snapped these photos today of my pink lady slipper being pollinated.
My life sucks
Fantastic! Only one of my 3 pinks bloomed this year. I hope my C. reginae will bloom- it keeps getting taller.
How long have you had your pink(s)? This is my first year with them but hear that this species in particular is not very happy in cultivation longterm. I'm trying to find a happy medium by growing it in my patio shade garden in a large trough with the other two since it grows here I figure I'll just mulch my woodland troughs for winter and uncover them in spring so they get the full zone 4 winter they're used to.
Awesome! I need that bee for my D. paradoxa!
Wow...lucky you! I wish I had some of those. They are a "holy grail" of the plant world for me. I did discover one at my parent's house and one at the park I go to last year. I want to go see if its up yet at the park. Unfortunately its right at the edge of the footpath so...I don't have much hope for its safety.
Beautiful flower and photo!
"Fox terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs." - Jerome K. Jerome
In 1990, I helped in a very preliminary effort to figure out what pollinates Maine's very rare ram's head ladyslippers. We sat down in the middle of one of the state's few populations at daybreak and watched insects buzz past flowers for a few hours, waiting for something to land. We left as ignorant as we arrived. I went on to other things and wonder if he ever found the answer.
Bruce in CT
Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche
WOW! WOW! stunning photos! and a cute bee! Nice job!
that makes no logic
I like those guys too, but haven't aquired any yet. I want to start a collection of Cyps species. Very nice plant you have there, and it is interesting to se how these plants have evolved to get certain insects to pollinate them.
This will be my 3rd year growing it. I hate to admit it, but my wife's grandma dug it up and gave it to me. I'm ethically opposed to such practices, but she is around 80 yrs old and a sweet lady and was just trying to do a nice gesture. I certainly didn't ask for it. I also certainly didn't expect it to live. I stuck it in a pot with some sarracenia and hoped for the best and it hasn't disappointed. Soil mix is sphagnum peat with about 20% perlite. It is slowly spreading too. Started with 1 stem the first year, 2 stems/2 blooms last year, and 2 blooms/5 stems this year. It bloomed in a greenhouse last year, so there was no chance of pollination. We'll see what happens this year, being outside. It will be interesting to see if the seeds (if you can call them that) will germinate. I'll probably scatter them around all my plants and just let nature take its course. I have read that the pinks are probably the easiest to grow of the native Cyps. anyway, at this point, it seems pretty happy where it's at. Of course, now I'm too scared to uproot the Sarracenia that are in the pot with it, despite a pressing need to divide them, as they are cramming the edges of the large pot they're in. Also, there's a wild iris that my wife's grandma dug up at the same time that's in there (you can see the leaves in the photo), and it too is spreading like wildfire.
Nice to know yours has done well! Mine are originally from the wild as well however purchased from a nursery permitted by the state of MN to salvage rare wildflowers from road construction and urban sprawl. Wood's End Nursery if anyone would like to know.
Here's my blooming stalk and my still growing reginae:
And here's a "medicine" *that should make all plant lovers SICK:
Lady Slipper Rhizome