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15 June 2011 @ 09:52 pm
Plant stuff mostly  
I got some cobra lily seeds in the mail today. Remember the cobra lily is basically what got me into this whole carnivorous plant mess in the first place. I tried to save the one that dried up in the cube but wasn't able to. Now I want to grow lots of them. I know they are hard but I think I can do it. I'll try to sprout some normally and some I'll try to grow as tissue cultures and make clones. Speaking of TC, I had my first contamination batch today. Two of my jars grew fungus. One was N. bicalcarata and the other was N. aristolochides. Two out of 24 is actully good but it still bugged me since I always want to get 100%. I was worried that the first time I may have over bleached them, but seems this time I under did it. I really wish my scale from China would arrive already so I can use the other method and measure out what I need.
My Venus Flytrap caught a bug today. I took a pic and put it on my Flickr but it's not very good. It had a beetle by the head and it was kicking its legs around. I'm proud of my little Flytrap's first kill. Too bad you can't keep them indoors. I need a good fly catcher in the house. I've heard sundews are best for that if kept on a sunny window sill. I don't care for sundews actually, but if I get one it would be for practicality. Living fly paper.

I got the swamp cooler that I ordered today. It works. Doesn't cool as much as an AC but it does cool. Chris loves it and has been playing with it. I told him he could have it and put it in his game room until I get the chamber built for the highland plants. But I suspect he's going to just end up keeping it over all. That's ok by me. I don't mind having bought that for him. Besides who knows when I'll finish that chamber. I need to find a way to make room on my work table in the garage and start on that again.

It's been so hot and humid lately. Today was extra humid it was really gross. I could feel the air as I walked. It was like walking through a sponge. Yuck! The morning was overcast but that didn't matter. It didn't help at all. I made a video this morning and my garden is actually coming along quite well.

I finished watching all the episodes of Captain Planet today. That was a lot of fun. I hope they'll release the other seasons soon. A few more Looten Plunder screen caps because I feel like sharing. Behind the cut.

With his henchman Bleek.

Nice three quarter view.

Wave to everyone.

Million dollar smile.

I'm also posting these because they are great references for me if I ever want to draw him again.

Darn it, I wasn't done but there's a storm coming and I should probably turn off the computer. That's all for now.
Current Mood: rushedrushed
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Cool Zoraksilvolf on June 16th, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)
We used to have venus fly traps in the greenhouse but the window was open and they caught flies that flew in. Its hard to keep them outdoors here because of the climate. We used to have honeydews as well. Every time Mum tried to plant some cobra lillies, ferns started to grow and take over the pot. We used to have a lovely pot of cobra lillies but they just got overrun with ferns.

Your garden looks awesome! Even though its humid there, it was only 50 degrees here last night. I have a nifty little weather thing on my desktop now and I set it to my town. It just doesn't want to warm up this year.

The waving pic of Looten really looks like Chris! And I just got the joke in his name. Looten Plunder lol!
Des: Peep Heartthagirion on June 16th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
That's cool you had cobra lilies though. Really? I've read Venus Flytraps are easy to keep almost anywhere because they are native to North Carolina. They need a cold dormancy period where you cut them back. They can take snow and come back in the sprint. They aren't tropicals. Cobra lilies come from even colder areas in Northern Oregon and southern Washington.

Thanks. It's coming along. Yesterday was just nasty. Oddly enough this morning is cold. WTF?

Yeah, doesn't he? I also like the last close up one. Hehe, yep. Loot & Plunder. All the villains had funny names like that. Sly Sludge, Verminous Skum, Duke Nukem, Hoggish Greedly etc. Hehe. Even the henchmen had funny names.
kabuldurkabuldur on June 16th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
Well, that cobra lily led to a whole new adventure! good luck with your seeds.

I loved your video. I gasped at your sunflower! It looks like you had an early season with your gourds as the fruits are maturing and the leaves have mildew on them.

Ah, ha! So that's how you get them to grow. Fertiliser! I may take a leaf out of your book and grow things in pots with the mesh around them to keep the chooks and scrub turkeys off, and also have veggies closer to the house. Gyro has already stated. He put some sprouted lettuce seeds in some pots. Also, I pout in some of my lettuce, parsley etc seedlings. He has enclosed the whole thing with netting and covered the top with fishing net.

