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November Photo Reel – Phone Edition

Eh… so my camera is currently in the shop getting some repairs. I should have it back sometime soon, just in time to capture more photos of… dead foliage. Heh Heh! Still, that won’t stop me from taking beloved plant photos. (You can always find me and more plant madness on Instagram too – @rco911!) Anyway, enjoy a few photos snapped by the mobile device. Cheers!

UntitledUnder the Nepenthes dome. View in fullscreen here!

UntitledSarracenia leucophylla – Franklin Co., FL
Clone A x B, Select Clone. Cross by Wes Buckner.

 Seed pod. Sarracenia alata “Red Mustache” x alata ‘Night’
One of the last seed pods of the season.

 Sarracenia rosea – veinless. One of the last remaining pitchers that look somewhat decent.

UntitledNepenthes tiveyi – “Red Queen”
(Thanks, Kinjie!)

 Nepenthes ventricosa x talangensis
Just popped open.

 Nepenthes “Song of Melancholy”

 Nepenthes ventricosa x tiveyi
(Thanks, Paul!)

 Nepenthes jamban

 Drosophyllum lusitanicum

 Amorphophallus titanum
Not carnivorous – but still worth the mention. (Thanks Derek!)

Darlingtonia 2014

A few weeks ago Mike Wang and I visited various Darlingtonia sites in Curry Co., OR and Del Norte Co., CA. As always – I am truly thankful that I got a chance to roll with Mike again. It was truly an unforgettable experience. It was pretty much a year since we last visited Darlingtonia country. (Here’s a post to day one and day two from last year!)

We had to do some hiking to get to some of these sites. The trails (and LACK of trails) were quite steep and rugged in some places. Finding the Darlingtonia in these remote regions was definitely not easy, but the grueling trek felt like a very small price to pay to be able to witness the plants growing in their natural habitat. Oh and the scenery? <Insert expletives here.> OMG. Ridiculously good. Melt-your-face-off mind-blowingly beautiful.

I can’t adequately put into words just how outlandishly magnificent this experience was so I’ll stop trying and let you see for yourself. I strung together a few video clips and created some photo slideshows that are sorted by day below. There’s also a few highlight snapshots underneath all that. Enjoy!

Oh yeah, and if you haven’t already done so – please be sure to check out Mike’s posts of our Darlingtonia 2014 excursion  here, here, here and here!

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Darlingtonia Video
9-11 Oct 2014

Various sites in Curry Co., OR and Del Norte Co., CA


Day 1 – 9 Oct 2014 Photo Slideshow
Curry Co., OR


Day 2 – 10 Oct 2014 Photo Slideshow
Curry Co., OR


Day 3 – 11 Oct 2014 Photo Slideshow
Del Norte Co., CA

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A few highlight photos follow below. To see all the photos from this Darlingtonia excursion, please view the photo slideshows above!
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Darlingtonia Excursion 2014It’s pre 6am. I need to start this day off right. I need to start this trip off right.
It’s all about that PHILZ COFFEE! 

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
The first patch of Darlingtonia that we stumbled across!
FCS Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
The Wangster and I – FCS Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Seedlings growing out of the water. FCS Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
FCS Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Above the fog at sunset. Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Fueling up before the gnarly hike.
The ravenous Mike Wang in action!

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Rugged and beautiful. Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
So scenic. That’s Mike in the photo to give you a sense of scale. Here we are hiking around looking for the Mountain Valley Meadow site.
Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Valley Meadow site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Valley Meadow Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Valley Meadow Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Valley Meadow Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Summit – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Haunting beauty. Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Some timelapse iPhoneography happening here.
An iPhone Gorillapod comes in handy.

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Trailside Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Creek Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Creek Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Creek Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Roadside Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Sphagnum.
Sphagnum Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Darlingtonia growing in sphagnum.
Sphagnum Site – Del Norte Co., CA.

