Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
This is Nils, a De Brazza's Monkey enjoying some onions.
This is Markisa, one of our Orangutans eating an eggplant.
Considering we've only had one or two light frosts in the Twin Cities, the garden is still looking great for this time of year! There are certain vegetables that can tolerate cooler temperatures than others. Broccoli, kale, mustard, onions, parsley, peas, and radishes which are all found in the garden, can withstand a pretty hard frost. Other more tender plants such as swiss chard, eggplant, melons, peppers, pumpkins, tomatoes, and squash can be damaged by a lighter frost. Inevitably our cold weather will be the demise of most of the plants in your vegetable garden but hopefully you (or the animals) have had a chance to enjoy the harvests while you can!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
This is the large empty looking pot in the support greenhouse that holds the tuber for BOB,too. The structure sticking out in the middle is actually the base of the inflorescence. The strange looking material on the left is the dried up inflorescence.
It was thought that we might have some seeds that had developed!!
After opening all the red berry looking structures, it was found that they were all empty. So sad......
But there is a bright side to this story! Here is our Corpse Flower grower with the tuber of BOB,too!! It looks healthy and has only a few spots of rot that were treated. The tuber weighs 43lbs and 3/4 ounces! That is a change from the pre-flowering weight of the tuber. In December 2010 the tuber weighed 55 lbs 1 ounce. Now we need to get this tuber back in the pot and allow it to develop the big leaf that will channel more nutrients back into the ever growing tuber!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
There is more red/maroon coloring starting to show in the spathe.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Here is a poster representing the life cycle of the Corpse Flower from our good friends at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. We are just at the stage where we can see the spadix starting to show at the tip of the bud.
And here is BOB,too! You can just see the spadix starting to show!
We do not have an exact bloom date at this moment but hope it might occur sometime between June 27th and July 4th. Time will tell!!!