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07 February 2013 @ 09:51 am
Tabebuia trees and Nepenthes tutorial  
I'm still tired from yesterday's ordeal. I had stupid dreams and yeah one was about a pack of dogs and people in my yard of my old childhood home. We had no fence back then. But I am very happy that I have drawing Quetzalcoatl's left head and found a design I like for it. I knew the viper head would be easier. It's the most psychotic looking one. I can add that one to the first pic I drew of him with the wings that looks so nice. I hope I can come up with a final design for the cobra head today and add that in. I know it will be an awesome pic if I can do that. Still need to finish the Cope and Solan pic. I'm almost done with the inking on that. Then I need to ink Malidicus. And I've drawn a bunch of other small stuff too.

So hear are the cool pics of the Tabebuia trees. There are two kinds that bloom here, pink and yellow. I have always prefered the pinks because they fill out so lush and all the yellows I have seen have too many bare branches. But this is the first yellow one I have seen that was so full. And next to a pink it's just awesome!

Tabebuia pink and yellow

This was at a nursery on the way to IHOP. But it didn't seem opened. I'm not sure where the entrance is. We just parked on the side of the road and I got these pics.



Tabebuia pink and yellow

Love the pink ones. I have a young tree of these but it has never flowered. I'm sure it's old enough now. I don't know why it doesn't.

Yellow tabebuia

With the back lighting this looks like a digital painting, but it's not. It's a photo. So weird how a photo got a cartoony look.

Fallen pink tabebuia leaves

I love that under these trees is always littered with pretty fallen flowers.

Yellow tabebuia flowers close

Close up of the yellow flowers. There were some at my eye level.

Yellow tabebuia pods

The yellow tree has pods! I was tempted to take them but they are not ready yet. You can't pick them too soon. In fact you have to pick them just at the right time or the seeds don't sprout. Very had to grow actually.

Pink tabebuia flowers close

There are several different species of pinks. This is the most common type and my favorite because it has yellow in the flowers. I think the species name is imperigosa or something like that.

Pink tabebuia against sky

One of my favorite things is a bunch of pink flowers against a blue sky.

Yellow and Pink tabeuia trees

After knowing these two trees you see why I'm not impressed by our native red bud or tulip tree. I'd rather a tabebuia any day.

Yellow tabebuia against sky

I like this one because there's a bee up there.

Lovely pink and yellow tabebuia

Ugly live oak in the background.

Pink and yellow tabebuia trees

Last pic as I said good bye.

Ok the next few pics are a little tutorial on how to clean up your nepenthes and the dead pitchers. I did it fast this morning so some of the pics suck and are back lit. I will make a video tutorial for this later today that will be better I hope. Posting because earthmother45 asked and I think this is just helpful to have.



Pitchers eventually die on nepenthes plants. Depending on the species they can live up to one month. When they start to die, the top half goes first. They will stay this way for a while because they are still getting all the nutrients out of the bugs. You can cut the pitcher completely off the plant at this stage if you just can't stand the way it looks. It's fine. But I prefer to leave them on since I want the plant to finish its meal. I just clip the dead parts.



Here's one that's starting to turn ugly. I click it half way down. The bottom half has the digestive enzymes and because it has thicker walls lasts longer than the tops do.



Here's where I place my scissors.



SNIP!



Here's a pot of N. truncata D. Seems that they can never keep more than two pitchers on at once. Notice all the cut pitchers in the center that are older and smaller. The pitcher on the right is sadly starting to go. The pitcher on the left is new. And a new leaf and pitcher is uncurling in the center.



Once a pitcher is totally dead or you missed it because the plant has too many, cut it off at the tip of the leaf. Yellow and brown leaves can be cut off at the base, but be careful to not cut the main stalk. I have done that. It totally sucks.
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The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Sil wintersilvolf on February 7th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
The colours of the trees are so pretty and nice to see in winter. We have nothing like that here right now.
Des: Jacarandathagirion on February 7th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
I love these trees. These and the Jacaranda which is the purple tree in my icon are just gorgeous. There's also a red one called Royal Poinciana. I'd love to have all the colors growing in my yard each spring.
actipton80actipton80 on February 7th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
We have had such a mild winter the plants are confused. We picked our first two daffodils yesterday. We also had an iris that was going to bloom, but I think our last cold snap killed that flower.

