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The Seedling – It Calls to Me

“Take me home, Rob!”

Last month, a few fellow Carni-heads and I went to meet up with the Great Sarracenia Grandmaster Wizard of the Pacific Northwest, Jerry Addington. (Yes. A future post to follow.) Anyway, there was one seedling that I was particularly drawn to. Out of the thousands of plants – there was this one that I had this unexplainable attraction to.* At first glance, I didn’t know what the plant was and the tag was not visible. The tag was buried and hidden by a mass of other seedlings. But still, there was just something about this one. When I asked bout it, Jerry wasn’t sure what it was off the top of his head, but he was kind enough to let me bring it home with me. **  I then pulled the pot, and then looked at the tag. OHHHH. DAYMN. It was a cross I did a couple of seasons ago, then gave Jerry some seeds from the cross back then. Sarracenia ‘Saurus‘ x ‘Legacy‘. Even without knowing what it was at first sight, it was almost like the seedling was calling me. Weird. I know. But weird in a cool way.

It is still young and I’m looking forward to seeing it develop. It doesn’t have the rich and ominous coloration of S. ‘Saurus’, and it does not have the clear throat splotch of S. ‘Legacy’, but I think what I found familiar was the seedling shape – especially the mouth. See last photo  below of S. ‘Legacy’ from 2010.

Here’s a few things that I’m watching with this baby that I’ll leave here on the blog so a few years from now I can look for this post and figure out how I did:

1.) Shape – I like the wide mouth and the smaller lid to mouth ratio. The mouth at this age really reminds me of the shape that S. ‘Legacy’ had in 2010.

2.) Size – this seedling was a bit taller than the others, and even taller than some of her siblings that were in the same pot. With S. ‘Saurus’ genes in the mix, who knows what this one will do.

3.) Coloration – Again, this the deep color from S. ‘Saurus’ did not carry over and the splotch of S. ‘Legacy’ is not really present (if you look closely, some coloration from the splotch is very very faint) — but this baby has this quiet and subtle pitcher coloration I like. The upper portion of the pitcher and inside is white with red veins running throughout. Should be a sweet contrast. The lid still maintains a bit of bright yellowish green. There is a main stripe down the middle, in the throat. When S. ‘Legacy’ was a baby, she also had one very prominent main stripe in the middle of the throat that developed into a beautiful splotch as she matured. (See last photo for reference.)

Again, this is still a baby but with those genes all up in the mix, who knows what it will do. For now, will just watch and wait. Thanks for germinating and growing this baby Jerry!

Sarracenia ‘Saurus’ x ‘Legacy’

Sarracenia ‘Saurus’ x ‘Legacy’

Sarracenia ‘Saurus’ x ‘Legacy’

For reference, the pollen parent in the above cross as a youngster. Sarracenia ‘Legacy’ photo from July 2010.

* The Rocket Man Ron Spores was with me when it happened. He witnessed the whole thing! Forreals!

** Funny enough, in the rush of packing things up and leaving that evening  – I had left this pot and realized this only when I was on the road that something was missing. Thankful that fellow Sarraceniaphile and neighbor, Calen, visited Jerry later on and was able to bring this one back. Thanks again C-dawg!)

 

Sarracenia’s First Snow – Dec 2016


There are so many new things that I’m experiencing here in the wonderful Pacific Northwest playground – and my Sarracenia are also having some interesting new experiences as well. Such as — snow! WHOA. Congratulations, Sarracenia – snow level achievement unlocked! Yes. Snow. It’s a total trip. The botanical babes have gone from sheltered greenhouse growing in the past few years (See: Summer Sanctuary 2014) to the real world of outdoor growing. And now, they get to experience some literally cool stuff.

“But wait – oh WHAT? I thought they’re tropical plants n’ shit?” you may be saying to yourself. Nahhh fam, they may look kinda cold and sad and depressed for the moment, but quite honestly they’re quite tougher than what most folks give them credit for. >>Insert a life metaphorical comment about plant and life parallels here.<< I put together a little video and a few images below for your viewing enjoyment. Oh, don’t mind the mess in the yard by the way, I still need to level the yard and get tables built. Kinda hard to do that when it’s a giant mud pit full of black berries… so for now they’re just resting in tubs until I figure that out. Glad I could capture these bae-bay’s first snow days. More snow expected in the forecast here in Portland this week, I’m sure the plants are looking forward to it. Brrrr! Happy growing all yous wonderfuls peoples out there. Stay warm!

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Sarracenia's First Snow - Dec 2016

Sarracenia's First Snow - Dec 2016

Frosty Flytraps.

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Sarracenia's First Snow - Dec 2016

Sarracenia seedlings just… chillin’.

Sarracenia's First Snow - Dec 2016

Sarracenia's First Snow - Dec 2016

The Dogwood encased in ice. It watches over the Sarracenia like a crystal chandelier.

Sarracenia's First Snow - Dec 2016

Sarracenia's First Snow - Dec 2016

Sarracenia's First Snow - Dec 2016

Sarracenia's First Snow - Dec 2016

A Visit to Jerry Addington’s – Sep 2016

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Hi all! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Hope everyone is doing well. Things here at The Pitcher Plant Project are still going through some transplant adjustments, but rest assured – there’s plenty of things in the works. Back in September, Kinjie, Calen and I had the fantastic pleasure of geeking out once again in Jerry Addington’s wonderful Sarracenia wonderland. As some of you may know from previous posts from Jerry’s place, it is always an honor to kick it with Jerry and see the magnificent assemblage of his carnivorous plants. We also met up with fellow growers and friends – Ron “Rocket Man” Spores, Kyle Hooper and Steve Galic. It is always delightful to be able to nerd out to these plants with fellow Sarraceniaphiles. Ahhh, good times indeed.

