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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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Out of nearly 200 sprouting seeds...looks like I'll be lucky to end up with 3, maybe 4 Criollo cacao....
Criollo cacao by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
The violets are in bloom among the Sarracenia again:
Viola lanceolata by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And after 2 failed attempts to grow galangal from rhizomes ordered online (first for a recipe, second time just to grow), the failures drove me to just order an already growing plant as I think that first source does something to make theirs not grow.
Alpinia officinarum by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Also got a variegated shell ginger to go with; typically just grown as ornamental but the leaves are edible!
Alpinia zerumbet "Variegated" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And...after 2 years, I finally convinced this glorious thing to flower!
G. radians by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
G. radians by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
G. radians by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
 

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Clearly I'm behind on this thread. Wow, you grow Mentzelia! I love this plant - thorns and all. Have you seen them attracting hawk moths in the moonlight? Amazing.

Well done on the Geissorhiza. I have been watching your efforts with the cacao with interest.
 
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No thorns on Mentzelia, just acts like velcro. I've never seen flowers open at night (never really gone out to the back at night though), and there are a lot of other things in the yard that the hawkmoths also like (such as the Nicotiana) so I wouldn't know if they are actually attracting them.
And the cacao has been mostly heartbreak, obviously, but I'm strongly tempted to try again over the summer to see if I can't get better establishment in warmer temperatures (if my intentions of traveling around to try getting more documentary videos going doesn't prevent that; need more patrons to really support those trips though).
 
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My 104 year old Hoya is blooming once more...
Hoya carnosa by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And the first of...several, Alocasia arrived a little while back. Hasn't grown a whit since it got here though
Alocasia 'Mandalay' by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
These are though. Lots of lovely red-flushed new leaves popping up
Cinnamomum verum by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Somewhat relatedly, the 2 actually surviving Cacao seedlings I have (might be a third, but I'm not banking on it), finally got big enough I had to move them with the rest of the indoor jungle
Also had a couple of these again:
Iris verna by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
No seedpods again though, sadly
Iris verna by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Still have a ton of seeds off this thing too; I did not pollinate this flower, but it went and made a pod anyway.
Aristolochia fimbriata by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And the first of several new widlflower species began blooming while still indoors...and it has seeds developing now.
Phacelia campanularia by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
 
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Nemophila maculata by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Nemophila maculata by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Nemophila maculata by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Sadly, the dry spell took all the flowers on this thing...
Chilean guava 'Burbank' by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Chilean guava 'Burbank' by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And the accursed spider mites that the pink Brugmansia brought in won't leave these and a few other things alone, but they're still managing (if anyone has systemic suggestions I'm all ears, because oils just aren't killing them permanently like they need to).
Colocasia by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Colocasia by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
The dry almost took these out too, but they've hung on
Solanum sisymbriifolium by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Solanum sisymbriifolium by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
There is a problem with them getting blown over due to their height though, and trying to pick them up is a hassle, because:
Solanum sisymbriifolium by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Solanum sisymbriifolium by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
These lovely blooms are starting to develop fruit now though. Now I just need the tomatoes to hurry up so I can try crossing...
Solanum sisymbriifolium by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Phacelia campanularia by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Also not shown: I've just recently acquired a jackfruit seedling, and jaboticaba!
 
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Fruits appearing, seed collection underway (from those not just straight eaten; they are very much like an extremely sweet tomato)
Solanum sisymbriifolium by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Solanum sisymbriifolium by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And, ever had a carrot that's straight purple all the way to the core?
Pura asita carrot by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Pura asita carrot by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
'Black Coral' Colocasia by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
This flower ended up outdone by the massive head the other put up...which for some reason I did not photograph
Scadoxus multiflorus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Collinsia heterophylla by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Plinia cauliflora by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Ecballium elaterium by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Ecballium elaterium by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Mentzelia laevicaulis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Mentzelia laevicaulis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Datura metel "Double Yellow" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Datura metel "Double Yellow" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Datura metel "Double Purple" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Datura metel "Double Purple" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Datura metel "Double Purple" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Datura metel "Double Purple" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Had to repot a monster...and it probably needs more space than was given as is
Casimiroa edulis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And, the biggest seedlings from the latest flux of tropical things I was dumb enough to try and take on: Black Sapote!
Diospyros nigra by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Also aqcuired, but still in growth progress: Inga edulis, Inga spectabilis, Psophocarpus tetragonolobus, Musa velutina, musa itinerans, Bunchoia armeniaca, Sizygium malaccense, Forastero and White Cacao, Annona squamosa, Citrus x limon 'Eureka Pink Variegated,' Citrus x microcarpa, Synsepalum dulcificum, Eugenia uniflora, Panax ginseng, Randia formosa, Clitoria terneata, Psidium guajava, Citrus australasica, and Pimenta dioica (I might have missed a couple on the list).
 
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Took my first Kiwano melon off the vine; they're not ripe yet but I heard they're edible either way and have different flavor at this stage:
Cucumis metuliferus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And, a bit smaller but had another pine lily bloom
Lilum catesbaei by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Lilium catesbaei by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Also as always getting this year's crop of evil spiny pods going
Proboscidea louisianica by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
I actually harvested all but the ones already splitting and tried cooking the younger ones; turns out I should try taking them off even younger, or just eat the outer skins otherwise as the centers had already hardened.
Proboscidea louisianica by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And getting my first tomatoes; this I actually crossed with Solanum sisymbriifolium. Unfortunately, the one fruit I had maybe with the reverse cross...was the one fruit that something found and destroyed this morning!!!!!
'Black Strawberry' tomato by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And I have extra Cacao seedlings that need to move elsewhere..
Theobroma cacao 'Forastero' by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And two different Ice Cream Bean species too:
Inga spectabilis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Lastly, found out this scrambing thing that I thought was jsut a grass is actually a dayflower relative; sadly, missed the first blooms amongst the rain we had yesterday
Murdannia nudiflora by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Murdannia nudiflora by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
 
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Took right up until days before the first frost to convince hyacinth bean it should flower....
Lablab purpureus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
So, no beans (and I forgot to try eating the actual plant shoots...), but the couple spikes of these I got were nice
Lablab purpureus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Finally got a pair of dwarf moringa going...can at least try eating these over winter
Moringa oleifera by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Everything else falling asleep...my mom wanted to pull this out, I insisted no. Now that I've harvested sumac spice from it and it's looking like this, she's starting to understand why I said don't kill it.
Rhus typhina by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
And the only kiwano melon that ripened on the vine...others are now ripening in the bag though
Cucumis metuliferus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Cucumis metuliferus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
 
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