Here's one bunch of blossoms.
In fact, the plant is so jam-packed with flowers that you can't see them all superficially. Like, here's one (of many) hiding inside the outer leaves:
Look at how fuzzy those leaves are! Soft as a baby bunny. :-)
This flower, whose name I don't know or have forgotten, is at peak scarlet.
The recently-repotted coleus is so happy,
that this branch is about to flower, I think. That spiky growth in the centre is going to start putting out blooms that look like tiny purple slippers, if memory serves me correctly from last year.
I think that even my Venus Flytrap is brewing up a flower! I'm excited because I've had it for less than a year, so I've never seen it bloom.
The long bit sprouted out of nowhere over the past week.
What? I never told you guys that I have a Venus Flytrap? Huh. Well, my Mom decided that it would make a great birthday gift for me last fall. I named it Audrey, after the plant in Little Shop of Horrors.
She's a high maintenance plant. She needs at least 4 hours of direct sunlight per day, which is a bit tricky to arrange in my tightly-packed, mostly-shady condo complex. I leave the blind open on this window all the time just to accommodate her.
She will only drink distilled water, which I have to buy specially. And yes, I do feed her. I don't go running around chasing after bugs. Audrey eats bloodworms.
Mmm, yummy. :-p
Because she's so small, I take out one teeny tiny worm, and re-hydrate it in distilled water. Then I roll it up into an itty-bitty worm meatball (delish!), stick it on the end of a toothpick, and put it into Audrey's most wide-open trap. Then I wiggle the toothpick, because the trap will only close for live prey. I have to fool her into thinking that the worm is crawling around. After the trap closes, I pull out the toothpick, and then I have to massage the trap so that it seems like the worm is struggling to get out. (If the trap isn't well-sealed, Audrey might get indigestion.)
I only have to do this once every 1-2 weeks, but still. She's a real diva! None of my other plants are this demanding.
She hibernates for 4 months per year. It's possible to over-winter a Venus Flytrap outside even in Canada (they are originally from the Carolinas), but because I don't have a proper garden Audrey lived in a plastic bag in my fridge from December through March inclusive. I wasn't sure if she was going to survive, but she did very well, actually. During hibernation she doesn't eat and barely needs to be watered.
If she grows big enough to re-pot, I'm going to have to make a special trip to buy sphagnum moss for her, because she's too special for regular potting soil, of course. *sigh* My Mom had no idea that Audrey would be this demanding when she bought her for me. But that's okay. Audrey is pretty cool. She's worth a little extra attention.
(Disclaimer for L.L. Cool Joe at al: I apologize for any offence caused by humorous references to gender stereotypes in this post. They were used for comedic purposes only, and do not reflect my actual views. For the record, I know a lot of high-maintenance humans, and the hyper-demanding ones include every gender. If Audrey ever opens up one of her traps and clarifies a different pronoun preference, I promise I will honour it. ;-)