Heliamphora heterodoxa flower

Heliamphora heterodoxaHeliamphora heterodoxa flower

Sarracenia ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Adrian Slack’ – 2011 Cross

I recently came across a pot of S. ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Adrian Slack’ seedlings while rummaging through seemingly endless pots of seedlings to repot – and this one seedling really caught my eye. The cross was done by Brooks Garcia in 2011 and I started to germinate the seeds in 2012. The seedling below is 2 years old and time will tell what it will be like a few years from now.

It’s the same parentage as the plant that I’m calling S. “Legacy” - however the S. “Legacy” cross was done by Brooks a little earlier (in 2008.) This other batch of S. ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Adrian Slack’ has some promising seedlings, but this one that I separated out looks to hold some nice potential. It’s throat marking marking and pale top remind me of S. “Legacy”, only this plant has a nice contrasting deep red/black border around the lid, nectar roll, and down the central midrib. It’s one plant I’ll be keeping my eye on. As always, great work, Brooks!

Sarracenia 'Leah Wilkerson' x 'Adrian Slack' 2011 - Brooks Garcia
Sarracenia ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Adrian Slack’ – 2011 Cross by Brooks Garcia

Sarracenia 'Leah Wilkerson' x 'Adrian Slack' 2011 - Brooks Garcia
Sarracenia ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Adrian Slack’ – 2011 Cross by Brooks Garcia

Sarracenia 'Leah Wilkerson' x 'Adrian Slack' 2011 - Brooks Garcia
Sarracenia ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Adrian Slack’ – 2011 Cross by Brooks Garcia

Sarracenia “Green Monster” x alata AF

Hey everyone! Hope you’ve been well. The past couple of months have been quite eventful, but rest assured that things in The Asylum are still pretty busy! I’m working on re-potting seedlings that have been in community pots and I’m finding some fascinating things within those pots.

One of the recent discoveries was a pot of S. “Green Monster” x alata AF that I had almost forgotten about. You know, outta sight, outta mind… Well, it was pretty nice finding that stash. One of the seedlings from this cross are photographed below. It’s still pretty young but showing some potential…

Sarracenia alata AF x Green Monster
Sarracenia “Green Monster” x alata AF

Sarracenia alata AF x Green Monster
Sarracenia “Green Monster” x alata AF

Sarracenia alata AF x Green Monster
Sarracenia “Green Monster” x alata AF

Sarracenia alata AF x Green Monster
Sarracenia “Green Monster” x alata AF

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I know it doesn’t look like much, but below is a new table I recently put together that I’m slowly filling up with seedlings. So far, it’s all  antho free but it will be a mix of cool stuff. The seedlings look all scattered and messed up, but they’ll look a little better once they establish themselves and put up some new pitchers. I’m really anticipating some cool plants. At the moment, I’m actually building a 2nd table. Never ending Sarracenia expansion!

AF Seedlings
New seedling table slowly filling up!

Surprise, Jerry!

Back on 6 and 7 Jun 2014, a plan went into effect to surprise one of the wonderful botanical inspirations in my life: my friend, Jerry Addington the GREAT. Jerry was hosting an assemblage of carnivorous plant growers at his place in the Washington countryside and this was something that I did not want to miss. I figured it would be the perfect time to surprise Jerry.

In addition to this, another good friend of mine – the legendary Wes Buckner and his family were all going to be there as well! I saw Wes, Megan, and Caleb a couple of weeks prior to Jerry’s event. They stopped by my place on their road trip out from Tennessee and I got to show them a little bit of the SF Bay Area. Good times!

Anyway, I figured I might as well just surprise them ALL at Jerry’s. Helping me organize this surprise was my brother from another mother – Kinjie Coe. (Yeah, I knowwww – Coe and Co!) I flew out to Portland the day before Jerry’s gathering on Friday, 6 Jun 2014 where Kinjie picked me up and we started on our journey to Jerry’s. On the way up there, Kinjie took me on a little detour to visit another local grower, The Professor. What a way to start a wonderful weekend full of carnivorous plant goodness. (See previous post.)

It was amazing seeing plants, but it was definitely awe inspiring to to meet many other fellow growers and carnivorous-plant-o-philes in person! I am very thankful that I got to meet so many amazing people on this epic weekend.

Below you’ll find a short video (gotta love Jerry’s reaction!) as well as a slideshow and some highlight photos.

Kinjie – thanks so much for helping make this happen, bro. Chiemi, Malia, Bently, and Ipo – a huge thank you for allowing a couple of plant crazed guys into your home. :) Jerry – as always I am filled with gratitude for your hospitality and generosity. I am beyond blessed to know you. Thank you.

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View the full screen slideshow here.

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A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

Operation Addington Surprise - Jun 2014

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

Operation Addington Surprise - Jun 2014

Operation Addington Surprise - Jun 2014

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

A Surprise Visit to Courting Frogs Nursery

The Professor

Last week I was in the Washington countryside on a covert operation to surprise a great botanical mentor and friend – Jerry Addington. (I’ll have more details on this surprise in my next blog post. I’m working on it; photos and video to follow!) The day before visiting Jerry, my friend Kinjie and I took a little detour to visit another local grower – “The Professor.” Carnivorous plant class was in session as The Professor, Kinjie, and I were discussing everything from the cultivation, to the genetics of these fascinating plants. This visit was a phenomenal prelude of things to come.

Enjoy a few frames (shot with both DSLR and iPhone) from our visit! Professor – thank you again for your kindness and generosity! Hope to visit again soon. :)

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Class in session with The Professor. 6 Jun 2014.

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6 Jun 2014 - The Professor

6 Jun 2014 - The Professor

6 Jun 2014 - The Professor

6 Jun 2014 - The Professor

6 Jun 2014 - The Professor

6 Jun 2014 - The Professor

6 Jun 2014 - The Professor

6 Jun 2014 - The Professor
6 Jun 2014 - The Professor