Carnivorous collection hopping weekend – part 2 of 2.
After visiting Mike’s garden filled with blinding leucos, we drove down to meet our buddy Calen over at Phil’s spot. That is right – the grand finale in last week’s serendipitous Sarracenia soiree takes us to the garden of Faulisi. Phil Faulisi. The man. The legend. Oh boy, and the plants? All I could say about that awesomeness was THIS. Click that link. Then play after every photo.
Phil – thanks so much as always for your hospitality. Always a pleasure to hang out and nerd out over plants!
Full screen slideshow with ALL the photos from the marvelous day – over here.
Phil and his GIANT minor.
Quick! Everyone touch the flava!
Here’s the Dir-tay Mon-kay. Named after Truh-ay-ay. Haaaaaay.
A sibling to Sarracenia “Megamouth” not as large but what a beauty.
Wow. This this is so badass.
Easily able to swallow an iPhone.
Sarracenia “Stubbs” looking quite nice this time of year.
Livin’ on the edge. Not for long though.
I think it ate a bird.
Dried pitchers of the mighty Sarracenia “Saurus” still towering over the rest of the plants.
A pitcher in the midst of phyllodia.
A beautiful Jerry Addington hybrid that’s doing excellent here!
Mmm… Hawt lips. Sarracenia “Hot Lips” that is.
Straight up bling!
I really enjoy all the windows. It almost reminds me of a stained glass cathedral… of insect death.
Dude. These pitchers are as wide as your face.
A really nice squat and chunky looking pitcher.
This mantis devoured the fly with a quickness.
Phil’s new BFF.
This is one amazing S. mitchelliana.
WTF is this thing?! A stick insect?!?! What?!
Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’
Sarracenia ‘Hummer’s Okee Classic’ – with future meal.
Sarracenia ‘Royal Ruby’
Calen and the “pretty (Mega)mouf.”
Squad + Sarracenia.
Squad after getting high off of Sarracenia. We cray.
The final installment of this trilogy of vignettes takes to the wonderful garden of Martinez. Drew’s collection is beautiful madness, and his space usage (especially in the Nepenthes houses) is very efficient. As an added bonus, the great Sarracenia artist himself, the legend — Phil Faulisi accompanied us on this visit to Drew’s place too! We had a great day simply immersing ourself in botanical bliss. This was one memorable weekend filled with carnivorous plant wonder. I seriously could use more weekends like this.
Drew and Selina, thank you so much for hosting us. Really appreciate you taking time out of your day to give us a tour of your amazing collection! You both are awesome.
In that company of Sarracenia flowers, a couple gems stood out. This S. purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii f. luteola immediately caught my eye. Not just because it was anthocyanin free, but check the flowers out. It’s missing the umbrella shaped style! (See this as a reference of Sarracenia flower parts.) So weird! All the flowers on it were this way. After I pointed it out, Drew called it “Freakshow.” So cool. I love them freaks! This plant originated from a batch of seed grown plants from Chris Gussman. (Great work, Chris!) I recognized the shape and knew straight away it was from Chris since I have one too. 🙂 Mine hasn’t bloomed yet so not sure if this trait is also expressed in the siblings.
Here’s a shot of one of the flowers from that strange luteola…
…and of the other flower. If you see past the petals, there’s no umbrella! Go home, Sarracenia. You are drunk.
Another flower that caught my eye after the strange luteola flower. This is S. lamentations x leucophylla. Notice anything funny about this one? Check the sepals out! (Again, here’s the Sarracenia flower reference photo.) Typically Sarracenia sepals are separated into 5 distinct sepals. This plant has only one fused / continuous sepal. It was consistent on all of the flowers too!
An ever-so efficient use of space. It’s packed in here!
Phil freaks out over this beautiful N. robcantleyi!
Hey everyone out there in the interwebs! Hope you’ve been well! Miss you all. It’s been a couple weeks since my last update, but oh boy… do I have some updates coming up. Thanks for being patient with me and thank you for still checking in on my blog. You’re awesome.
So last week my brotha’ from another mutha’ – Kinjie Coe, came down to visit for the weekend. For those of you who don’t know, Kinjie hails from Portland, OR and is an absolutely friquin’ brilliant carnivorous plant grower. We had a marvelous time connecting and spending time with local growers. (Allison and Siri, thank you for letting Kinjie visit and get his super-carnivorous-plant-nerd-out on with the rest of us!)
I’ll be posting a few snapshots from each day of his visit in the upcoming blog posts. I’ve actually never had *this much* carnivorous plant collection surfing crammed into one weekend. Yeah. It was glorious.
Day one – Friday 10 Apr 2015. We cruised on over to visit the legend – Phil Faulisi. Phil needs no introduction and he is one badass breeder and grower. Phil – thank you so much for everything bro. Always good to kick it with you and many thanks for your hospitality and generosity. (BACON!)
Without further ado – slideshow photos from the master’s garden as well as a few photos in the highlight reel below!
This past weekend I had a chance to hang with one of the great growers that has been such an inspiration to me – the legend: Phil Faulisi. His plants never cease to amaze! Enjoy a few highlight photos and the slideshow below, or view the slideshow in fullscreen here! (Phil – thanks again for everything!)
A visit to Phil’s Sarracenia Wonderland! 14 Sep 2014 (Also note, you can use your arrow keys to go back and forth… )
Sarracenia “Saurus” never ceases to amaze me. This select cross of S. leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. ornata was done by the legendary Phil Faulisi. I remember when I first saw this beast of a plant at Phil’s place in 2009 – I had to pick my jaw off the floor. I jokingly told Phil, “Phil – dude that thing is a Sarracenia-Saurus!” He then goes “Dude, you know what? You just named that plant!”
The pitchers on my division this year got to over 30 inches. If the plant wasn’t divided, they would of gotten close to the 40 inches that it normally attains. (See Phil’s post here.)
The pitchers below are fresh fall pitchers that recently opened up this past week. They will color up and get dark as the season rolls on. You can see the pitcher on the right in the first photo starting to darken up. For the time being, I’m enjoying the beautiful contrast of the veins as they lace up the pitcher. Simply amazing! As always, brilliant work, Phil!
I recently had my good friends Don Elkins of Mesa Exotics and Phil Faulisi over. They are both phenomenal growers that share this mad Sarracenia passion with me. Although the collection is starting to look pretty crappy at the moment (yeah, it’s that time of year, please pardon the crispy foliage), it was still pretty great geeking out over plants… and bacon ice cream with these guys. 🙂
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