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Friday, June 4th, 2010
2:40 pm
Saturday, February 13th, 2010
11:47 am
Willy Verheulpen's Collection

The biggest private collection of Parodia cacti I guess!
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
12:46 pm
the iTerrarium
While the plant itself is a very attractive Nepenthes hybrid, every plant needs an appropriate container. I'd like to introduce the iTerrarium Mark I.
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
12:37 pm
bay area carnivorous plant society 2007 summer sale and show.
click images for larger views.

we got there a half hour before it was closed, all the vendors were gone, all the raffle plants given away.


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Saturday, September 15th, 2007
12:11 pm

Darlingtonia Californica growing on the porch.

For those of you reading this in the San Francisco bay area, it is time again for the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society 2007 Annual Show and Sale. This year, it's going to be in San Francisco, at St Anne's on Judah.
If you're into the plants or if you've wanted to get into them, this is a great opportunity to buy some of the finest plants available at extremely reasonable prices from the individuals that have grown the plants themselves. The show will include some of the most beautiful specimens of rare insectivorous plants on the west coast.
If you've got nothing to do and you're in the area, come check it out! It's free! It's also not too far from the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and their CHOMP! exhibit featuring plants from several of my friends, including Lois Ochs and Peter d'Amato of California Carnivores.
They won't be at the show, as they will be in Georgia for a presentation at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, so if you're in that part of the country, you should go check them out there on Thursday.

sorry bout the cross-post whoring
x posted to
and petre
Friday, February 16th, 2007
10:45 am
Plant ID request! ...please? Pretty please? I've got...like...over fifty unknown planties! :O

(Follow the fake cut!)

X-posted in various places.

Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, February 10th, 2007
10:26 pm
Plant ID request.

Hey guys -- Pictures of my ever-so-slow progress weeding the garden...and pictures of two plants I'm trying to ID. I'd have more, but...well...it's pouring out there! >.< :P

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The unknown plantsCollapse )

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
10:09 am
Hi! I'm new to gardening, and I'm going to be taking care of this poor little garden that's been neglected here at my partner's new house.

But I'm having trouble finding what kinds of plants need to be planted when. Anybody have any really good resources for the beginner?

I also still need to get the soil pH tested. Any cheap ideas for that?

Many, MANY thanks!!

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, November 26th, 2006
4:51 pm
Sunday, June 18th, 2006
12:46 pm
Nepenthes question...
I have a bunch of oddball plants that get quite a bit of nurturing and care... but for some odd reason, my pitcher plant is failing rapidly! I've tried every manner under the sun to save it (repotting, pruning, soil additives, etc. etc.), but to no avail whatsoever - the bottom keeps dying off, and is starting to reach the top ones. I'm a horticulturalist by trade, and no amount of knowledge is helping me at this point. Has anyone had any similar probs with their nepenthes?

Also - does anyone plant black flowers? I'm starting a black and white garden next year, and so far have black hollyhocks, black glads, and numerous small blacks like penny black. Has anyone had more success with certain ones over others? (I'm in zone 5 - border 6.) Are there certain ones you can suggest, or that you love?

Current Mood: curious
Monday, April 10th, 2006
9:22 am
Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
2:17 am
Hello all!
Welcome to new people! :) So, the beginning of the growing season is upon us - anyone have any plans for new unusual plants or landscaping...?
Friday, January 6th, 2006
1:14 pm
Banner 02 animated

Current Mood: high
Friday, July 22nd, 2005
6:33 pm
I know some people will think I'm lame, but I can'd describe how cool this is.

I raised these lilies from BULBS. They were hard little brown things that I watched push up points through the dirt in my flower pot. They bloomed the other day.

They're so stunningly beautiful.

I don't know if they're so special because I grew them myself from bulbs, or if they really are that gorgeous, but I'm completely enamoured with them. It's almost magical and overwhelming. They were bulbs... nothing... and now they're so gorgeous.

When I planted them, the bag said "Assorted bulbs" so I had no idea what the flowers would look like that I was growing. They bloomed yellow with a soft burgundy blush.

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They're in a pot, safely out of the way of my cats, because they ARE toxic to kitties.

I also have a bowl of different colored coleus. I just love them. I know the pot is overcroweded but I just love the way they look with all the different colored leaves croweded together.

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Growing plats is so amazing and rewarding. It really is.

Current Mood: enthralled
Sunday, July 17th, 2005
3:00 pm
Stress = Flowers
I was talking to someone today about why my Calla Lilies are not producing blooms.

They're healthy and are putting out leaves at an alarming rate, but now blooms.

I told him I was watering it daily and fertalizing it every other week, but nothing.

He said somehtimes when plants are happy, they don't bloom and you sometimes need to "stress" them to get them to bloom.

I know that this is true of a lot of flowering plants.

Does this also hold true for Callas? If so, what is the best way to stress a calla to get it to bloom without harming it or sending it into dormancy?

Current Mood: bored
Friday, July 1st, 2005
12:34 pm
The latest crop of photos Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: optimistic
Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
4:11 pm

So, I order these flowers from a catologue. They are black violas with a tiny dot yellow eye center. Now, I hardly expected them to be truly black, but very, very dark black-purple, but still.

When the plants arrive they are in dreadful condition. The stems are all "leggy" and very long and limp and curly. It has dead leaves and flowers, and a few pale, barely alive leaves. I pick off what is absolutely dead and put the scrawney pale almost-dead things in the ground.

The stems lay on the ground like runners, pale and curly. But, after some weeks of watering and an application of miracle grow, they start to grow patches of healthy leaves. The stems are still long and curly and lay on the ground like runners, but they have little patches of good leaves.

To my surprise (Miracle gro is good s&*t!) two of the healthier ones begin to bloom. (One died and a couple more of them look on the verge of dying... but half of them are healthy. I actually ordered six instead of three because I expected I'd loose a couple anyway.)

The problem is, they just have the same purple flowers exactly like the wild johnny jump up viola tri-colors I have growing wild all over the place! If the stems wern't so leggy I wouldn't even know which ones I baught!

Did I get had and should I write the catolog people? Or is thier lack of the strong color due to the facts that they're still not in good health?

I've worked with them before and if you call saying that somehting died or wasn't right they send you all kinds of free crap. Couldn't hurt.

Current Mood: irritated
Monday, June 27th, 2005
10:06 pm
More advice on Callas
I adore my calla lilies!

However, on my white calla lilies they are starting to turn green and look more like leaves again.

Is that just the natural progression of the flower as it reaches it's end or is it lacking something it needs to maintain blooms?
Saturday, June 25th, 2005
5:30 pm
Some of the latest pictures...
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Much as I love my garden, I need less of it! The weeding alone is doing me in. How are you all holding up?

Oh, and my Aconite/Monkshood is on the verge of blooming :)

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
12:51 pm
New pics!
Yikes, this weather is making my plants spike like crazy! And just got some new ones, too:

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Current Mood: chipper
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