Opportunistic Plant Life

Sundew plant peeks out from a pitcher plant.

Sundew plant peeks out from a pitcher plant.

Thought you might enjoy this close up of a sundew plant which unexpectedly appeared a few months ago in the middle of my pitcher plant. I bought the pitcher plant from Oudean’s Willow Creek Nursery a couple years ago. They sell both kinds of plants from the same greenhouse, so I guess I am not surprised that this little bonus plant showed up. The sundew is actually better at attracting fruit flies than the pitcher plant is.

Poem from the Vault: How to Bloom

How to Bloom

The Sunflowers sway in the wind,
smiling happily in the sun,
their roots tingling with gratefulness
when the rain seeps into the soil.
Their appreciation for what
God has given them is as full as the moon.
When they die, they accept it, contentedly,
knowing that their remains
will nourish future generations
of plants and people
who will benefit from
the deeds they have planted
in this world.

Bug Vacuum to the Rescue

Photo of Uncle Milton Bug Vac

Uncle Milton Bug Vac

I recently heard about the existence of something called a bug vacuum, which enables you to gently suck up spiders, flies, moths and so forth and then release them outside. Having recently taken Buddhist refuge vows, I’m trying not to harm sentient beings, including insects. Last year you could find me chasing bugs around the house with a carnivorous plant, so I think this is a step in the right direction.

Anyway, I recently purchased the Uncle Milton Critter Catcher Bug Vac, which not only does exactly what I described above, it also has a little removable chamber with magnifying glass lid, so it basically doubles as a science toy for budding entomologists.

For just $15, this thing has already helped me rescue a fly, a moth and a mystery bug. My kid has even used it to suck bugs off the pool water (she says the water doesn’t go more than a few inches up the chute), but this thing is not listed as waterproof so I’d advise against doing that.