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I have posted  a couple of photos of plants that I am growing where there is no natural light. I use an ultra violet fluro tube light, you can get them from a pet store that stock tropical fish,…Continue

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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on March 30, 2014 at 10:40pm

Sarracenia has done well outside with shade from a big tree and splash from the water fountain. I have not had it through winter yet though, hoping the tree will be enough to protect it. Wait and see, will let you know.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on March 30, 2014 at 9:25pm

Vicky you have to tie a rope to him as well, so many balling children who had lost their parents. Soooo glad to go to these things without children. The picture is the nepenthes under our lazer lite verander roofing, I will just keep the tubes full of water and hope we don,t get any frosts this winter. Should be ok under the tinted plastic roofing all my plants like it under there, but they can,t all fit. I like it as well, so do the dogs, we can,t all fit.

Comment by Vicky Myers on March 30, 2014 at 8:31pm

Keryn that is why you take your little red wagon with you. When my son was a little guy I always took the wagon when ever we went to any functions where we collected stuff. Plus he could ride and me not have to carry him either.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 30, 2014 at 7:35pm

Sounds like an interesting, active sale, Keryn!  Keep us posted on how your nepenthes does.  They definitely need a terrarium in my climate but otherwise are easy.  Good luck and check in when you can.  Happy gardening! 

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on March 30, 2014 at 5:22pm

Its been a long hot year, just getting the summer we should have had. The weekend days were about 30c or 85f, nights are getting down to 10c or 40f, so still very warm for this time if year. Went to the Melbounre Garden and Flower show on Saturday brought a few Orchids and a bromeliad, plus a few different succulent leaf segments for $2 each. Also brought a nepenthes and paid a bit for it, we will see if it survives winter.My husband hates crowds and being country people Melbourne is always a frustration for us. Could have brought sooo much if I had the money and also carrying things around on a hot day in a huge crowd is not fun either. But I saw lots of new things and plenty to think about.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 30, 2014 at 1:34pm

Ooops, forgot one, Schlumbergera 'Sunset Dancer' blooming in my den this morning.  Keep the updates coming all!  Happy gardening! 

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 30, 2014 at 1:34pm

Neat about the ease of fuchsia cuttings, all.  I've read so many times that they're so difficult and need a "heel" ripped off of the main stems, and so on.  Good to hear otherwise from folks with actual experience, lol.  Your variegated one is amazing, Keryn, thanks for posting it!  So pretty!  

The pregnant onion isn't really an onion, Mo, that's just a common name for it.  Easy fun plants for sure.  

Here's a plant that's a fun patio plant here, or a fun easy houseplant everywhere, Kalanchoe 'Pearl Bells' up close and personal. 

Here's the whole little plant with Wilson the tennis ball to show size.  

And finally, some fun no-ID aloe plants blooming in the garden.  Keep the fun pics and updates coming all!  Happy house planting! 

Comment by Linda Damiano on March 27, 2014 at 2:27pm

Love the Fushsia Keryn when I was in Ireland & Scotland I saw so many. I did plant one but never took it in for the winter, now I will have to buy more. Yours is so so beautiful!

Comment by Marianne Konka on March 27, 2014 at 5:21am

Wow, that is a  beautiful fuchsia Keryn, I had not even thought about training it, but that is great advice, a weeping fuchsia trea!  Thank you Keryn.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on March 26, 2014 at 8:01pm

This is one that I have done, its in the garden bed, but they make great indoor or patio plants. A bit messy with dropping flowers however.


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