The Bog Garden Journey for the 2008 Season #5: Spring is in full swing!

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Blog entry by syble posted 06-10-2008 12:56 PM 1580 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Or are we in summer yet? with the 90 degree weather I can never keep them straight! Not sure how everyone else is making out but we’ve been getting timley rain here for once. beans got planted and we’ve had some form of rain on a regular basis which is nice, though I’m sure will stop soonish. Water pails are full, but have emptied one already on the plants inside. I think we’re supposed to get more rain in the next couple days so I’ll have to put some more pails out and start stocking it in barrels for the summer. Good thing about the bog is that I built it rather deep so it should be able to hold quite a bit of water. As is, there are no puddles on it so that tells me it still wants to hold more water. We’ve finally gotten to the point of having a few puddles around the farm, ducks are loving it!

Back to the bog! Flowers have been big, showey and plentiful! Coming in shades of yellows, reds and oranges, and ranging in size from the dainty rubras of about 1” to the big flavas and oreos at 3-4”!

S. Flava var ornata flower
S. x popei flower
S. rubra ssp. rubra flowers
I had alot of fun shooting in the bog in the last couple weeks. Lots of great images and cool effects particularlly the day I shot after a rainstorm at dusk. Makes for some great screen savers and backdrops.

Flowers are probably getting close to being done… flavas and oreophilas are all done (minus the odd late bud), but the rubras are in full show… think I’m just waiting for a minor to flower after now, dosen’t look like there are any alatas or leucs comming, so sad :( But with flowers comming to an end that means that the pitchers are just beginning!
spring pitchers

Flava var. rubricorpora
This is a great pitcher plant. Not alot of pitchers produced but look at the colour! and its the entire pitcher too the ground!

S. Flava var. ornata
Nice coloney of pitchers and flowers on this flava var. ornata. One of the best flava varieties for year round pitcher production.

S. x popei
S. x popei, nice dense pitcher coloney and a bunch of flowers on this plant this spring.

S. x readii
Even a spring pitcher from the S. x readii for some added colour, though their late summer pitchers are much more impressive!

I must say these plants are absolutly feasting aswell! In the short time I was out and about to take these photos i watched many a wasp and fly meet their demise!

I’m also seeing some impressive growth on some of my 2006 spring seedlings. some definate colour and unique characteristics are comming out on them now:
goofey over sized lid and mouth
Red thing, awsome red colour year round
plants are sending out pitchers 2x bigger then last year atleast, some of these plants are looking to be nearly matured! I’m looking forward to picking out some good plants to raise up, and possibly look to register later on if they continue to excelle.

Thats it for now.
Thanks for reading
Sib ;)

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The happenings in my southern ontario carnivorous bog.

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posted 06-10-2008 01:07 PM

I do not know a single thing about any of these plants!!
But I know beauty when I see it!
This is so unique!!
The colors are amazing!

And the pics are ‘professional”!! Thank you for posting!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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posted 06-10-2008 01:22 PM

It’s obvious why you’ve gone to all the work of creating this area! Awesome

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 06-10-2008 01:29 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I really am proud of how the black wasp photo turned out I must admit hehe.

I think Cp’s get a bad wrap like orchids do. The mystery often equates to difficulty which often is so far from the truth! The bed prep was only a little more involved then a regular bed would be to create, but aftercare is much less then the a traditional flower bed. Very little watering if any and no fertilizing, what more can you want? hehe. If anyones interested in giving them a go, you can always use a plastic deck planter too. They really are neat and a conversation peice.
sib ;)

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hardiness zone 9

posted 06-10-2008 01:33 PM

WOW … I too know nothing about these types of flowers/plants; but am really enjoying reading your blogs and learning. They are just beautiful … very alluring (guess that is why the bugs love them). I especially liked the ones in photo #3. Also love the way the different colors come up the stalk. Again, beautiful. I certainly see the attraction in raising these flowers/plants.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 06-11-2008 10:00 AM

Hi Sib…..beautiful shots.You should be really proud of your efforts.I too know nothing of these plants but you have done an excellent job of mixing them in.They look great.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 07-29-2008 06:35 PM

Neat shots of even neater plants. Well done.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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