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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring at our mini bog

Caltha palustris 
(KingcupMarsh Marigold)

This plant is native to marshes, bogs, swamps, and wetlands.  BF and I like the sunny disposition of the plant as it wakes up the other plants in the sleepy bog.  The plant is edible but bitter tasting.  Keep Marsh Marigold in damp mucky soil.  By summertime, the plant has diminished.  It resembles the common 'buttercup'.

In the middle of this picture, are 3 red mushroom looking items.  They are buds for the pitcher plants!  Very exciting.  The flower of this plant is unusual.   Last year the bog survived the flood in September 2011.  In the wild, raging fires remove the dead picturer from the plants, however, BF just cut the dead pitchers off the plant.  They are clogged with exoskeletons of dead bugs.  http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/growing-carnivorous-plants/index.html  I have included a picture from HGTV website.  

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