Another day of Darlingtonia goodness with my good carni-bro Mike Wang! (You can see the video and photos from day 1 in this previous post .) Without further ado I present to you a few video clips and photos from day 2 of the Darlingtonia expedition. Photos and video from 12 Oct 2013. Enjoy!
Back on 18 Aug 2013, Jay Lechtman came by to visit me at the greenhouse. He came bearing a plant that I’ve been looking to grow for quite some time: a veinless form of S. rosea! SO freakin’ awesome. (Jay: THANK YOU so much!) It’s been a couple months since I first received the plant from Jay and it appears to have acclimated just fine here. It has a few new pitchers and looks pretty happy!
On top of the whole anthocyanin free thing that I’m so into, I am also enamored by the veinless plants. At initial glance, they may look like AF plants, but upon a closer inspection it is clear that they are not. For me, veinless plants have this elegant porcelain-like look to them. The new growth comes up with a faint blush of color indicating the presence of anthocyanin. As the pitchers mature, the blush fades away. Don’t let the dainty soft coloration fool you, though. These plants are still lethal…with a pretty pastel color scheme.
Back on 11 October 2013, I had the privilege of being able to check out some Darlingtonia growing in situ with fellow carnie-bro, Mike Wang. (By the way – if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to stop by the Sarracenia forum and take a look Mike’s amazing photos in his Darlingtonia posts!) As I mentioned in my last post, this would be the first time I ever saw carnivorous plants growing in their natural habitat. Hey, better late than never right? It was a phenomenal experience. Now I have an even deeper appreciation for these magnificent plants. I can’t say enough about what I saw and experienced during this trip. The overstimulation of seeing these majestic plants growing at all the various sites was pure botanical overload. And yes, I savored every second of it. We only had a few short hours of sunlight to explore by on our first day up there. By the time we arrived it was already late afternoon. We tried to see as much as we could and make the most of the fading light. It turned out to be great timing – the lighting at this time of day hit the plants in such a way to give them an otherworldly glow. Here’s a video and a few photos capturing moments from day one of this fantastic Darlingtonia excursion. Stay tuned – video and photos from day 2 to follow!
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