The Bog Blog

A blog about growing carnivorous plants.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Our first winter storm of the year

All the plants are soaked. This drosera capensis is pretty happy though. The rain has washed all of its leaves so in the next dry spell it can catch some more bugs. Hiding just behind is an all red Venus Fly Trap. It's looking pretty ugly right now, but that's normal. It's just going into its dormancy phase. Next spring it will (hopefully) be back in a big way.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Bladderwort flowers

This is Utricularia Lividia, a very easy to grow bladderwort. It has flowered continuously since I got it early this spring. It makes a great addition to any carnivorous plant collection.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Have a great Thanksgiving

I'll be traveling so no updates till Fri or Sat!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Time lapse

November 2004
May 2005
June 2005July 2005September 2005October 2005
November 2005

Same plant - end of growing season


I've had this plant (actually mound of plants) about a year now and it has really filled in. The previous post showed pix taken early this year. I should think about posting a timeline of pictures so people can more clearly see the progress.

Pygmy sundews flowering

I took this picture earlier in the year. One of the nice things about d. nitidula x omissa is that it blooms a lot. The flowers are very small, maybe 1/4 inch across at most. Also including a close-up of the sundews themselves. Each plant is about the size of a nickle.


Monday, November 21, 2005

U. Lividia

Most of the cp's are heading toward hibernation now, so it's nice to see my lividia still blooming. By the way, this plant has been blooming non-stop since I purchased it in March! Continual blooming is actually pretty common for the bladderwort family - one of the many reasons to add a bladderwort to your cp collection!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Interesting environmental news

Interesting local interest piece I spotted on the web. Nice to see preservation pays.
Preserving Rural Way: Protecting Pines Can Be Profitable: "
“Do Something Good’

Since he moved there, he has been laboring to restore the longleaf pine forest. It’s hard work, but Wimberley said it is also the most rewarding work he’s done.

“Mom said to me, ‘You want this land, then do something good with it,’ ” he said.

The farm still produces economically. Wimberley has raked pine straw, grown shitake mushrooms, engaged in other small-scale organic farming and given educational tours to school children.

He plans on turning an old tobacco barn into an educational center to base tours from.

“My main product is education,” Wimberley said.

Since he’s taken over the property, he has used fire to transition the areas that the loblolly pine has taken over to longleaf.

In leading a tour of the property, Wimberley pointed out the diversity of plants that grow on hills just above running water. Several different types of orchids and even some carnivorous plants were on the property, which he said really thrills the school children."

Ladybug flirts with doom

This brave little ladybug nearly became lunch! Luckily, she scurried to safety shortly after I took this picture.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

What Predator would see


if he came to my garden. I made this pic with GIMP.

Pygmy sundews -These guys are small!

This is d. nitidula x pulchella, a pygmy sundew hybrid. As you can see, they never get very big, but they form low clumps and a sea of tiny pink flowers. This family of sundews comes almost entirely from Australia.

Friday, November 18, 2005

An all red sundew - d. capensis


Given enough direct sun, this variety of Drosera capensis becomes a deep shade of red. Known as the "Cape Sundew," it comes from South Africa and is a very good cp for beginners. It is very easy to grow, it flowers all the time and produces lots of tiny seeds (which then sprout in all your other cp containers!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

P. Esseriana



Took a picture of this little guy this morning. This is one of my favorite pinguiculas (butterworts) but I've not had the best of luck with this species so far. I'm hoping this one does better than my last esseriana. Maybe with a little luck, it'll flower next spring.

It's an unusually warm fall day

The flowering plant in the front is p. Primulaflora. It flowers almost continuously during the growing season. They start out very light blue (almost white) and then darken as the flowers get older.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Cedric over at Terra Forums has some great sundew pix!

iB::Topic::Bella drosera

Be sure and check it out!

Drosera erythrorhiza - Check this one out!

I have yet to add this lovely specimen to my collection. This Western-Australian sundew forms rosettes about two inches across with bright red banding on the edges of each leaf. This sundew grows in the winter and goes into dormancy by forming a tuber to survive the hot, dry Australian summer.

Hey, and just a comment on the picture. It's not mine. I don't know where it came from originally. If it's yours leave a comment and I'll give you attribution (or pull it if you prefer).

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Yucca Do 1717

This is a carnivorous plant from Mexico. At present it has not been given an official name. Grown in very bright light the plant takes on a grapefruit color. I should get flowers from these plants next spring. You can bet I'll post pix when I get them.

Monday, November 14, 2005

U. sandersonii - Little Pink Bunnies!

Edit note: In my excitement over my new blog, I forgot to let folks know where this picture came from! D'oh! This picture come's from Bob Ziemer's Carnivorous Plant Photo Finder. Check out all the great cp pix over there if you get a chance!

