I'll post more on our SF adventures, but today am focusing on carnivorous plants, some amazing specimens of which are housed at Golden Gate Park's Conservatory of Flowers. Nepenthes and Venus Fly Traps were both on view. I don't recall seeing my favorite, the Sarracenias - also called Cobra Lilies, but found each atrium mind-blowingly cool, though literally warm enough that jackets had to be removed to avoid passing out.
For anyone new to carnivorous plants, this short little video is a succintly great primer.
People are fascinated by the carnivorous nature of these plants! During my Urban Flora days we sold lots of the Nepenthes, but for reasons I don't recall never had many of the Sarracenias on hand. So I was delighted to see Xera Plants peddling a few small, striking cultivars at close-in retail locations such as Portland Nursery and Pistils this spring. The species' small statures make them perfect for home terrariums, windowsills, or small bog gardens. Here's one I put together for our upstairs window table.
Hanging in the photo below is one of the amazing Nepenthes specimens from the Conservatory of Flowers. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, go! I'd read mixed reviews, and so went in expecting to be less than impressed and was pleasantly surprised at the incredible displays. And for kicks, we sat down to an impromptu concert outside where a blond pixie punk in tattered organza sang from a low spot on the lawn in a soaring operatic voice while her companion provided violin accompaniment in city punk stretched earlobes and aftermath rags. They had a good-sized crowd, held static by the immeasurable weight of heavy, low clouds on an incentive to mobilize. We stayed long enough to cool off, and then were off to the next adventure.....