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10 July 2011 @ 10:07 pm
New giant pitcher and bad evil chicken  
I'm so tired. I don't do emotions. They physically drain me. I've had such and up and down day today. We got up and fed everyone. Henrietta demanded to be let in to use her indoor nest. But we had to go so we put her and the nest while she was on it outside. As we were leaving I saw her jump off and knew she wasn't happy about having been moved out.

We went out to breakfast and had nice one. Then we went to the flea market and that guy was right. I found a vendor that was selling Nepenthes x Miranda. It's a hybrid plant and one of the few hybrids I did want because it's easy and gets huge. I picked out the biggest one and CHris bought it for me for only $19. We had them hold it while we looked around. There was a book I wanted but we didn't have cash so we'll go back for it next time. I saw another vendor that had two Mirandas. They were $15 and one didn't have any pitchers. That's fine by me because I know new ones will grow in. So here's my new plant and now the biggest plant I've ever owned.

This picture doesn't put it in perspective how big this is. The rest behind the cut and some stuff about chickens and other things today too. Lots of pictures.

This is the biggest pitcher. It's bigger than a soda can! most of the pitchers were. I cut off all the dead ones. It's not in the best health but I know I can bring it back around. All the pitchers are dying but new pitcher are coming in.

Second biggest pitcher. It's too bad the lids had fallen off of all of them.

Like I said the pitchers are bigger than a can of soda.

Close up of the biggest pitcher. You can see the dead lid and the top is turning brown. This pitcher is sadly on its way out.

I stuck my lense down the pitcher and took this. Notice the little dots at the bottom. Those are the digestive glands that release acide to break down the bugs. There are some bug remains in that.

This is the smallest newest pitcher. My hand is about 7 inches and it's bigger than my hand. The peristome (lip) hasn't folded out yet.

So that's my awesome new plant. I was thrilled and giddy but then I found something horrifying that quickly killed the mood. Because Henrietta couldn't use the nest inside she got on top of my shelf with the nepenthes and ate some of the and knocked two over. This happened once before and she's basically killed my N. neoguinensis. I've got it inside "on life support". It's barely hanging in there and I don't know if I can pull it around. But she did it again and layed her egg up there. My first N. merrilliana is in bad shape but luckily still green. My red N. bicalcarata was dug up. Second time as she attacked that one last time too when she attacked the neoguinensis. This happened while we were out. I knew it was her because she'd done it once before and this time she left her calling card. I know her eggs. I got SOOOO mad. I was having visions of Kentucy Fried Henrietta. Chris said it's a good thing I don't act on my feelings. Yeah or it would have been roast chicken. Luckily the plants are nowhere near the bad shape that my neoguinensis is. I've got my merrilliana indoors recovering. But why did my favorite hen have to do this? Well she wasn't my fave for a few hours.

So one thing I'm going to do is finish building the coop and all the chickens are going to be banished from the porch. Henrietta has ruined it for everyone now. Having them outside will keep the snakes from getting in too and keep the plants safe from evil hens. Here's a pic of Her Majesty on the nest.

I took this a few days ago. She likes to turn around and put her tail against the wall then lays an egg. This was her first day using it so she hadn't figured this out yet.

So I had to recover from this then we went out again. We had dinner and then we went to the petstore and Chris got me a new critter cage for my bugs. I've been needing one because my large ones all broke. I was temporarily using a medium one and it just wasn't working out. I posted a nice little photo tutorial. There are 11 photos so far and a description. Please check it out if you have time HERE. Click on the first pic and then follow them in order. I explain what to do. I'll post some of the close ups from that set now.

I drilled a hole in the lid of these yogurt cups and placed tomato leaves in them.

Here's one of the caterpillars. Isn't he beautiful?

Here's the whole set up. I only have two caterpillars so far but that will change soon. This set up can hold three yogurt cups for a total of 12 tomato stems.

Then we went to Lowe's and Chris bought me a lamp I've been wanting. I've been wanting a small two foot lamp either one or two bulbs so I can hang some nepenthes from the kitchen window and let the mhave light. This one was a good deal despite only having one light. It came with a free "Grow light". I guess you shouldn't complain when it's free but I don't like that it's a pink light. It's supposed to have UV so that's why but I just can't imagine this being as good for plants as the cool white bulbs. So I'm looking forward to this burning out and replacing it with a white one. But it does look neat.

I still have my 4th of July decals up. I'll probably leave them up until August 1st.

Here's what it looks like from outside.

I hung my N. truncata d from it and hope that it will like this pink light. I'm still skepticl but it does look neat.

