..when not dyeing my hair in the blood of my enemies..
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Upon further excavation, you will find that I often percolated uncontrollably about: dinosaurs, coffee, isopods, prehistoric life in general, Angry Beavers, reptiles (particularly geckos and snakes of various breeds), fashion, art, food food glorious food, books, precious invertebrates, writing, zombies, Futurama, illustration, frillies, snuggly things, World Of Warcraft, all manners of mythology and/or lore, anime, Science, cutiepoofs, kindness, cartoons, culture, History, nature, character design/world building, tentacles, cryptozoology, latte art, alpacas, Pokemon, ferrets, Studio Ghibli, b-rated horror movies, clay, cowboy boots, tattoos, and faraway cabins I wish to hide away in for the rest of my days, amongst other this and thats!
every december, waxwings descend on great britain from their native scandanavian breading grounds. birdwatchers across the uk travel hundreds of miles to catch a glimpse of the rare birds, who turn up in significant numbers every few years. photos by dan kitwood, who captures the waxwings eating berries from a rowan tree in london.
Was pondering Tay’s double stone when this fella showed up! Haven’t bought him yet since I am still scanning dragons, but whatchu think? I am thinking of giving him Gembond if I do get him? Or i can crackle him, too. Hmm! Opinions?
Found another one, I would have to get him a primary and a tert gene but he is pretty cute. uvu Opinions?
How to keep your venus fly trap happy (and alive) - by flora-file
After my post about cutting the flower buds off when a venus fly trap flowers, I got some questions about how to care for this plant, and specifically people asked how I could possibly keep one alive for ten years. Just follow these handy dandy tips to keep your venus fly trap chomping small invertebrates for years to come.
Sunlight - Unfortunately this plant is not a houseplant. It needs direct sun to survive, hopefully about 8 hours a day. Mine lives on my patio and gets a few hours of direct light in the morning, and then bright indirect light (which is different than shade) for the rest of the day, and it seems to do fine. Plants that don’t get enough light tend to have elongated leaves, stretched out by the plants hopeless attempt to grow toward some source of light. Happy plants have short leaves and lots of traps. They still need light to photosynthesize no matter how many flies or spiders you feed them.
Distilled or Purified Water - These plants are very sensitive to minerals dissolved in water, especially the fluoride and chloride found in most tap water. Not even spring water is okay, as it contains trace minerals that may be detrimental to the health of the plant. Rainwater will probably work, as long as you don’t live next to a coal burning power plant or some other source of gross air pollution. This may be the most common form of venus fly trap neglect, as people that have killed their fly trap have usually not followed this important rule.
Peat Moss or Coco Coir substrate - The venus fly trap is a bog plant that naturally grows in mucky, nitrogen deprived soil. The whole bug eating behavior arose from the need for additional nitrogen that was severely lacking in the soil. Both peat moss and coco coir have extremely low nitrogen content, making them suitable for the needs of this plant. I used coco coir when I repotted mine a couple years ago, and it worked great. Coco coir is much cheaper than peat moss, and also a better choice environmentally.
A steady diet of…nothing! - Don’t give it fertilizers or chemicals, no Dr Shultz or Miracle Grow. And don’t feed it hamburger either, that’s just wrong. If it is healthy it will catch bugs all by itself, almost like its evolved to catch bugs or something. Keep the substrate constantly moist. I keep mine in a container that doesn’t drain and keep it in standing water constantly. Whatever happens, don’t let it dry out.
If you follow these simple steps your fly trap should grow old of the bulb and long in the tooth. I’m not saying this is the only way to take care of your fly trap, but its how I take care of mine. And after 10 years its still working. Good luck, and garden on!
And Kahlua now has Speckle. uvvu All gened! Considering giving her freckle instead of eyespot, though. Opinions?
Also looking to find her a proper mate. Ideally a Sand/Chocolate with a reasonable tert, but I could venture into the oranges/yellows, too! If anyone has a dragum for sale (preferably not a starter breed) that you think would make a good match, let me know! I am Coffee (5190) on FR.