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10 July 2013 @ 10:11 pm
AWESOME Day!  
First of: SOOOOO many comments on my last post. Thank you everyone. That makes me very happy. I have had a great day. I did too much extroverting today and am now over stimulated. I don't regret anything though and had such a blast. I loved my day. But now I'm feeling it tonight. I feel tired and it's hard to gather my thoughts and figure out what I should do next (over stimulated). I need to slow down and absorb everything that happened. I must have taken at LEAST 200 photos today. Of those I narrowed it down to 68 I need to upload. I also took a lot of video footage I need to sort through and edit together into possibly two videos. So no photos tonight but I will probably have half of them up tomorrow.

I got up early and we fed the birds. We got the trash together and headed off to the dump. There was a big truck parked under us that was neat. Not much bird life but I liked the giant truck and wanted to drive it. Then we had breakfast a Subway. It's nice to be off the Atkins at least for one day until I go on my trip. So I had a cookie at the end of my meal. It was a yummy raspberry and macadamean nut. Then we headed off to visit earthmother45 It was so nice to see her lovely home and garden again. We had fun chatting and she took some pics of me. She likes my new bangs and my green eyes. It was fun trying to find the right lighting for some pics. She offered me several of her succulents but I said next time because I didn't want to leave them in the hot car. They could die. I was so happy to see her.

Then we went to the Marie Selby Botanical Garden in Sarasota. The greenhouse is as lovely as ever. They did have more nepenthes this time than before. They had the N. truncata from before and miranda. But what was new was N. veichtii, N. bicalcarata and N. raffelesiana. The bical was much bigger than mine and in a smaller pot too. Looked like they had it in an 8" pot and mine's in a big 12" one. I loved that they use the same pots I do. Only they get the green versions. I prefer the white because they are brighter. I hope my bical will look that nice soon.

One thing I got a kick out of was that I kept saying, "I have that plant. I have this plant." I thin it's cool that I have a lot of the plants in my collection that are at a professional place like this. Not just common butterfly plants that helped me up those numbers but rare plants like the nepenthes. They had a huge Amorphophalus konjac in flower. It didn't stink at all. Everyone say they smell horrible like death. I have two but mine are baby bulbs still that only make baby trees. I can't wait til they are big enough to make their first flower.

We went to the tea house and the employees there were so happy to see us. They were bored and told us it was slow and that people that walk past don't go in. That's too bad, but at the same time I told them we loved that there were so few people. But we bought a soda there and looked at all the neat teas. They were happy when we left.

I'm not much into trees but they had an awesome enormous fig tree that looked like it was straight out of Jurassic Park. I kept expecting to find broken raptor eggs between the roots. It was dangerous too because it was constantly dropping figs. I was a bit scared to walk under it.

When we were leaving we passed through the gift store. They have an awesome greenhouse with plants for sale. Unfortunately because it's an attraction everything's over priced. But I was thrilled that they had a bunch of Nepenthes miranda in pots. When we walked in they told us they had pitcher plants. I was happy because last time they didn't have any. I was expecting tiny babies in cubes. But to see huge mirandas in pots was awesome. After much debating, I bought one. All of them had two plants per pot. But I searched all of them carefully and found one that had three basals. I wanted to split the plant, cut it in half, and give one of the plants to Earthmother. So I called her to see if she was home. She was so we went. I was so happy to she how she reacted to this giant pitcher plant. I told her some species are capable of eating mice and rats. I like to call them bottle eaters because some species like truncata can get so huge they are as big as a 2 litter bottle and can eat smaller bottles. I've seen pics of some with wine bottles in them. Actually I do have some pics to share. These are from a private collector on Flickr.

N. truncata

See why I call them bottle eaters?

N. truncata

This is his more recent pic. I can't wait for my truncatas to get this big. Mine are babies still.

So I cut up the plant and gave her one of them. I need to plant mine tomorrow. When we got home day light was pretty much gone. Oh and since I came back she gave me a box full of the succulents I liked. I was thrilled!!

Then we went to Red Lobster. I got my usual rainbow trout and for desert and birthday I got the Chocolate wave. I got pics of our meal so I 'll share that too.

So yes awesome AWESOME day. Got to meet my friend twice, go to a garden, see cool stuff and have a nice time with my husband who was great doing everything I wanted today. Now I am tired though.

Current Mood: Exanimate
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earthmother45earthmother45 on July 11th, 2013 03:10 am (UTC)
Lovely post! I'm glad I could be a part of and contribute to your day today and to some of your birthday happenings.