Hehe, that's cool that the Venus Flytrap caught a beetle by the head and its legs were kicking around.
Des: Solan and Sunflowersthagirion on June 16th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm so glad it did. I'm enjoying my new interest. Thanks.

It's so neat isn't it? Huge multiflowered sunflower. I hate powdery mildew. It's so hard to grow gourd family plants because of it.

I'm very surprised the container thing is working for me. I figured nothing was better than growing in the ground. But when you have things like pumpkins and gourds that need room for the roots you need BIG pots. Regular veggies do fine in normal pots. Glad your veggies are coming along.

Yeah, I don't need to feed it like I do with the nepenthes.
kabuldurkabuldur on June 17th, 2011 09:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've always found things grow better in the ground, but up near the house the trees would only suck all the fertiliser up. So, in pots they grow. Yes, they are big pots. Gyro put lots of fertiliser in, BTW. I haven't taken photos yet.
earthmother45earthmother45 on June 16th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Great post, Des! So many things to say about it.

I remember your last garden update and can't believe how things have grown!!!
I love all your different melons and their names--named very appropriately.

Love your background music -- the chickens clucking (:D)

The arbor is beautiful -- like an outdoor room, and I'm sure it is much cooler in there. I remember the powdery mildew from our veggie gardens. I bet if you clip those bottom leaves like you mentioned and keep it open and air circulating, it might help. And I love those little curly spirals you passed by a couple of times!

The sunflower is awesome! I can hardly believe how many flowers are on that one plant! And a volunteer at that!

What is a swamp cooler? Is it like a window unit air conditioner? Did you buy it to cool the plants or cool your house?

The tomatoes look good!

And yes, I saw where there were big storms above us yesterday. We didn't get a drop of rain here. We are drying up! Did you get rain yesterday? And the humidity yesterday was killer! It wasn't cool here this morning though.

Oh, and your artwork is wonderful . . . as usual!

Des: Solan and Sunflowersthagirion on June 16th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
One thing I love about cucurbits is how fast they grow. I wish nepenthes were as fast. Yeah, I love plants with neat names like Horned Melon.
Yeah, the girls make a racket in the morning. When an egg is layed they have to sing the "egg song".

Thank you. A friend on youtube built one like this and I used his design. Pretty easy really. It's too bad mine's sunken into the earth because it's not as tall and harder to walk under. I need to clip those tonight when it's cooler and fix up the tomatoes so they dont' get bugs.

I love the sunflower! Yeah, it just came up on its own. That's the awesome thing about it. What a difference from when it only had one head in the pic I showed you huh?

Swamp Coolers are Evaporative Cooling fans. I'll post a pitcture of it tonight. I bought it for my plants, but since I haven't started working on the chamber for them yet Chris is using it in his game room which is small. I'll explain how it works too.

I have had horrible luck with Brandywines but always wanted to grow some because I hear they are the best. I hope this is finally my year for taht.
That's exactly what happened here. I could see the clouds and it got dark, but it was just hot and humid. It was nasty, but no rain. I think Tampa got rain so it must have passed us by.

Thank you. I've been having fun drawing. Can't play a note at the moment but my creativity is all channeled into my art right now.
earthmother45earthmother45 on June 17th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, I do remember now when you were posting pictures of the arbor when you were beginning to build it.

HAHAHAHAHA! The "egg song!" That just cracks me up (pun intended). I am getting so much enjoyment visualizing and seeing you interacting with your girls.

I've tried growing tomatoes many times, but never had much luck.

Pete went out and bought an apple tree and a peach tree yesterday. I am in shock! I'll have to post a story about it when he gets them planted.

Des: Henriettathagirion on June 17th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
That's what people that raise chickens call it. The Egg Song. They sing after makin an egg. Hehe, they are my pets. I play with them and give them hugs.

Oh wonderful! Hopefully the peach tree will be prolific. You need two apple trees to get apples. They have to cross pollinate each other. I don't know the details of why but I read that somewhere.