Plants in The Middle East


Back from ‘Dam
June 30, 2008, 10:21 am
Filed under: Carnivorous, Outdoor, Perennials

Got back from Amsterdam last night.  It’s a wonderful city.  My conference went well and I spent the last two days walking around.  Luckily, I ended up at the Floating Flowermarket.  I was overwhelmed to say the least.  Here are some photos but please forgive the quality as these were all taken with my phone.

What I didn’t expect from that visit was this: a shop FULL of carnivorous plants.  For the first time I got see all the carnivorous plants first hand.  They looked big, colorful and healthy.  This included Venus Fly Traps (Dionaea muscipula), Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes, Sarracenia), Sundews (Drosera). Check out the last 7 pictures of the gallery above.

I bought a few Amaryllis bulbs, VFT seeds, mixed cacti seeds and Lotus plant seeds.  Should be interesting! I will post more about that soon.



Flight of the Bee
June 10, 2008, 2:18 pm
Filed under: Outdoor

My outdoor sunflower plants are starting to flower – so far I have a bright yellow and maroon. I ordered these since I didn’t want the same dull local sunflowers. They seem to be doing well in our weather, although the yellow sunflower plant is tall and lanky and may topple over if the flower becomes to big!

Enjoy! The bee certainly seems to be enjoying itself.



Introduction
June 6, 2008, 9:20 am
Filed under: Carnivorous, Indoor, Outdoor, Perennials

In this blog I will document my experience growing plants in the Middle East, specifically Bahrain. Bahrain is a small island off the coast of Saudi Arabia. I believe I have several challenges to overcome, namely the extreme hot weather in summer (50c/122f) and relatively cold winters (5c/41f). The lack of proper materials such as Sphagnum Moss and growing kits is also a problem.

Obviously given the temperatures I tend to grow the more exotic and delicate plants indoors. This would constitute 99% of my activities so far.

My main focus is on carnivorous plants and I am currently successfully growing Venus Fly Traps (Dionaea muscipula), and attempting to grow the Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia) and the Sundew (Drosera Capensis). I am also working with perennials, mainly the Coleus. I will include updates on each “experiment” as I go along.