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    Epic fieldtrip for CP sightseeing part 1: Northern California!

    I went on a fieldtrip this past week to Northern California to go see Darlingtonia in the wild, a nursery in Fort Bragg, another one in Sebastopol, a few growers along the way, and ending with the BACPS meet!

    Here we go… well I visited amphirion and brokken first before I hit the road up to the Darlingtonia habitat(s), but unfortunately didn't take any pics. You can see brokken's stuff here though in his dedicated threads.. his greenhouse:
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=120958
    and his sarracenia:
    http://icps.proboards.com/index.cgi?...ay&thread=1174

    amphirion grows tiny little orchids so I'm sure you can find those in the orchids pictures threads.. and he also took some pics of this trip here:
    http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index...howtopic=42514

    So off we are to Bob Z's house… he has all sorts of nice animals and plants, so here we go:
    bunnies








    dogs too..


    and nice flowers




    and the first greenhouse


    freaking huge U.reinformis




    and just a massive pile of pings







    -more to come--

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    some cultivar called 'rose' or something of a ping that I don't remember




    the cat


















    ..things just growing everywhere














    ---more to come…

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    ..and goats next to the other greenhouse


    with vfts as far as the eye can see




    LOOK how FREAKING HUGE this S.rosea luteola is!!!


    and I don't have dainty hands… that pitcher is the one on the right here










    and here's a S.purp heterophylla






    I think this is one of those S.Adrian Slack










    --to be continued…

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    and a frog just hanging out






    freakish mutants










    this clone is seriously.. smaller than a US penny coin!


    and then wacky traps, the little weirdo














    --to be continued…

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    I think this is that rosea again.. but it might be the purp. I have a hard time distinguishing them..






    and some nice baby












    D.regia I think


    and 'streetview' LOL!












    …and off to Harry T.'s place! We showed up to his house noonish, waited around a bunch and called a couple times and I guess Harry was still out. We decided to just head out and hit up some sites by ourselves, but right as we were leaving up pulls Harry! He says.. who are you, and why are you here? Well.. I tell him who I am and what my business is, he asks if we've looked at his plants, and I answer no. He says, "well go look!" and then afterwards when he finishes watering, he says, "ok now get in my car and we're going!". So Harry took us out for a half day Tuesday (Bob took up Tuesday morning, and Monday afternoon after I landed in San Fran was all visiting Brokken/amphirion and driving north), and then asked when we were meeting up Wednesday! Unfortunately he blew a tire late Tuesday, so we actually ended up driving around in my rental Wednesday, but it all worked out well. Here are Harry's plants:





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    look at the size on that!




    …and his front yard covered in the plants he had to move off the balcony/porch that needed rebuilding




    and his "back yard" where supposedly there are some Pinguicula (macroceras is indigenous) and Darlingtonia that he tried to point out with binoculars but I just wasn't seeing..


    anyway back to his plants..




















    and off into the hills!






    --to be continued…

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    notice how it's just completely dry in the area, but there are little wellings-up of cold springs through the rocks, and in those little wet spots is where the darlingtonia reside. It's absolutely amazing how scorching it is in the sun but the fact that Darlingtonia are growing there!




    and native orchids






    lots of pictures of random flowers too, should anyone decide to do a 'native plants minibog'




    and also, since there are grasses and flowers, there must be nutritional content to the soil. Something completely inert + Reverse Osmosis water would *not* support this kind of flora.. so using some ferts on your Darlingtonia is definitely not a bad thing..




    yes, snow-capped mountains at the end of June!




    it was a bit misty so it got my lens a little dirty for a while… from the springs






    little seedlings sometimes grow in 'muck' on rock faces, but sometimes just into the rock-face itself if they can get a foot-hold


    --to be continued…

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    Harry says that there are a large number of pollinated flowers up this year.. we saw Darlingtonia flowers all over the place! (They stick up when they're pollinated already.. those hanging down are still waiting..)


    nap time for last years pitchers.. they were just working on growing in this years pitchers last week, so maybe next month might have been a more auspicious time to go




    there were lots of wild irises




















    --to be continued…

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