April 2009

Photography04 Apr 2009 01:03 pm


Ornithogalum caudatum

This is a winter-growing bulb that will grow to around 4″, and then start multiplying. And then it will bloom for you. These flowers look a lot like the albuca flowers.

Costa Rica04 Apr 2009 06:49 am


Growing in volcanic scree at the base of Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica.

This one, as you can see, is pink. Not white, not red, not white and pink striped, but pink. I think we can definitely state that we saw a lot of variety of this orchid growing in the volcanic rock.

Do you think they’re different species? Different subspecies? Or just natural variation of flower color within the same species?

Whippets03 Apr 2009 02:21 pm


Amica likes to sleep on warm concrete. Very unusual for a whippet.

Photography03 Apr 2009 12:48 pm


Aloe plicatilis

I’m a “fan” of this aloe…. Ahhhh hahahahaha….

I feel like an idiot.

Costa Rica03 Apr 2009 07:16 am


Another lovely multi-color orchid. That red is so vibrant because of all the volcanic rock it’s growing in. There’s Arenal Volcano in the background.

And if you turn around, right there, what is it? (more…)

Photography02 Apr 2009 01:36 pm


Aloe humilis

You can’t tell from this bloom picture, but this is a warty aloe. Not just toothy, certainly not spiny, just warty. And small,¬†stemless and frost tolerant, too.

I could show you a picture of the rosette, or I can link to one.

Questions02 Apr 2009 12:14 pm

The Victoria Times-Colonist reprimands a reader’s cactus.

Dear Helen: Early last month, a friend who is something of a cactus expert was not pleased to see a Christmas cactus in full bloom in my kitchen. She said these plants ought to be in a rest period from late January through most of March and not in flowering mode during that time.

A: Bad, bad plant. And naughty you for allowing such behaviour….

Whippets02 Apr 2009 07:42 am

It must be spring, because Micah the Red-Foot Tortoise laid some eggs.


More photos after the break. (more…)

Blogs01 Apr 2009 03:19 pm

Link of the Day:

Frugal Freedom eats cactus, and show you how.

Videos - Instructional01 Apr 2009 10:22 am

Carnivorous Plants&Photography01 Apr 2009 09:18 am


Sarracenia leucophylla “Tarnok”

This is the bloom of a female plant. The male bloom is less showy. These frost-hardy, sunshine-loving, bog-ready pitchers can tower up to 3 ft. tall.

I wonder why people in the cactus business have an affinity for carnivorous plants?

Costa Rica01 Apr 2009 07:08 am

Same type as yesterday, same volcanic area, different color. This one is pink with white ruffles, but then you knew that since you peeked at the photo before reading this text.


They’re growing in very recent volcanic scree beds.

Just like they’ve got up in Alaska right now.¬† i wonder if that means they’ll be growing ground orchids this summer?

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