Life. Re-potted.

Hello hello!

It has been quite some time since I’ve written, hasn’t it? I wanted to check in and assure you that YES, I’m still alive. I’m writing on an eve of a pretty big change. The past few months of my silence here have been filled with much activity in life – and of course, in the garden.

Life. Once again, re-potted.

In 2003 I had moved into a condo in San Francisco with a tiny patio. I thought it looked barren. So I planted.

In 2005 that tiny patio turned out to be too small for me. So, I moved to another condo with a larger patio. And I continued to plant.

In 2006 that slightly larger patio turned out to be too small for me. So I moved into a house with a yard. Not just any house. I was able to acquire the home I grew up in. And I continued to plant.

In 2011 I had to move away from that home. It was heart wrenching. It felt as if I was shattered. But I still was thankful. And I continued to plant.

In 2012 the plants were moved into a new location. I really had no other choices at the time. In May of 2012 I had to get out because that place was a fucking piece of shit. I moved into a temporary location. You can read about that move:  part one here. I still continued to plant. I was waiting for the greenhouse that I affectionately called “The Asylum” to open up. Once it did, that was move part two. So in August of 2012 I moved into The Asylum. And there, I continued to plant.

In 2015 I moved out of The Asylum. Three years of commuting an average of 30+ minutes each way began to take a toll on me. The 2600+ square foot glass sanctuary was a beautiful and a mighty place to grow. I do miss that grow location. What was lacking was balance. I would only see the plants maybe once or twice a week. On bad traffic days, it would be an hour or more each way. Three years of this was wearing heavy on my soul. And my god, how I wanted to plant.

In 2016 I moved the plants to a local nursery in Pacifica. The new place was only five minutes away but I still had to drive. It was smaller and there was not much room to work with. The last move out of The Asylum took so much out of me… however I still wanted to plant.

All of this leading up to this point… I’m moving again.

The plants have already moved. They are currently several hundred miles away, and I’ll be reunited with them soon. And I will plant.

Thank you all who have been following this crazy plant adventure of mine. I was recently going through some of my old writings from 2006 from when I first moved into my house. Yeah, a decade ago. I wanted to share a modified passage from one of my first online garden journals/blogs with you here. It’s actually more for me. Just a reminder for me to enjoy this journey.

Life’s hourglass has again turned and another season of change is upon me. I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and I have grown much here. And, at the speed of life, I have outgrown my space and now I will be moving to a new house creating new memories.

My garden is the living repository in which events of my life are recorded and tucked away. Each stem, each petal, and each leaf blade is a poem waiting to be discovered. One just has to listen. My garden is my journal – the collection of my memories that is open and read by all. Each plant is an icon of an event: they are the witnesses, they are the scribes, and they are the story tellers. Some plants have been passed on to me, and some I have only begun growing as I am leaving a legacy to pass on to future generations. With my garden expanding with so much vibrant growth, color, and botanical diversity – I realize perhaps that is only just a reflection of how much I have grown…

Quite simply – I have outgrew my container and the season of expanding is at hand. Sure it’s uncomfortable during this stage of moving – but with the lessons learned from the same situations in the past, it has only lead to one thing – more room to grow and expand.

Stay tuned.
There’s going to be a lot to follow.
Let’s grow.

First Flower

Hello all you beautiful people out there! Hope you all have been well! I’ve finished moving out of The Asylum and took the month of February to just relax a little bit from the wonderful fiasco of hauling an entire large greenhouse full of plants from point A to point B. (A huge thanks to the BAPP crew for the help!)

The new place is coming along well. I’ll slowly be putting the pieces together again and will be working on the new location throughout this year. It’s not as large or grand as the marvelous Asylum, but you know what – it’s something. The Sarracenia are growing outdoors now and that’s been brilliant since they’re now getting much needed rain. It just feels good to know that the plants that were once in the greenhouse for 3 1/2 years are now getting a much needed flush from the the rain.

I also wanted to report that on 29 Feb I was able to do my first pollination of 2016! I self pollinated an anthocyanin free clone of S. catesbaei.  The parentage is S. luteola x S. flava ‘Suspicion’ – grown from seed, cross by Adrian Fawcett and you can see them when the first germinated back in  2013 here! (Thanks again, Adrian!)

Seeing the first flower is always refreshing sight. This neon thing broke the bleak ocean of trimmed and dead foliage like a beacon of hope for better things to come. This year will be a transition year getting to know all the nuances and idiosyncrasies of the growing spot, but so far it looks like the plants don’t have a problem with it. Looking forward to seeing how this year will turn out. Thank you all again for following along this crazy botanical journey of mine, y’all are just awesome.

Sarracenia catesbaei flower – anthocyanin free clone

2015: Reflection

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! Hope you all are doing well. It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but rest assured there has been no shortage of action.

2015 has been a year of tremendous growth. Both with the plants …and personally. Some of you already may have heard: 2015 marks my last year inside the glass sanctuary I’ve so endearingly nicknamed “The Asylum.” I will greatly miss it. The Asylum has served as a grand and fantastic place to grow over the past 3 1/2 years. Why the move ? (Yes, for those of you that have been following me a while – this is another move.) It was a tough decision… however being so far away from the plants made the greenhouse commute and balancing life an ever increasing challenge. I’m still currently in transition (hence the hiatus from blogging) to a location that is much closer to me, and I’ll write more about this later. Stay tuned for those updates! The new location should give me more time to be with both family and plants. I still dream of the day that I’ll be able to walk into a back yard and be with my botanical babies. *Sigh* one day…

To my family, friends and readers – thank you for your support through the years and thank you for following my crazy journey. Standing on the threshold of a new year, I wanted to take a moment to briefly reflect on 2015.

