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28 February 2011 @ 09:14 am
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Our day off yesterday was good though we didn't get to do everything we wanted to. We went off and got an early breakfast at McDonalds. It was rather busy so we went to one outside of town. We went to the Guitar Center and looked at the amps. I was Chris's roadie and help carry his pedal and chord around while he tried different ones. He finally found one he liked, a Fender Frontman 65r, but it was the only one in the store and they wouldn't sell the display model. So after looking for this one on Ebay and Musician's Friend I found out it's discontinued and going to be very hard to find. Well that just sucks. I sent Al an email so we'll see if something can't be worked out. Seems to be hard to find a good one in our price range. Amps are expensive.

Oh before that. The citruses are in bloom all over the state. Oh it's awesome. I LOVE That strong white flower smell. Our grapefruit tree is the only one that came out of the winter ok. Figures as it's the one we don't like. But I LOVE the flowers it makes. So I've been clipping flowers every few days and bringing them in just to freshen up the house. Oh so good. I recently finished two little hot sauce bottles and the yare perfect for this.

Here are the flowers all close up.

So then we went to Lowe's because I had seen a very cute pitcher plant in a box that I wanted to get. I don't know what kind just that it's a Nepenthes spp. So Chris got me the plant, sphagnum and perlite. I've never owned one and I hope I don't kill it. I read up on them and they need low fertility soil which is what I got. I may get some of the hairs they use for orchids as a mulch cover. They need indirect light or partial sun. Basically shade with light. And they like high humidity. I'm covered on the humidity. So I can keep this plant outdoors on the patio for most of the year. If it drops below 55 then it needs to come inside.

Here it is in the box. YEah it was expensive, more than everything else we got for it. I love that box though and am keeping it. It's similar to the boxes I used for butterflies only bigger.

I liked this sticker on it. The picthers are so tiny it could only catch gnats.

A view inside the box.

All potted up. I'll have to take a pic of it hanging.

So I'm happy about the new Nepenthes. I've had Venus Flytraps before and they all died. I think these might be easier to take care of. They had a box left of Cobra Lylies, and I'd LOVE to have some but I think they'd be harder to take care of as they need bog conditions in direct sunlight. I don't know how I'd provide that without it drying out and constant watering.

I'm so excited about the gardening season. Tomorrow is March and Spring is officially here! I need to start my pots for my big gourds I want to grow on the arbor. I also want to build the primary arbor in the side yard. That's been in the works for a long time now.

And I wish that guy would quit emailing me about the domain. I don't want to do it through him. I already have someone on that.
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
actipton80actipton80 on February 28th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
The redbuds are about to bloom here. All the other flowering trees will probably bloom in a couple weeks. Those grapefruit flowers are pretty.
Des: Tabebuia pinkthagirion on February 28th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
I love redbuds. The Tabebuias are blooming now which is the tree in my icon. A huge one like that is stunning. I have a baby one in the yard. The grapefruit is wonderful. It smells so good when you go outside.
Cheezey: Hyacinthcheezey on February 28th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
It must be so nice seeing so many signs of spring! And that's cool that you got a pitcher plant. They're really neat.
Desthagirion on February 28th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah it really is. Your icon reminds me, I have a tiny purple hyacinth growing in my hummingbird garden. It's the only plant in all the brown so it looks out of place.
sike_saner on February 28th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Carnivorous plants are very cool. And those white flowers are pretty.
Des: Floridathagirion on February 28th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I like all of them though fly traps are the most famous. Pitcher plants and Cobra lilies are my faves. Yes, if only I could post smells.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Chi Chewsilvolf on February 28th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
We used to have lots of pitcher plants! I think we still have a few in the greenhouse actually.
Those flowers are so pretty!
Des: Floridathagirion on February 28th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
They're so neat. I've always been fascinated by them but never thought about owning one until I saw this one for sale. Now I want more and some Cobra Lilies. Sigh.
Yeah, the orange blossom is our state flower.
kabuldurkabuldur on March 1st, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
I'm sorry Chris didn't get the amp he wanted. He must be disappointed. I hope he finds one soon.

Citrus flowers do smell divine. I love your close-up photo. Did your other citrus trees die or just not flower?

That pitcher plant is cool. I hope it thrives for you! I've got a feeling it will.

Yeah, it must be a pain to have that guy emailing you all the time. At least you found out all about it and have it covered, and didn't get ripped off.
Desthagirion on March 1st, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Funny I think I was more disapointed than he was. I'm still researching and trying to find a similiar one in our range.

They're cute and those little bottles were prefect for them.

I hope so. THanks for your confidence.

marchskiesmarchskies on March 1st, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Oh these carnies are great. Mine haven't needed much fussing, they just always seem content. :) The sundews I have really spread throughout the tank while my venus flytraps have all died. In my case, I think it's because my dad initially planted them in a lower area of the tank and water went over their crowns.

Good luck!
Desthagirion on March 2nd, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
I've always found these to be so neat. I hope they will thrive and get real big. Yeah, seems like Venus Fly Traps are super finicky and anything makes them die.
earthmother45earthmother45 on March 8th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
My most favorite smell of spring is the citrus in bloom when you walk outside! I just can't breathe in enough of that smell!

Well, I worked my way backwards and finally found your purchase of the pitcher plant. It looks so good here. I'll try and find my pictures.
Des: Floridathagirion on March 8th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Yes it's an awesome smell! My trees have fewer flowers now so I know the season for citrus flowers is almost over. Too bad. They really are so nice. I keep making these cuttings to keep the house fresh.

Aw, thanks for catching up on my journal. Oh gosh I think I'm obsessed with Pitcher Plants. No, I know I am. I think it's gotten bigger since this. Yarg, but I can't take a picture of it. I've ordered some seeds of I think the second largest one and can't wait to start growing those. I definitely want to collect the different kinds.