As many of you know, I’ve been obsessed with carnivores ever since I was a kid. Some of my earliest memories of carnivorous plants include watching them on Mr. Wizard’s World, 3-2-1 Contact (DUDE! Remember this song?! SING IT WITH ME!), and Nature. I recently found another one of my drawings that I did for a school project back when I was in elementary school. I believe it was around the same time I did this drawing – early 90’s? I was probably around 9 or 10 at the time or something. I was inspired by the only book our library had on carnivores at the time and I bascially just transcribed those diagrams to my own poster.
Even back then, I was obsessed with plants – especially carnivorous plants. I can still remember explaining to some of my classmates and teachers what these plants were, what they did, how they did what they did. These plants are amazing. I was, still am, and will always will be drawn to their botanical badassery.
This weekend, I brought the drawing to the new greenhouse that I’m moving into. (Moving photos on the move to follow in a future post!) Such a beautiful juxtaposition. I’m truly amazed to see how far this botanical journey has taken me. It’s amazing to look back and see the humble beginnings; it really puts things in perspective for me. It makes me thankful for my roots, appreciate what I have now, as well as look forward to the future with unbridled excitement.
An art project on carnivorous plants I did back in the day, circa 1990.
Pre voice-cracking days.
Here’s some close up photos from my elementary school project. I hope you enjoy my humble sketches from back in the day! And Yo… Don’t mind the spelling — ya know I didn’t have spell check in elementary school. 🙂
A bright future lies ahead…
I’ve always been fascinated with carnivores. Ever since I was a child, I was involved in gardening with my grandparents. When I learned that carnivorous plant existed, I was determined to obtain and grow them. I first learned of carnivores when I saw them on TV, watching Nature on PBS. I also remember seeing a segment on carnivorous plants on the kids science show Mr. Wizards World back when it used to be aired on Nickelodeon.
Back then I only had access to the pale and wilted moldy venus fly traps at the local hardware store. The plants were located on the bottom shelf of course. In the dark. Behind the paints. Directions to care for these things instructed me to “feed hamburger”, allow only “4-6 hours of sunlight a day”, “plant in rich loamy soil” that “included leaf mold” and “keep under 60F.” Horrid I tell you. Pretty much, for us carnivore-heads, we’ve all been there.
When I first saw the pitcher plant on TV, I was just going nuts. I HAD TO HAVE ONE. JUST ONE. I must of been about 6 or 7 years old at the time. I didn’t have access to any pitcher plants so I made my own. How you ask? Forced evolution. Kinda.
My grandfather had onions growing in the garden. The large kinds that were as tall if not taller than me at the time. I noticed their tubular leaf structure and in my childhood wisdom and creativity figured out that Sarracenia must of evolved from these plants.
Now the photos I took today were of some green onions I have growing in the yard, so these aren’t as large and magnificent as the pitcher plants I created before… but for illustrative purposes, it will do.
[Onions. Where “Sarracenia must of evolved from.”]
So what did I do? I selected large onions leaves to create the pitcher. I took my scissors and cut the tube at the desired length and angle. Viola! There’s my pitcher! To help it evolve faster, I used a spray bottle to fill it with water. Ok. Now how about digestive fluid?
[Pitcher plant in creation.]
Uh… so again, my childhood creativity kicked in and I spat into the pitcher. Yeah. That’s right. I spat. I spitted. Yumm-O! My idea was that the saliva would help digest the insects that it would catch. That onion smelled enough anyway, and I figured bugs would be drawn to the scent. I helped to feed the plant by finding bugs and placing it into the watery-spit filled abyss… Oh those were good times indeed. My addiction in its early stages yielding some really creative results…
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