Thursday, May 21, 2015

How's The Nepenthes Tank Doing?

A few people have been curious, so I took some photos of the smaller Nepenthes I have in my tank. I have unfortunately not been focused on doing anything to make it look nicer in there, but the Nepenthes don't care about that anyway though, do they.

N. bicalcarata Orange Blush

N. sanguinea (Death Cube seedling)

N. rafflesiana "Dark Form" and one pitcher "Pink Form" on the right

N. veitchii Pink

N. 'Judith Finn'

Some photos I could only take with my phone as it's a bit cramped in there at the moment. Until I move some of the larger plants outdoors, it's hard to get a camera in there at a good angle. I also got a few new ones so rearranging is in order again too.

N. mirabilis var. globosa (N. Viking)

N. sumatrana

N. ampullaria Bau Green

N. kutchingensis x Viking
So that's the tank as of today! I really enjoy having at least the smaller plants indoors to look at again. I stopped growing the seedlings outside as it was too difficult to water them regularly, and I've rotted a few letting them go dry then too wet. So this is working out for me, and although the tank isn't as aesthetically pleasing as some of the terrariums you all have, friends and guests enjoy it anyway too.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sarracenia Flowers for 2015!

Sarracenia rosea, Mobile Co. AL, clone k

Sarracenia rosea, Liberty Co., FL

The flower petals will fade to a darker pink in time, but just opened is my favorite coloration.
One petal got a little stuck and curled up while still in bud. 
S. leucophylla f. viridescens

Totally looks like this flower is melting. If it wasn't a bright lime green, it might look like it's drippy and sad. 
S. leucophylla 'Tarnok' 

would've had 2 flowers, but sod web worms :(

S. minor, Orange Co., FL

Looking good overall already

S. rubra?

This is the rubra or rubra hybrid from the "Bug Biting Plants Terrarium Kit" sold at Lowe's. S. rubra ssp. rubra or a hybrid?
There were a few that didn't flower this year for one reason or another, and some more just getting ready to flower that I'll add in later on.

I also have a whole bunch of new Sarracenia this year. Went a bit overboard and probably doubled the collection between spring sales and trades. So stay tuned for some pitchers as the growing season continues!

The latest additions to the crew just potted up. Some more from Mike Wang, and a few imported back to the states from Mike King in the UK. Super excited to see how all the new Sarrs do this year!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Help Support Meadowview Biological Research Station, Limited Edition Shirts!

This year The Sarracenia Forum has voted to help fund Meadowview Biological Research Station with sales of these awesome shirts."Originally created to support and advertise the forum, The Sarracenia Forum Limited Edition T-shirt is now a fund raising effort to help protect our beloved Sarracenia in the wild! This year all profits raised from shirt sales will go to Meadowview Biological Research Station to help fun land aquisition at their Central Virginia Preserve. For 2015 our very own Rick Meyer has created an amazing design featuring the pleasingly plump pitchers and ornate venation of Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. montana, the Mountain Purple Pitcher Plant. Please help support Meadowview and our forum by purchasing one or more shirts! Thank you!"

This campaign went very well last year when proceeds went to support the NASC. I can vouch that the shirts are well made and the print does not wear off. I still have and wear my shirt from last year's fundraiser and it's been through the washer and dryer quite a few times!

Men's and Women's tank tops and t-shirts available this year.

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So help us help preserve the ever shrinking natural habitats that Sarracenia grow in. Even as far back as 1993, estimates that 97.5% of Sarracenia habitats have been destroyed in the Southeast US. Three Sarracenia species are already listed as Federally Endangered under the USA Endangered Species Act, (S. rubra subsp. alabamensis  in Alabama, S. rubra subsp. jonesii in North and South Carolina, and S. oreophila in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.)

To read more about why Sarracenia need special protection click for the Wikipedia Entry and The Carnivorous Plant FAQ.

Please share on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc.! We're at 10 shirts into our goal of 40 and it's only day one!

Prices for different style tank tops and t-shirts are between $18 and $20 USD.
Domestic (United States) shipping $3.85 + $1 for each additional t-shirt.
Domestic (Canada) $9.50 + $4 for each additional t-shirt.
International shipping is $12.50 + $2 for each additional t-shirt.

Domestic orders have an estimated arrival date of approximately 2 weeks after the campaign has ended and International orders have an estimated arrival date of 3 weeks after the campaign has ended, (not 2-3 weeks after you place your order.) The campaign is for 20 days only so order asap!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Gardening: It's Working

So, you'll remember recently I posted about picking up a few bulbs and roots, and was going to attempt to grow them. If not, click to read: Gardening: How Does That Work?  Having never grown actual garden plants before, I started everything in pots so I could control their environment and watering better, and make sure no animals dug the bulbs up before they got a chance to sprout. So here's how it's going.


Tricyrtis 'Blue Wonder.' Not sure what happened. One day it was wilted, then totally collapsed into a rotten mess the next day. (Tricyrtis hirta was growing next too it, same soil mix, same watering, same few hours of evening sun. So I may get another and try it again, keep it slightly drier this time?)


Canna 'Pretoria.' Actually, the correct name for this cultivar is Canna 'Bengal Tiger.' They are the same cultivar, but 'Bengal Tiger' was registered 1st. I only started 2 of these bulbs, I don't have a ton of full sun spots for them at the moment, so 5 was too many. It doesn't look variegated though, so I'm hoping the right bulbs were in the package?

