Thursday, December 14, 2017

Garden Tour Thursday

I thought we were done with plants and such fer the year, but I keep finding surprises around the house.   So lets have another tour!

The Venus Fly Traps arent tropical, but we are just a little too cold here for them to stay outside.  And there arent ezactly lots of flies around in Winter annyway, right?  So they need to go dormant when it is cold.  TBT read up on how they like to spend the Winter and there was a lot of conflicting information; evrything from bsgging them up in a refrigerator to burying them outside under a bale of hay.  But he decided to be a bit standard about it.

The garage is IN our basement, and gets cold enough (45-50F) for them to stay dormant.  But they still like SOME light (fer reasons I WONT bother you with (unless ya ask).  

So TBT added a small unner-cabinet light unner a garage shelf he cleared for them.  Its on a timer set to 9 hours so they THINK they are in their natural North Carolina home (and he will adjust that as Spring approaches). 
The traps are dying back, as is natural.  There are base leaves at the bottom that stay green.  I must say, TBT is REALLY getting into these insect-eating plants.  He may try other kinds next year and even make a bog garden of them. 

That stalk in the center is a FLOWER!  We will have to wait to see it...
We also have a lot more Snake Plants.  All these came from one overgrown 12" pot.  I watched him hack chunks of roots apart (I watch him all the time when I can).  They were all tangled with thick roots so there was no separating them.  It has been 2 weeks, and they seem to be doing OK.  I'll know better in a moonth...
This is a Nandina.  Also called "false bamboo" .  It grows about 4' high, is evergreen, and grows tons of red berry/seeds.  The birds dont like to eat them much (they are still there in Spring), but they are very pretty.  Deer dont like them either, so TBT wants to grow more.  So, as an experiment, TBT just pulled up one seedling and potted it to see if it survives.   Its been a week and the leafs arent falling off, so that is good.
The cuttings of the Waxy Hoya plant seem to be surviving after a month.  But they have thick leaves and roots, so we cant tell if they are just "surviving" or actally rooting.  If they live, good.  If not, I think it was worth a try.
It is a bit late, but iffen anykitty wants to come by an look at the plants with me, you are welcome.

We have H-A-A-A-M...


  1. Always interesting to see what TBT has achieved with his plants. He seems to look after all of them very well.

    Sydney, Australia

  2. Having an indoor garden is really cool. I like Venus fly-traps, too, but I didn't know enough about them to be successful growing one in New Mexico. All the kitties say Hi!

  3. My human is fascinated with those Venus fly traps! Make sure you post the flower when it blooms - she is dying to see it.

  4. I'll be by this afternoon. My tunnel was in the shop but it is back now.

  5. Y'all are such good gardeners and those fly traps are pretty cool!

  6. We've always been impressed by TBT's gardening knowledge.

  7. Essas armadilhas de Vênus são muito legais. TBT é um jardineiro muito dedicado.

  8. TBT sure has a green thumb. I have a question about the Venus Fly Traps. I have heard of people feeding the hamburger- do they eat that?

  9. No more garden here, several inches of snow and mum doesn't bring stuff inside.

    Now, she does have to do her garden test....which she hasn't started.

  10. Wow, TBT really has a green thumb. We can't wait to see how these plants do.

  11. We like Picture Plants they grow wild here. Mom let her Mother in Law Tongue die, it doesn't bloom so she wasn't broken hearted over it, and she can always get MORE from her Mother in Law (MOL).

    We hope TBT will reconsider planting more Nandina is it highly TOXIC to birds and is an invasive species.

    Weed of the Month Nandina is Highly Toxic to Birds

  12. We hope your TBT's gardening endeavors for overwintering fair well! We always see petcretary take out her dahlia tubers and either dump them loose in a big pot to repot next season, or she just brings in the whole pot and lets it go dormant till springtime. She did not know there were so many varieties and heights of those plants! Some of hers made a kind of green wall when she placed the pots close together, they grew about 5 feet tall!

    Those fly traps are way cool!


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