Starter Drugs - bulb wise

Ellen Hornig
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:42:23 PDT
For me, it was African violet (Saintpaulia) leaves that got me hooked.
 Back when I was a cute little kid,  53 years or so ago, and plants were
bought in florists' shops rather than grocery stores or Home Depot, I would
go in with my mother and keep my eye peeled for broken petioles or even
fallen leaves, then ask sweetly if I might take them home for propagation
(and no, I have no recollection at all of ever staging the event - I was
honest to a fault).  I don't recall anyone ever refusing me, and by this
method I amassed respectable numbers of ordinary, but to me wonderful,

I do have to note, though, that of the 4 children my husband and I raised
(2 biological, 2 adopted) not a one has shown much interest in plants, and
lord knows they were all thoroughly exposed to the wonders of gardening and
propagation.  I have to guess that they saw the plants as the competition
for their mother's attention. In fairness to myself, they've all turned
into wonderful adults, so I don't believe they were harmed; but they were
never seduced by horticulture.  The predisposition has to be there, I guess.


Ellen Hornig
212 Grafton St
Shrewsbury MA 01545

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