Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pinguicula gigantea is back in action

This last weekend plus I was in Chicago visiting my girlfriend's family and checking out some of the sights (the Chicago Botanical Garden was quite nice). Over the weekend I also reached 100 likes on the Sundews Etc. Facebook page! It was nice for it to coincide with my 100th post. I'm glad so many people like reading about my plants.

My Pinguicula gigantea decided to celebrate by opening up a new flower, the first in several months.

Pinguicula gigantea flower.
Always the most cheerful bloom in the collection.
I love this plant! It's such a trooper. Although I really ought to separate off those pups so it can divide some more for me. Also I've heard that people have pretty decent luck propagating this one with leaf pulls. We'll see. I always want to be doing more propagation.

On a totally different note, I like to see the occasional Utricularia bisquamata flower.

Utricularia bisquamata flower.
Itty bitty U. bisquamata flower.
Yeah yeah, it's a weed, but it's a pretty pleasant one. At least the flowers are cute and the "foliage" is reasonably handsome when it's thick.

My Drosera burmannii haven't gotten the memo that they don't need to bloom anymore.

Drosera burmannii with flower stalk.
Getting so red!
They are looking pretty healthy though, and have really recovered from the over-blooming of the last couple months. Could afford to be fed; they're getting pretty red.

Drosera ultramafica x spatulata though, is just showing off.

Drosera ultramafica x spatulata.
Keep on blooming little guy.
Never stops blooming, but it never matters because this is an incredibly vigorous (although sterile) hybrid. This would make for an excellent beginner sundew.

Drosera madagascariensis is almost done blooming, but the lean is getting pretty serious.

Drosera madagascariensis leaning from flower stalk.
Some serious lean on these D. madagascariensis plants.
I think it's weird that such a frail little plant has such a huge flower stalk. I guess in habitat it must be more of a creeper than an upright species. Just a bit more little guy, you can do it!

Thanks for reading everybody.

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