My african violets have been blooming this past month- at least, one has. And my daughter's purple one. The one I have on the left here, which I am still hoping is a purple one, never yet flowered for me. Its foliage is in very nice condition. The one on the right accidentally got knocked on the floor- so it has some broken leaves, some paleness from a bit too much light, some cat hairs stuck on it and water drop marks (too near the fish tank), missing some soil from the spill I forgot to replenish- yet this one flowers. Holds true to what I liked about them so very long ago: they bloom in adversity.