Here are some before and after photos of the last day’s work in 2013. After 9 months of effort, all the competing brush and encroaching trees have been removed. Now come warm weather in march the garden will take off. Next, my efforts will go towards cleaning out the spring that feeds the garden. A carnivorous garden is a long term project. Much of the planting done this year will not reach maturity for another five years. But, now we wait unit spring to see all the beauty of the garden return.by capefearcarnivores with no comments yet
With the weather being a balmy 80 degrees this first day of winter, I was busy transplanting saracenias into what was part of an old footpath in the Rehder Garden. Now is a great time to move and divide plants, filling in areas that were poached last season or otherwise are without plantings.by capefearcarnivores with no comments yet
By EMMA THOMAS
PUBLISHED: 22:55 EST, 17 December 2013 | UPDATED: 05:07 EST, 18 December 2013
A rise in the number of flies has prompted a run on the unusual Christmas gift of Venus Fly Traps, a report says.
Britain’s women are buying the carnivorous plant to give to the men in their lives, says high street retailer Homebase.
Demand has rocketed by 50 per cent, making it one of the fastest selling plants in the UK.
Homebase Marketing Director Jo Kenrick said: ‘This is fidelity in a plant pot. It’s a reminder that trust is essential in every relationship – as well as being an environmentally friendly way to keep pest in your kitchen under control.’
The hidden meaning in the gift of a Venus fly Trap emerged when Homebase carried out customer research into its growing horticultural market.
However, as well as being used to send a message to partners, the recent boom in food waste home composting bins across Britain has also had a huge effect upon demand for the unique fly eating plants.
Experts believe that environmentally aware homeowners are choosing the carnivorous plant to reduce the additional number of flies created by the bins.
Venus Fly Traps, which have the Latin name Dionaea muscipula, trap flies and insects by suddenly closing the spikes of their leaves around them. Powerful juices secreted by glands in each leaf then digest the victim while it is still alive.
It is a native of subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of America.
Venus Fly Traps derive all of the food and energy they need for growth from the prey that they catch. Adding fertilizer to the soil can kill it.
Ms Kenrick said: ‘Venus Fly Traps take a little while to settle into a new home, but they’re can be a much better alternative to insecticides sprays.
‘The sudden popularity of Venus Fly Traps shows how British plant tastes are changing. Until comparatively recently, our most popular plants would have been those found in a typical English country garden, with roses, tulips, chrysanthemums and other native plants on the top of everyone’s list.
‘However, recently we’ve noticed a move towards less traditional plants, with Australian tree ferns, dwarf palms and olive trees becoming more popular. We believe that the increased number of people taking holiday abroad may be having an effect.
‘Seeing exotic plants growing overseas, encourages British people to recreate a little bit of their holiday in their gardens when they return.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2525629/All-I-want-Christmas-A-Venus-Fly-Trap-Sales-exotic-carnivorous-plant-booming-festive-season-says-report.html#ixzz2o0lPB7Yd
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One of the Great things about the Rehder Carnivorous Garden at the Piney Ridge Nature Preserve here in Wilmington, is to see just how far people will come to visit the garden. I had the great pleasure of touring several members of the GE Aviation Team from Poland that as part of their business trip wanted to see the plants close up and in a natural habitat. Since the Venus Fly Trap is only native to an area of 100 km around Wilmington, we are the Mecca of sorts for plant collectors and enthusiasts. As word grows about the garden I think we will see more visitors from around the worldby capefearcarnivores with no comments yet
We had a great group of student from the Wilmington Friends School visit the Rehder Garden yesterday. After their visit they took with them fly traps and sundews back to their school to raise over the winter. They will return in the spring and plant them in the garden.by capefearcarnivores with no comments yet
Venus Flytrap flowering season is a prime season for poachers who want to steal the plants from their natural habitat.
Over the Memorial Day weekend in May, 2013, more than 1000 Venus Flytraps were stolen from the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden in North Carolina, U.S. This is in the heart of the Venus Flytrap’s native territory, a small region of coastal North and South Carolina. During the Venus Flytrap flowering season, often at its height in May, the bright white flowers make the Venus Flytraps easy for poachers to spot.
Links to news stories about this poaching–
For those in the U.S. and Canada, please keep your eyes open for anyone selling Venus Flytraps who doesn’t seem like a long-term, reputable dealer. Whoever stole these natural-growing Venus Flytraps is going to want to sell them, so be alert to suspicious dealers at Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc., and if you see something suspicious, Stanley Rehder’s daughter, Julie Rehder, has asked to be notified. She’ll help local police authorities in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, in the heart of the Venus Flytrap’s very limited natural habitat, to try to catch this thief or thieves.
Anyone with information about the stolen plants is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department’s non-emergency line at (910) 343-3600 or send an anonymous text at: TIP708 and the message to CRIMES (274637).
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Welcome to the home of our new website and blog. Cape Fear Carnivores is the expansion of educational programs with and about Venus Flytraps and other carnivorous plants. The City of Wilmington, NC is the home of the Piney Ridge Nature Preserve which acts as stewards for the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Garden,in cooperation with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust and the Oleander Company.by capefearcarnivores with no comments yet