the grown up toy store for gardeners

Something for everyone at Leaf & Petal’s Cahaba Heights location. Privately owned & operated – #buylocal         (shhh, this place is so cool, i picked up a job application (working from home can get boring)…imagine spending the day deadheading flowers!

wee African Violets

I love buds. I used to be upset whenever i bought mums & the buds refused to open. NOW, i use them in the arrangement because they look like small little balls. I’ll show soon. These were very small African Violets.

how to grow African Violets

buy african violets you LOVE. put them in a place of honor…water, but not on the leaves or the center, they hate getting their faces (or their bodies) wet. they like to dip their toes in the water, like little old ladies. watch the flowers die in a week or less. be pissed that you…

it takes courage to gain peace…

usually, every spring…i go in search of something new for my outdoor garden beds. this year i am moving into an apartment with my two children. a single mom. but a happier one. i put together a garden that is going to move with us. i put a dollar tree mirror on the bottom added…

this is an african violet flower

i posted this flower about three weeks ago, titled, “what am i?” Then my blog broke. This is the amazing part, this one flower was connected to another…like the letter Y, with two flowers at the top of the Y. This wee flower lived for two weeks…as it began to collapse on itself, its twin…

how proud she would be…

My grandmother had flowering African Violets in her kitchen windows. I loved them as a child. When i got my own apartment, i bought some for myself. The flowers faded & died. I kept trying & i kept killing them. I asked my Grandmother how did she get her African Violets to look so beautiful?…