When I moved to the Sonoran Desert, I took the time to select out the plants that I thought had a fighting chance of survival down here. I still took a lot of losses that first summer.
There is no way to understand the impact of that low humidity/high heat until you live through several months of it. Michigan one year had a week of weather that was in the high 90s with 'low' humidity of around 40%. Ha ha. Low? Low is 4% - how little did I know.
Things died. Thankfully, I have blanked out most of what I have lost. Nature can be kind.
And some things just limped along, looking pathetic, but not so gone as to be mercy tossed to the compost pile. My african violets were in that category. I came down here with four, quickly losing one to wilt. One went into a long decline, finally rotting out at the base. I have its leaves in a bag with some potting mix, hoping one will root and I can recover the plant.
The other two? Have suddenly decided they might be okay after all. They are both blooming very prettily at the north window I have settled them.
Although this show of happy may be short term; in late July through most of January, the humidity levels are naturally higher. I have started to put my plants in humidity trays, and I will add these two to that system soon.
But for now, I'm just sitting back and enjoying my small bright blessings.