Ismene festalis. Started all 3 bulbs, all 3 have come up.
Tricyrtis hirta. What started as a root is now a small plant, and doing phenomenal. I'm working on the part-shade garden 1st so this one's going in the ground soon.

Ismene festalis from bulbs, Tricyrtis hirta in the small pot to the lower left.

I also made an order with Plant Delights Nursery Inc. Prices and shipping were reasonable, but I was a little nervous ordering from a large scale production nursery. I just ordered one of some things that looked interesting. I'll be ordering from them again shortly. Everything was packed well and looked great on arrival.

For the full sun spots: Canna 'Australia', a purple/black leaved cultivar with red flowers and Canna 'Phasion' (Tropicanna Canna,) purple/pink with yellow and red striped leaf cultivar (super tacky and fabulous, look it up if you've never see one before!)

For the part shade garden: Drimiopsis maculata, Asarum shuttleworthii var. harperi 'Velvet Queen', Tricyrtis lasiocarpa, and Helleborus x hybrida 'Black Diamond'. I'm primarily excited about the black flowered Hellebore. If it does well, I'll be getting more of the other black flowered cultivars out there.

Left: Asarum shuttleworthii var. harperi 'Velvet Queen, Right: Drimiopsis maculata (just emerging)

Left: Tricyrtis lasiocarpa, Right: Helleborus x hybridus 'Black Diamond'

Just starting out are some Crocosmia 'Lucifer' bulbs, as well, so it'll be awhile before we see anything of those. Almost everything went in the ground a few days ago, so give me a few weeks and maybe I'll have a decent picture of these growing to take.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Traveling Sarracenia

I was going through some old photos to dump off my phone to make some space and got a little nostalgic. One consistent thing throughout moving around so much has been my Sarracenia. Many of my plants have moved from apartment to apartment covering well over 1000 miles in a car and managed to be just as flexible and accommodating to change as my family has been. Sarracenia has been the one genus I have had zero losses from despite every move, changes in temperature and sunlight levels, occasional neglect, and being boxed up a few times. They have become my favorite plants to grow because they are so remarkably tolerant. Besides watering, there's not much I even do for them now. Here, I can leave them outside in the same spot all year. No more mulching, rubbermaids, refrigerators, or any of the other methods I used over the years to try and protect them while giving them a proper dormancy.

Back in NY on my cement stoop. This is the earliest picture I took of my first Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa. I can't even remember how many years this plant has lived with me, maybe 8 years now? It wasn't even mature enough to bloom in this picture and I had already had it for a few years before I even took a single picture of it.

S. purpurea ssp. venosa & typical VFT

Dragged that Sarracenia & VFT down to Florida, where the temperate carnivore collection expanded to what fit in a window box and on the edge of the apartment's deck for the next 2 years.

The view from the last apartment, 2013 or 2014.

S. leucophylla 'Tarnok' flower, spring 2014.

S, flava var rubricorpora "Red Tube", spring 2014

This is the last move for a while. The Sarracenia and the rest of the temperate carnivores have it good now. They earned the sunniest spot in the yard, so this should be their best growing year ever. I've been confined to apartment growing (lack of space) for so long, that I have been expanding the collection a lot more since last fall. Right now, my set up is a display shelf that's been taken apart and being used as a stand. Looks terrible, so maybe I'll take a group shot when I can figure out something functional that'll also look nice for them.

It's also been spring here now for a few weeks, so there will be flower photos coming up here shortly!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pictures From: The Greater Orlando Orchid Society's Show & Sale. Part 2

Continuing on....Part 2. If you missed it and want to check it out, click for Part 1 of the GOOS Show & Sale pictures.

Trichopilia suavis


Psychopsis side shot
Dendrobium speciosum
D. speciosum flower close up
An alba color form Psychopsis
Some Paphiopedilum hybrids 
Tons of Oncidium intergenetic hybrids
So much Dendobium kingianum
Love me a gigantic Myrmecophila 
Vanda Kultana Gold x Ascda. Thai Spot

Beautiful NoID Cymbidium hybrid just opening up it's flowers
Lc. Log Cabin....So, uhhhh yeah? That's what you're naming this orchid? ok...

Epidendrum Rene Marques

Cattleya hybrid
Some more giant floofy Cattleya hybrids
Dendrobium Oriental Smile 'Butterfly'
Cattleya hybrid
Vanda Two Tone 'Paresian'
Phragmepedium hybrid
Phrag. Vampire Slayer
Art Shade Phalaenopsis hybrid. I do like these, they look so genetically messed up to me.
Rhynchostylis gigantea (Spots? Tag hard to read)
Rhynchostylis digbyana
Cymbidium Dame Catherine 'Spring Day' just opening
Paph. spicerianum

Rhynchostylis gigantea (white flower form)...You guys sick of these yet? Too bad, I'm not.
Rhynchostylis gigantea 'Beauty Paints'
Ascda. Princess Mikasa "Blue"
Dendrobium Green Flash
Lc. Mount Anderson "Pink Dust"
For those of you who liked this mini Phal from Part 1.... found a picture with the name in it! Might have to hunt this one down and buy it. I don't remember seeing any for sale at the show.

Phal. Mem. Liu Jin Chyuan '#3'
Phal. Mem. Liu Jin Chyuan '#3'

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I've got a lot of Orchid Shows in the area I plan on going to this year so if you love orchids or absolutely hate orchids and do or don't want to see more, comment below and let me know about it!