Here’s a video with clips from throughout 2015. It starts off with recent clips of dormancy and then flashes back to shots of the growing season. Oh the sweet memories… but you know what? I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store. Let’s grow.


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A Visit to Jerry Addington’s

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Last month, I once again had the pleasure of visiting one of the great Sarracenia influences in my life, Jerry Addington. It is always a great treat to have been able to visit twice in a season. (Check out my visit to Jerry’s place – June 2015.) Special thanks to my bro Kinjie for making this happen. Company at Jerry’s spot also included fellow Sarracenia-philes Ron Spores and Kyle Hooper on this visit. We had a most excellent time just geeking out over the plants. And yeah, It was absolutely brilliant seeing the plants again; this time they were gowned in their autumnal attire. Leucophyllas and their hybrids were putting on quite the show. And as always – the sheer magnitude of quality and quantity of plants at Jerry’s place is overwhelming. Enjoy a few of the photos from this visit! Just a small sampling of photos are below, but be sure to check out the slideshow for all of the photos from my visit.

Jerry, as always – thank you for everything. Hope to be back again soon!

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This was really nice to see. This was grown from seed that I did that I sent Jerry. The parents are S. rosea “Big Mama” x purpurea ssp. venosa AF. You can see the S. “Big Mama” influence in the ala (the “wing” being held) and the other cool thing – this plant is AF recessive! Jerry – hope you can use this in future breeding projects!

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Kyle!

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Ron giving us presentation on his recent Sarracenia adventures while we wait for some awesome Thai food!

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A Visit to Paul Barden’s

Last weekend my carni-bro Kinjie Coe and I had the honor and pleasure of visiting one of the great Nepenthes growers, Paul Barden. Over the past few years, Paul has been one of the influences in my growing of Nepenthes. I’ve learned so much from Paul and I’m forever thankful for all of the knowledge and wisdom he’s imparted to me. Paul’s blog Nitrogenseekers and his Instragram feed are simply inspirational. Visiting Paul’s place in person though – OMFG, that is another story. I was overwhelmed by all that is happening there. His garden is well beyond mind melting. It is a psychedelic kaleidoscope of carnivorous goodness where one can easily get locked into that carnivorous plant high. And yeah, for sure that carnivorous plant high is one good place to be.

Only a few highlight photos from our day are below, so be sure to view the slide show to see all of the photos from our visit. Enjoy!

Paul and Lars – thank you both so very much for your hospitality and generosity. Y’all are just too awesome. I am extremely thankful that Kinjie and I were able to experience your beautiful botanical heaven. Thank you so very much.

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The Legend in situ.

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Lars giving us a private concert of The Well Tempered API. Note the 3D printed mouthpeice. This was badass. I really loved it! Bravo, Lars!

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Thanks Paul!

Nifty Nepenthes

I recently had the pleasure of recently visiting a private Nepenthes grower – here’s a few shots of this brilliant collection.


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Carnivorous Weekend – 2 of 2: Garden of Faulisi

Carnivorous collection hopping weekend – part 2 of 2.

After visiting Mike’s garden filled with blinding leucos, we drove down to meet our buddy Calen over at Phil’s spot. That is right – the grand finale in last week’s serendipitous Sarracenia soiree takes us to the garden of Faulisi. Phil Faulisi. The man. The legend. Oh boy, and the plants? All I could say about that awesomeness was THIS. Click that link. Then play after every photo.

Phil – thanks so much as always for your hospitality. Always a pleasure to hang out and nerd out over plants!

Enjoy!


Full screen slideshow with ALL the photos from the marvelous day – over here.

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Phil and his GIANT minor.

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Quick! Everyone touch the flava!

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Here’s the Dir-tay Mon-kay. Named after Truh-ay-ay. Haaaaaay.

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A sibling to Sarracenia “Megamouth” not as large but what a beauty.

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Wow. This this is so badass.

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Easily able to swallow an iPhone.

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Sarracenia “Stubbs” looking quite nice this time of year.

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Sarracenia ‘Stingray’

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Livin’ on the edge. Not for long though.

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Yummy!

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Trap Life.

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I think it ate a bird.

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Dried pitchers of the mighty Sarracenia “Saurus” still towering over the rest of the plants.

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A pitcher in the midst of phyllodia.

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A beautiful Jerry Addington hybrid that’s doing excellent here!

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Mmm… Hawt lips. Sarracenia “Hot Lips” that is.

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Straight up bling!

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I really enjoy all the windows. It almost reminds me of a stained glass cathedral… of insect death.

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Simply amazing!

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Just elegant.

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Dude. These pitchers are as wide as your face.

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A really nice squat and chunky looking pitcher.

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This mantis devoured the fly with a quickness.

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Phil’s new BFF.

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This is one amazing S. mitchelliana.

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WTF is this thing?! A stick insect?!?! What?!

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Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’

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Sarracenia ‘Hummer’s Okee Classic’ – with future meal.

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Sarracenia ‘Royal Ruby’

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Calen and the “pretty (Mega)mouf.”

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Squad.

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Squad + Sarracenia.

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Squad after getting high off of Sarracenia. We cray.