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Skeleton.
Sphagnum Site –  Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Darlingtonia seed Pod.
Sphagnum Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Red.
Alpine Farms – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Alpine Farms – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Alpine Farms – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Alpine Farms – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Seedlings! 
Alpine Farms – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014Goldmine Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Pinguicula macroceras growing vertically on a rock face!
Goldmine Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Goldmine Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mike admires the Darlingtonia growing vertically on the rock face.
Goldmine Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Young plant/seedling growing next to charred piece of wood.
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Brilliant yellow.
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Check the mustache out on this bad boy.
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014Left: My preferred footwear – hiking boots.
Right: Mike’s preferred footwear – CROCS.
My mind can not compute how hardcore Mike is to be able to even hike in friquen’ Crocs… CROCS! Seriously. Now that dude is a beast.

Thanks again for everything, Mike!

October Update

Hi all! I am still alive. Geez, has it really been over a month since I’ve posted anything up on here? Yeah, it has been a busy month so far – and now that dormancy is fast approaching, things in The Asylum will get even busier! Divisions, repotting, cleaning, and reorganizing are all things that I hope will be done while the plants are asleep. (By the way, you can always catch me on the Instagram – @rco911 – in between blog posts.)

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Before the photo updates, just a couple things worth mentioning…

- A core member of BAPP and dear friend… moved to Oregon. I’m currently babysitting Derek’s plants. For the time being, his plants and my plants are getting along and playing nicely. 

- Mike Wang and I went on a lil’ Darlingtonia excursion earlier this month. Photos and video to be featured in a future post. You can read about *one* of the sites we visited in Mike’s post on the Sarracenia forums. Stay tuned for a future Darlingtonia update!

- Not plant related, but SF GIANTS ARE IN THE WORLD SERIES! AGAIN! YEAHHHHH!

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So anyyywayyyyyy… at this point in time, much of the greenhouse looks like this. Fugly.

OctoberDormancy. Time to bust out that katana blade and slice through this madness soon. 

BUT! There are still a few gems in that mess.

Although *most* of the Sarracenia pitchers are fading, things are still looking OK in the mini-greenhouse. This is a small 6 x 8 greenhouse with it’s own micro climate. Read more here. It’s more humid than the main house, and the temperatures seem to be a bit more stable. It does not get so hot in there during the day and (I am hoping) it does not get too cold in there during the winter. I can line this with bubble wrap and stick a small heater in there if need be during winter. I would not want to find myself stuck in the same cataclysmic-cold-snap situation like last year. See link above. Anyway, some of Derek’s plants have moved in here. So far, so good.

Nepenthes HouseInside the dome.

Nepenthes tiveyi "Red Queen"Nepenthes tiveyi “Red Queen” – from Kinjie Coe

Nepenthes ventricosa x tiveyi
Nepenthes ventricosa x tiveyi – from Paul Barden

In the realms of Sarracenia – couple things still looking decent in the wreckage of burnt out foliage. I haven’t had a chance to photograph some of the leuco/leuco hybrids that are still OK but on their way out. Hope to provide an update on that later.

Sarracenia moorei "Orange Glow" x 'Adrian Slack'Sarracenia moorei “Orange Glow” x ‘Adrian Slack’ – one of my crosses from a few years ago. Still a young plant that I finally put in it’s own pot! Let’s see what that extra root space will do next season.

Sarracenia "Saurus"
Sarracenia “Saurus” – Fall pitchers. Cross by Phil Fauilsi. The Spring pitchers were even more massive.

Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa – a cross between two different S. purpurea ssp. venosa clones by Mike Wang. I’m diggin’ the ruffles.

StapeliaStapelia in effect. Not a carnivorous plant, but boy does this mofo smell. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to experience this awesome odiferous wonder, Derek! OMFG does this thing staaank.

A Visit to Phil’s

This past weekend I had a chance to hang with one of the great growers that has been such an inspiration to me – the legend: Phil Faulisi. His plants never cease to amaze!  Enjoy a few highlight photos and the slideshow below, or view the slideshow in fullscreen here! (Phil – thanks again for everything!)

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A visit to Phil’s Sarracenia Wonderland! 14 Sep 2014
(Also note, you can use your arrow keys to go back and forth… )

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

S. (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora) x ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia (leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava var. rubricorpora) x 'Adrian Slack'Sarracenia (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora)
x ‘Adrian Slack’

A cross I did in 2012, showing off some nifty coloration!