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25 March 2011 @ 07:21 pm
Nepenthes order and coin show  
I'm very excited because I ordered some seeds and my first live Nepenthes. I'm waiting for three seed orders to come in from over seas. Some are from the Czec Republic and the other from Indonesia. I hope all these seeds will sprout and that I will get male and female plants out of them. The live plants I ordered from Pet Flytrap. I got the very rare N. lowii the big mouthed Nep in my icons. And the famous N. rajah that is one of the largest plants. I still haven't gotten my number one priority which is N. merrilliana though I did find someone selling one. It was either buy a bunch of little plants at once or spend everything on one rare plants. I can't aford a merrilliana just yet. I'm also still going to look around and see if I can get them from less or from a private collector. Someone has to have one. Here is an Attenborough video of Nepenthes rajah. Turn off the sound until the ad is over. You get to see a lowii at the very end and this has some of the most awesome time lapse and sound effects for a documentary that I've seen. Anyway, Pet Flytrap has some really awesome stuff but they are over priced. I bought from them because no one else had the stuff I wanted. Also they're having that special sale right now so I decided to take advantage of it. The shipping is so cheap because they up the price of the plants. That's very different. It's usually the other way around on most other places. So I'm very happy.

I'm also very hyper and excited right now because tomorrow I'm going to another coin show. I hope I can find some cool stuff. My main objective is finding that Mexican coin or the Austrian Philharmoniker. Both very beautiful coins. Got my cash so I'm ready, unlike the last time, to change it in for something that actually has value.

Oh back to the whole Nepenthes thing. It's funny but in all my research I'm finding that taking care of Neps is basically the same as taking care of orchids. I've never been into orchids. Yes they are pretty and have amazing patterns but they've never been my things. So I've always avoided that section of the nursery. Now I find myself going in there more and more because I need similar pots, soil, shade etc. I was watching videos of greenhouses and this one guy had a huge awesome humidifier to make a rainforest in his greenhouse. I looked it up on Ebay and found it. Funny enough it said, "For your orchid greenhouse." I laughed because it's so typical of my personality for light on the outside but dark on the inside. I can just imagine some cashier going, "Oh what a cute girl buying things for her orchids." "Uh no, I don't do orchids. I do carnivore plants that eat bugs and sometimes rodents." I know I don't look the part like most things that I'm into.

And something totally off topic but that I've been meaning to share with you guys. I found this video the other day and I LOVE it. You guys know how much I love Jurassic Park they made a techno song and edited Nedry being a jerk. It rocks. It's called. WE'VE GOT DODGESON HERE!!

Current Mood: hyperhyper
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Zorak Laughsilvolf on March 25th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the Nepenthes and I hope you have fun at the coin show!

Lol that video is great! It made me laugh!
Des: Jurassic Parkthagirion on March 25th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Yeah, I'm very excited. It will be fun.

Good, it's so funny. I'm glad they saved the, "See, no body cares." for the end.
draconisthanos: psychodraconisthanos on March 26th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
I am so impressed how much you learned about this new plant species in such a short time! I am looking forward to the new varieties coming in!

I am so glad we came across that JP Techno piece. hehe

I hope the coin show will yield good fruit....metal...stuff...;)

Des: Nepenthes bicalcaratathagirion on March 26th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
I'm so glad about that. Yeah, I'm in the absorption phase of my obsession. It's been fun having this journal and analyzing them. I think they all start with the absorption phase. I wonder what's next? Perhaps the sharing/education phase.

Yes me too! That song is awesome and I also like the other version they made as well.

Yes, I hope I get lots of cool stuff tomorrow. I wonder if anyone will havea cat coin and if it will be ransomed?
actipton80actipton80 on March 26th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
I wonder if they let you take pictures at the coin shows.

I'm going to Lowe's tomorrow to buy sugar snap peas for my garden. The catnip in there is getting big again, and I've done nothing to it. One of my little strawberry plants from last year already has three flowers on it too. I noticed them when I was picking up pine cones.
Des: My Two Centsthagirion on March 26th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Yeah they do. Here's one of the biggest ones in the state.


