Collection Surfing: Day 3 of 3

The final installment of this trilogy of vignettes takes to the wonderful garden of Martinez. Drew’s collection is beautiful madness, and his space usage (especially in the Nepenthes houses) is very efficient. As an added bonus, the great Sarracenia artist himself, the legend — Phil Faulisi accompanied us on this visit to Drew’s place too! We had a great day simply immersing ourself in botanical bliss. This was one memorable weekend filled with carnivorous plant wonder. I seriously could use more weekends like this.

Drew and Selina, thank you so much for hosting us. Really appreciate you taking time out of your day to give us a tour of your amazing collection! You both are awesome.

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Carnivorous Garden of Drew Martinez – View in fullscreen

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Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015Pitcher plant powwow.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015A plethora of Sarracenia flowers.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015
In that company of Sarracenia flowers, a couple gems stood out. This S. purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii f. luteola immediately caught my eye. Not just because it was anthocyanin free, but check the flowers out. It’s missing the umbrella shaped style! (See this as a reference of Sarracenia flower parts.) So weird! All the flowers on it were this way. After I pointed it out, Drew called it “Freakshow.” So cool. I love them freaks! This plant originated from a batch of seed grown plants from Chris Gussman. (Great work, Chris!) I recognized the shape and knew straight away it was from Chris since I have one too. :) Mine hasn’t bloomed yet so not sure if this trait is also expressed in the siblings.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015Here’s a shot of one of the flowers from that strange luteola…

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015…and of the other flower. If you see past the petals, there’s no umbrella! Go home, Sarracenia. You are drunk.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015Another flower that caught my eye after the strange luteola flower. This is S. lamentations x leucophylla. Notice anything funny about this one? Check the sepals out! (Again, here’s the Sarracenia flower reference photo.) Typically Sarracenia sepals are separated into 5 distinct sepals. This plant has only one fused / continuous sepal. It was consistent on all of the flowers too!

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015An ever-so efficient use of space. It’s packed in here!

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015Phil freaks out over this beautiful N. robcantleyi!

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015WOW. Just… wow.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 12 Apr 2015

Collection Surfing: Day 2 of 3

Collection surfing – Day 2, the journey continues! [See prior day, Day 1 – Phil Faulisi’s mindmelting garden.] For day 2 we would continue with our carnivorous plant campaign at California Carnivores where Chi’en C. Lee was presenting on his travels throughout South East Asia. Goodness. To be surrounded by carnivorous plants AND listen to Chi’en present in person on the flora and fauna of South East Asia was most excellent! His talk was fascinating and it was very inspirational. Makes me want to get out there and travel/photograph a bit more!  Additionally there were so many fellow carniphiles that showed up at CalCarn; it was absolutely brilliant meeting and connecting with all of you wonderful people that were there!

After CalCarn – Kinjie, Calen and I trekked over to Mike Wang’s place. Yeah! Over at Mike’s place – this was pretty much our reaction throughout the entire time we were there. (Click that link.) We got to Mike’s place as the day was ending but that definitely did not stop these plant nerds from trippin’ out over plants ’till 11pm. No light in the garden? No problem. We bust out the flashlights and continued to get our botanical geekery on. Nightshift status. (Good times, bros… good times.)

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California Carnivores  – View in full screen


Mike Wang’s Crops – View in full screen

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Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Obligitory bridge shot. Crossed en route to CalCarn.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015We up in this.

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Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Calen and Damon

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Left to Right: Kinjie, Peter, Calen, some weird guy, and Damon
(Thanks for taking the photo, David!)

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Aww yeah! Selfie with Peter D’amato!

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015(A blurry) selfie with Chi’en, Kinjie and Calen. I was probably on a bit of a botanical high or something at the time of this photo.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Left to Right: Calen, Mike, Kate, Kinjie and I

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Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Crops of Wang.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015I think Calen’s phone was dead in this photo and that he was just pretending to take a photo for this shot. (Heh heh! Just messin’ with you Calen. But you gotta make sure your phone is charged next time, bro. :) )

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Check out the throat spotch on this baby!

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Man, these Flava cupreas — so choclate-y!

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015The Wangster admires a beautiful pink excellens.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Carnivorous plant geeks in effect.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Sarracenia “Elaine Wang”

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Nightshift.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Light ‘em up! (Playing around with the wireless flash…)

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Scene without the camera flash…

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015… and scene WITH flash.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015Crops by night.

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Carnivorous Plant Collection Surfing - 11 Apr 2015

Collection Surfing: Day 1 of 3

Hey everyone out there in the interwebs! Hope you’ve been well! Miss you all. It’s been a couple weeks since my last update, but oh boy… do I have some updates coming up. Thanks for being patient with me and thank you for still checking in on my blog. You’re awesome.

So last week my brotha’ from another mutha’ – Kinjie Coe, came down to visit for the weekend. For those of you who don’t know, Kinjie hails from Portland, OR and is an absolutely friquin’ brilliant carnivorous plant grower. We had a marvelous time connecting and spending time with local growers. (Allison and Siri, thank you for letting Kinjie visit and get his super-carnivorous-plant-nerd-out on with the rest of us!)

I’ll be posting a few snapshots from each day of his visit in the upcoming blog posts. I’ve actually never had *this much* carnivorous plant collection surfing crammed into one weekend. Yeah. It was glorious.

Day one – Friday 10 Apr 2015. We cruised on over to visit the legend – Phil Faulisi. Phil needs no introduction and he is one badass breeder and grower. Phil – thank you so much for everything bro. Always good to kick it with you and many thanks for your hospitality and generosity. (BACON!)

Without further ado – slideshow photos from the master’s garden as well as a few photos in the highlight reel below!

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View full screen slideshow here!

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015Plant life. Ain’t nothin’ but a G(ardener) thang.

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015Tools of the artist.

Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015-97

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015The beast. Sarracenia “Saurus”

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015

CP Collection Surfing - Phil Faulisi - 10 Apr 2015Whatta bunch ah crazies all up in this joint. We be getting that Sarracenia high.

Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’ x ‘Judith Hindle’

Here’s a really striking cross that was done by Mike Wang. There’s a few beauties that resulted from this crossing such as Mike’s select clone S. “Elaine Wang.” I’ll post a few more photos of the siblings of the below plant once their pitchers are open. This particular one started the season off with a bang! Great work, Mike!

Sarracenia 'Adrian Slack' x 'Judith Hindle'Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’ x ‘Judith Hindle’

Sarracenia 'Adrian Slack' x 'Judith Hindle'Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’ x ‘Judith Hindle’

Sarracenia 'Adrian Slack' x 'Judith Hindle'Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’ x ‘Judith Hindle’

Sarracenia flava var. ornata – Bulloch Co., GA

Sarracenia flava - Bulloch Co., GASarracenia flava var. ornata – Bulloch Co., GA
A couple of recently opened pitchers from this stylish S. flava. The veins make this plant appear as if it is sporting some pin stripes! Those veins also will get darker as the season progresses.