Ric Rac is covered with flower buds

Anticipation. The Ric Rac hanging baskets outside our office are loaded with flower buds.  These are reliable bloomers, every September or October. Big heavy white FRAGRANT flowers which last a week each.

Snuggling Nepenthes Traps

Awww, they look like they are snuggling.  

Large Delicate Flowers

  Reminded me of Mariposa Lilies in my home state of Idaho, and grew in a site just a windy. Huge simple flowers, dark centers, borne one at a time at the top of a single stem. 2″ pale pink blush. Harold Porter Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay, South Africa. Drosera cistiflora, is my guess.

Traps large enough to eat Pelicans

  Traps large enough to eat Pelicans. I loved seeing this exhibit at the Kew Gardens in London.

Nest full of hungry baby birds

  Reminds me of a nest full of hungry baby birds. Young Venus Flytraps. Imagine how tired mama bird would be if she had to bring food back to feed all these open mouths.

The Color of Fresh Killed Meat

The color of fresh killed meat. No wonder flies come to visit. Foolish flies. Trap color varies from plant to plant, and is influenced by amount of light, and plant nutrition also.

Quiver of Cobra

  Ever see a “Quiver” of Cobras? Charming deadly things, these. Sarracenia hybrid ‘Cobra Nest’ (patented)

Bragging: Cobra Nest Patent

  Bragging. We filed and received the world’s first patent for a novel Carnivorous Plant:  “Cobra Nest.”  Easy to grow. Lots of leaves. Great red-brown color.

No Place to Rest

  When an entire meadow looks like this, any fly which attempts to rest becomes a meal. Drosera capensis, the Octopus Plant.

Insects see something different

  Humans see purple “flowers.” Hummingbirds and butterflies are not fooled. They see nectar rich white flowers surrounded by an unimportant dark background. The tiny white flowers only last a day or two. Bouganvillea brasiliensis.

Noose Tightens

  Noose tightens. Meal already dead, the tentacles of the Octopus Plant continue to bend, glue, bend glue and repeat. This species, Dorsera capensis, has especially active leaves. In addition to tentacle movement, the whole leaves actually roll around their prey.

Python Grip

  Python like grip, red tentacles clutch meal tightly. Viscous glue  stretches into sticky webs in the death struggle.  Adios Damsel Fly. You are no competition for the “Octopus Plant,” Drosera capensis.