I’ve put together a quirky video of our visit for your viewing pleasure. There’s also a slideshow for your eyes to feast on, as well and some highlight photos down below. Enjoy!

Jerry – as always we would like to thank you so much for your kindness, hospitality and generosity. Thank you for always urging us to push the envelope of growing and breeding and thank you for your constant inspiration and encouragement.

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Behind the scenes. #KinjiePhotobombsWhileCombingEverything

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Calen, the selfie master in effect.

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Jerry Addington - Sep 2016

The Legend

Ok ok ok. I have to throw this in here. I mean, how could I not?! Jerry Addington – a modern day Leonardo Da Vinci creating masterful and stunning works of art with Sarracenia. :)

 

Sarracenia Northwest Open House 2016

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Sarracenia Northwest (web: http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/) open house with my carni-bro, Kinjie. When I initially really got into carnivorous plant growing yeeears ago, Sarracenia Northwest was a great resource for me and helped set that foundation for me. I had a good time meeting and connecting with fellow carnivorous plant growers as well as getting to see some cool plants at SNW! Thanks again to Jacob and Jeff for hosting! Here’s a few photos from our visit on 10 Sep 2016. Enjoy!

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A very cool flytrap sculpture greets you at the entrance of Sarracenia Northwest!

Large tubs of Darlingtonia.

A tub full of carnivores!

Sarracenia “White Knight” originating from Meadowview.

Pools of Sarracenia

Sarracenia ‘Judith Hindle’ en masse.

Drosophyllum lusitanicum

Whoa! Check it – I had a chance to run into the brilliant Nina (Instagram: @_christinanina_86) at the SNW open house. She has some pretty rad carnivorous plant tattoos! Way to represent, Nina!

A Visit to Jerry Addington’s

Jerry Addington

Last month, I once again had the pleasure of visiting one of the great Sarracenia influences in my life, Jerry Addington. It is always a great treat to have been able to visit twice in a season. (Check out my visit to Jerry’s place – June 2015.) Special thanks to my bro Kinjie for making this happen. Company at Jerry’s spot also included fellow Sarracenia-philes Ron Spores and Kyle Hooper on this visit. We had a most excellent time just geeking out over the plants. And yeah, It was absolutely brilliant seeing the plants again; this time they were gowned in their autumnal attire. Leucophyllas and their hybrids were putting on quite the show. And as always – the sheer magnitude of quality and quantity of plants at Jerry’s place is overwhelming. Enjoy a few of the photos from this visit! Just a small sampling of photos are below, but be sure to check out the slideshow for all of the photos from my visit.

Jerry, as always – thank you for everything. Hope to be back again soon!

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This was really nice to see. This was grown from seed that I did that I sent Jerry. The parents are S. rosea “Big Mama” x purpurea ssp. venosa AF. You can see the S. “Big Mama” influence in the ala (the “wing” being held) and the other cool thing – this plant is AF recessive! Jerry – hope you can use this in future breeding projects!

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Kyle!

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Ron giving us presentation on his recent Sarracenia adventures while we wait for some awesome Thai food!

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Carnivorous Weekend – 2 of 2: Garden of Faulisi

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!

Enjoy!


Full screen slideshow with ALL the photos from the marvelous day – over here.

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Sarracenias of Faulisi - 27 Sep 2015

Sarracenia “Megamouth”

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Phil and his GIANT minor.

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Quick! Everyone touch the flava!

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Here’s the Dir-tay Mon-kay. Named after Truh-ay-ay. Haaaaaay.

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A sibling to Sarracenia “Megamouth” not as large but what a beauty.

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Wow. This this is so badass.

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Easily able to swallow an iPhone.

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No comment.

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Sarracenia “Stubbs” looking quite nice this time of year.

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Sarracenia ‘Stingray’

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Livin’ on the edge. Not for long though.

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Yummy!

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Trap Life.

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I think it ate a bird.

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Dried pitchers of the mighty Sarracenia “Saurus” still towering over the rest of the plants.

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A pitcher in the midst of phyllodia.

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A beautiful Jerry Addington hybrid that’s doing excellent here!

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Mmm… Hawt lips. Sarracenia “Hot Lips” that is.

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Straight up bling!

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I really enjoy all the windows. It almost reminds me of a stained glass cathedral… of insect death.

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Simply amazing!

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Just elegant.

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Dude. These pitchers are as wide as your face.

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A really nice squat and chunky looking pitcher.

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This mantis devoured the fly with a quickness.

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Phil’s new BFF.

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This is one amazing S. mitchelliana.

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WTF is this thing?! A stick insect?!?! What?!

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Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’

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Sarracenia ‘Hummer’s Okee Classic’ – with future meal.

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Sarracenia ‘Royal Ruby’

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Calen and the “pretty (Mega)mouf.”

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Squad.

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Squad + Sarracenia.

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Squad after getting high off of Sarracenia. We cray.

 

Carnivorous Weekend – 1 of 2: Garden of Wang

Last weekend was one beautiful carnivorous plant filled weekend. For my first stop, I had the honor of visiting my good friend, The Wang. Mike Wang. Totes awesome and epic and leucos blingin’ and leucos bangin’ and I won’t even try to describe it and so yeah. Enjoy the slide show and a few highlight clips below! (Thanks again, Mike!)

Sarracenia of Wang – 27 Sep 2015. Full screen slideshow here.

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