I can hardly believe my eyes on that N. truncata! There's a goal to work towards.
Des: Nepenthes lowiithagirion on July 11th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it. You sure did.
Yeah, I can't wait for mine to get like that. Unfortunately truncatas are one of the slower growing species. UGH! I hope it doesn't take forever.
 Shannon  シャノン: winkshampoo_neko02 on July 11th, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
O! Do you live in Sarasota?
My husband used to live there when he was a kid and we went together for a few days. It's beautiful there.

I love the plants~ bottle eaters. lol love it. (^o^)
Des: Nepenthes merrillianathagirion on July 11th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
I live north of Tampa. I lived in Tampa most of my life and know it well. Sarasota's only like 1.5 hours from Tampa so we go once in a while. Chris gets a lot of jobs down there as a leak detector. It is very nice and much more tropical than Tampa.

I'm glad you like it. Nepenthes are awesome and some of my favorite plants. I have a few of them, but none this big yet.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on July 11th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, all this time I had no sense of their scale with your other photos :-D
Des: Nepenthes bicalcaratathagirion on July 11th, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
I have a few photos where I've put soda cans for scale. In my videos I always place my hand behind them.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Posilvolf on July 11th, 2013 07:03 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you had such a great day!
Des: Peep Heartthagirion on July 11th, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It was a very nice experience.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on July 11th, 2013 08:58 am (UTC)
I am so glad you had such an awesome day. I'm glad, too, that you went back to Earthmother's and got a box of succulents. And how kind of you to share your Nepenthes miranda. That's cool that you have so many unusual plants that not many other people have. Like your giant purple flowered Dutchman's pipe vine flower. (I'd love the caterpillars that grow on these, too). And that Nepenthes truncata is huge! I never knew that these got this big! And you have some that will eventually get that big? That would be so cool. Mouse eater, lol :)

I'm glad you had a cookie with macadamia in it, too, seeing as they are native to here. I had a couple of tastes of #1 daughter's macadamia and caramel icecream from a cheese factory that's not too far from here, and it was yummy! (I could tell that I was reacting to only a little bit of it, though, so I'm glad that I did not have a whole one).

And what a nice husband you have, spoiling you on your special day :)
Des: Hyacinthsthagirion on July 11th, 2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
It was great. I didn't know she had those succulents ready. She must have picked them after I called because originally we didn't have plans to go back. Buying that nepenthes was an on the spot decision. Yep when I saw it I wanted her to have one.
Sadly I lost all my pipevines. I loved them as they are some of my favorite plants. In my top 3 favorites. I have some seeds I need to try to sprout some. Yes I have at least 5 truncatas, so it's hopeful one day they will be big.

I don't like nuts but these cookies surprised me. They didn't taste like nuts at all but like chocolate chips! I thought they were also native to South America. That's what hyacinth macaws eat and they are the only macaws strong enough to open them. I'm glad you had some too.

Chris was excellent yesterday.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on July 12th, 2013 10:18 am (UTC)
Aaaw...I'm sorry you lost all of your pipevines. Are they annuals? I hope some of those seeds sprout for you.

I hope you Nepenthes grow really big, too.

Yeah, macadamias don't taste like other nuts, but do taste delicious! They taste delicious 'green', too.

Macadamias are native to here, but have been introduced to Mexico, and there are species native to Indonesia and New Caledonia, too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macadamia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macadamia_integrifolia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macadamia_tetraphylla
Desthagirion on July 12th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
No they are perennials. One of my chickens killed it.

Thanks for all the links.
actipton80actipton80 on July 11th, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
That is a huge pitcher next to the Coke bottle. I have Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on our list. They don't have carnivorous plants as far as I know, but there are plenty of neat plants there.
Des: YAY Dogthagirion on July 11th, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah I couldn't believe it when I saw that photo. I'm so looking forward to that! I love other plants besides carnivores. I love Cucurbits (as you know), sunflowers, coneflowers, pipevines and passion vines. Those are my faves.
anatomies on July 11th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
How long does it take for the plant to eat the can?
Des: Laughingthagirion on July 11th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I guess it depends how much caffeine it has.
libraraven: Grim Demon Piratelibraraven on July 12th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
omg I love it plants having a soda tee hee

oh gold fish pretty
Des: Nepenthes lowiithagirion on July 12th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, yeah, they "love" soda.

Those fish were huge!