear. Should the African violet become compost you can offer its owner the painting. Smart. New World savvy.

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