Signs of Spring + Special Announcement!

Spring is technically one month away, but my area is feeling her warmth and light right now. As of writing this, it’s a perfect 78 F outside!

These few weeks before the spring equinox for me is full of anticipation, an eager feeling of tension. It’s like watching a movie for that one big moment you don’t want to miss.

The temperate plants are breaking dormancy but aren’t quite there yet. I’m dying to get past the cold, dreary days of winter and see beautiful traps and pitchers emerging again.

My Venus flytraps are relentlessly teasing me right now. Little baby traps are opening, and the bigger ones are take their sweet time.

DC XL Venus flytrap breaking dormancy.
DC XL got a bit of a head start.
FTS Maroon Monster Venus flytrap breaking dormancy.
FTS Maroon Monster with its first trap of the season!
Fused Tooth Venus flytrap breaking dormancy.
Fused Tooth opening up too!
Venus flytrap breaking dormancy.
The anticipation is killing me with these typicals!

Venus flytrap breaking dormancy.

Venus flytrap breaking dormancy.

The Sarracenia are not quite as teasing. I’ve got a couple flower buds but not many pitchers coming up yet. That’s not to say I don’t love Sarracenia flowers, but I’m dying for a sea of beautiful pitchers!

Sarracenia pitcher plant flower bud
First flower bud on one of my newest Sarrs! Adrian Slack x Judith Hindle from Mike Wang.

I’m also getting my first Pinguicula flowers of the season! P. ‘Weser’ looked like it was sending up one flower stalk at first, but it’s actually two!

Mexican butterwort Pinguicula 'Weser' with flower stalk.

Looks like this baby will be splitting into two plants too! First time I’ve seen my pings do this!

Mexican butterwort Pinguicula 'Weser' with flower stalk.

 

My first sundew flower stalk of the year comes from Drosera coccicaulus “Alba” (also known as the albino form of Drosera venusta). I love how it rolls out like a monkey tail!

Drosera coccicaulus "Alba" with flower stalk.
This thing looks like it GLOWS among the other sundews.

Drosera collinsiae seemed to be limping along for several months, but is looking happier recently. I love how symmetrical these two new leaves are!

Drosera collinsiae (Collin's sundew)

 

My two big pygmy species (Drosera omissa x pulchella and Drosera scorpioides) have finished their gemmae producing and are now making new leaves for the new season.

Carnivorous pygmy sundew Drosera omissa x pulchella.

Carnivorous pygmy sundew Drosera scorpioides.

 

Just because I love it so much, here’s a couple recent shots of Utricularia blanchetii. I think this little guy is getting entered in the BACPS show this year!

Terrestrial carnivorous bladderwort, Utricularia blanchetii

Terrestrial carnivorous bladderwort, Utricularia blanchetii

 

Okay, we’re all pretty familiar with Utricularia livida, but can we talk about the backside of its flower for a second? I can’t get over how cute that ducktail and those purple stripes are!

Terrestrial carnivorous bladderwort, Utricularia livida

 

This post turned out to be quite the pre-spring photo dump, hah. Can you just FEEL my anticipation for the growing season?

Special announcement time! 

My next blog post will be my … (drum roll)… SPRING GIVEAWAY! And first giveaway of 2016! I have a pretty good idea of what it’ll be, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

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Thanks for reading and checking out my latest carnivorous plant photos! If you dig them, please share this post with your friends. See you next time in THE GIVEAWAY POST! 😀

7 comments

  1. Paige says:

    Eep, I can’t wait for spring! These photos are making me super excited for pretty spring growth!! Although to be honest, it feels like spring already since I’ve moved to Los Angeles — we’ve already had 90 degree weather, how crazy is that? Cant wait to bring all of my plants down here finally. It’s going to take some work keeping them all hydrated in the summer heat!

    • Maria says:

      Hey Paige, I didn’t know you moved to LA. I can’t even imagine 90 degrees in February! Maybe we’ll get some more rain before it gets super hot!

      • Paige says:

        Yeah! The move was pretty unexpected, what started as a birthday trip to my boyfriend’s house in LA turned into me staying for coming on 2 months now. Haha! I dont have most of my things here yet (including my plants… cries) so I decided to wait on announcing my move on Instagram. It’s supposed to rain here most of next week, hopefully it does up there too! Gonna try to catch as much rain water as I can. 🙂

  2. Elyse says:

    This looks amazing. My fly traps are just putting out new traps and one tried putting up a flower stalk. Have you ever tried vegetative propagation via flower stalk? I am told it wil be months before I know if it suceeded.

    • Maria says:

      Thanks Elyse! I haven’t propagated via a flower stalk yet, but I plan on trying it this year! I’ve attempted leaf pullings before but haven’t been successful yet. It does talk a few months to see results.

  3. Megan says:

    I know exactly how you feel! Watching all my Sarrs slooowwwwlllly put up their flowers. They were all slowly growing for 2 weeks before I left, watch I’m gonna come back and they’re all going to have flowered and lost all their petals 🙁
    I’m hoping when I get back all my flytraps will be awake too. Fingers crossed haha 🙂

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