The aloe vera was getting a bit rootbound.
As always, clicky brings biggy.
Seasons change. Things change with them. Young Pip here is transitioning,
from 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.
Pip also has an admirable set of whiskers. These are no doubt useful when hunting lizards and wriggly things in leaf-litter.
I’ve taken the tape measure to a number of flower stalks and upcoming pitchers.
It might be a good idea to count flowers per plant and put up a total, too. I’ll get on that later.
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?
About 12mm of very tough little plant indeed!
Watermark-free wallpaper: the LEGO Hippie communing with the Bladderworts.
From now on, there will be shots showing individual plants against the ruler, and objects, for scale.
At a later stage, I may compile a few day-by-day profiles to show the speed of growth.
Certainly, there will be a few Sarracenia seeds available at end of season.
S. psittacina picking up some pace.
S. purpurea was slower than leucophylla, but is putting out pitchers and flowers.
A few Drosera seeds, both capensis and spatulata, will be available.
I 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.
The new individuals, split from the two S. leucophylla which were outgrowing their tubs, are all thriving.
There’s a few tiny flower buds still coming through on this specimen.
One of the S. purpurea is also keen on flowers.
As I promised, some shots with measurable items (a 30cm/ 12 inch ruler, and Maaaan-fred the LEGO Hippie).
Check back now and then, to see how we're growing.