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Carnivorous Plants – Beauty, Intrigue, and so much Fun~!

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It all started at Musikfest, when Brook and I bought a venus fly trap for $8. It came in a plastic “to go” cup with a lid on it. We brought it home and stuck that plastic cup into this gorgeous goblet (see photo). What a fun plant to own~! It has been a conversation piece with a show and tell action. Touch inside the traps, and they SNAP shut, surprisingly fast. We have laughed and practically squealed with guests as they tickle these pouches shut.  Our fly trap has grown and prospered… and eaten up the little bugs that used to hover around our plants. Venus Fly Trap ImageWe have gotten 4 of these for Brook’s Aunt for Christmas. Why 4? We have a $20 cap on pollyannas… they are small… and they cost $5 each. I’d have gotten her a $20 BIG monster, but couldn’t find one on short notice. I actually found her’s at Lowes. They come in a plastic terrarium box (see photo). When I took a closer look at these boxes, I noticed that there are maybe 6 different kinds of carnivorous plants illustrated here. So that got me curious…. what would these sketches look like in a photograph?Carnivorous Plants in Commercial  Packaging

Driven by curiosity, I went to my handy dandy “pinterest” account (pinterest is like a social network for images), and was able to find hundreds of images of amazing carnivorous plants. I saved over 200 images to my pin page~! Click here to see over 200 images of carnivorous plants .  But, I am including plenty of pictures here…. because WOW~!

Somewhere in these pictures, I think I saw that there are over 600 different kinds of carnivorous plants. The most common themes are what I’m calling goo-drops, pitcher plants, and traps. The pitchers contain fluid with digestive properties, like stomachs. The goo types are sticky fluid that must look like refreshing dew droplets, but catch insects. The traps end up being a bit like cages. On some level it is a bit sad. I found myself feeling bad for the trapped bugs in the photos, but I confess… less so for the bugs who used to torment us in our kitchen.

I won’t claim to be an expert~! That could happen in time, but it isn’t likely. I just think these are outrageous, and wanted to share them.  Here we go… with comments…

Let’s start with some PRETTY PITCHERS:

Carnivorous PlantPitcher plants are carnivorous plants whose prey-trapping mechanism features a deep cavity filled with liquid known as a pitfall trap. {Putting in the kitchen window, to keep out flies}Fanged pitcher plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata) - The tropical pitcher plants (Nepenthes) of Asia are amongst the largest and most spectacular of all carnivorous plants (4), being equipped with large, modified, pitcher-shaped leaves with which to trap and digest small organisms (5). These deadly traps hang from coiled tendrils, and are filled with acidic digestive juices. In order to prevent the digestive liquid from being diluted by rainwater, the pitchers are covered by small lids as they growCarnivorous Plants

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Here are some of the sticky “Goo-Drops” plants.

I gotta say, these photograph great~!

Sundew (carnivorous plant)

Sundews - Carnivorous plants of Australia

Gilles Tran © 1993-2009 www.oyonale.comClimbing Sundew by Wolfgang Glowacki, Tasmania. Carnivorous plants that live on the bodies of dead insects..yummy.

Drosera capensis  Sundews are carnivorous plants that utilize sticky drops of mucilage to trap and asphyxiate insects. Enzymes are then released to break down and absorb the prey.  Image

Kihokki, Arto Raappana (Drosera rotundifolia)sundew carnivorous plant

OH NO~!  

LOOK OUT LITTLE FRIENDS~!

Watch this free instructional Twig video about Carnivorous Plants

Nepenthes Flava (Carnivorous plant)http://endangeredspeciesprintproject.blogspot.com/2010/04/endangered-strangers-rafflesia.htmlCareful Froggy, thats a carnivorous plant your hiding in!

Don’t these next few look particularly fierce?~!

FANGS~!

Nepenthes hamata, carnivorous pitcher plant

The amazing Carnivorous Plants of the world

The Cobra Lily:

Darlingtonia Californica - Carnivorous Pitcher PlantCarnivorous Darlingtonia Californica is undoubtedly one of the coolest looking plants on the planet.

I’d love to have a “caption contest” for this next fierce guy~!  Is he really vicious?

Or is he a plush muppet with string teeth?

AND…..

WHAT oh WHAT is he SAYING?

Hydnora Africana _ Carnivorous Plant

Is this one pretty, or scary~!~?

Drosera regia: carnivorous

A pitcher full of water,

getting ready to make soup for dinner:

An inside look at carnivorous plants - SaraceniasSOUP’s ON~!Nepenthes sibuyanensis: insect-eating carnivorous plants in the liquid in their “wells”. Anecdotally the largest can hold 3.5 liters. water and rodents were found within them.

BIG and little….

pitchers come in ALL sizes:

Nepenthes robcantleyi 'Queen of Hearts' is a tropical pitcher plant (carnivorous plant)

Miniature Carnivorous Nepenthes Pitcher Plant Terrarium - www.missmossgifts.com/shop/tiny-carnivorous-pitcher-plant-terrarium/Homage to the Curious      Did you know that pitcher plants were so beautiful?    http://lilabdesign.com/portfolio/homage-to-the-curious#

Charming in Terrariums:

Homage to the Curious  http://lilabdesign.com

Deluxe terrarium with mosses and carnivorous pitcher plants.  Large enough to really hold the light among the leafs and lovely landscapingAdd (fake) bird eggs and carnivorous plants to make your Terrariums more interesting. (remember to fertilize)

Carnivorous plant terrarium, with upright growing sarracenias, sundews, and mosses. Vessel by roost.

