Stevie D

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    Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
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    Outide of carnivorous plants: cycling, jiu jitsu, tin whistle, banjo, meditation, camping

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  1. Your fake Weser is name 'Sethos'. 

  2. Hello Baz, We've met once or twice, both occasions long in the past. I'm living in Falmouth these days so it would be crazy for me to miss this one. I plan to come up with a friend if okay. Cheers, Steve :)
  3. Wait, there was a summer? (ho ho!) in spite of the abysmal conditions, my plants have grown well and have coloured up nicely. Devon usually gets a big helping when the grey cloud is being handed out, too.
  4. Handsome, Stephen. Great choice of planter, and I like the scattering of pebbles on top, too. I see you've got Darlingtonia in there - do the pebbles help keep the soil temperature down? I tried Darlings in my bog bed couple of years ago, but they failed. I suspect root-temperature was the cause.
  5. Agreed, gotta love them pygmy 'dews. So, Matthias, perhaps you can help me with a recurring problem I have in cultivating pygmies: how do you prevent surface moss from taking over and dominating the pygmies?
  6. Thanks for the replies, folks. I have been thinking Oreo thoughts too, since the plant is sending up pitchers slightly earlier than both its proven purestrain S. flava and S. leucophylla bretheren. Gimme say another six months and I'll let you know. CPUK's longest ever plant ID mission?
  7. Just under two years after the question was asked, I can now answer it. This year's bloom looks like this: Dunno if that gives any more insight into the clone's lineage. I'm talking about the plant in the first pictures in this thread, if there's any confusion.
  8. Thanks. I've looked at a whole load of other sources on the web, and the consensus seems to be the effects of the lichen are negligible at worst.
  9. Hi, A chap for whom I do gardening work has a lot of azaleas. All of these seem to be affected by the grey/white fungus/lichen/whatever it is shown in the pictures below. He's concerned that the stuff is threatening the well-being of the plants (potentially fatally), and since I don't know what the stuff is or what it does, I ought to take it seriously. It looks like a lichen at first glance, but then lichen takes years to grow and this stuff seems to have appeared over a short space of time, as you'd expect from a fungal bloom. It doesn't affect the leaves, but seems mostly attracted to forks in the plants' branches. If you can tell me what the growth is called, what harmful effects it can have, and what can be done to get rid of it, I'd be much obliged. Steve :)
  10. Excellent, thanks much, Tim. Turbo reply, too. ;) Not sure about the granular Roundup; in my neck of the woods at least, it's sold as a liquid concentrate. So double the strength and multiple applications - gotcha.
  11. Hello, folks. Long time no post. Someone for whom I do a little gardening work has some bamboo in her front garden, which she wants to get rid of. The plant is spreading out in all directions (as it is want to do) and is coming up from the ground in all manner of places where it shouldn't be. To make matters a whole world worse, the garden has been covered with landscape fabric and gravelled. This is bad because the bamboo suckers are crawling under the two layers and sending shoots punching through both fabric and gravel. Digging the bamboo and all its shoots up is only an option as a last resort, because pulling up all the gravel and fabric would be a hell of a job. We're hoping to be able to use some sort of weedkiller instead, as this would save the bother of having to physically remove the plant. I generally use Roundup, because it's a good, heh, all-rounder. However, bamboo looks too tough, hard and almost woody for Roundup. It's only a smallish, slow-growing bamboo, but it's still going to be a beast to do. Does anyone here know of a weedkiller that will do the job? EDIT: I can't use anything that stays residually in the soil, since the bamboo is growing cheek-to-jowl with desired plants. Thanks in advance.
  12. Ho ho ho, not that sort of grass, you sillies! No, got a quick one for ya. I work as a gardener, which I mentioned in a thread in this forum some time ago. I've got a lawn to establish for a customer, and I'm going to use seed rather than turf, unless the plan changes in the meantime. Having stripped the old lawn from the site, (which was crap quality, hence the job), I recommended that we buy in some topsoil, which we've got, and a similar amount of sand, to replace the soil which was taken away with the old turf. Problem: the suppliers dropped round builder's sand. Mixed with the new topsoil, is this useable instead of horticultural sand? Thanks, Steve EDIT: After a bit of research, apparently builder's sand contains salt, so it's a no.
  13. Why not - third time lucky, eh? To the Sales and Wants forum!
  14. Hi, Thibo, Yes, mate. Very sorry to say that I did - not in the pond, though. Wish I knew just where I am going wrong. Gah! Foiled again! We've got a healthy colony on the go as we speak.
  15. Is it feasible to put, say, U. gibba or U. australis, for instance, into a normal garden pond and expect them to grow happily? Reason I ask is because it's a bit of a pest to have to maintain a separate bowl for these plants and constantly have to fend off algae from taking over. An outdoor pond, on the other hand, naturally has a much larger surface over which the plant can spread. Algae doesn't seem to be a problem here, either. The pond I'm thinking of was originally filled using a hose, so impurity concerns naturally present themselves. However, I should have thought that, having been left standing, the chlorine in it should have long since evaporated off by now. I ask because I don't have any aquatic utrics at the moment, or I'd experiment myself. I seem to have nothing but bad luck when growing even the simplest forms!