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Alive – Spring 2014

Spring is in full force and the deluge of color and growth has begun. This season holds quite a bit of promise and I am excited to see what it has in store.
Let’s grow!

Alive – Spring 2014.

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!


Grow On!

Sarracenia hybrid – unknown parentage; new growth jumpin’!

A few weeks ago I trimmed a lot of the plants back – that was stage 1 of my clean up project after the move.  Stage two is repotting and divisions. (Which, seemingly is taking F O R E V E R.)  You can see how the new growth of this year is shooting up and the plant is deforming the pot!  This is a multi crown 3 or 4 year old young plant that’s flowering this year.  I grew this plant from seed that I obtained a while back from Karen Oudean – the exact parentage is unknown, but I am assuming that it has a flava/alata/rubra-ish influence.  Grow on, lil’ dude — grow on!

Let’s Grow

[Sprout. The seed has cracked open, and a deluge of growth will soon follow.]

Is it me, or does anyone else have a garden that seems to echo life’s milestones? My garden is that living and breathing repository in which events are tucked away and recorded.

After 9 seemingly long/short years, I am leaving the escrow/title industry to work in another field (biotech) that will provide me room to grow – both personally and professionally.  I’ll also be working closer to home – which will afford me time to see my family. For this, I am so thankful.  I am also thankful for all of you who have helped me get this far. You all know who you are.

It’s a new season for me indeed.  After 9 years in that industry, I am leaving the security of it all. This I do know: that with change there is opportunity. Sure it can be kind of scary, but this is the thing that will stretch and expand my horizons.
[Ready for growth.]

Three weeks ago, I pulled out the crosses from cold/damp stratification.  I actually left the crosses in a cold/damp stratification for several months.  This had me a little worried  as I typically do about a 4-6 week cold stratification and found that to be sufficient for Sarracenia seed.  Now, being that they were in there since the Superbowl, I do kinda slightly worry about the viability.  I think they’re fine though.  Yeah, life tends to get kind of busy and pulling 120 crosses out of cold stratification unfortunately couldn’t find time in my schedule right away…   That is, until 3 weeks ago. Knowing that I had to do something ’bout this delay, I set an entire weekend aside to get to this project.  (I’ll detail the process a bit later on…)

What’s funny though is that the Monday following the weekend I planted the crosses, I got the call for an interview.  A few weeks later on the day that I got the offer was the day that I began to notice a few seeds cracking open. That’s a good sign that a deluge of growth is right around the corner.  (And now that I think about it, I probably should of got those seeds out a little faster, heh heh!)

Looking back and drawing parallels – those 9 years were kind of like my cold stratification. (Or more like — a crucible…)  It was a time period to prepare me for oncoming growth of this next stage in life. I’m excited for this new opportunity and new season in life. Let’s grow.

Slack Spring

A few of the plants  here are already putting out new pitchers.  Seasons here in the mild Bay Area generally cause the Sarrs to have a little bit of a head start compared to most other places. I know it’s still technically winter but… things are already a-happenin’ over here. Yes, most of my plants are indeed still dormant, but many are coming out of dormancy, and yet other plants (grown outdoors) even have full blown pitchers that have recently opened! Flower pods are forming and things will soon be in full swing.

Anyway, here’s a few Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’ plants that are springin’ into growth!


[Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’]

[Sarracenia ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Adrian Slack’]

[Sarracenia courtii x ‘Adrian Slack’]