~1 month later
Things have grown in, including some weeds I will probably cut (which I've kept alive to this point to illustrate the growth of this terrarium). I've started calling it the "Immortal Vale" because nothing in it seems to die, although I haven't exactly been aggressive in testing that rule.
^Overall view. The glass is a bit foggy, but I didn't feel like waiting around to take a better photo. I got new quarter-inch glass doors yesterday and haven't put the handles on yet.
^A couple of Ficus, plus weeds. One ficus should be Ficus thunbergii
, and the other I believe is Ficus pumila 'Quercifolia'
and a wandering jew species having a race. They've kept together pretty well the last couple of weeks.
^Neoregelia 'Ruby Throat'
pupping at last. To my surprise, it is the neoregelias that have shown slow growth, even with very high light.
^Microgramma 'Ecuador #2'
and Stelis argentata
. The latter was deliberately planted in a "castle piece" in order to look almost like a potted plant.
and Ficus benjamina (?)
growing in. It's hard to see, but they've sent out dozens and dozens of roots through the wall of LFS.
^A couple of plants. One is another planting of Drymonia cuyabonensis
and the other may be Begonia Scutifolia
and a Monocostus
, I believe.
in front of the castle wall and Pellionia repens
growing on it. To the left a bit of Tectaria zeilanica
^A Chinese fir, I believe (somewhat of an experiment), and a Philodendron called 'Wings'.
^A neat, furry Microgramma I received as Micro. sp. #2
^If memory serves, this extraordinarily long cutting was Microgramma lycopodioides
. Spelling may be wrong.
^A peperomia (I believe), and Encyclia polybulbon
^More ficus branches and Neoregelia 'Deep of Night'
with a barely visible pup.
^Just another photo of Ficus benjamina
branches, trying to form a canopy that may or may not actually happen.
^Nepenthes aristolochioides x burkei
, officially installed in order to cull the fruit fly infestation, but mostly because carnivorous plants are AWESOME.
^A sundew, Drosera spatulata, for the same fly-catching purpose.
growing through the castle walls, with a hoarded dragon's egg.
^Stained-glass windows, already somewhat deteriorated by misting.
^Two gold- and weapon-filled chests, already starting to rot from the water.
^The skeletal arm / claw is still going strong, although it takes a little maintenance. A Pilea 'Purple Ecuador'
is growing between its fingers, as are many weeds.
^The skull, now with an eerie, supernatural-lookin eye. Part of the hole that had been the empty eye socket rotted away, allowing enough space to wedge this in. It keeps watch over the Immortal Vale, even in death.