Hargrave Triffid

A Photographic Record of Plant Growth

Sundew Watch

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As predicted the weather has turned a little colder and the thermometer on the SW facing windowsill recorded a temperature of 3.3°C overnight. Luckily, Drake is hardy and indigenous to the climate so he does not seem to have been too phased, although I will review this at the weekend. Conversely, and again luckily, the lowest recorded overnight temperature on the SE facing windowsill was a mere 7.9°C so the plants that prefer a warmer climate did not have to suffer such cold. This is quite a disparity between temperatures at the two locations.

 

Apart from the colder nights, the weather has been almost perfect triffid weather with quite substantial bouts of rain being sandwiched by impressive and very warm morning and evening sunshine.

 

I am certainly keeping a close eye on the sundews this week and particularly Sunny to see how she is fairing following the change of environment. The following pictures detail her progress throughout the week:

Sunny 17-05-15Sunny 18-05-15Sunny  19-05-15

17th May                                                             18th May                                                             19th May

Sunny  21-05-15

21st May

 

Sunny 17-05-15 (2)Sunny 18-05-15 (2)Sunny  19-05-15 (2)

17th May                                                             18th May                                                             19th May

 

Sunny  21-05-15 (2)

21st May

 

Sunny  19-05-15 (3) Sunny  21-05-15 (3)

19th May                                                                                                                    21st May

 

It is really difficult to tell what is going on in that pot. Some of the new leaves have definitely died whilst others, including the strongest leaves to the right of the pots seem to be maturing nicely. Many of the leaves seemed to have turned from their initial green to become more red, and this is the crux, other parts of leaves seem to have browned slightly, indicating either cold or sun damage making them look as if they may die. It is a conundrum whether I should continue to leave her where she is or remove her back inside, although I note that when she first arrived she looked pretty pathetic. I am not aware of whether these plants are supposed to die back each year so will have to cross my fingers that she is merely re-adjusting to her new environment and hope that the strongest growth continues to develop. She was a late bloomer last year and didn’t really get going proper until August. We will see what occurs this year, but if she survives the outside I may have to consider moving her outside later in the year or even keeping her inside permanently.

 

 

Piggy 17-05-15 (2) Piggy 18-05-15

17th May                                                                                                                    18th May

Piggy on the other hand has shown no such worries at the change in circumstances. Although I missed it in my last review, he has certainly lived up to his name by catching no less than four flies, the top rightmost catch being the most impressive. Wonderful.

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