So April turned out to be a wonky month… temps were up, down and all over the place. Cool nights, even frosty at points! Then… April 30th BAMM! Someone turned on the “summer switch”, well not summer, but a really warm spring! Every day since then, its been consistently in the low to mid 20’s C (mid to high 70’s F) with nights 10-12C (50-54F). The landscape went from looking pretty much like it did in winter, to things pretty much being “summer-like” in literally in a couple of weeks. It was certainly welcome after the long, winter!
As you can see in the photo above, the Sarracenia are waking up and, if the weather keeps up, I should have flowers in a week or so! With flowers comes hybrids… There are a couple that I want to do this year. I have this really cool “peewee” antho free flava, the pitchers don’t really get much higher than 30-35 cms. I’m going to cross it out with AF purpurea venosa, and possibly an AF leuco as well. That’s assuming of course I get a good flower. This is first time this little flava has flowered for me (I’ve had it for 8 years). So hopefully all will go well.
You can also see in the photo that I’m making another bed. There is a couple reasons for this. Reason one, you can never have enough spaces to grow Carnivorous Plants, and two, I want to create a dedicated “protected” space for my collection of venus flytrap cultivars. Protected? Why protected? Protected from What????? SQUIRRELS!
Anyone who grows Sarracenia or other CP outside in this part of the world knows about dreaded “tree rats” – Squirrels! I’ve purposely not posted my annual rant about these pesky creatures… cause, well… it would be same post I made last year, and the year before that. Broken record syndrom!!! They’re cute enough don’t get me wrong, but they can wreak havoc in outdoor bogs! These guys love to root around and bury things in my bogs, and in so doing, inadvertently dig up my flytraps and small Sarracenia.
This new bog garden will “squirrel-proof”!!! I’m putting an electric fence around it, with razor wire, barbed wire, poison and motion targeting lasers! I wish! I’m going to build a mesh cover that will keep the critters out. That way, my lovely flytrap cultivar collection can flourish, in a happy, squirrel free environment. My other bogs will still be home to the hundreds of nondescript flytraps i have… so if a squirrel digs up a couple of those from time to time, I won’t be as upset! My prized flytraps however, will now be safe!
Hopefully I will get this new bed finished up in the next week or so!