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12 February 2015 @ 10:58 am
New Amorphs  
So yesterday was a nice day off. We took out garbage out to the dump. Then we went for breakfast and had a nice meal and conversation. I already had my cuttings with me so we went to the nursery. It was fun to talk to the guy. I gave him two nepenthes cuttings and two Hoya carnosa cuttings. I got to pick any 6 Amorphophallus paeoniifolius bulbs of my choice. So I picked the ones that were the biggest and had side shoots forming. Here's my entire Amorphophallus collection so far.

The six on the left are the new ones. The next three are A. bulbifer. One I hurt digging it up. I hope it will be ok. Then there's the A. konjac with the pink tip and under it the white tip is the titan. The rest are last year's paeoniifolius that may or may not be alive. I hope they can recover. I also came home with 6 gallons of soil that I got for $5. The plants I got free in the trade. So excellent deal. I do want to give him more plants next time as trades a just a great thing to do. I can't wait for Spring.

Well my Hoya acrchboldiana got badly damaged in the cold. I didn't know they can't handle temps below 50 and never brought it in. The leaves were yellow and gross. I have it over the kitchen sink. I can't tell if it's alive or now. I removed all the leaves. I'm going to have to replace it just in case but I hope it will be ok. I'm going to bring in all the Hoyas tonight because it's going to be bad it's been in the 30's at night and I think tonight it will be 32 which is freezing. Well all the nepenthes and hoyas need to come in actually.

I did order another titan and two other amorphophallus. Got A. yuloensis and A. venosum. I'm not sure that's the right name for that second one. I bought it from a guy in Poland. It looked unusual in the photos so I snatched it as it was very cheap. I may hold off on buying that gold coin yet again. I hate putting it off but I haven't gone on a plant spree in months and I really want to get some of the ones I've had on my wish list for years. So I think I will get some hoyas and some succulents I have really been wanting THEN save. I may order Aristolochia (the pipevines) later in the year once things are warmer and I've saved a good bit. Then I need to stop and remember I'm trying to save everything I have either for my treatment or a new truck whichever comes first.

BTw, I am feeling much better. I still can't stand straight and it still hurts but I can walk again and I'm proud and so happy to have gotten out yesterday and been able to walk for so long and stand. It was nice to get out and do normal things. I also swept the patio a few days ago.

Ha, I have a bit of an annoying chicken problem too. I had to bring Latte and Hazelnut inside on the patio. They are living in the old parrot cage. Haha yes I will get a pic. Perhaps after this to update this post. The reason is the two got broody and were sitting on eggs and hogging nests. For those of you new here broody means a hen sits on eggs trying to hatch them. Well that won't happen because I don't have a rooster. But they don't know that. Problem is no one else can use the next. It's on nest for four hens so there are three nests. I have 10 hens. If two are used all the time it causes a traffic jam. I found a "wild" nest already by the old aviary and nests on the ground in the coop and places they don't belong. Also the broody hens don't get to eat so they need to be broken of their broodiness. Their crests are pale because the egg laying hormone is gone.

So I locked them on the patio two days ago. Chickens are very destructive birds. They trashed the place knocking stuff off the shelves and trying to get out to go back to the nests. They pushed everything off one of my shelves and both sat on each other for hours. AAAHHH!!!!! Ok that's it!! So I threw them in the cage. I may let them on the patio today but if they keep acting stupid it's back in the cage. I can't let them totally outside until they stop being broody and stupid. They need to be free ranging and acting like chickens. There were around 15 eggs under each one all old and hot. We threw away so many eggs yesterday since we can't tell what's old and new. So now we're starting over again. Plus Latte's my only green egg layer. Luckily Raptor seems to be laying again despite being a middle aged bird so I've been finding pretty big blue eggs again. Craziness.

I don't feel like art at all. My mind seems to be elsewhere. I'm thinking of playing some games. I need to get back into Beat Hazard. My hand feels good again. Also might try Far Cry 4. I'm excited about the 1886 game coming out. It's a fictional game with fantasy guns but it's cool because it's based on real history. Supposedly these monster hunters are getting their weapons from Telsa. You know the real scientist that was so cool he was working on a death ray and made an accidental earthquake machine. Yeah one of my heros. I'm looking forward to it coming out.