Those flowering trees are pretty. I wish the native dogwoods had pink flowers. Their white ones are pretty, but I like the pink ones better.
Des: Thanatos Agreesthagirion on February 7th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it's been mild and not cold and harsh like we thought it would be. I hope Spring is here to stay.

I love dogwoods, and I totally agree that the pinks are much better.
marchskies: washmarchskies on February 7th, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
I've never seen a Tabebuia tree before. How pretty! If they grew here, I would definitely have to have one in my yard.
Des: Jacarandathagirion on February 7th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
They are lovely tropical trees. There is also the Jacaranda which is purple. It's the tree in my icon. I have one of those too but same thing, no flowers. Perhaps this will be the year.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on February 8th, 2013 10:00 am (UTC)
Pretty trees! Just like here. And the carpet of pink is lovely, too. I love pink flowers against a blue sky, too!

Interesting Nepenthes tutorial.
Desthagirion on February 9th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks. These types of trees make me so happy.

Thanks. I hope it will be helpful.
earthmother45earthmother45 on February 9th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
First of all, the tabebula are gorgeous! I love the pink one, and to have them side by side -- a double treat! You know, I just saw a pink flowering tree yesterday and wondered what it was because it didn't look like the regular orchid or other pinkish trees I see all the time. I didn't know about the tabebula trees before, and I've seen many yellow trees but didn't know what they were called. I'm so glad you showed a closeup of the flowers, because from a distance so many of them look alike.

And your nepenthes tutorial is great! Thank you so much. What are those little curly cues in that first picture? I have never gotten them on mine. They are so cute! I took some pictures of the plant this morning from a new perspective--a new angle, that is pretty neat. I'll post it in a day or so. I may cut the tops off of some of mine, but the way they look really doesn't bother me. But I like to see what's inside--that's always interesting.

Edited at 2013-02-09 07:02 pm (UTC)
Des: Tabebuia pinkthagirion on February 9th, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
Aren't they? They are just awesome trees. The one in my icon is at the USF Botanical garden and it blooms every February. Always when it's cold it seems. They are from South America and that's their summer. Yes they have big flowers clumped together that don't look like any of the other flowering pink or yellow trees in the area. They are just spectacular.

I'm glad you liked the nepenthes tutorial. The curly cues are new pitchers. The tips will grow flat, then start to inflate and become new pitchers. The lids open and there's already liquid inside. Here is a time lapse of pitchers opening.
http://youtu.be/trWzDlRvv1M

The ones that have the spots are Mirandas like the one I gave you. Yours do have those curly cues because that's how they make new pitchers. Yeah, I like seeing what's inside of them too. I'm amazed that these that were hanging in my bathroom had tons of little flies in them. I never even see that many flies in the house. Awesome!
earthmother45earthmother45 on February 9th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
p.s. I just went out and checked, and I guess I do have a few little curly-cues on mine, but nothing as dramatic and tightly curled as yours.

I'll check out the video now.

That video is fantastic! I love time lapsed anything, and this one was amazing! Next time I post anything about my nepenthes, would you mind if I posted this link?

Edited at 2013-02-09 07:35 pm (UTC)
Des: Nepenthes bicalcaratathagirion on February 9th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
I don't mind at all. Please share. It's not my video anyway. It's Mr. Attenborough's. I love David Attenborough videos. I'm glad you liked it. And it's labled wrong. Pitcher plants are not poisonous. Some pitcher vines make full circles because they are looking for branches to hang on to. If they don't find one sometimes they just make a loop and then grow normally.
Cheezey: Hyacinthcheezey on February 16th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oooh, those trees are so pretty! Spring is definitely there for you, so I'm jealous. We have only hints of spring, with the hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips just starting to poke out of the soil. It snowed here yesterday.

The pitcher plants are looking good. I didn't know you had to trim them like that.
Des: Nepenthes lowiithagirion on February 16th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Almost. I wish spring were officially here. Tonight and tomorrow night will be in the upper 30's. Give us a break already. I wish it would make up its mind. Aw that's good the blub plants are coming up at least. I've seen them in stores. But wow the hyacinths at Lowe's sold out instantly. I didn't get any.

Yep, it helps to trim them back and keep them clean.