CHOMP!

Recently my family and I visited the SF Conservatory of Flowers and got a chance to see the Chomp! exhibit. If you ever find yourself in the area, I highly recommend stopping by and immersing yourself in the beauty that is the SF Conservatory of Flowers. Below is a slide show featuring a few shots from around the conservatory, as well as a few highlight shots from the exhibit. Chomp! runs from 11 Apr 2014 – 19 Oct 2014 so be sure and visit soon! (And in case you didn’t already know – plants in the exhibit are from none other than California Carnivores… sweet!)

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SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

Rorschach Test

Sarracenia pitchers come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and put on a display of all sorts of markings. As I’m sure you’ve seen, the markings can range from delicate and subtle to extremely bold and complex with the veins, splotches, and windows going off all over the place. As I was doing some work in the greenhouse the other day, the markings of S. “Tina” caught my eye; that thing could double as a botanical Rorschach test. You know, those are the ink blot tests that are used for psychological analysis. Yeah. For some reason, with S. “Tina” this is what comes to mind when I see those markings. Does that make me somewhat unbalanced? Heh heh… :)

What do you see?

Sarracenia "Tina"Sarracenia “Tina”
(The parentage is uncertain, although many speculate it to be the same as S. ‘Sorrow’)

Sarracenia "Tina"
Sarracenia “Tina”

Sarracenia minor – Anthocyanin Free

Sarracenia minor = AF
Sarracenia minor – Anthocyanin Free
New growth rising

S. ‘Black Widow’

Sarracenia 'Black Widow'
A Sarracenia ‘Black Widow’ pitcher coloring up quite nicely. As the season moves on, the plant will get even darker. Cross by Phil Faulisi. More information on this fantastic plant can be found on the ICPS website.

Sarracenia 'Black Widow'Sarracenia ‘Black Widow’

Sarracenia “Reptilian Rose” x leucophylla “Purple Lips” – Clone 1

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x leucophylla "Purple Lips" - Clone 1
Sarracenia “Reptilian Rose” x leucophylla “Purple Lips” – Clone 1
Cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x leucophylla "Purple Lips" - Clone 1
Sarracenia “Reptilian Rose” x leucophylla “Purple Lips” – Clone 1
Cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman