I am experimenting with ways to control pests on my indoor plants, and have read that some of the carnivorous plants are effective at trapping fungus gnats. The New England Carnivorous Plant Society hosted a plant show and sale at Tower Hill on September 9 and 10, so off I went to learn a little about these plants.
Unfortunately, I did not find any Pinguicula (butterworts) which are the best for controlling fungus gnats, but I was fascinated by these unusual plants. They have colors that range from brilliant to subtle, with a variety of shapes and textures that give us as much interest as the plants we’ve seen in our gardens all summer.
Nepenthes are reminiscent of an ornately carved meerschaum pipe, while the Sarracenia bear a resemblance to immature skunk cabbages. Although both of these are commonly called pitcher plants, they have different growing requirements. The Sarracenia should not be allowed to dry out, and likes to grow in standing water. Nepenthese want to be kept moist, but will rot in standing water.
There are many other genera of carnivorous plants: venus fly-trap (Dionaea), sundews (Drosera), butterworts (Pinguicula) and Utricularia (bladderwort) are just a few of the more commonly found plants. Some of the Sarracenia pitcher plants are native to New England, and you might notice them in wet, boggy places. The more delicate sundews are also found in bogs, and the bladderworts are found in shallow water.
There are many on-line resources for readers who want to know more about these fascinating plants. There are also a lot of resources through the New England Carnivorous Plant society at http://www.necps.org.
Saturday, April 29, 2017:
The Friends of the Tree Warden and the Groton Garden Club celebrated Arbor Day by planting two Copper, or European, Beeches at the Groton Fire Station. Groton Ukulele played four songs as the crowd joined them in song. American Sweetgum saplings were given to attendees.
The Groton Garden Club has co-funded the Arbor Day tree purchases for 30 years. The first Arbor Day tree planted by the Friends of the Tree Warden was a Sycamore, planted in 1983 in front of Prescott School. For 21 years, Groton has had the honor of being a “Tree City USA,” along with 84 other towns in Massachusetts.
The winner of the Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest was announced, and his poster was displayed.
On Saturday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. the Friends of the Tree Warden will present Groton’s 2017 Arbor Day celebration at the Fire Station on Farmers’ Row. The celebration will feature the planting of two European or common beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) on both sides of the driveway, as one enters the main parking lot. Also featured will be ukulele music from Groton Ukulele.
Enjoy the mid-spring day with the Friends of the Tree Warden, our friends at the fire station, and the Groton Garden Club, who co-funds the purchase of the trees. Take home a free American Sweetgum seedling, which is a fast-growing native tree with vibrant, glossy, star-shaped leaves, and brilliant fall color.
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, club members Camilla B, Penny H, Linda L, and Ellen T shared slides and stories of interesting gardens around the world that they had visited, from the Canary Islands; from Madrid; from Victoria, British Columbia; from Dingle and Connemara in Ireland, and from Brittany, France, among others. Here is a sampling of the gardens: