Monday, August 19, 2013

How does your garden grow Monday-New Additions to our Indoor Garden

Hope you all have been enjoying the summer.
Here are a few of our late bloomers this year, our white Liatrus and one single Daisy is left.



Here are a few Dahlia's that are still about. 
Love these, will have to dig them up soon and store them away for next year.

My new Hibiscus given by my sweet neighbor before they moved, 
hasn't bloomed but is doing well. 
Will have to spray it before bringing it inside. 

Sadly, I had to move my beautiful Boston Fern outside and am not holding out much hope for it. 
Problem was I moved it in the first place.
New lesson, if your fern is happy, don't move it! 
Especially for the whimsy of home decor.  
I moved it from a spot in the hallway, to the bathroom, 
Admittedly, it did look gorgeous in there, for a little while.  
I thought it would have more humidity but as it was next to the wall,
 it clearly didn't have the air circulation it needed and one side died, followed by the remainder seen.  

Our indoor garden will miss the fern, if I can't nurture it back?
What we will have left, of course, 
our orchids, which are headed into hibernation mode, 
an aloe vera, and a lemon "not" tree, I'll get to this in the future.
But for some history you can check here and here and here.

on to our exciting news, 
we have also a three new additions to our indoor garden.
Two Venus Flytraps
and a Purple Pitcher Plant!
(Try saying that three times fast, found a new tongue twister)

They came in these plastic box terrariums and we took them outside and slowly adjusted them to the patio table.
They ate some, which was quite exciting, but then the flytraps started to turn black?
Concern/dismay and then after some reading, 
we came to these conclusions either the flytraps are digesting,
too tender to stay outside, or they got sunburned?
We decided to bring them back inside and make a new terrarium.
Was going to buy some apothecary jars, but I couldn't justify the cost, even at $12 each.
Decided instead to use round low vases, costing less than $5 each and  
 then cut the tops off our spring water bottles, lidless.
They fit perfectly, one inside and one on the outer edge of vase. 
These are working great.

I do plan on adding pebbles and moss to the bottom and eventually transplanting these fellows,
but figure they have been through enough stress, thus far.

If anyone has advice on the helping my fern or
 keeping these flytraps/pitcher plants healthy, 
share away.


Jeanne Baney said...

If it were my fern I would re-pot, put it back where it was happy even though it isn't pretty now, and wait. If you see new growth, it probably will return to it's former splendor if not, you've lost nothing.

Presvytera Eleni said...

Any advice on size? I have a deeper one and I have one that is on the shallow side but wider?

Jeanne Baney said...

The pot should not be too much deeper or too much wider than the one you have. That encourages root growth but not foliage. I would probably use the deeper one. :)

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

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