It is interesting to see the word “carnivorous” associated with plants. My desk dictionary even passes up on that, recognizing it with animal life. My first experience with the venus flytrap was at a small plant shop in Homewood.
My youngest son was with me as I shopped for some plants and the venus flytrap became entertainment for him. He sat near the plant and would touch those hinged leaves with a twig. Of course the leaves, thinking they had an insect to “digest” would close as he touched them.
The venus flytrap is surviving in North and South Carolina. Seemingly its greatest enemy is poachers. The plant is shallow rooted, making it easy prey to those who would scoop them up and relocate them. This carnivore has state protection; but not federal protection.
A few months ago, I saw some more venus flytraps in the plant section of my favorite grocery store. Since I had a lengthy list of items to purchase, I passed up another opportunity to add those interesting plants to my collection. The next time I shopped in the store, alas, no venus flytraps!
On a trip to the South Carolina low country last summer, our tour bus made an unplanned stop along the roadside in a state forest. There was another carnivore, the pitcher plant.
The blooms were daffodil yellow; but the leaves were tubular and unsuspecting insects fall into the urn shaped leaves and are unable to escape. I could just imagine that long ago young son of mine dropping BB’s down those tubes.
Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the PastThis book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured.
With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love