Utricularia sandersonii is a member of the bladderwort family. Believe it or not, this is a carnivorous plant. Most of the plant is below the surface along with the extremely tiny traps that collect microscopic prey underground (or in aquatic bladderworts - underwater).

Sadly, my sandersonii does not look this good. I have sandersonii "blue" which is a much more finicky variety. I think I finally have it figured out though because it looks like it will be blooming soon. As soon as I get flowers they will be posted!

CNN.com - Wetlands�defender kills self in protest

CNN.com - Wetlands�defender kills self in protest - Nov 14, 2005:
"RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- A crusading defender of Brazil's Pantanal wetlands set himself on fire and died of burns to protest a proposed sugar-cane alcohol plant in the environmentally fragile region, hospital officials said Monday.

Francisco Anselmo de Barros, 65, wrapped himself in an alcohol-soaked blanket and set it on fire during a protest Saturday in Campo Grande, 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) northwest of Rio de Janeiro, according to officials at the Santa Casa hospital.

Fellow protesters smothered the fire with blankets and sprayed it with a fire extinguisher. Barros was taken to Santa Casa with burns over 90 percent of his body. He died Sunday, the hospital said."


It is really a tragedy to see such a pasionate crusader for the environment kill himself like this. Wetlands are a vital part of our world ecosystem and of course, without them, we wouldn't have any carnivorous plants either.

Nice shot of s. purpurea


I took this picture yesterday. I'm very pleased with the growth of this plant. It's probably tripled in size this year!

Happy Monday!


FYI - This is why they're called 'sun dews' :)

Sunday, November 13, 2005

ModBlog - Dear Kitty posts a great blog about CPs

ModBlog - Dear Kitty:
Today in the botanical gardens.

Carnivorous plants exhibition.

The first plant I see is Cape sundew, from South Africa.

Its Drosera relatives grow on all continents, except for Antarctic or Arctic regions.

Also various species in The Netherlands.

Usually, smaller species eat somewhat smaller prey.

Drosera regia, the biggest species, is also from South Africa.

I ask about evolution of carnivorous plants.

"Aerial" shot of the roof garden


Just got some pictures from up on the roof. The first one is looking down into my roof garden from above. Here in San Francisco the buildings are close together and often touch, so houses and apartments often have light-wells which let light and air into the center of the building. My roof garden is in the light well.

I also took pictures of the ocean and bay views from the top of the roof at the same time.

I'll be waiting three years

before the darlingtonia are big (more than an inch or two tall). I was just re-reading the darlingtonia section in The Savage Garden. It's a great resource. I find myself coming back to it over and over.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

So it occurs to me that people might wonder


why I'd want that scrawny looking cephalotus so badly. Well, here's a picture of a more mature ceph.

BTW, not sure where this picture comes from either. If it's yours, please leave a comment and let me know. I'd love to give credit.

hungryflytrap

Very cool! Another carnivorous plant blog!

hungryflytrap

I also just found out that Sarracenia Northwest, the cp growers that sold me my new cephalotus also has a blog! Check it out. There are some great photos!

Score!

Ah, most cool! I just scored some darlingtonia californica seeds for free!

Cephalotus Follicularis - The Australian Pitcher Plant



My newest acquisition! It's pretty small and the picture isn't great, but you can at least get the idea with these pictures. I've been looking for c. follicularis for quite a while, but till now hadn't been able to get one. They're very rare and slow growing, but I managed to finally purchase one from Sarracenia Northwest. I've purchased plants there before and always received great service.

Recent picture of my most established bog

This bog is about a year and a half old. It's really grown in nicely. Unfortunately, I used an aluminum tub as a container. This is a big no-no because carnivorous plants do not like minerals and the tub is now oxidizing! I need to transplant everything out of this bog as soon as the plants go into hibernation (probably at the end of Nov.).

Friday, November 11, 2005

G14 Dirk Ventham's Giant



So far, this has to be my favorite Venus Fly Trap. I haven't managed to get my hands on one so far. Ah well, one of these days. :)

Found this photo online many moons ago. Stupid me - I don't remember where. Leave a comment if it's yours so I can link and give credit.

Same plant later in the season


Just found this picture. As you can see, the plant has filled out nicely. I plan on transplanting it into a 5 gallon clay pot later this month. In the next two years I hope that it will fill it nicely.

S. x "Scarlet Bells"

This is one of my favorite carnivorous plants. It has great coloration and the pitchers stay throughout much of the year unlike other sarracenias. This is a picture I took early this year. Note the d. capensis 'red' in front blooming.