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Winter Greetings

Winter greetings all! I hope this finds you all well and that this winter season has been good to you and the plants. Now that it is winter and the plants are asleep, activity in The Asylum is ramping up. This winter season is a busy one indeed. I’ve been doing some cleaning, trimming, moving plants about, and even some sorting of seeds (Yeeessss, I know – many of you asked about seeds. And divisions. So stay tuned for that update…)

Here’s a small selection of photos from around the garden. First shot below is a doozy. What a complete mess this is. Yeah, I gots my trimming work cut out for me. Most plants have long since put away the glory of the season past. They are once again clothed in the sleep of crispy crunchy pitchers. Soon enough, this place will be bursting full of life again…

Time for clean upDormancy

And of course, my trusted garden helper – my katana, puts some work in…

Quick clip: Slicing through Sarracenia.
Sorry for the quality. Filmed in slow motion (120 FPS) on the mobile device

Sarracenia oreophilaSarracenia oreophila section – all squared away.

Dionea clean upDionaea, Pinguicula, and Drosera (Drosera out of shot in background) cleaned and organized.

Sarracenia oreophilaDormancy: Sarracenia oreophila

Sarracenia alata - Maroon ThroatSarracenia alata – maroon throat
A few pitchers still hanging on.

Sarracenia leucophylla x "Eva"Seedling: Sarracenia leucophylla x “Eva”  pitcher still vibrant.


And while the Sarracenias sleep, the Nepenthes crew bask in these cooler temperatures. Watching the Nepenthes and tropicals grow during the winter helps break up the monotony of all the lifeless pitchers. I like them ‘cuz you know, I always have to be growing… *something.*

Nepenthes ventricosa x tiveyiNepenthes ventricosa x tiveyi

Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioidesNepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides

Nepenthes (eymae x (stenophylla x lowii)) x trusmadiensisNepenthes (eymae x (stenophylla x lowii)) x trusmadiensis

Grow TankAnd finally – back home is the grow tank. I turned an unused 50 gallon tank into a refuge for some Heliamphora, Cephalotus, Nepenthes, a Pinguicula and Drosera. There’s a variegated vanilla orchid growing in the corner and a mounted staghorn fern (Platycerium coronatum) that was not taking too well to the cooler temps in the greenhouse. Be looking for updates from the grow tank in the future.

Back Home

Home sweet home! I recently returned from a family vacation up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. It’s nice to be back, but I really do miss it up there. I got the chance to visit Karen Oudean and Jerry Addington and meet up with a couple other talented growers. (Kinjie and Phaedra – great to meet you! Brie – I’m sorry we missed you!) And yes, I’ll be featuring photos from that visit in an upcoming post, so stay tuned!

For now, here’s a few snapshots from within The Asylum. Great to be home.

Back Home
The Asylum. The Sanctuary.

Sarracenia leucophyllaSarracenia leucophyllas putting up some nice fall foliage.

Sarracenia leucophylla 'Hurricane Creek White' - Clone F
Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Hurricane Creek White’ – Clone F

Sarracenia alata - maroon throat
Sarracenia alata – maroon throat

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia (leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava var. rubricorpora) x "Green Monster"
Sarracenia (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora) x “Green Monster”

Sarracenia leucophylla "Juju Lips" x flava "widemouth"
Sarracenia leucophylla “Juju Lips” x flava “Widemouth”

Sarracenia flava var. maxima x flava 'Suspicion'
Sarracenia flava var. maxima x flava ‘Suspicion’

Oh Hai! Even the Nepenthes are looking happy to see me back home!

Nepenthes izumiae x ramispina
Nepenthes izumiae x ramispina – new pitcher forming

Nepenthes "Song of Melancholy"
Nepenthes “Song of Melancholy” – pitcher opening up!

Nepenthes ventricosa x talangensis
Nepenthes ventricosa x talangensis

N. ventricosa X Tiveyi
Nepenthes ventricosa x tiveyi

Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides
Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides


I returned home packing my suitcase with a few plants from Jerry. (Thanks again, Jerry!) The plants have made the trip back safe and sound and have been potted up. Here’s a couple of the plants that made it back with me.

Sarracenia oreophila hybrid
Sarracenia oreophila hybrid

Sarracenia 06-02
Sarracenia “06-02”  – sibling to Sarracenia “Jerry’s Goliath”
Parentage is uncertain, however Jerry suspects that S. ‘Doreen’s Colossus’ is involved somehow with Sarracenia “06-02” and Sarracenia “Jerry’s Goliath.”

Nepenthes Update

It’s been some time since I’ve moved the Nepenthes into a brighter area and so far they are reacting pretty well. Some of the older foliage is burning out (to be expected),  but the new growth is coming in quite nicely and I can see the difference in the pitchers. I’m pretty excited to see them react positively to their brighter environment.

nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioidesNepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides
New pitcher on the left formed after moving it into the brighter area.

Nepenthes singalana X (sibuyanensis X ventricosa)
Nepenthes singalana x (sibuyanensis x ventricosa)

Nepenthes spectabilis
Nepenthes spectabilis

Nepenthes ventricosa x spectabilis
Nepenthes ventricosa x spectabilis

Nepenthes ventricosa x spectabilis
Nepenthes ventricosa x spectabilis

Nepenthes eglantine
Nepenthes elgantine

Nepenthes hybrid
Nepenthes hybrid

Nepenthes Poi Dog - maxima hybrid
Nepenthes maxima hybrid

A Few Nepenthes

Here’s a few Nepenthes photos! They’re lovin’ their dome and I’m seeing quite a bit of new pitchers forming. It’s all so exciting for me and I can see why these plants are so addicting!

nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides

Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides

Nepenthes ventricosa X tiveyi
Nepenthes ventricosa x tiveyi

Nepenthes robcantleyii-1
Nepenthes robcantleyii

Nepenthes densiflora x truncata
Nepenthes densiflora x truncata

Nepenthes eymae
Nepenthes eymae

Nepenthes jamban-1-2Nepenthes jamban – new pitcher forming! YAY!

Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides: Now Open

Nepenthes thorelii x aristocholoides

NOW OPEN! AWWW YEAHHH! I received a rooted cutting of this brilliant Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides earlier in September from Nepenthes master, Paul Barden. Check out his posts here and here on this truly remarkable plant. I’m glad that it’s doing well and happy to report that one month later, I finally got one pitcher open with a few more on the way! So excited! 🙂