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Domesticity
Last night I was having a gentle tidy...folding laundry, doing the washing up, sewing buttons on type of thing...looked around and the kitty had tidied herself into a drawer.  I suppoe there was residual warmth in the freshly ironed clothes...



She does love to vary her napping places, and any new box open cupbaords is fair game for investigation. 

In other news, I've developed quite a nice little collection of carnivorous plants.  So far staying away from the obvious fly-traps, and going instead for the beautifully sculptural qualities of the sarrecenias and sundews.  I found out recently that sundews actually grow wild at the nature reserve near to Helman Tor, but I have yet to go on a hunt to see them in a habitat.  My folks went to a gardening show at the NEC this week and I was utterly delighted to find this beauty hanging up in the kitchen on my return:

In natural light:



One with flash:



I'm away this weekend, so he can hang out at my folks until I'm back and can find a suitable spot for him above my kitchen table, but isn't he magnificent!  You have to love a plant that can produce strange protruberances that manage to look both phallic and vulvic...no doubt more photos  later, and suggestions for a name  for  him appreciated; a plant this groovy needs a good name.  

And finally, as much a surprise to me as anything: today I feel well! Not just 'not ill' but actually 'well'.  This is so rare, to feel healthy and to have energy and not just feel bone tired and  as though 'pushing through treacle'.  Long may it last!
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suetekh From: suetekh Date: June 13th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
it's from the nepenthes genus...hanging pitcher plants or 'Monkey Cups'...can you imagine coming across these in the wild!

http://www.botany.org/Carnivorous_Plants/Nepenthes.php

flies are attracted to nectar secreting glands around the rim, but the rim is waxy with backward facing hairs all of which preciptate the fly slipping into the water-filled cup to drown...as the pitcher also has digesting fluids dissolved in the water it's soon 'nom nom nom, little fly!'

...wonderful! but yes, strange and unusual...so now I have three sarecenias, a sundew and a nepenthes!
spangle_kitten From: spangle_kitten Date: June 13th, 2008 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
She looks so content :) Belle was sweet the other day, I couldn't find her anywhere and eventually found her wrapped up in the hem of a skirt that was on my dress form.

I love carnivourous plants! As a child I would pore over that page in my illustrated encyclopedia just because the idea of a plant eating was boggling and fascinating and just so sci-fi!

I've been considering getting a few, but worry they'll die as the only plants that I can cope with are cacti (I've had one survive for 15 years, but it died in the last house move), are they easy to care for?

Names...first to spring to mind was Marvin for some reason (probably because I started thinking about strange Sci fi a la Hitch hikers).

Hope you feel better soon.
suetekh From: suetekh Date: June 13th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
well, I've been suprised at how well the sarecenias are doing. They like to have 'wet feet' and lots of sun. One did get scorched on a particularily hot day, but have cut of the burnt bits and he's re-growing quite happily.

I think it's a case of finding the type of plants that will thrive in a particular house...my last place was really dark and killed off the most stupendous Boston Fern, however where I am now, I seem to be able to grow African Violets which I've never managed tokeep alive before - my curent one is even re-flowering!
asw909 From: asw909 Date: June 13th, 2008 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that puts my Flytrap to shame. Although after a tough winter, it is now utterly thriving :)
suetekh From: suetekh Date: June 13th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I will eventually get a flytrap, as they are such a marvellous piece of evolution! Yours is doing well...as they are such a 'novelty plant' you often get poor sad litte specimins that have been taken from the wild and not treated very well that die very easily...
sinmara From: sinmara Date: June 13th, 2008 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought 'They're hanging condoms on plants??' when I saw the picture at the first glance *snigger* Does lookg fantastic though!
suetekh From: suetekh Date: June 13th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
...especially as they are bulbous and purple - hilarious!!!
pattithewicked From: pattithewicked Date: June 14th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought the same thing. What a nifty plant. So this is where Trojans really come from.

Do Magnums come from a larger plant?
speedlime From: speedlime Date: June 14th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Dammit! Someone beat me to the condom joke!
veridianeyes From: veridianeyes Date: June 13th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is possibly the cutest Prawnita picture so far.

Thats an amazing plant...what a wonderful colour.

Vincent is a suitable name i think.

suetekh From: suetekh Date: June 13th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
oOOOoo - I like Vincent!
veridianeyes From: veridianeyes Date: June 13th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
:) glad to be of service!
inkymitts From: inkymitts Date: June 13th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful drawers!
Err what are you feeding it? Does it feed itself or can you top it up with a bit of mince?! :)
suetekh From: suetekh Date: June 16th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's one of the few good bits of furniture I own, and the bloody removal men knocked a bit of the moulding off - bastards!

it will feed itself, but you can pop little bits of meat in if there isn't enough natural material buzzing about for it thrive on...otherwise you can just give it weak plant food. They like to be misted as well...
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suetekh From: suetekh Date: June 16th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
...oooOOoo - yes, perhaps Evelyn it is...Evelyn Vincent Von Trapp...
laughingmagpie From: laughingmagpie Date: June 13th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for sweet hidden kitty-cats and awesome scary carnivorous plants, and especially yay for feeling good!
suetekh From: suetekh Date: June 16th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
seconded!
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