Begone, miserable African Violets!

I’m finally fed up with the african violets — after all this time, they still haven’t shown any spark of recovery. The leaves were tiny and deformed with red streaks through them, the flowers (what few there were) super small and twisted, and there was just no sign of new growth anywhere, no matter what I did to coax and prod and plead. I think they have a virus. So, this morning I swept them all off the shelf and into the garbage, except for one that looks perfectly fine and is one tough customer. My light stand in the front hall is bare… and ready to be loaded up with orchids!