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The deranged ramblings of a middle-aged dreamer who really has better things to do with his time!

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Contemplating an outdoor bog garden

I guess I'm not alone in finding this hobby taking over my life! What started out as a cute idea for a novelty plant that might help keep down a few flies (which thankfully disappeared the day before the first CPs arrived) is taking on a life of its own. My latest thought, mainly motivated by the lack of space in the house, was to look into an outdoor bog garden. I reckon I'll have to wait until the spring for this, it's probably not the time of year now, but I can start dreaming. Also, being the impetuous type, once I've come up with an idea, I have to check it out right away. So, I went to the Bog Gardens section of the site with the intention of asking a question, and found that several people had got there before me. Great, means there are answers already! In particular, I found this excellent thread started by Floydsdad. This had several advantages for me over the other posts there. First, it was started last January, way before I got into this hobby, and has been updated ever since, so there's a good follow-up. Secondly, he's added loads of photos, so we can see what he did. Thirdly, and maybe most important for me (psychologically at least), he only lives a few miles away, so I can have confidence that if his bog garden can survive here in tropical sunny (ahem) Manchester. So, off to the phrontistery (fancy word for a place where you go to think) to plan this out. Hopefully I'll keep a record of what I did here.

Yossu

Yossu

 

Feeding the plants - our adventure into grossville UK

Well, having just posted a rambling without any real content, I just remembered that we did something today that has some slight content. I asked about feeding the plants with worms and suchlike, see http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=56190 for the interesting discussion that followed. I was surprised at the variety of things people shove into their plants, having previously thought you should let them fend for themselves. Well, there was this fly buzzing around our house today, and it was really annoying me. I grabbed the net I use for pulling dead fish out of the tank (not that this ever happens, ahem) and managed to catch the fly. It wasn't easy, but it became personal when it evaded escape for the first few times! I'm sure it stuck it's tongue out at me as well. Well, I wasn't going to stand for that, so I gave chase and got it. By this time, I had an audience of amused and curious little girls, who wanted to know what I was going to do with the fly now I had caught it. When I said I was going to feed the VFT, there was chorus of excited squeals, and a dash for the dining room windowsill to get a good seat. Having fed the plant, I happened to mention that we could also feed them other bugs, and there was an immediate stampede into the garden, where every stone was lifted in search of anything that moved! The VFT ended up with a gala dinner of a worm, a slug and the original fly. One of the N. Bloody Marys got a slug and a millipede, and the S. Chelsonii got two slugs (one not very alive by this time, and shoved down the pitcher by me). A good time was had by all (except the bugs I guess), and the plants got fed. I promised them that we would feed the sundews with bloodworms and/or fish food next. You didn't know that growing CPs was a spectator sport, did you? Have a wonderful weekend.

Yossu

Yossu

 

Yossu's brand new blog - will anyone read it?

Just discovered that I can create my own gallery and blog here, so I get even more chances to witter on about nothing! As I'm in my bedroom, using an iPad and contemplating a late afternoon nap, I don't have pictures to display (other than the sole picture in my gallery, which isn't even a CP), so this will be pretty content-free. Much like what will follow I guess! If my addled mind remembers, I'lll post something CP-related when I next get to my computer, and bore you all stupid with my ramblings! Have a great weekend.

Yossu

Yossu

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