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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 ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Adrian Slack’: Vintage 2011

A new batch of S. ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Adrian Slack’ are throwing out some promising pitchers. S. “Legacy” is made up of the same cross. I received these seeds from Brooks Garcia a couple of years ago and am really excited to see how they’ll evolve over the next few years. There looks to be some interesting variations already.

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

Sarracenia 'Leah Wilkerson' x 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Brooks Gracia’
Cross by Brooks Garcia, 2011

The one above reminds me a bit of S. “Legacy” as it was growing up. The pitchers are still young and the plant will undergo some maturing through the years. It will be fun to keep track of their growth!

A Few Clips from Spring 2011

Hey everyone! So I found some old clips of my plants and finally put a video together. I KNOW — I know this is *LATE*  — but better late than never, right? These clips were mostly from the spring of 2011 taken at the old house before all of the crazy moving started. It was a pretty nice walk down memory lane compiling this short vid. Anyway – sit back, relax, and a enjoy a few clips from 2011! Click the arrows on the bottom right of the video for a full screen version. You can also visit the video here for a larger version. Man, I should probably do more plant vids. Something to ponder… what do you think? Anyway — enjoy!

 Note: if the video is choppy, try turning the HD off. Cheers!


Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x purpurea "Big Mama"-1Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x rosea “Big Mama” – the sole survivor.

-Meet The Parents-

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose'  Sarracenia rosea "Big Mama"
Left: S. ‘Reptilian Rose’  |  Right: S. rosea “Big Mama”

In 2011 I did a cross between Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ and Sarracenia rosea “Big Mama” – (parents photographed above). I only got about 10-15 seeds from this cross and was eventually left with with only ONE survivor (in the photograph). As a side note – the pod was ripe earlier than most other crosses. I knew it was ready because the pod cracked open and I saw a couple of seeds sprouting INSIDE the pod! Yes, it happens. I have no idea why, but it does from time to time. This is why this particular seedling looks a few months older than the others that I started later in the year. I took those 2 or 3 that sprouted early and planted them in a separate pot letting them do their thang, while taking the rest into cold stratification to be sown later. Those that sprouted early were doing OK. Really. They were. But because of the crappy conditions and moving that I recently had to go through — all but one survived. And as far as those other seeds? Welllll… those never sprouted, so I tossed that pot. Ehhhh, shit happens.

S. ‘Reptilian Rose’ was used as the pod parent, and I hope that it can exert a strong influence on this seedling. My luck with using S. ‘Reptilian Rose’ as a pod parent in hybrids hasn’t been very good. I get no pollen at all! And when using the plant as the pod parent, I typically get only a few seeds (10-20) and as with any set of seed, not all those seeds may make it to germination. (UGH DAYMN!! WTF!!) Things don’t always work out the way we want them to in breeding or in the garden — or even in life for that matter. We just roll with it and make the best of what we’re dealt.

When I did this cross, I was aiming for a maniacal looking Sarracenia catesbaei-ish type looking hybrid with that angular nectar roll characteristic of S. ‘Reptilian Rose’ and a large wing (or “ala”) from S. rosea “Big Mama”. I am hoping also that the sheer rotund-ness from S. “Big Mama” will be seen in this cross as well. The plant currently is too young to be able to see any characteristics, but I’ll update y’all again later once something note-worthy happens. I’ll link back to this post in the future once this baby grows up a bit.

Hopefully, I have the opportunity to re-make the cross again in the future.

9-1-11 Photos

Just a few photos from the first day of September, 2011.  I was just randomly shooting about in the yard.  Not all are Sarracenia. Not all are carnivorous… Enjoy. 🙂

2011, Bring it on!

I still can’t believe that there are only a few more hours left in 2010.

Ok. A box. So it’s a Vans shoebox. Yes, I know.

For me, 2011 is kinda like this unopened box.  A great culmination of stuff from this year building up to bigger and better things. At least, I hope I’ll get some bigger and better things. What is IN that box is something I look forward to. (And no, it ain’t shoes.)

What is in that box will grow.  The results of the work I did this past year will become tangible.  Some things may NOT be all that great (and will be tossed and composted), and some things will be simply spectacular.  Some things will be nurtured, and some things despised. Who knows. All I gots to say is BRING IT ON.

And to all of you out there, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year! Have fun and please be safe. Wishing you all continued health and success in 2011!