Carnivorous Plant Experts? #10

By: GardenGrrl , 2:22 AM GMT on October 13, 2012

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This was the unusual vacation where everything went right. We landed at Tampa on time, found the rental car. Heading to Orlando we stopped at a rest station and I said, "This trip will be complete if I can find some sand hill cranes and get pictures."
Leaving the rest stop had me hollering; "Pull over! Pull over!" There were some cranes. That set the tone :-D


We were planning on going to Disney World but found out that Epcot Center was having it's annual food and wine festival. Sorry Mickey.
I have come to the conclusion that going to theme parks costs more than a trip to Las Vegas. It's also more fun.

We ate our way around the world at little kiosks that had wonderful snack size samples of food from that area. Tiny filet mignon with mushrooms, cheese plates from Ireland (actually quite good.), lamb, sweet gooey desserts, curry, spanakopita and on.
Spouse did beers around the world in 6oz glasses.
Left at closing time very full and happy.



The famous space ball.

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More from world of tomorrow


These two were really fun. Wanted to bring them home with us.



For Proserpina a bit of Italy



I'm in Canada



Japanese Drummers



The terracota army from Qin Shi Huangdi tomb in China.



Night has come and the park is closing soon.



Thanks for coming by.

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20. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:15 AM GMT on October 20, 2012
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19. Proserpina
11:19 PM GMT on October 19, 2012
Hello GG, how are things your way? This is just a quick flyby visit.
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18. Ylee
10:01 PM GMT on October 18, 2012
Hi, GG, been working on the doublewide the past three days; gotta keep up the property values, you know! :)

What new and exciting mischief have you been up to? :)
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17. plapman
12:31 PM GMT on October 16, 2012
Good morning GardenGrrl.
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16. sandiquiz
9:10 AM GMT on October 16, 2012
..can I skip work this morning and go back to bed?

Lol - I did!,
I am still in bed, at the unknown hour of 10am. I am about to get up and have a shower, then get dressed. I am so amazed at how i feel. It isn't a week until 1pm today, but I feel so good. Ok, I am sore, and tender, and prone to bouts of frustration, but on the whole I am so glad it has been done, and by Christmas it will be like it never happened. Roll n 2013. - it will be my year !

One of my goddaughter's had a Venus fly trap plant. It lived in the kitchen window sill and scared the living daylights out of me! lol

Hope you are ok :-)

EDIT - clips came out yesterday, and thanks for the exercises, too! I have already walked for three minutes on my tread mill, trying to build up to five by Friday, and then up to the twenty minutes by six weeks.
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15. GardenGrrl
10:15 AM GMT on October 15, 2012
Good Morning, Brrrrrr. It's the "shake-n-bake" season.
Warm to almost hot during the day and chilly at night.
Good sleeping weather though...can I skip work this morning and go back to bed?

Hi Prose, you are very welcome. Because it was the food and wine fest there were a whole lot of people that had too much of both by closing time so we opted to skip the fireworks and leave a bit early. I see fireworks from a nearby resort all summer from the hill behind my house.

Hi Calpoppy, I have seen the venus flytraps everywhere but never the pitcher plants before. They had some big ones too. I went with the small expensive one over the larger really expensive one. The big surprise is that the VFT's need to go dormant about now.

Hi Spathy, thanks for your info. Like I was saying above, the whole thing about flytraps needing to go dormant was a surprise. I've never seen that on care instructions which probably has something to do with my others having an early demise.
It gets cold here so I guess the little guy goes to the porch in a protected area until spring. I'm thinking of bringing him in on days/nights where it drops below 35f and keeping it in the chilly closet until it warms above 35f again.
Guess for the pitcher plant I'll just have to set it on an oversized humidity tray. Had no idea the predator plants were susceptable to insect damage. I was hoping they would eat spider mites that pop up here once in awhile.

Hi Briar, I am now convinced that Oregon has practically everything. If it were not for that rainy stuff all the time, I think Oregon would be my pick over Florida. Cranes, seals and starfish. Tempting.
Epcot really is like going on a quick world tour. That is the big appeal for me. Much cheaper and less time going there instead of everywhere. Although, given time and money I would go for the real world tour in a heart beat.

Oh, dang, times been up. Gotta go to work.
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14. BriarCraft
1:39 AM GMT on October 15, 2012
Thanks for the visit to Epcot Center. I never would have seen it if not for you. Love the funniest couple. Wonder where they found those t-shirts. Wonder if I could ever get DH to wear the blue one. After all, blue is his favorite color. Nah, never happen. Besides, he hasn't learned how to say "Yes, dear." I can only dream. &^)

Believe it or not, I did get to see sandhill cranes the one and only time I made it to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon. They nest in the wetlands of that area and graze in the surrounding hay fields. Those are some awesome birds.

