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Friday, April 24th, 2009
12:14 am
Hello! Meet my VFT-Babies!
Hi! Newbie here, and thought I'd share my four babies: Angel, Alegria, Sigmund, and Anna! I've been learning VFT care through a LOT of trial and error (as evidenced by my poor Angel... she's getting healthier though!)

I took some close-up shots of my little darlings...I think a lot of people look at a VFT and see the whole thing and find it to be strange, but how often do they look close and see how beautiful these plants really are? I knew members here would appreciate their beauty :-)

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Pictures x-posted to my VFT blog at vftgrowingpains 

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
8:25 pm
how to make a bog garden
how to make a bog garden

things you will need
containers and a drill
the containers can be any thing you like. i got theses at goodwill. Tupperware works well. any thing that holds water and is not to deep. (over a foot)
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soil, any soil you use with your carnivorous plants. half mix of peat and clean sand will work. i'm luck and the local garden shop sells bags of premixed soil for carnivorous plants
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gravel. i use fish tank graven cause i have alot of it.
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plants make sure to get plants good for out side. Venus flytraps, Sarracenia work well in most of the US there is also a number of Drosera that will do well too check in the pond section of your local garden store for other plants too. need less to say i have a few plants to pick from.
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first drill holes about every 2 to 3 inches around the top on your container about an inch from the top. don't worry about cracking.
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then drill a few holes in the bottom. not too many though. you still want water to settle in the container.
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then fill the bottom with gravel.
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the gravel will help keep the soil out of the water
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then add soil so it is over the hole you drilled in the top of your container.
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the next part is easy. plant your plants
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you will want a shallow depression near the middle. this will help to collect water and give you a place to check how moist the soil is. small river stones and mosses can be added to add accents. i happen to cultivate several types of mosses.
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at this point you are done. either set it out in a nice sunny location or dig a hole and put it in the ground. pick some place bright and sunny.
Friday, March 20th, 2009
3:07 pm
i thought i would put up a few pics of my plants in dormancy. i figured not every one has seen them this way. as you can see many look very dead but they will be back up in a month or so.

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oh and if any one is in seattleish area, i have a ton of plants to give away. i'm running out of room for them.
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
10:00 pm
Plant ID help
I picked this up at the local hardware store and unfortunately it had no id tags. But it was too unusual to pass on. Anybody out there know what this is?

Monday, August 25th, 2008
11:08 pm
venus flytraps are not in the least bit picky when it comes to pots.
take this well-drained boot for instance. just clean water [ok, she has a purification system. a water dude comes every few weeks to change the tank.] and solid, shade-clothed sunlight. she can grow vft's in ziplock baggies partially filled with water on the ground.
Friday, July 25th, 2008
10:00 pm
Seeking Strange Plant ID
I've just joined this community and haven't been able to find any rules against "What's My Plant?" posts, so I hope I'm not violating community etiquette here.

This (the plant in the foreground, not the cannas behind it) was a volunteer in a potted orange tree a friend gave me this past spring. It has a succulent appearance, grows fast, and is currently about two feet tall. I live in New Orleans and the plant is thriving here, though I have no way of knowing where the tree it "hitchhiked" in came from. It constantly puts out dozens of tiny seedlings, which are very shallow-rooted and take a long time to become established. Can anyone ID it?

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Apologies for the not-so-great image quality. I'm saving up for a digital camera that can take decent closeups.
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
1:42 am
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
1:39 pm
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monday, went to my friend lois's nursery to trim plants.
sarracenia/american pitcher plants need to be trimmed this time of the year to let the new growth come up big and pretty.
picture taken with a lens i rigged for close up magnified stuff.
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Thursday, December 6th, 2007
12:26 pm
found a bunch of pic that were still on my camera. all from late summer.

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2007
1:51 pm
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pygmy sundews in a pygmy forest in northern california. the location isn't quite public, though many in the circles know where the bog is.
that's the foot of my mini tripod. the sundews are tiny, like fingernail width.
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
12:35 pm
bay area carnivorous plant society 2007 summer sale and show.
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we got there a half hour before it was closed, all the vendors were gone, all the raffle plants given away.


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Saturday, September 15th, 2007
12:03 pm

Darlingtonia Californica growing on the porch.

For those of you reading this in the San Francisco bay area, it is time again for the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society 2007 Annual Show and Sale. This year, it's going to be in San Francisco, at St Anne's on Judah.
If you're into the plants or if you've wanted to get into them, this is a great opportunity to buy some of the finest plants available at extremely reasonable prices from the individuals that have grown the plants themselves. The show will include some of the most beautiful specimens of rare insectivorous plants on the west coast.
If you've got nothing to do and you're in the area, come check it out! It's free! It's also not too far from the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and their CHOMP! exhibit featuring plants from several of my friends, including Lois Ochs and Peter d'Amato of California Carnivores.
They won't be at the show, as they will be in Georgia for a presentation at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, so if you're in that part of the country, you should go check them out there on Thursday.

sorry bout the cross-post whoring
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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
12:44 am
Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside
a few months ago i took a trip down the Oregon coast. along the way we stopped at the Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside and i geeked a lot. the plants were so big. at least the size of my fist.
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the last plant is a gunnera. same as the spiky pointy plant on the right 2 pics up.

Friday, May 25th, 2007
9:23 am
I cut the majority of my sundews down to the soil just before spring to get a fresh start, and they're coming back wonderfully. I wanted to share a few quick pictures. I apologize for how dark the pictures are. I'll take better photos later in the season. But for now, I hope you enjoy!

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Friday, May 11th, 2007
10:04 am

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the dragon lily is in bloom. it is a dracunculus vulgaris arum, not to be confused with the ever so cute and adorable and lovable parasitic worm dracunculus.

the arum and the stapelia are carrion flowers.

the stapelia gigantia smells like a dumpster full of king crab parts rotting in the middle of the summer.

the arum smells like a dead rat a few days after that poison kicked in, and the rat was supposed to die out in the open, not in the break room behind discarded bookshelves and desks and assorted heavy office furniture and now you've got to play hide and go seek with your nose.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
1:31 am
At the beginning of April my husband and I went to Oregon for our honeymoon. On our way down the coast, I got to stop at the Darlingtonia Botanical Garden and take some pictures. It was wonderful seeing so many of these beautiful and challenging plants in one place.

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I just wanted to share with those of you who understand my enthusiasm. I hope you enjoyed!
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
10:37 pm
plants, from a few different places. not mine.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2007
8:35 am
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