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Peter D'Amato's Blog

How Long Do Carnivorous Plants Live?

A few weeks ago I received an email question from a customer who had purchased seed from us.  "How long does Drosera intermedia and D. aliciae live?" he wanted to know.  I was stumped.  Usually with species such as these,...

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Do You Dream of Carnivorous Plants?

A couple of years ago, a woman came into the nursery and bought a few plants from us.  She told me, almost shyly, that she had come to the greenhouse the previous year with some friends, and just looked around. ...

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The Telegraph Plant

The first time I ever heard of the telegraph plant was when I was a kid and saw the 1951 version of "The Thing (From Another World)", a highly acclaimed science fiction movie classic about a vegetable humanoid monster invading the earth. There's...

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Little Shop and Other Horrors

Little Shop and Other Horrors

For the past two or three years, there have been rumors that there's a remake in the works of Little Shop of Horrors.  Not the musical, mind you, but a remake of the original Roger Corman shot-in-three-days 1960 black and...

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How the Savage Garden Came to Be

How the Savage Garden Came to Be

Usually when new writers want to publish a book, they create a query letter that is sent either directly to a publisher or a literary agent.  The query letter is one of the most important things the writer can create: it's supposed...

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