The Japanese Taiko drummers are really something, aren't they? Judging from your photos, visiting Epcot is like taking a mini world tour. Cool. So off to Wiki to learn about Epcot and it says, among other things, that Epcot is like a permanent World's Fair. Way cool. Almost 11 million people visited there in 2011, making it the 3rd most visited theme park in the U.S. and 6th in the world.
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12. calpoppy
2:38 PM GMT on October 14, 2012
I have sold those two plants for years! Did you know that both species can be found in North Carolina! They like humid conditions the main cause of death in homes here are lack of humidity. You generally find the Venus flytrap in stores in a plastic dome container to contain moisture. They grow naturally in boggy conditions. Have fun with them, I am no expert on them but have kept them going long enough to sell them, lol!
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11. Proserpina
1:43 PM GMT on October 14, 2012
First of all, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the photo dedicated to Proserpina.

I have been to Epcot several times and I agree, it is a fun place to visit. Looking at your photos happy memories are evoked not just of Epcot but of the actual places we have visited, from Venice/Florence to China. The actual Terracotta Soldiers site is absolutely incredible! Epcot does give a good idea of what is out there in the world. I love the theater in the round, I think that's what they call it. Did you stay for the nightly fireworks? It is one of my favorite features, particularly the fireworks we saw one New Year's Eve.

Isn't it wonderful when you make a wish and voila', there are the 'cranes'! It would be so nice if all our wishes were as easy to obtain, good wishes only that is.

I love that couple! What a wonderful attitude, humor and love! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos and your fun trip.
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10. GardenGrrl
10:08 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
Carnivorous Plants. Was at the fancy plant nursery and found a hanging pitcher plant. It's called Nepenthes but has no other description except it's greenhouse grown.

Anyone out there with experience growing these guys?
Also bought a venus flytrap. Apparently had a few insects up in my Great Wall of Plants. (Huge plant shelf with high intensity flourescents.) The fly trap had all open traps when I put it on the shelf. About half are tripped.

I do know they go kind of dormant in the winter and want to know how to help them along through the season.
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9. GardenGrrl
10:00 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
Good Morning, we did get rain!!! Slept right through it. About a half inch. Hooray!

Shore, that is a way cool video. Had no idea there were nature preserves in the pan handle with these cranes. My folks lived near Brazoria for awhile and talked about "their" cranes but I never saw a one. Had to go to a rest stop in Florida to see some. Thanks for the video.

Hi Rob, I certainly enjoyed my time in Florida. There is so much to see and do besides the amusement parks. Nice state you have there.
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8. RobDaHood
1:55 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
Ah, you discovered our Sandhill cranes. They are all over the place where I live so I take them for granted, but they are pretty cool. (and loud) They are usually seen in pairs or family groups. They are protected by law, so tend to not be very shy.

Glad you enjoyed your visit to our state!
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7. shoreacres
1:44 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
Did you know there are good-sized flocks of sandhills that overwinter here in Texas? There are some in the Panhandle, and some down here near the coast. I usually see them in the rice fields surrounded by a triangle drawn from Carancahua Bay to Blessing to Palacios. They tend to hang out at the Mad Island Marsh Preserve. Here's a good video of both places.



I usually try to get down to the coast to see them at least once or twice - it looks like the Panhandle would be the place to go for the big flocks.

Your vacation looks like lots of fun. I like that couple, too - they surely do look like a comfortable pair!
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6. GardenGrrl
1:23 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
Hi All, once again we are watching rain to the north and south. Just cut the grass and threw down fertilizer on the hopes of some.

Hi Karen, totally agree. The parks are much more fun than Vegas. At least at Epcot there are a lot more places to sit that don't involve slot machines.

Hi Tony, you know those two kind of reminded me of what you and the Queen must be like together.

Hi Calpoppy, the terracota soldiers are amazing. I always wonder what they would have looked like all painted and new. Unbelievable something like that was made. I read somewhere one of the Chinese tombs had a river of mercury. Pretty wild.
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5. calpoppy
10:25 PM GMT on October 13, 2012
I really like the terracotta soldiers, for some reason they remind me of something out of Indiana Jones.

Sandhill cranes, that is very COOL!!! And a good picture. I saw a roseatte spoonbill down in Florida and my son thought I was going to jump out of the car, kinda what I did with the first Kodiak bear I saw. I am a little excitable when it comes to cool wildlife.

The world from tomorrow looks really neat too.
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4. plapman
11:53 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
Good morning gardenGrrl.
It looks like you had a great time. I do like the couple with the Tshirts.
I've asked the Queen a couple of times that if I said something while walking with Abbey if I would still be wrong. :)
Have a great day.
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3. SBKaren
3:29 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
Looks like you had a great time. I've never been to Disney World, but Disneyland isn't that far away. I would much rather go to dIsneyland than Las Vegas....much more fun!!!
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2. GardenGrrl
3:25 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
Ylee, Yeah I have no idea how people can bring the entire family. Payday Loan Store? Of course it's cheaper than a fancy wedding...Honey if you want to go to Disney World you have to get married at the courthouse when you are older ;)
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1. Ylee
2:46 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
I priced a week stay at one of Walt Disney World's resorts early this year! Eeek! Sorry kids, daddy hasn't won the Lotto! :)
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