Nigel H-C

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About Nigel H-C

  • Birthday 04/10/1974

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    Glastonbury, Somerset, England
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    CP's esp. Drosera, tropical gardening, my two Land Rovers (1957 & 1994), and dare I say, local politics.

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  1. Help! pitcher going brown?

    I'd leave dividing until the spring, that way the plants have the whole season to root through and establish. I use a peat and perlite mix, the same as for the Sarracenia. Nigel H-C
  2. Help! pitcher going brown?

    It's fine, just the result of the insects inside breaking down and perfectly normal for this time of year. Sarracenia do the same. Hope that allays any concerns! Regards Nigel H-C
  3. Drosera acaulis

    I see the photo had made it into the new Drosera books, ownership of which, in my opinion, should be mandatory! Kew's labelling has been iffy, to say the least, in the past, but the current team are working hard to get the collection back on its feet. Nigel H-C
  4. Help distinguishing small Drosera

    Looks like spatulata and rubrifolia. Nigel
  5. Spent Compost

    Me too!
  6. Rose clear ultra spray.

    I overdosed some Sarracenia with it a few years back as an experiment and it screwed them! In small doses it seems fine but just don't overdo it. Nigel H-C
  7. Slow release pellets for D, regia

    I've never fed mine, and to agree with Dunc they catch, at times, a huge amount, so extra would be quite superfluous. When they're small they seem to struggle on for a year or two, remaining small until they're able to catch larger insects, at which time they're off the blocks like a lamprey on an ice rink. Never tried feeding whilst small, but if I get round to pollinating this year (something I've planned but failed to facilitate for the past couple of years, though followers of mine will know that last year went somewhat contrary to plan), I'll try something. Regards Nigel
  8. Drosera binata 'T Form'

    Hi All, Yes, I have the two forms on the website. The larger of the two was from Marstons in the early eighties, and the narrower, more gracile form was from Kew at around the same time. They both grow well and only rarely does the larger form fork twice, well under one percent of the leaves. Regards Nigel H-C
  9.'s here

    Rain over night. Not sure what difference it's made yet. Need full tanks as I'm off to Chelsea on Thursday, and my wife needs as little hassle as possible. Anyone going to the show? Nigel H-C
  10.'s here

    Nothing here, ran out the other day. Big flooding in Glos and Hereford yesterday. Am selling tickets to a rain dance I'm considering this weekend! Nigel H-C
  11. Dave Ahrens would probably remember.
  12. Hi Stu, Yes, at the time Sarracenia Nurseries had their two cultivars, 'Peaches (and Cream)', and S x mitchelliana 'Red Lips'. Regards Nigel
  13. Whilst dusting off the old grey matter recently, I distinctively remembered the exornata plant known as 'Peaches' was originally called 'Peaches and Cream'. I thought I had one of the old Sarracenia nurseries catalogues from the '80's, but it seems not. Does anyone else remember it from back then? Nigel H-C
  14. peat

    The last time I got in to the peat argument here, I was pilloried for it. As a flower show exhibitor I need to be well versed in this argument, especially when faced with a representative of the metropolitan let's drive a Prius and crap in the woods club; those who feel that as long as nothing falls within their own tunnel vision, then they'll save the planet by driving an electric car. Start asking where the electricity comes from, and you can see the tell-tale beads of sweat breaking out across their Nivea softened brows. I don't believe the sale of peat will end. Let's put things into perspective. Only a couple of percent of peat extracted is used in horticulture, nearly all of it is burnt in power stations (Ireland, Russia, China, Finland, Argentina etc.) Hold the line...Mr Sanctimonious who was looking down his nose at me for using peat only a few seconds ago, looks concerned. They didn't mention peat fired power stations in The Guardian? No, but he'll fight his corner anyway, he knows he's right, he always is, Cressida told him so. 'They don't burn peat' he says with a shake of his head and a knowing smile, though I can see a flicker of doubt on the next wave that threatens to wash him out to deeper waters. 'Are you carnivorous, like my friends here?' I ask, waving nonchalantly towards the botanical friends on my display. He looks confused at the Sarracenia, then back to me. 'No, why?' 'Well, I-I just wondered what you ate, and guessed vegetables were off the menu.' 'What the hell's that got to do with it?' he asks. Cressida touches his arm, perhaps for re-assurance that he has support against this troglodyte, perhaps to brush away a speck of gluten free muesli stuck like a barnacle to his arm. I go on. 'Well, as most of the peat used in UK horticulture goes into peat plugs for vegetable production, I assumed you boycotted eating vegetables.' That's got him, Cressida's now pulling at the arm. Before I have the chance to ask what car he drives, the amount of residual waste in his bin every two weeks which is sent to landfill, or indeed (as has been mentioned here), if he checks the ingredients of his weekly Waitrose shop for the presence of palm oil, he's gone, whisked away for a skinny organic lactose free latte to recover. I don't even get the chance to tell him to make sure he recycles the cup afterwards. My point is, peat is renewable, BUT before you choke on your tea, at such a pace as it should be considered finite. There are far, far, far bigger consumers of the stuff, and although we can all start small, the bigger picture is far more frightening. The palm oil issue being one of them. I argued this at one of our council meetings with a green party member. He wanted us to force our contractor to use a hot foam weed killer. Glastonbury town council had purchased one, and he was singing its praises as it uses no chemicals. It also doesn't work as it only kills the top growth, but that's another matter. When I asked what the foam was produced from, he replied 'it's just palm oil'. Well, there can't be too many nasty wicked members from my team, who could say they'd beaten a green at their own game. Suffice to say, we kicked the idea into the long grass. Whilst I agree that if we all club together we can achieve great things, when we're talking about a relatively tiny group of hobbyists, even if we all went peat free, it would I'm afraid achieve nothing. Unless we can lobby governments to close, rather than open peat fired power stations, nothing will change, and even if they did, what will they use instead, coal? Now that's another issue altogether. I endorse growers who want to go peat free, and good luck to them, but feel it's more a case of feeling good about ones actions, rather than making any tangible difference. Nigel HC
  15. Where can I find?

    Where you are, I'd say you could probably grow a few more outside, especially in a sheltered spot. Buying too many plants is a common affliction, and one I'm still guilty of! Nigel HC