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2012: Transition

2012 has been a year marked with intense transition from one place to another, both personally and botanically. Indeed, this year was challenging. Each move was a monumental undertaking and ultimately resulted in increasing formidable awesomeness. I am thankful for it all and look forward to what the next season will bring.

To sum it all up…

January, 2012.

From that, to this.

Then this.

And then finally this.

Garden Move Stage IIAugust, 2012.

On this eve of a new year I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude and say “thank you” for making 2012 so memorable. I am thankful for my family, friends, and you readers out there. (Yeah, I see you!) I really couldn’t of done 2012 without your continued support and encouragement. I wish you all continued success and growth in 2013. Cheers!




PURE EPIC. Against all odds the SF Giants have fought back from the brink of elimination time after time to win it ALL! This whole season was truly historic on so many levels, with so many stories of redemption. In my garden, the SF giants represent as you’ve probably read about here, or pollination using SF Giants finger here, 2011 parallels here, pitcher plant companion “catcher” plant here, and Sarracenia SF Giants tattoo pitcher plant project here.  I’m still buzzin’ after this victory… I can go on and on about the parallels between this team and my garden. But right now, I am just savoring this moment and reflecting on such an amazing season. Dude, it’s surreal. Once again, congratulations to the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants! GO GIANTS!!!!!

Sarracenia leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava v. ornata

Black and Orange! 

Sarracenia ‘Alucard’ – “Prince of Darkness” — #RomoBomb style!
For more info on how I did that SF logo imprint on the pitcher, 
check it out here.



Sarracenia seed 2012

Autumn is a beautiful time of reflection and of hope. As the suns path begins to dip on the horizon, shadows lengthen, and a familiar chill begins to fill the air. Plants that pitcher in the fall, such as Sarracenia leucophylla and their hybrids, will put up one last hurrah flooding the garden in a grand chorus. Many others begin to go dormant to get their well deserved rest. It has been a long year indeed. It has been a long year filled with many memories and lessons. I for one look forward to the loud silence that winter’s rest will bring to the plants. That is when I will be doing much of the cleaning and dividing. As things begin to wind down, seed pods begin to ripen offering a steadfast reminder of hope for the subsequent seasons. The great culmination of ideas, dreams, riddles, and answers become encapsulated within these little gray-brown chambers. In the coming weeks, I’ll be harvesting more pods. I am already dreaming of unlocking the living resplendent ardor that lies within the shells of these tiny and silent enigmas.


A Few September Shots

Howdy! Just a few shots from around the greenhouse… enjoy!

Nepenthes jamban
Nepenthes jamban

Pinguicula medusina
Pinguicula medusina

Dionaea muscipula
Dionaea muscipula

Drosera binata var. mutifida
Drosera binata var. multifida

Sarracenia (leucophylla x oreophila) x 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia (leucophylla x oreophila) x ‘Adrian Slack’ – select clone

Sarracenia ((rubra x oreophila) x flava v. rugelii) x 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia ((rubra x oreophila) x flava var. rugelii) x ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia 'Leah Wilkerson' x 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia "Pink Eye"Sarracenia “Pink Eye”

SF Flower and Garden Show 2012

So, as I mentioned in my (very recent) last post – here’s a few shots from the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, 2012. I was on a tight schedule that day, so didn’t get to take as many photos as I would of liked. I still managed to snap a couple pics to share with y’all!  I admit, I was going a bit ADD with so much botanical madness to see…  To view in full screen mode, clicketh thou here, or you may use the “full screen” button, lower right hand corner of the slideshow after you press play.  It was an awesome day indeed…

I also wanted to thank my awesome and very patient wife, Dahlia, for coming along to partake of the botanical insanity there.  She lost me on plenty of occasions as she was busy doing a live instagram broadcast of all the stuff there while I would kinda just wander off being distracted by all of the plants… 

Anyway – without further delay, here are the photos… Enjoy!

Show Sarrs

Last weekend I had the opportunity to check out the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.  Man, I was really pleased to see some Sarracenia on display! (Thanks to California Carnivores!)   It was pretty neat to see all these people oooh-ing and ahhh-ing over them! Yes, they are fascinating plants indeed (that’s why I’m addicted.) I really hope to see more carnivores involved in future displays.

Now most Sarracenia at this point in the year would be dormant, or just emerging from dormancy (as are my plants…)  The plants below got a jump on the season by starting off early in a greenhouse.  Anyway, for those of you interested – I’ll be posting the rest of the SF Flower and Garden Show 2012 photos a little later. For now, here’s a look at the a Sarrs from the show!