I am so excited for Ari to have summer vacation! I look forward to taking the kids to the beach, various parks, on nature walks, to museums and fairs...and so much more! The general area is packed with activities in summer, especially in Chicago. Its so affordable to take trains to the city, and just wander around. I don't believe we've taken Ari or Sandy there for a long time, so that would be fantastic to do! We're also looking into taking them to the Chicago Botanic Gardens soon.
As for the plant updates, here are pics of the baby Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake Plant), the Clementine seedlings, a succulent leaf, and the Dionaea muscipula (Venus Fly Trap). I'm especially excited about that last one...look at the little "teeth"! In fact, it opened up a bit after I took the picture...so I fed it a fruit fly!
The interesting thing about the Snake Plant 'babies', is that they don't end up exactly like the parent plant. All the Snake Plants we have are from the main plant. I believe the cultivar of the parent plant is 'Zeylanica', where as most of the other ones ended up looking different!
After hearing about Pinus palustris from several southern botanist friends, I had to see the trees for myself! I had the great pleasure of ...
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For months I debated on whether or not I should mix my own potting medium for my succulents. I tried various bagged soils (with some sl...