Officially Winter is still here for a few weeks yet though the Flava's are disputing that and are throwing up flower spikes. Some of the other Sarracenia's are starting to send up new pitchers so it's getting close to spring.
The Nepenthes are all growing and slowly putting on new leaves, even the VFT looks as if it will return this year though hopefully with no Flower Spikes as I'm really busy at the moment and will not be around to pick them out to save the poor things.
The ferns on the other hand are out of control and have tried to take over the place. They are growing on top of the weed mat below the Pine Bark and sending roots all over the place and then springing up where they are not wanted. perhaps I should have done something before now to control them. The Lazy SOD who's garden it is just doesn't seem to care too much and doesn't do anywhere near enough work to keep it under control.
Even the Succulents are getting out of control and will have to be pruned all the way back very soon. I've been hitting one and taking a rubbish bag full per week off it for the last few months and it's not made much of a difference. If I cut any more away the bin gets filled up and is overflowing by the time it's emptied so SWMBO insists that i don't remove any more at a time or she gets to keep some of her rubbish.
Horrible flame tree type thing all green with red tips and sends out a white milky sap which gets on everything that comes anywhere near it and it's hard to squash into a Big Garbage bag.
Besides I'm not allowed to use secateurs at the moment so I've been handing SWMBO some implements of destruction and suggesting that she do some pruning. She just laughs and refuses. Between that and her sneering about me saying anything relating to making something out of wood I'm getting a complex.
edited to add OH I dream of 100 F days returning. Almost warm enough to remove a jumper and some of the blankets off the bed at night. Though I have to admit that you need to keep the plants potting mix very damp to keep them alive. But with a nice warm day it's worth it.
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