While most of my plants mad it through my winter break absence with little more damage than the loss of a few leaves, there were a handful of things that just could not be saved. Sad as it was, their demise did leave window sill space for potential new acquisitions and so I could not resist when I came across some beautiful - and cheap - new African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha) at the local florist's shop. I bought plants of two different varieties; one has single white flowers with frilly edges marked in a deep shade of purple, while the other has bright pink double flowers and foliage speckled with pale pink spots.
The white-and-purple variety
The pink variety - Notice the intense pink speckling on the younger leaves
The one African violet I had bought in the fall - with single flowers in a shade somewhere between wine red and purple - is doing well, too, and actually greeted me with a whole bunch of new flowers when I got back to campus.