African violets are native to eastern Africa and were collected in the wild during the late 19th century by Baron von Saint-Paul.
Depending on when they bloom, members of the Schlumbergera genus are called either Thanksgiving or Christmas cactuses.
A hard frost will kill off our annuals for good, but there are tricks we can try to get more treats from our annual purchases.
It is hard to transplant plants with taproots, so look for small new plants or offsets near an established plant and dig a deep circle around them.
Grab a spade, and remind yourself that most gardeners learn their best lesson through trial and error.