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  1. I divided and potted my darlingtonia into a nice big container this year and not long after I noticed a procession of ants all over it. This was before the new growth and pitchers were up, they were going into the left over stumps of the cut off old pitchers and feeding on the left over insect carcasses. Fast forward a couple of weeks, the new pitchers were open and the ants had disappeared...
  2. Late last year I went out to tge garden to potter about with my plants when I thought "what is that ***** smell!?". Tracked it down to my largest darlingtonia, biggest two pitchers in particular. It was so bad and the pitchers were started to die back already so they both had to go. They were rammed solid with so many bugs.
  3. Loads of bugs around here, one of my leuco's set a new record. Pitcher opened last night, fully unfolded this morning, when i got home from work full to the top with buzzing hoverflies. To the point where new additions could just climb back out. Funny to see certain bugs having certain preferences, at least in my garden, flower beetles love the flavas and anything with a copper top really. Hoverflies straight to the leucos and moorei's and houseflies will go to anything but my oreophilas always seem to be mostly full of them.
  4. Yes, I've seen some pictures of it looking great but the lip deformity seems inconsistent and I would guess that you probably get a few iffy looking pitchers amongst the stunners. Also I honestly didn't believe it was that rare.
  5. This made me laugh the most
  6. Thats a great looking plant, I've never minded seeing them smothered in bugs. I think it's satisfying to see them working so well plus the boost it gives to their growth.
  7. I would say that s xswaniana is what it reminded me of straight away. But to be honest, if it didn't come with any ID and especially if it came from a garden centre, then you can't say for sure whats in it. The only thing to do is just call it sarracenia hybrid.
  8. She's that and more, trust me! Not all my of mine are this far along yet but 90% are. The ones I'm stilling waiting to open pitchers are leucophylla's, minor's and a few hybrids. But they're all growing well and my rosea is throwing out pitchers so fast now.
  9. Despite my cameras best efforts, i managed to get a couple of okay shots with my phone. This is the moorei I mentioned, it hit 66 cm and the mouth is just under 5 cm across. For scale, here it is with my hand. This is my best cuprea, the copper eventually gets deeper and extends further back. Finally, my daughter helpfully wanted to get in front of the camera, she is with my tallest cuprea, just over 67 cm.
  10. Add to that list drosera, particularly my pot of drosera filiformis red and an entire large madagascarensis. made my mind wander too....
  11. Precisely my thoughts Stu. It's a shame really as you can get some great plants on there. I've had a couple of cracking sarra's off there myself and a few other things. Personally i dont even look at any listing that starts with rare, ultra rare or NOT .... (this crops up ALOT with cacti listings from eastern europe).
  12. That might be his own personal set of codes. There isn't a set of codes applicable to everyones plants, for example H113mk is only mike kings code for that plant, someone else may have as H3 being the third hybrid they bought.
  13. All my orchids, except for one which was a present, were bought once they were reduced in price. The usual pattern is, garden centre gets in a load, flowers fade and leaves dry up a bit on those that dont sell. Then they reduce them to a couple of quid to get rid of them and i pick up a bargain.
  14. I've found my plants have taken a bit longer to get going this year but have made up for it in the last two weeks, i grow everything outside with no greenhouse. I've had some of my biggest pitchers yet and more flowers than ever. The pitchers are really strong this year and have stood up to a few battering winds without any problems. Just measured a pitcher on one of my flava cuprea and it was 26.5 inches. Last year the best it did was nearly 6. A moorei i have is just behind but i think the next pitchers are looking like they may beat it. I guess a really good season of feeding up followed by some hot and humid weather here has done the business. The last plants to get going have been my purp venosa and rosea, nothing showing up until last weekend when i saw flower stalks and new pitchers finally. My only problem has been aphids, daily checks have been enough, although my very best cuprea has had it's first pitcher slightly damaged by them, still a stunning copper though. Hows everyone found it this year? my camera is having issues, shutter extends then immediately retracts, but Im going to try to get some pics at the weekend if i can get it working.
  15. I grow both cacti and cp's outdoors and i have no problems with normal mealies, i don't think our climate suits them at all. I do however still have to watch for root mealies on cacti, probably these wouldn't be a problem on cp though.