But then Henrietta jumped the fence again and Chris went out to catch her. She was so close to the road. I felt sick. I'm thinking of locking her in the aviary. She'll be screaming all day. I'm tired of her being a bad bird. And I'm zonked from swinging from very strong good to bad feelings all day. But despite the bad things my chicken put me through today it's been a very good day. Wish I had another one with Chris. The new Miranda has made me very happy.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Macawsilvolf on July 11th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
Wow, those pitchers are awesomely huge! I hope you can bring it round and it will grow many more.
Henrietta is so naughty! Especially her vengeance on the poor plants. A coop is a good idea.
I like your setup for the caterpillars, the one in there looks pretty big as well. I think caterpillars are cute. Their little nubby legs make me giggle.
Des: Hornworm caterpillarthagirion on July 11th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, these are my biggest so far. All my other plants have a long way to go before they grow this big. I'm sure I can. It seems better already.
Yeah, she's been so bad. Hopefully I can find a place to put the coop today.
Thanks. This is an easy way to raise them. Yeah most caterpillars are cute.
kabuldurkabuldur on July 11th, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
Oh wow, that's a huge Nepenthes! I love it. I like how you took a close-up inside the pitcher. At the top it looks like it has a little eye, hehe.

Oh dear, I'm sorry Henrietta ruined so many others, though. She looks cute in her nest!

And that's an awesome big caterpillar! I hope your plant likes the pink light!

Oh boy, you're going to have some noisy chickens until they get used to being in the coop!

Des: Henriettathagirion on July 11th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I gasped when I saw it at the flea market. I had to have it. Yeah, I've seen lots of people do that so I thought I'd try it too.

She's been so much trouble lately.

I love raising caterpillars. So fan. Yeah we'll see how they do.

Yeah I bet. Henrietta hates to be contained so who knows how this will go.
earthmother45earthmother45 on July 11th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
Great post, Des!
Those pitchers are huge!!! You got amazing pictures of them! That is very similar to what the one I used to have looked like, but then when I saw it with the pop can, I knew yours are at least twice as big as mine were . . . maybe more! You got a great deal on it, too. I think I paid about $35 for mine, and it was a hard decision to make spending that much money on a plant. My two pitcher plants you gave me are doing great. I just took pictures this morning (I'll post them) and the one in the red pot that had the little beginning pitcher barely started is now a recognizable pitcher and about an inch long. Question: when it forms a little lid and the lid opens, that is when I start putting water in it regularly along with a little food pellet once a month, right?

What a day of up and down emotions you had!!! I know that kind of stuff is so physically and emotionally draining! I hope Henrietta straightens up, because I don't know if I'd want to keep her after that, and also I'd have a hard time forgiving her. I have a tendency to hold a grudge. ;)

I like the pink light!

And the caterpillar is gigantic! And so beautiful! I can't wait to see the butterfly! I've got to go for my walk now before it gets any hotter, but I'll check out your tutorial link when I get back.

Hope you have a good day!

Edited at 2011-07-11 01:17 pm (UTC)
Des: Nepenthes bicalcaratathagirion on July 11th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
I knew Mirandas got big but had never seen one this big in person except for the one at the botanical garden. Mirandas and Ventratas are the most common plants so that may be what you had. I've spent more than that on some plants. If it makes you happy it's worth it.

Oh that's great to hear they're doing so well. So your first bicalcarata opened. Wonderful! Yes please do take pics. Yeah, you can fill it with water now and give it a pellet once a month. They should hold the water a long time. If it's in the open and gets rainwater it will be fine. Don't forget to watch that video I left on one of your comments. It shows how pitchers form. And once a year I recommend repotting to a bigger pot. You don't want them to get root bound. You can use long fiber sphagnum moss as a mix.

I hold grudges too but against people not so much against animals. I know she didn't do it intentionally to hurt me. Also you can't punish animals unless they're in the act of doing a wrong deed or they won't know why they are being punished.

Thanks. I hope my plants will like it.

These are nice caterpillars. I can't wait for them to turn into moths.

Thanks. I'm tired from yesterday. Woke up beat, but so far so good.
actipton80actipton80 on July 11th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
I barely have energy to write.

Henrietta is a brat. She will deserve it when you get a coop and can lock her out of the house.

That pink light is weird.

I'd like to see what that caterpillar turns into. It looks almost like a stripe candy stick now.
Des: Carolina Sphinx on Petuniathagirion on July 11th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
Hi, so good to see you again. Oh dear, you should be resting and not on the computer.

Yes she is. I felt like kicking her but that wouldn't have helped. I hope to have the chicken coop done soon. Finding a place to put it is the hard part.

Yeah, I hope to change the blub on it to a white one once it burns out.

It will turn into a Carolina Sphinx moth like the one on my icon. They are neat as caterpillars.
Cheezey: Cossack Haggar OMGcheezey on July 11th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that Henrietta got your plants. It's so frustrating when a pet does things like that.

The pitchers on that plant are awesome. The soda can is perfect for perspective!
Des: Owen Painedthagirion on July 11th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it really is because you don't want to be mad at them.

I was so impressed when I saw them at the store. I'm so glad they had these.
sike_saner on July 11th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Those huge pitchers are awesome. And what an adorable caterpillar!

Oh dear, Henrietta sure is being a rascal. And I'm glad she was caught before she could get in the road.
Desthagirion on July 11th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah they're pretty neat. Caterpillars are always fun.

Yeah, I need to rig something because I can't be home all the time to keep an eye on her. Sometimes she gets out while I'm home and don't even realize it.
marchskies: country gatemarchskies on July 12th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Oh my, those pitchers are just glorious!
Des: Nepenthes lowiithagirion on July 12th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm very happy and proud of this plant. Look forward to it getting more.