Speaking of the 1800s I'm also watching a documentary called The Men Who Built America. It's about Vanderbuilt, Rockefeller, Ford and Morgan. I am a fan of Henry Ford. Ever since I did a report on him when I was 10 I was amazed by his genius and ability to build an economic empire from having been just a poor farmer's son. That's what America is about. And I also have learned about J.P. Morgan and how he was enemies with my favorite resident Teddy Roosevelt. I admire both men actually for different reasons. You can't have two captains though so it makes sense they'd fight. I'm also so fascinated by rivalries and I like to see who's smarter and who can out do each other. Hence why I have Owen and Cope and George and Malidicus. Morgan's name also came to my attention when I was studying Tesla as he was friends with Tesla and financed him for a time until Tesla screwed up. Tesla was irresponsible and had lots of debt. He was bad about writing bad checks and things like that so most of his inventions were taken by repo men. Shame he didn't manage his money. I can't imagine what he could have done with real financial support but he was a scientist not a banker. Another neat thing. He was intellectual rival with Edison. I found out some nasty things about Edison they don't tell you about in books so that he fell out of favor with me as a hero and a genius. But interesting he was buddy buddy with Ford. They would go camping together. I never finished reading Edison's book but I should. I got annoyed at the biased author. So yes it's this kind of interconnectedness I started to notice when studying my favorite people that some names popped up over and over. Don't know much about Vanderbuilt and Rockefeller but I'm learning and yes they are gaining my respect. The guy they got to play Rockefeller kind of looks like Solan. A handsome young man. I may end up buying this series.

EDIT: Ok here are Latte and Hazelnut in the cage.

Current Mood: Annoyed by chickens
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Desthagirion on February 12th, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
February is usually our worst month. But we had a bad winter in 2010 that came early. Check out this funny video.

But we haven't had any frozen bird baths in years thank goodness and I hope we never do again. It did burn my fingers. I didn't know how to handle it haha. Not used to that kind of thing. Frost happens here at most four times a year usually in the same month.

Yes I want to just be normal so I can do stuff.

Whenever a hen becomes broody it's always a problem for the whole flock since there are limited nests. They do look funny in there. I'm all for punishing children. I was punished and it straightened me out. Raising children is yet another thing the government should not interfere with. If I had kids they would get spanked if they were bad.

Business is good for the growth of the nation and there were so many wonderful advancements at that turn of the century. I'm glad they're making a game focused on that even if it is fantasy history. It's nice for those of us that are read to know where the fiction came from.
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Desthagirion on February 12th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
Being a peninsula actually keeps us warmer. Water retains heat and is warmer than the surrounding air. But there are just those times when the winters get extreme like this. Only once has it ever snowed in my life time and I was two years old on the day we moved to Tampa from Ohio. It was a horrible winter for all of the country and my parents joked they brought the Ohio weather with them. I don't remember anything so for the better. I hope that never happens again.

Exactly. But I always think of these scenarios.

Hopefully it will be good and have interesting character. I'm not sure how it will work with what looks like four main characters.
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Desthagirion on February 13th, 2015 03:02 pm (UTC)
It's too bad this game doesn't take place in America. I thought it did at first as I think the industrial age there was far more fascinating. Also that's where Tesla was so it confused me when I found out this was in London. The whole London monster thing has been over done so that did disappoint me. Perhaps that's just his name.
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actipton80actipton80 on February 12th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
That's funny seeing those chickens in the parrot cage.

That's a pretty big collection of Amorphophallus. I hope you can get them to grow.
Desthagirion on February 12th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah they look funny in there.
Yeah. The paeoniifolius are very common and multiply readily so that's why I want to put those directly in the ground.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on February 13th, 2015 03:21 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a nice day off. That is cool that you could have a good conversation. Not many married couples can do that.

Also, I'm glad that you are feeling much better and standing straighter and could go out and do things.

That's really good that you could do swaps with the nursery guy! All your bulbs looks very interesting - from interesting plants.

I looked up Hoyas and they say that they are tropical plants but where you live you shouldn't have had to take them in. It is an unusually cold winter for you (though I know you have had others - I remember when Chris was exclaiming at the frost.) So, I guess you will have to take them in and I hope you can save them.

What funny chicken antics you have been having. Boy, they are getting broody early this season! What a pity about so many spoiled eggs. I'm glad that Raptor is laying again and that you are getting some lovely blue eggs :) Well, I guess Latte and Hazelnut will get over it eventually :)

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Desthagirion on February 13th, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
We always have such fun conversations. It's great. We'll never run out of things to talk about.

Yes it's nice to be able to do some things again.
I think I got a very good trade out of this.

My Hoya carnosa can stay out year round through freezes. I don't know why it's so tough. But these other plants I found out need to come in if it gets to 50.

They are low ranking birds so I wonder if they got picked on and decided to go broody where they would not be bothered. They should get over it hopefully soon.