Carnivorous Bog (5.23.2018)

Bought this beautiful ceramic container at Home Depot – with the idea that not only would it fit on the windowsill, the Carnies would look fantastic in it!

Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Tarnok’, Sarracenia flava (Princess Flava II), Cape Sundew (Drosera capensis, Sarracenia ‘Scarlett Belle’, and a smattering of Utricularia (bisquamata?).

(I may have to purchase another one of these pots…)

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Happy Caturday! (4.22.17)

n. a group of kittens


They’re here!

Because of your love for our special man, Valentino is thriving and on the mend to a full life. To celebrate Valentino’s amazing journey, we have created a special edition tee shirt with before and after photos that you can proudly wear to show how your very generous gifts made his recovery possible . Here’s the link where you can order your size(s) of tee(s) which are available for purchase starting today through April 26 so don’t forget to order yours today!

I’m a “Team Valentino” Supporter ≋;>

This Photographer Shows Another Side of Pet Portraits

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Having Pets AND Plants

In honor of National Pet Day – we interviewed a handful of Sill team members that are parents to both pets and plants for their top tips about keeping the peace in a jungle-like apartment…

NAME: Angela Muriel
PETS: I have 5 cats living in my apartment. I got involved doing some TNR (trap, neuter, return) volunteer work in my Crown Heights neighborhood and in the process found an abandoned litter of kittens. I was able to get a few adopted but a couple still remain in my care so they are now a part of my crew.
PLANTS: I currently have a Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata), a Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia) and several terrariums. I always keep a flat of grass for all the kitties to enjoy and to provide them with some nature.
TIPS: Cats will find their way into just about anything and are incredible climbers. My large plants are in hanging baskets out of their reach and of course the terrariums are enclosed in glass so they can’t get to those (ha ha!). I am able to enjoy a huge variety of plants in the terrariums, as well as create a whole environment in miniature form.
I have reviewed many poisonous plant lists and quite frankly if one were to adhere closely to them your choices would be really limited. One thing to keep in mind is that with many plants the animal would have to ingest a substantial amount to become ill. It is most important to observe the behavior of your pet in regards to your plants. Many pets will simply ignore the greenery, where as others may be attracted to certain leaves or growth habits. That said, there are certain plants that can be fatal if eaten (i.e. Sago Palm – not a “true palm” but a Cycad which are a primitive group), some plants from the Euphorbia family which produce a milky sap when cut, a few Aroids especially the Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia) and any bulb plants such as Lilies, Hyacinth, Daffodil, Amaryllis, etc.
Never assume that an animal will instinctively “know” which plant is “good” or “bad”…

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Cat Behaviors and What They Mean – Part 2

Did You Know:
Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.
A cat almost never meows at another cat, mostly just humans. (Cats typically will spit, purr, and hiss at other cats.)
Cats have supersonic hearing. A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s – and a cat can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.
Cats are North America’s most popular pets: there are 73 million cats compared to 63 million dogs. Over 30% of households in North America own a cat.
A 2007 Gallup poll revealed that both men and women were equally likely to own a cat.

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CarnieVIL – now with more Kelvins!!!

n.  the basic unit of temperature in the International System of Units (SI), formally defined
to be approximately 1/273 of the triple point of water

Color temperature is a characteristic of visible light and is stated in units of absolute temperature, known as Kelvin (K). Sunlight in its pure form has a kelvin temperature of around 5,000 degrees kelvin.

Although the carnivorous plants in CarnieVIL are growing, when comparing them to one plant I have in my roommate’s window (which gets sun from morning ’til noon)…not as lush or vibrantly colored. Re-researching and talking to the guys at South Bay Hydroponics, the solution to this problem was: more Kelvins! (5500 of them, to be exact.) Package with the CFL and aluminum-reflector lamp arrived yesterday.

CarnieVIL v.2

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