Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hungry, Hungry Centerpieces

I haven't sat down to turn this idea into a reality yet, but for years I've wanted to create a Halloween centerpiece using beautiful but "deadly" plants. My preference is for carnivorous plants, not poisonous ones. There's an underlying threat to these elegant, insect-eating plants that I think could really capture a spooky, elegant Halloween feel. If this idea sounds good to you, get friendly with a few plant nurseries in your city and see what help they can offer. Also, think about picking up this book: The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants.

Photo: The leaf of a Drosera capensis "bending" in response to the trapping of an insect. Photo by Noah Elhardt

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