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Since I have enough other weird things that aren't carnivores or aroids, probably should have their own thread
Iris verna by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr Iris verna by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Iris verna by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Iris by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
This was the first of the US native irises I started growing, and special since it's a very local locality
Iris missouriensis "Hohnholz lakes" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Iris missouriensis "Hohnholz lakes" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Starting to get seeds galore off of this guy too
Aristolochia fimbriata by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
 
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Something glorious bloomed recently
Lilium catesbaei by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Lilium catesbaei by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Lilium catesbaei by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Lilium catesbaei by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And I even managed to get a video put together for it (for whatever reason, not as popular as most of my other vids; I know it's short, but still...)
Triggerplants have been in bloom constantly for about 8 months now...
Stylidium debile by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And these beauties are back...and beginning to multiply!
Scadoxus multiflorus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Almost the end of the run for these (but I have plenty of seeds to start them up again now)
Mentzelia laevicaulis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Hibiscus trionum by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
 
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From the one flower I got this past season, at least 17 new sprouts...
Lilium catesbaei by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Also, decided to try something absolutely harebrained...
Forastero by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Forastero by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Forastero by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Yes, these are cacao seeds! The regular pods gave me 99 of them, and for a while, it looked like I might have upwards of 97% germination success from them:
Forastero by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Forastero by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
But it would seem that a combination of the fairly cool conditions around here, my poor planting methods once they germinated, and attempts to kill off mold using the recommended peroxide and/or light alcohol applications is lethal. None have survived. Those that died off early though, will soon be roasted to use for making a semi-chocolate...
But was I deterred? No! I decided to be even crazier, and ordered a pod of the even rarer Criollo form (accounts for about 2% of chocolate production, only slightly more than the Nacional genetic cluster)
Criollo by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
These also started with nearly 90% germination, and while the cold and dry here still isn't great (lesson learned, wait until summer to try again), there is some hope
Criollo by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
They're a different color than the Forastero, though that could just be due to the development stage of the seeds, and there looks to be at least a few that are likely to survive. I'm hoping for enough to at least try selling a few, but we'll see...
 
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