2014-10-12 Carnivores and Ground Cover

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I have a small erosion problem on a slope at the back of the block. To halt the ruin, and possibly make the place a bit better, I’m deploying a few different plants: Liriope, Westringia, a prostrate Casuarina, and some Seaside Daisy.IMG_7383 IMG_7384

Depending on which plants succeed, I’ll put more in.

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2014-10-10 Carnivores and Succulents

Includes those poor little Nepenthes pitchers I neglected during winter. I may save one, but the other surviving specimen looks pretty sorry.

As always, clicky brings biggy.IMG_7300 IMG_7301S. leucophylla makes a strong comeback.

IMG_7302New Sarracenia transplanted into the bog.

IMG_7304 IMG_7305One of the S. psittacina divisions, with S. purpurea in the background.

IMG_7306This S. leucophylla x purpurea was divided for the first time this year, and is throwing out pitchers like crazy.

IMG_7307Another division from the plant seen above.

IMG_7308A fairly resilient NepenthesIMG_7309…and one that seems to be circling the plughole.

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IMG_7341Out front, it’s all Gazanias and succulents.

IMG_7342 IMG_7343This is the last shot before some repotting and weeding took place.

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2014-10-09 Carnivores and Ruler, Again

(As always, Clicky brings Biggy)

 

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I wonder what species or hybrid it will turn out to be.

 

IMG_7273 IMG_7274 IMG_7275 IMG_7276Drosera spatulata seeds might be available soon to those who need them.

IMG_7277 IMG_7278Looks like the flytraps have done well from exposure to the winter cold.

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2014-10-05 Carnivore Growth Measured (and Pip)

As always, clicky brings biggy.
IMG_7213aSeasons change. Things change with them. Young Pip here is transitioning,

IMG_7215afrom the colours of youth, to a relatively monochrome adulthood.

Pip’s quite the communicator. He/(she?) has a special “feed-me” call used to bring me from the house, and a “Hey, the Feeding Guy is here!” call to bring his parents, who are raising another clutch of young, if the amount of food they fly out is any indicator.

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IMG_7218I’ve taken the tape measure to a number of flower stalks and upcoming pitchers.

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IMG_7220It might be a good idea to count flowers per plant and put up a total, too. I’ll get on that later.

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2014-10-04 Tiny Mystery Survivor

Last year, my friend Fishie sent me a couple of envelopes of Sarracenia seeds.

If I remember correctly, one was S. alata and the other was a golden variant of S. leucophylla.

I planted out seed trays with both, but from then on, everything went downhill.

Unexpected torrential rain washed away a lot of the seeds, and that severe winter took care of the rest.

Or so I thought.

I was just looking at the trays with a view to reusing the peat elsewhere, and what did I spy, right up against the edge of the tray?
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About 12mm of very tough little plant indeed!

2014-10-04 Carnivore Growth Measured

Bladderwort-hippieWatermark-free wallpaper: the LEGO Hippie communing with the Bladderworts.

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IMG_7191AFrom now on, there will be shots showing individual plants against the ruler, and objects, for scale.

IMG_7192At a later stage, I may compile a few day-by-day profiles to show the speed of growth.

IMG_7193Certainly, there will be a few Sarracenia seeds available at end of season.

IMG_7194S. psittacina picking up some pace.

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IMG_7196S. purpurea was slower than leucophylla, but is putting out pitchers and flowers.

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IMG_7198A few Drosera seeds, both capensis and spatulata, will be available.

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IMG_7202I almost lost all my little Sarracenia during the harsh winter, and there were unfortunate circumstances which prevented me getting them under shelter. It’s great to see they’re fairly resilient.

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IMG_7207The new individuals, split from the two S. leucophylla which were outgrowing their tubs, are all thriving.

IMG_7207AThere’s a few tiny flower buds still coming through on this specimen.

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IMG_7211One of the S. purpurea is also keen on flowers.

2014-10-01 Carnivore Growth Measured

As I promised, some shots with measurable items (a 30cm/ 12 inch ruler, and Maaaan-fred the LEGO Hippie).
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Check back now and then, to see how we're growing.