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11 April 2011 @ 10:18 pm
I'm the proud owner of an N. merrilliana  
I'm so tired. I've had way too much excitment the last few days. Hummingbirds have been coming to my house every evening. They haven't touched the feeders yet, but they love that cactus, my honeysuckle (that's why I got it) and now the new plants I put up. I saw a cute male drinking from the Pentas and Cleome. Must get more Pentas! I've read about them drinking from them but had never seen it. Had gotten mostly as a butterfly/moth plant. I'm glad the hummers can use it too. So that's made me so giddy.

I got my plant today, but before that I hate our mailman. He's the same jerk we've had since we moved in and he still folds up our magazines. I have called to complain several times but he doesn't get fired and no one seems to care about the magazines. I was watching the window the whole time waiting for this plant. He just shoved the box into the mailbox and didn't even ring the door for delivery confirmation. He also didn't put the flag down which means if I hadn't been home the plant could have cooked in a hot black mailbox because it looked like no mail had come. Granted it was only marked as fragile and not perishable.

So other than that I was very happy because not only did I get that but I got all my orders at once I got my seeds in from Indonesia and Europe. Both sellers were great and gave me bonus seeds of other species as well. What a nice surprise.

Here's my plant. It's in bad shape actually.

Those red spots aren't good. But this poor thing has been about 3/4 of the way around the world. It's from a nursery in Australia, then was shipped to California then all the way across the U.S. to Florida. Yeah, no wonder the poor thing is so messed up. It came bare root so I quickly potted it, watered it and put it under the grow lamp. Now it just needs light, the right temps, water and to be left alone for a while. I think I can help it recover. But I'm very happy with this company. I had great conversations with them and will definitely do business with them again. They said they'd try to find me an N. northiana. Here's hopeing they do.

I need to catch up on some of your comments. I've read them but I've just been so busy. I'm also back on caffeine this month and it's really been messing me up. I get so tired so quickly. And we've been burning stuff a little every evening. That's when I see the hummingbirds is when I'm out burning stuff. It's so nice. Ok, that's it for now.
Current Mood: tiredtired
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Macawsilvolf on April 12th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
I remember the Hummingbirds in Texas. Mum was thrilled to see Hummingbirds in the wild and took loads of photos. Back then digital cameras were very expensive so we only had one that you develop and a lot of the photos came out blurry.

Aww the poor plant, I hope it, makes a speedy recovery! I never liked our old mailman because he always did our route LAST and we never got the mail till after lunch. We have a different mail person now.
Desthagirion on April 12th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
They are such amazing little birds. Yeah, I remember film cameras very well. I always resist change and didn't get into digitals until very late. I think it was 2006. No going back now.

Yeah I hope I can fix it. Oh yeah, I hate getting the mail late too. Ours comes between 12:30 - 1:30.
kabuldurkabuldur on April 12th, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
Enjoy your place with the hummingbirds, the fires, your plants and your chooks. You can't do everything! That's cool the hummingbirds are coming to your honeysuckle. I have honeysuckle, but no hummingbirds, of course.

That's amazing that your plant came from this country! What a long way to travel. I hope it survives and thrives :)

We have the same troubles with the mailmen/women here, too. It's because they are stressed and given too much to do in the time alloted - and they don't get paid enough. So, they're not going to care/have time to care. And the company/govt agency running it doesn't care either. They just want to cut costs. Soon there won't be a govt one, only private ones.

It's been very hard to comment on your's or anybody else's journal and putting up posts is even harder. I hope lj is fixed up soon!
Desthagirion on April 12th, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
They're so neat. If I'm out again tonight burning I'll have my camera this time and try to get some pics. Now I want more honeysuckle.

Yes there is a big nursery there that is one of the three best in the world for Nepenthes. It's called Exotica Plants. All the vendors here get them either from there or from Borneo Exotics.

How annoying. But it's been crashing less so I think LJ has almost got it back under control. Let's hope it's back to normal again soon.
kabuldurkabuldur on April 13th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
I would love to see pics!

That nursery has a very good site. I think it must be somewhere north of here. But I'm not going to try growing them again. I think I need a green house first.

LJ is definitely getting better!
suzidragonlady: Suzi by Bloody S.suzidragonlady on April 12th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
I hope that the plant will recover and grow big. ;)
That problem with the mailman is really annoying maybe you need to tell him face to face why he does his job that way.

Des: Owen Painedthagirion on April 12th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if it recovers and starts growing it will get giant pitchers. That's why I wanted it so much. :D

Ugh, I have told him. I told him to stop folding my mail. Nothing's worked. I thought complaining to the main national branch would get some action done but nothing. This is the first time I've been dissastified with the U.S. mail. They have been great other wise.
actipton80actipton80 on April 12th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
I love hummingbirds. It's funny to watch them fight over the feeder and watch them fly backwards and upside down.

I hope your plant makes it.

We've never had any trouble with the mail, but it is run by the government so it's pretty much by chance whether you get nice people who care or idiot jerks who don't.
Desthagirion on April 12th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
I had never seen a male before and now I have a few. I'm glad about that. They are like little darts. And they make angry cheeps.

Thanks. If it does it will be HUGE.

Yeah, I guess I've always been lucky about that.
Cheezey: Sunflowercheezey on April 12th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you got your plant. It does look a little rough, but hopefully your TLC will bring it back to full vigor. That sucks that your mailman is so careless. How annoying!
Des: Jafar Annoyedthagirion on April 12th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Yeah, I'm doing what I can for it. Hopefully it will recover soon.
I hate the mail out here. That's a first for me.
sike_saner on April 12th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
Hummingbirds are adorable. And congrats on getting the plant successfully. Here's hoping it mends up well. Congrats on the bonus seeds, too!
Des: Nepenthes lowiithagirion on April 13th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, didn't see any today though. Thanks. I can't wait for this thing to turn into a monster.