But my camera sucks. I think coin shows are better as videos than still images anyway.

Cool, those are pretty easy to grow. You should get some Cut and Come Again Zinnas. Hummingbirds will come to Zinnias and they are very easy to grow. I had planted some seeds except my chickens dug them all up and made craters for dirt bathing.
actipton80actipton80 on March 26th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm mainly putting herbs and vegetables in my garden. Mom's flowerbed is full of Zinnias, and we have Coral Bells all over the yard and hummingbirds like those too.
Des: Ruby Throated femalethagirion on March 26th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Ah ok. Yeah if you already have them then no need.
kabuldurkabuldur on March 26th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
I have been reading all your Nepenthes posts, but know nothing about them, so have nothing constructive to say, except have fun with them! It will be interesting to see all the different kinds when they flower. Yeah, I think if I ever try to grow those things again it will have to be in a greenhouse. The climate is just too dry here.

I've been meaning to ask for a while now, are the gold and silver coins you are looking at pure gold or silver? Because all of our coins aren't, but Gyro tells me that they make special ones for collectors which would be.
Des: Nepenthes lowiithagirion on March 26th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
That's ok. You can learn with me since I've only just started. I'm not good enough yet to give advice or teach though. Like I was telling Chris once I'm done with my "absorption" phase that will probably be the next step. I can tell you that Nepenthes aren't as hard to take care of as you might think. You might have had the wrong one but high humidity isn't that important really unless you're looking into the ultra lowland types. There are some that are great for beginners and all they need are four hours of sunlight, then filtered or dappled sunlight, low nutrient soil, temps that don't fall below 40F at night and soil that's kept moist but not soaked. I think N. alata is a common one and easy to keep. I'll have to look that up to be sure. Your climate is like mine so I think you can keep a majority outdoors but they make gret house plants too. If you have a south or a west window that gets four hours of sunlight at least then that's where they'd be happy.

Yes they are. As pure as I can get them. There is no such thing as pure silver and gold but you can get pretty darn close. Silver is usually 99.9% wirten 999 on the coins and gold is 99.99% writen 9999. The extra 0.01% usually copper. I'm mostly interested in the 1oz coins and most governments of the world will put one out each year from their mints. Your Australian Kookaburra is one of the most beautiful siver coins in the world and I got my first one already for 2011. Have a look.

That one is the kilo and kind of rediculous if you ask me. But what's funny is that it IS legal tender so you could go into a store and use it. But that would be a very bad deal for you hehe. I found out that Kookaburras have been around for 22 years. That means the first one started in 1989. Here is a site that shows almost all of them I think.
I like 2002 and they don't show it but 1996 is another great one. This year is also one of the most well drawn ones. I like them withthe wings open. Also you have to be careful when they say pure. Yes it can be 999 pure but you have to watch out for "coated" or "plated". The coating is pure gold or silver but not the inside. So I always look for "solid" 999.
kabuldurkabuldur on March 27th, 2011 10:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for your reply and all the information!

So, you bought 1 kg of coins? I thought you were only buying single coins.

As for the Nepenthes, I had a pitcher plant and a sundew, but both carked it over the winter. Too cold or too dry - although I did keep the moisture up to them. I think I'm too disappointed to try again...at least for a while. They were on the pergola, which is on the north-east side of the house, very sheltered, the best position possible! It could be that they came from a cheap nursery. They do grow wild here occasionally. I saw them on the side of our road further into the bush, and also on the side of the road near one of the coastal airports. For the moment I will just admire yours!
Des: Nepenthes bicalcaratathagirion on March 27th, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
No pro.
No hehe, like I said I think those big ones are silly and because they are so big much harder to sell when the time comes. If the price of silver rose to $100 an ounce it's easier to sell 1 kg of little coins individually than one big kilo for a lump sum. Also where do you put something so big and heavy? Just not practical. It's more for novelty or for people that like to show off. You know I'm not into showing off.

Well if you ever want to try again be sure to read up a lot first. I think sundews are harder, but I don't know from experience. I heard Nepenthes are the easiest of the carnivorous plants. But yes, I'd love to have you watch me as I learn and you can learn with me.