Post by sambucuscanadensis on Jul 10, 2017 13:21:18 GMT -5
My name is Jude, and I am a relatively new carnivorous plant collector near Baltimore. I was really bummed to miss the latest MACPS meeting (though I have visited the Carnivorous Plant Nursery previously!)
As of right now, I have a very small collection consisting of a generic venus flytrap that was rescued from Home Depot, a pinguicula primuliflora, some utricularia sandersonni, and two Nepenthes (One, I think, is an Atatl? and the other is, for the moment, unknown as it was a rescue from an orchid collector that didn't quite know how to keep it.) Unfortunately, the rest of my slowly accumulated collection was, ah, poisoned by a well-meaning plant sitter that accidentally watered them with dilute orchid fertilizer instead of the plain RO water while I was recovering from a recent surgery. (If anyone would like to barter for or rehome seedlings, let me know!)
Aside from carnivorous plants, I enjoy collecting orchids, and have accidentally started collecting dart frogs, which live in my tropical plant vivariums (which arose from the orchid collecting). In the traditional gardening sense, I have a bit of a mad scientist approach to plants, and my yard looks like a bizarre cross between a medieval monastic garden, and Granny Weatherwax's herb patch. I also keep bees.
Post by sambucuscanadensis on Jul 15, 2017 14:03:24 GMT -5
Well, it started with me getting interested in building vivariums. I had just started collecting orchids, and some of the orchid nurseries I visited (I love road-tripping!) had some really beautiful vivariums for tropical bromeliads (of which there are a few carnivorous species!). It being the middle of winter, and me missing being able to garden, I decided to try my hand at building some of my own. Through some really excellent barters via Craigslist and Freecycle, I got my hands on a few Exo Terra glass cabinet-style terrariums, did a bunch of reading, and made a really nice Bromeliad set up. Then, through the rabbit-hole of Youtube, I started learning about keeping dart frogs in bio-active vivariums, and a few days later, I ran into someone who was getting rid of an already-planted tank that looked nice. When I went to pick it up, I found out that it was already home to a pair of Dendrobates Leukomelas dart frogs that the guy was going to remove before trying to find a home for them. I figured I might as well just take them too, since they were already in residence!
They are neat, beautiful little things, and relatively easy to care for in a bio-active set up. Now, I have six species, and three large frog vivaria.
Post by jerrytheplater on Sept 30, 2017 20:46:10 GMT -5
Hi Jude. I just attended the second meeting held at Millersville U. I didn't meet everybody, so don't know if you were there.
I used to keep Honeybees too. I got out of the hobby over 22 years ago. We moved the hives out of our small residential backyard in order to build a detached garage. Lost them all that fall to Varroa or Tracheal mites. I replaced them the next year and lost them again that fall. Then one of our neighbors told me how glad they were the bees were gone, since they are "allergic" to them and they were always going to their pool. They never told me this for the 10 years we had the hives prior. That was the end of beekeeping. It is not fun when you have to drive 20 minutes to a remote apiary. At least for me.