Sunday, 15 July 2018

Insectivorous plants enjoying the warm weather!

You may remember that I've long had a passion for unusual plants: our garden is filled with rare and ancient plant-life, including half a dozen trees that date back to the Mesozoic era. As Willy Ley remarked in one of his books "If you had a baby Tyrannosaur in a terrarium in the garden, the world would beat a path to your door: but a Gingko or Metasequoia that formed the forest in which it lived wouldn't raise an eyebrow."

I've added several new prehistoric plants recently, but pride of place at the moment goes to my five year-old collection of insectivorous plants, which are thriving because of the warm weather (and the insect life around our garden pond!) I used to think that keeping Pitcher Plants, Sundews, Venus Fly-traps and so on outside all year round was an impossibility, but ours survived the wet winter, freezing early spring and recent hot weather with total equanimity: the only casualty was a Butterwort that the pesky bantam who visits our garden for lunch decided to select as his side-salad last week!

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