Sarracenia flava

Sarracenia flava

Saturday, April 23, 2011

NASC Benefit Auction

Hey everyone! Today at noon starts the North American Sarracenia Conservancy benefit auction at terraforums.com.  Basically other people around the world list items and then you bid on them.  Whoever has the highest bid at 10:00pm on May 7 wins the item and the donor ships the plant to you. You can send a check to the NASC or pay through paypal... I think. Anyways the money made goes to the NASC which helps to save carnivorous plants in the wild, something all plant growers should take to their hearts. I believe this year they are sending the money from the auction to Boiling Spring Lakes, NC to help save their carnivorous plants from destruction and poaching. Happy bidding!
http://terraforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=132 .

Monday, April 18, 2011

Really? I mean Really Mother Nature?

We got snow today. Like actual snow, no, not just like it snowed and then was gone, there was snow on the ground and it stayed there. I mean really? It is April 18, and this just makes me mad. The snow melted, but still it was 34 degrees out when it was snowing, thats like impossible for the snow to stay! Stupid snow ruining my day and possibly setting back plant growth, I'll never know.
Well I hope the rest of you guys are having better weather.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Stuff to do...

Well, this past weekend was pretty busy in the bog; I installed the Darlingtonia pump that recirculated water from the pond into the section of my bog with D. californica. That in and of itself was a pain, it was clogged with algae and I had to blow the algae out of the pump (Yuck!). I'm also noticing flower stalks on the Darlingtonia,
Darlingtonia Flower Stalk Emerging
the Sarracenia flava, Sarracenia oreophila 
Sarracenia oreophila bud 

and in the conservatory, Drosera burmannii, and finally Drosera capensis.
Drosera capensis buds


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Spring Arrives!

It seems that spring here has finally arrived, the weather forecast predicts no more freezing temperatures as the low for the rest of the year. With this comes the spring cleanup and opening up of my bog.  As I explained earlier, my bog is not mulched, but a simple pond heater does the job of keeping the bog warm in the winter. About two weeks ago I unplugged the heater and now the time approaches where I can take the cover on. After speaking with Jacob Farin of Sarracenia Northwest, I have decided that I will take the cover off during the day and put it on at night, that way frost doesn't do too much damage to the plants.  I can also see changes in the greenhouse, as the plants are producing more pitchers and there is more dew on the sundews.