Saturday, September 28, 2013

Work Bugs

...many people, but I'm happy to be employed. On that note, here are some local bugs and nice plantings at my workplace.

                                                                  Pretty wings.

Ironically this duo is on a lunch table.

The worms here come very highly recommended.

Gorgeous little butterfly, Eastern-Tailed Blue.

Nice lush planter near the doorway.

They are very enlightened with their use of wildflowers...

...grasses and Joe-pye weed...

...seem to be keeping the pollinators and beetles happy.

Pretty seed heads add "lace" to the landscaping...

...on the grasses too.

I'd love to see all businesses switch to these kinds of natural plantings! They're water-wise, very low maintenance, and provide important habitat for many beneficial insects including pollinators. Not to mention the psychological benefits for this gardener in particular (very thoughtful of them to plant a "happy place" for me right at work :)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Carnivorous Air Plants (Carn-nado!)

Okay, this post is about carnivorous and air plants. Just couldn't help but sensationalize a little.
It's all the rage these days.
Lately my carnivorous plants are raging as well-another blooming sundew!
                                                                So delicate and pretty!

The big nepenthes has really taken off this summer...

...with some fairly large pitchers despite being indoors all season. They were definately bigger when the plant summered in the screen house in years past, but I'm very pleased that it doesn't find these growing conditions to be miserable or anything.

                                                           Looks plenty content to me.

This whole carnivorous group is really thriving in the vintage dental tray. So much that I bought another tray for more plants, just in case (it was a good buy and at this collection rate I want to be prepared :)

The air plants are still alive, but not all look super happy....

                                                            ...this one is doing the best so far...

...with this a close second. They are the trail-blazers that get to suffer my inexperience, so alive works for me at this point.

Perhaps not a horticultural sensation, but there's greenery in my life and that's thrilling to me.
                                                      Yes I do need to get out more.