Garden Show~!

Plant show in Seattle.... Preparing Carnivorous Plant Display by NextGenGardener, via Flickr

Books and Carnivorous Plant Clubs…

A whole sub-culture I never knew about~!The Savage Garden, Revised: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants

Victorian Carnivorous Plant Society

Worth Attention… USPS STAMPS~!

Carnivorous Plants / Insects  United States, 1981

Too CUTE to be DEADLY:

Drosera rotundifolia (the common sundew or round-leaved sundew) is a species of sundew, a carnivorous plant often found in bogs, marshes and fens. One of the most widespread sundew species, it is generally circumboreal, being found in all of northern Europe, much of Siberia, large parts of northern North America, Korea, Japan and is also found on New Guinea.Such a stunning shot of :: Drosera roraimae, Sundew, tepui "B", Canaima National Park, Bolivar, Venezuela ::D. Prolifera by ramamayoor - see others on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/57225267@N06/

Butterwort - carnivorous plant

Too ELEGANT to be DEADLY:

Carnivorous Plant I - Photography by Nancy MuellerCarnivorous Plant by njchow82, via Flickr

For the collector:

Spooky Plants for the Creepiest Centerpieces. Create a surreal scene with the flamelike stems of ‘Sticks on Fire’ Euphorbia tirucalli and a container of carnivorous plants. Here, Cobra plants (Darlingtonia californica) arch over smaller Venus flytraps and pitcher plants. Finish off the display with Swiss cheese vine (Monstera obliqua), planted in a low bowl so its leaves creep out onto the table.

This display of exotic insect-eating plants won Hampshire Carnivorous Plants another RHS gold medal and the coveted Tudor Rose Award in the floral marquee section.

Grow your own from seeds… warning: it takes time, but is said to be a fun growth process.

Desktop Carnivorous Plant Set Link

Click here to see over 200 images of carnivorous plants. When you follow the link, I’d like you to know that I didn’t write the captions on the photos. I’d also like you to know that many of these photos are actually links that will take you to the original sources. Some are plant experts. Some are nurseries who sell plants. Some are amazing photographers… and more. The links can lead to more fun, information, and beauty. Click TWICE to follow the links.

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The World is Our Pulpit

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the world is our pulpit“The world is our pulpit, and our actions are our sermon. We should consider what we are actually saying in the way we conduct our lives day in and day out.”

– Laurie Hayden Bergey

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I Shall Not Pass This Way Again

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I shall pass through this world but once

“I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” — Etienne de Grellet

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Two More Wonderful Endorsements for My Book~!

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flowers paintingI have received two more wonderful endorsements for my book, Fortify My Life~! These are both from amazing women whom I have the honor to know in my personal life. Smart compassionate women. Hard working, motivated, and very strong, but with kind hearts. I am so blessed to know these fabulous creatures. YAY~!

ENDORSEMENT ———————–

Motivated by her strong faith and a deep love, Laurie began to write a series of letters to dear “Dude” to entertain and encourage him as he was living through a very changing life experience.  “Dude” told me that a group of his friends would gather around to hear him read the letters he received from Laurie.  These thought-provoking letters were touching the lives of an unlikely group of people. 

I was honored to be there at the beginning to hear the first letters and am so excited to see these turned into a book that will touch many lives. Fortify My Life is a must read!!!

Patricia L. Chapman

Breeder/Owner of Smarty Jones, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in 2004

ENDORSEMENT ———————–

Thank you to Laurie Hayden Bergey for writing an empowering, challenging, life-changing book that is so necessary. From my experience as a counseling psychologist, I can tell you that Christians and non-Christians, alike, are crying out to know their place in the world, wondering why life can be so hard, and what all this heartache is for. They want to change but need help to do so.  FORTIFY MY LIFE provides the structure to work through these challenges and will leave the reader with a stronger sense of their own identity, potential and greatness.

Jennifer Crall, Ph.D. / Counseling Psychologist

 

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One Serious Conviction

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 Samuel Butler Quote

“The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.”
 Samuel Butler

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Be Kind and Merciful

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Be kind and merciful.  --Mother Theresa

“Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.” –Mother Theresa

What a lovely quote…. and probably within the grasp of each one of us~!

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Enough is Abundance

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Enough is Abundance Snail Photo

“Enough is abundance to the wise.”
 Euripides

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The Habit of Being Happy

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Happy Caterpillar
“The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the dominance of the outward conditions.” Robert Louis Stevenson

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Rent a Tree House~! Or Build Your Own….

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This made me smile.  (And I love to smile~!) You can rent a treehouse at this resort near Seattle. But these guys also will design and build a treehouse for you. Here are some wonderful pictures of charming tree houses. I want to LIVE in one of these; they are SO cool~!

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Nelson Treehouse and Supply… build a treehouse link.

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the true spirit of conversation
“The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you.” Jean de La Brùyere

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THE SPIRIT OF CONVERSATION