The NC Botanical Garden has given a very generous donation of plants to the Rehder Garden. Special thanks goes to Chris Liloia, Habitat Gardens Curator. She selected the following:
4 S. leucophylla
2 S. minor
2 S. minor var. okefenokeensis (may be cv okee giant)
1 S. purpurea
1 S. rubra var. rubra with provenance-grown from seed collected at sandhills gamelands
1 S. flava x S. leucophylla that’s very tall with dark orangey flowers
There’s at least one flytrap tagging along in one of the pots and a bunch of Pogonia ophioglossoides, Calopogon tuberosus, Spiranthes cernuua, and Scutellaria integrifolia.
Jacobo of the Carolina Carnivorous Plant Society took the time and effort to arrange the donation and to drive the donation all the way to Wilmington. These plants will now be repotted in preparation for planting in the garden later this month. Thank you Jacobo I hope you made it out of the Croatan National Forest or you discovered the lost colony of Jamestown. Either way post some photos!
The Venus flytraps seeds are germinating! Over the weekend I counted well over 200 new VFT plantlets. Another 1000 VFT seeds went into the hothouse/plant room this weekend to start gemination.
My neighbors and friends D. & A. Powell generously donated funds to help purchase some baby “typical” Flytraps from Flytrapstore.com. These traps have gone into the soil and will be added to the plants we are hardening off in the greenhouse. If you too would like to donate some baby flytraps, please contact Leah at the flytrap store and she knows what we are looking for. The store is very generous in providing baby plants for $1.00 each allowing us to replace the lost plants very reasonably.
Here are some more photos of my ever expanding operation. The greenhouse is filling up nicely with flytraps and other CP’s. Inside, the plant room is filling with seeds germinating and fresh from the TC, new plantlets all in high humidity and T-5 lighting. Tomorrow, I will plant four different varieties of Sundews, D. tokaiensis, D. glanduligera, D. capensis (albino) and D.capensis (narrow leaf.) 400 seeds in all! I have two more varieties that are in cold stratification for a few weeks as well. This will put the plant count at 300 with 1000 seeds planted. I have about 20 different VFT cultivares in my collection. Plus there are a few pots pans of moss growing very nice stuff for use with the plants. Next major change will be the addition of a second rain barrel to keep everything watered, some solar lights… and more plants of course!
The more time I spend in the garden the more residents I seem to see. This morning I was greeted again by the falcon-in-residence. beautiful bird that seems to like to perch above the path. I will try to get a better photo of it.
Spiny Orb Weaver Web
Native to The Carolina Beach area the Spiny Orb Weaver is a very small but colorful crab-like spider.
The famous spider from Charlotte’s Web is a barn orb-weaver spider, Araneus cavaticus. Orb weaving spiders produce the familiar flat, ornate, circular webs usually associated with spiders. Orbweavers come in many shapes and sizes, but the brightly colored garden orbweavers, Argiope spp., are the largest and best known.
Orbweavers are generally harmless and can be a nuisance when they build large webs in places inconvenient for humans. Despite their formidable appearance, orb weaver spiders are not considered dangerous.
One of the bright-hued spiders is the spiny orb weaver, Gasteracantha cancriformis. Although not as large as some of the other orb weavers, its combined color, shape, and distinctive web makes G. cancriformis a very recognizable spider. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu.
Spiny Orb Weaver
Sarracenia x rehderi
One of the special residents of the Garden is the Sarracenia x rehderi. Developed by Stanley Rehder it is unique to our garden. Currently growing only in the Rehder garden’s naturalized setting, it is the only location to view this wonderful plant outdoors in North Carolina.
Here are some photos of a donation made by T. Jason. She read about the poaching at the Rehder Garden and ordered a Crimson Sawtooth from www.flytrapstore.com for the garden. Leah from store added a few extra plants to help us out, they really are very healthy plants! The fly traps are shipped bare root and are placed into the growing medium. The photos are of how they arrive and how they end up potted. They will be acclimatized in the greenhouse for a couple of months and then planted in the garden. They will be one of the first plants that will be placed in the garden and given plant identification signs with a QR code, so folks can learn more about them.
Thank you all again for this wonderful donation.
Que the Bog Dog
Meet Que, our new Bog Dog. A Shepherd mix I rescued from a shelter in Pender County. I introduced her to the garden this morning and splashing in the mud and bog water was sheer heaven, ( No plants were hurt in this encounter). Speaking of plants, I have 50 traps coming from the Flytrapstore.com and I ordered 6 varieties of Sundew seeds from the ICPS. I also have a cd coming of all their past publication. This will be added to the resources we are getting together at CFCC.
I have been collecting and cleaning Venus Fly Trap seeds from the garden for the last several weeks. I removed about 1/5 of the seed heads and left the remainder to self sow. I ended up with 5.7 grams of seeds. These will be divided between planting in the greenhouse, tissue culture cloning, some stored with a seed bank. The remainder placed strategically back in the garden. While it will be several years to see the full results of the harvest of 2013. I think we are off to a good start. I have ordered several 100 other carnivorous plant seeds and they too will be put in the greenhouse for germination. I have taken a fancy to Sundews as well and will replant those as well.
So here is the new greenhouse that I raise most of my carnivorous plants in. It is still unfinished as there is more shelves to install. But it is amazing just how many plants you can fit in a 6x8ft space. This weekend the pavers will be installed and the rest of the shelves and plants will be moved in. So far the cost is affordable under $500.00.
Next addition will be a solar powered drip irrigation system running from my rain barrels
Poaching carnivorous plants seems to be at an all time high this season. Sadly there is a market for them and they are stolen out of the wild for so little money. Please do not purchase them at roadside stalls or flea markets. If you want one, buy cultivated plants. Most big box stores will have them. All the carnivorous plants we use in our educational programs come directly from growers. I purchase most of my plants for our programs and for my own collection from a great nursery in Ashland, Oregon named http://www.flytrapcare.com
Matt and Leah Miller have some of the best plants in the business. Their warm and friendly attitude is most welcoming for beginner growers and you can be sure of a great products and wonderful personal service. They have your typical flytraps, as well as plants for the collector.
Welcome to the new blog, Cape Fear Carnivores. Here you will find information about the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Garden and the plants and people that call it home.
We are located In Wilmington, NC, which is the center for the only native habitat for Dionaea muscipula or the Venus Fly Trap. Please look at the preceding blogs for information on Stanley Rehder and his lifelong love and support of carnivorous plants. While Stanley no longer walks among us, one only has to visit his garden to feel his presence and legacy.
Working in cooperation with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, the City of Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College it is my role to help facilitate the protection of carnivorous plants and their ecosystems. While the Rehder Garden is the focal point for many of our efforts we also have been, and will continue to provide other educational opportunities locally and regionally for school children and adults. The CFC blog will provide regularly updated information about carnivorous plants, events, and activities. Within this blog you will get the chance to meet growers, both professional and hobby, and delve into the latest news and information about this unique world of carnivorous plants.
Cape Fear Community College
We had a great clean-up day at the Rehder Garden on Friday the 21st. Ken Well and his Landscape Class and our Geology class all pitched in to clear overgrowth from the garden in preparations for the upcoming planting of new carnivorous plants. Within 3 hours they had carefully removed the overgrowth that would have taken me a week of long days to do alone. Many thanks to our new supporters of the Rehder Garden.
Mystery man being interviewed