So, the nipples didn’t work…

That is right. My attempt at clickbait was a total failure. Stats were dire for that post. Which is why I have not been back for a while. A 56 year old man sulking is not a pretty sight.

So, what drama have I been involved in recently? Well there was a fun afternoon at work with this stuff:

I feel it lacks something. Maybe a radiation or biological hazard symbol? It needs to try harder. We want more hazards!

I took the plunge and signed up to NaNoWriMo. My novel features a snobby university academic as its complete tosser of a villain who is so far up himself he can see out of his own mouth. And a jaded, ordinary, sardonic, middle-aged laboratory staff member as the hero. So nothing from my personal life in there at all….

I have also joined Vero, as previously discussed.

For both the above I am using my usual username : artyplantsman.

A few photos from the garden:

Pterostylis coccinna
Some newly obtained carnivorousplants. A new obsession?
This 2mm ball of cells is a young seedling of Conophytum burgeri.


  1. Looks like you have been having a lot of hazardous fun, Darren. NaPoWriMo sounds like pure torture to me. 500 words is my limit. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve no idea what Vero is but I will google it and save you the explanation.

    The carnivorous plants will be lots of fun too. My husband loves his pitcher plants. We’ve not had much luck with the sundews though. Wow, I did not think you would be able to get Pterostylis concinna there. A limited amount of native Aussie orchids are available at specialist nurseries. They are a protected species and generally cannot be collected from public reserves. Still, some collections are allowed for research and conservation and it is from the propagation of these individuals that some are available commercially. Some orchids require a specific insect to fertilise it. Have you worked out how to fertilise yours yet? Very exciting.

    The seedling of Conophytum burgeri by all appearances is another of nature’s wonders.

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    1. Thank you Tracy! Oddly I have more luck with sundews than with pitcher plants ๐Ÿ™‚
      Back in the 90s when import was easier there were at least two specialist orchid nurseries here who would organise a wholesale import from one of your specialist nurseries – Nesbitts I think. Also your Australian Native Orchid Society were willing to include overseas members in their tuber exchange. Both routes are now closed so the plants remaining in cultivation here derive from those earlier imports. I have not seen new imports offered for at least a decade. It was easy to tell because their seasons were back-to-front and had to be carefully switched around to N hemisphere timings๐Ÿ˜‚.
      I know the pollination mechanism for this orchid but without another clone of the same species I doubt seed would be produced but I might have a go anyway.

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  2. It promised me nipples! *bangs monitor*

    Good god, NaNoWriMo. Whatever possessed you to do that? Hahahaha. Is that like signing up for a gym membership, but for, like, your fingers and brain?

    Tell me more about Vero. How’s it going? I’m trying to move over there, but I lack motivation. I might be on vacation.

    Love having you back on the blog! xo

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    1. Be careful what you wish for. Says the man pointing his phone camera down his shirt….
      Yep. NaNoWriMo ๐Ÿ˜‚. Sarah suggested we both do it and expected to have to use her powers of persuasion so it shocked her to get an immediate ‘yes’. You expect sanity? From me???
      Vero is going well. It is such a peaceful space compared with IG. In my next post I will outline in detail my experiences of it so far.
      Lovely to be back here Lani, thank you๐Ÿ˜x

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      1. Hahahahahaha. Thanks for the laugh.

        Ohhh, Sarah! I should have suspected. That woman ๐Ÿ˜› I must email her as I have been remiss in keeping contact.



  3. Lani’s comment about the ‘gym membership, but for, like, your fingers and brain?’ cracked me up!!! Kudos to you for doing this. Always wondered why on earth this was a thing during one of the busier times of the year.
    LOVE your blog, always, nipples or not! The elegance of that curving plant is stunning, by the by.

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  4. Thank you Kris! Good question. But as I don’t really do christmas, and thanksgiving does not exist here, It is no worse than any other time for me. Plus the weather is pants so won’t be tempted to the garden instead of writing๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜


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