Photo is courtesy of FlashBlack.
Here is a Pileated Woodpecker in all his magnificence. No wonder dead wood falls from the trees every time the wind blows. Picking up branches that fall is a weekly task when you live with a lot of trees. He can be determined as a male because of the red streak behind beak under eye. He is quite large and easily spotted when he flies from tree to tree or when he starts drumming on a hollow tree.
A stop by the farmer’s market to get some more potatoes and I spotted the cucurbits.
Crown of Thorns Gourd
Cinderella Pumpkin, Orange , Turban Gourd
Something came over me back in March when I saw Nepenthes ‘Miranda’ at a garden show and I just had to have it. I actually prefer hardy plants. Maybe it was because it was so lush, exotic, and quite a contrast to the conditions in Tennessee at the time. I must have been intoxicated with the excitement of the flower show. It didn’t seem so huge in the exhibition hall as riding home with it. As the spell wore off on our way home, I wondered “Where am I going to put it?” I did have a nice big window and there it remained until I could take it outside about a month later. I kept it in the shade and well watered during the summer. It does prefer rainwater. I only had to rescue it being overturned by a squirrel once. It did well and is forming new pitchers at the moment. It makes a great container plant actually for it catches its own food. The leaves are so bountiful, you do have to make sure the water gets into the container and not into the pitchers to dilute them. I thought it would take over the place, but it has remained quite manageable. Miranda found a soft spot in my only buy hardy plants heart and will be spending a safe, warm winter inside with us as well. 🙂