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The Garden of Drew

This last weekend I had an opportunity to nerd-out over carnivores at Drew Martinez’s place with fellow carnie-heads Mike Wang and Josh Brown. It was brilliant getting together with these fellow growers and talk plants. Hella (plant) nerd. With this time of the year, most of Drew’s Sarracenia were on their way out, but many plants still looked great. By the way – you can see Mike’s photos on his thread on The Sarracenia Forums here.

The amazing thing is — THIS. Yeah, click that link. Back in 2012 Mike, Josh and I helped put the greenhouses together and it was quite delightful to see the houses and yard packed. Drew and Selina – thanks again for your hospitality in hosting us carnivorous plant-dorks.

My camera and one of my lenses are still in the shop as noted in the last post, but special thanks to Drew for letting me use his camera body to let me snap a few shots!


View all photos in full screen here. A few highlight photos below!

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15 Nov 2014  - Drew Martinez
DREW IS THE MAN.

15 Nov 2014  - Drew Martinez

15 Nov 2014  - Drew Martinez

15 Nov 2014  - Drew Martinez

15 Nov 2014  - Drew Martinez

15 Nov 2014  - Drew Martinez

15 Nov 2014  - Drew Martinez

15 Nov 2014  - Drew Martinez

15 Nov 2014  - Drew Martinez

15 Nov 2014  - Drew Martinez

15 Nov 2014  - Drew Martinez

Darlingtonia 2014

A few weeks ago Mike Wang and I visited various Darlingtonia sites in Curry Co., OR and Del Norte Co., CA. As always – I am truly thankful that I got a chance to roll with Mike again. It was truly an unforgettable experience. It was pretty much a year since we last visited Darlingtonia country. (Here’s a post to day one and day two from last year!)

We had to do some hiking to get to some of these sites. The trails (and LACK of trails) were quite steep and rugged in some places. Finding the Darlingtonia in these remote regions was definitely not easy, but the grueling trek felt like a very small price to pay to be able to witness the plants growing in their natural habitat. Oh and the scenery? <Insert expletives here.> OMG. Ridiculously good. Melt-your-face-off mind-blowingly beautiful.

I can’t adequately put into words just how outlandishly magnificent this experience was so I’ll stop trying and let you see for yourself. I strung together a few video clips and created some photo slideshows that are sorted by day below. There’s also a few highlight snapshots underneath all that. Enjoy!

Oh yeah, and if you haven’t already done so – please be sure to check out Mike’s posts of our Darlingtonia 2014 excursion  here, here, here and here!

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Darlingtonia Video
9-11 Oct 2014

Various sites in Curry Co., OR and Del Norte Co., CA


Day 1 – 9 Oct 2014 Photo Slideshow
Curry Co., OR


Day 2 – 10 Oct 2014 Photo Slideshow
Curry Co., OR


Day 3 – 11 Oct 2014 Photo Slideshow
Del Norte Co., CA

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A few highlight photos follow below. To see all the photos from this Darlingtonia excursion, please view the photo slideshows above!
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Darlingtonia Excursion 2014It’s pre 6am. I need to start this day off right. I need to start this trip off right.
It’s all about that PHILZ COFFEE! 

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
The first patch of Darlingtonia that we stumbled across!
FCS Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
The Wangster and I – FCS Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Seedlings growing out of the water. FCS Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
FCS Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Above the fog at sunset. Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Fueling up before the gnarly hike.
The ravenous Mike Wang in action!

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Rugged and beautiful. Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
So scenic. That’s Mike in the photo to give you a sense of scale. Here we are hiking around looking for the Mountain Valley Meadow site.
Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Valley Meadow site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Valley Meadow Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Valley Meadow Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Valley Meadow Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Summit – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Haunting beauty. Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Some timelapse iPhoneography happening here.
An iPhone Gorillapod comes in handy.

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Trailside Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Creek Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Creek Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mountain Creek Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Roadside Site – Curry Co., OR

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Sphagnum.
Sphagnum Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Darlingtonia growing in sphagnum.
Sphagnum Site – Del Norte Co., CA.

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Skeleton.
Sphagnum Site –  Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Darlingtonia seed Pod.
Sphagnum Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Red.
Alpine Farms – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Alpine Farms – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Alpine Farms – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Alpine Farms – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Seedlings! 
Alpine Farms – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014Goldmine Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Pinguicula macroceras growing vertically on a rock face!
Goldmine Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Goldmine Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Mike admires the Darlingtonia growing vertically on the rock face.
Goldmine Site – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Young plant/seedling growing next to charred piece of wood.
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Brilliant yellow.
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Check the mustache out on this bad boy.
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014
Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014Site 734 – Del Norte Co., CA

Darlingtonia Excursion 2014Left: My preferred footwear – hiking boots.
Right: Mike’s preferred footwear – CROCS.
My mind can not compute how hardcore Mike is to be able to even hike in friquen’ Crocs… CROCS! Seriously. Now that dude is a beast.

Thanks again for everything, Mike!

A Visit to Phil’s

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!)

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A visit to Phil’s Sarracenia Wonderland! 14 Sep 2014
(Also note, you can use your arrow keys to go back and forth… )

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Phil Faulisi - 14 Sep 2014

Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla x “Green Monster”

A couple young siblings from this cross I did 2 years ago. You can see one of the seedlings from this cross crack open start to root in the very last photo from this epic-super-neurotic-OCD-how-to-guide-on-starting-Sarracenia-seeds-post.  Interesting to note some of the differences in these babies! One has a high hood with lots of frills, the other is a little more squat and compact with a shorter hood.

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Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla x "Green Monster"
Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla x “Green Monster”
Upright open hood

Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla x "Green Monster"
Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla x “Green Monster”
Upright open hood

Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla x "Green Monster"
Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla x “Green Monster”
Shorter more compact hood

Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla x "Green Monster"
Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla x “Green Monster”
Shorter more compact hood

Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Bris’

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know this plant isn’t to everyone’s liking but you know that I like them “freaks of the greenery” …keep it freaky, yo.

Sarracenia leucophylla 'Bris'
Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Bris’

Sarracenia leucophylla 'Bris'
Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Bris’

Sarracenia leucophylla 'Bris'
Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Bris’