Happy soon-to-be New Year! 2014 was pretty special to me, as far as carnivorous plant care goes! I started this hobby in 2009, but my passion for carnivores was truly reignited this year! So much so that I started this blog, got involved in the online carnivorous plant community again, and bought some new plants that I’ve never grown before! It’s been a wonderful, humbling learning experience and I’m really looking forward to new adventures in 2015!
In this post, I’ll briefly go over the past year and some of the highlights. LOTS of photos ahead! Take a trip down memory lane with me!
I did a major re-potting of all my typical Venus flytraps in mid-February.
I did not put the Sarracenia in a new pot this year. As spring sprung, the first new growths appeared!
In April, I also took my second ever trip to the California Carnivores Nursery!
And brought home this sweet little Dionaea “Red Piranha”!
Basically, everything is growing and looking awesome! I even saw my first two-headed deformed flytrap!
Below are a pot of Sarracenia seedlings I ordered from Cook’s Carnivores. Read my review here!
Just for fun, here is the same plant in November!
Now back to summer fun in the sun!
I got my first ever Cephalotus in my Cook’s order! I was nervous about getting it, but it’s been doing quite well!
On August 18th, I published my first blog post!
Just before the dormancy season, I expanded my collection quite a bit more!
My first Venus flytrap seeds also germinated! See my latest seedling update here!
And in October, my collection grew just a bit more…
At first there was one ping, then six more were added! Check out my post Adventures in growing butterworts!
The fall colors also started coming in…
Dormancy settled in, California got some pretty heavy rain, and I got my first Utricularia (bladderworts)!
Check out when I first planted the utrics in tea cups here!
My Utricularia made new flowers, despite the cold weather! I also separated out my big Sarracenia pot, and got my first gemmae! I will post about the latter two projects very soon!
Can’t forget the other sundews, keeping warm and cozy in the little greenhouse!
Below is Drosera venusta, one of my favorite new additions this year from Predatory Plants. Hard to decide if this one or the pygmies will become my favorite sundew in my collection!
I glazed over a lot, but that about sums up my year of carnivorous plants! Lots of firsts and learning experiences for me. 😀 Tell me all about your year! What was the highlight, if you can name just one?
There is so much more I want to try and do and see next year… it will have to be its own post! Farewell, 2014! See you all in the new year!