Tuesday, March 26, 2002
eBay item 2011959293 - Carnivorous Plants - Artificial Pitcher Plant -
Further proof that you really can find anything at ebay. Your search for
artificial Sarracenia is finally over!
Things have been slow on the carnivorous plant front lately. The biggest news
on the mailing list is the massive flame war going on between the Carnivorous
Plant Newsletter editors and a pissed off hobbyist who's article on a new unnamed
Drosera was rejected. It boils down to the fact that this new Drosera has not
been officially/scientifically named and the editors will not publish the
article with the (incorrect) common name. This leads to hurt feelings and a
big debate on what the true purpose of the ICPS official journal is: scientific
publication or hobbyist newsletter. Quite the brouhaha, as you can imagine.
Personally, I'm all for waiting and getting the correct name established.
Thursday, March 14, 2002
[Field Trip] - I took some quick pictures of the UC Davis Greenhouse Open House. You can see Barry brainwashing some poor, unsuspecting kid. Silvia, Aaron, and I had a great time - I just wish the Sarracenia were out of dormancy so we could see them. The greenhouse had a great variety of plants and a bunch of nice folks running the show. (Click the picture for more)
Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Amy Ritchie's Taxidermy - This kid is great - she's doing what she loves and expresses it very well. Figures, she's
also a CP fanatic :-)
Hi fellow CP enthusiasts!
Since it has been at least two years since I last
participated in this email digest, I wasn't sure if
anyone would remember me. I'm Amy Ritchie .. I used to
make the venus flytrap puppets! I think I was twelve
or thirteen then.
But I am 15 years old now, and still a CP lover!
Sadly, I don't really have any CPs right now, with the
exception of one ping that is holding on to life. My
plants all died the winter before last, and the ones
that didn't have died this winter. For a while, I
almost forgot about my carnivorous plant hobby,
because another one of my hobbies was taking over ..
taxidermy (hence the email address). I have been
practicing taxidermy (skinning and mounting animals)
for about two years now and am beginning to get very
good at it. I think I am going to make it my
profession; I love it so much.
But I still love CPs! I have now gotten very
interested in starting another collection of CPs. I
hope to get some flytraps, pings, sundews, and
sarracenias soon. And this time I am determined to
make those things live through winters!
Some of you may be interested to know that I recently
did a 4-H public speech on carnivorous plants. I
called it "Growing a Savage Garden -- Plants With an
Appetite!". I explained, in seven minutes, the main
types of CPs and how to grow them. The competition was
tough, but I won first place and get to go to the
higher level now! hehe! I think I am going to order
one of those adorable venus flytrap shirts from
California Carnivores and wear it while I give my
I know this is a long email. I just thought people
might want to know what was going on with me since I
haven't talked to you all in so long. Unfortunately, I
had to shut down my rather extensive webpage, but I am
in the process of rebuilding it again. And, oh yeah ..
I am still selling the flytrap puppets, for those of
you who have never heard of them. $4 for finger
puppets and $10 for hand puppets. (:
Your CP growing friend,
PS. Like I said, I am looking to start a new
collection, so let me know if you have anything you'd
like to sell/trade. I am primarily looking for VFTs,
sarracenia, pings, and sundews (preferably
easy-to-grow type sundews and pings). I will buy them,
if the price isn't too high, or I will trade puppets!
PPS. Visit my webpage if you want to see what I've
done in taxidermy.. viewers discretion advised (some
people have been offended by the photos of skinned
Friday, March 08, 2002
[Garden Note] - Yes, this is the best part about growing carnivorous plants....seeing all the dead bugs! Click the picture for more.