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  1. Does sound complicated Marc! Only joking, going to make one or two here soon and my plans for those might sound a bit involved but not really! I've been having a read here too and looks like there are all kinds of ways of going about it. For me three things, need it to hold water in the summer, drain a bit in the winter if possible and I don't want perlite everywhere. My first is going to be a large terracotta planter lined with pond liner (I have some off cuts going if you need) most of the way up, little hole drilled at this point as a drain. Water via a waste pipe drilled and wrapped in geotextile, will have a stone over the top as a lid that I can move to check and refill water level. Got a plant in mind from a visit to PJ's for this one but I hope to make a larger mixed bed too. Also a few with different media, one peat, one pine bark etc and compare. Anyway good luck and look forward to seeing the results :) Dean
  2. Yeah a good chilli is a cert round here anyway! Just try a few outdoors and see how it goes maybe... Enjoy :)
  3. Wish I knew what the postage was Ian! 2k on some new tanks and now 450 on a RO to fill the freaking things Dean
  4. This sounds like the community that I signed up too. Many thanks to everyone that makes it so, not been around here long but already I have been to events at Kew, Wisley and to a few of the great nurserys we have in this country. There's been adventures enjoyed, much more to be had, new friends made. The army grows. I look forward to the future :) Dean
  5. Hi Phil,

    Please may I go for a tenners worth of your Darlingtonia seeds if still available?

    Many thanks, Dean

  6. Hi, think Ada has sorted the expectation bit but just to second they are slow and from the 50 odd lots in the ploy they all look the same(ish). They look good :) As said repot in the spring, if you like to see things a bit quicker for whatever reason force with much light and some nutrients as per threads on forums. Mine are outside and happy, time to acclimatise if you have the space? I have read about (and seen) the cold way and have gone for that, I have read about the lights on and no over winter way but a halfway house sounds new. I will find my thread or post a photo here soon of mine but they look similar just starting to die back now. Happy growing, Dean
  7. Me too Ada, I also refer to them as parents depending on the mood. There's other things but it is horticulture that rocks my little world! Various forms of exercise and then recovery lol takes up some more of my time and then eating, I'm really a big fan of eating. I like eating very much, even cooking and washing up, if it's to do with eating I'm on board :)
  8. Congrats to all involved :) missed this years but the displays at 2017's made me fall in love lol so look forward to next year :)
  9. Yay / argh! Will try and get myself organised in time would be great to make it, plan to be Telford way the day before so the 1pm start is helpful - once in would we be allowed to wander after? Thanks Edit - signed up and look forward to it :)
  10. Took a couple of photos this eve and gave them another good drink, not to much to show at the moment but all is well. Got caught out on the first day of warm weather and have got some circles of white stuff, I am leaving the covers off now during the day and for the night I do use them but with many more holes ripped in the plastic! The growth of whatever kind has receded and the moss is growing back through so whatever it is it is in decline and also seeds germinating in affected areas do not seem to mind it. As I am not expert on white stuff growing in peat moss I cannot presume it is fatal and am reluctant to remove it at this stage for those reasons plus the number of seeds in affected areas are so small so impact is low but none the less I would like those plants if they want to live so I do not see the point of removal at this stage, plus I want to observe it. It will influence the planned poly refurb and greater areas of venting now feature in the design :) First ever marked by the stick, it's a bit farm yard here. Then we have a sample pot from one further ahead and a sample tray from one further behind, in reality there is not much difference at this stage, germination rates are good and most seeds have cracked now and are in the process of shaking that seed casing off. Poly tunnel issues aside - that's already in process, the immediate thoughts are next year experiment with light levels versus moss growth and how beneficial that is or not for seedling growth and peat moss prep, this sinks quick lol and whilst I got most of the lumps sorted on top it doesn't look like that now and I will spend more time on that, I've been lucky with where they have found themselves but I can make that better next time. Will update when we some difference in the seedlings, happy growing :)
  11. Keith those Drosera seedlings have kicked me up the backside, they look great and you must be well pleased with them :) Thanks for posting them, I have a few different capensis types to sow so I will get those going after seeing those and feeling some sun yesterday. Speaking of which... we have some showing! Nothing moving yesterday morning but put the covers down about 8pm and loads had cracked and you could see the root heading into the peat, this morning saw the first with two seed leaves showing! This is the first here so it has been marked lol and will be kept whatever it looks like but it is one from Chris Crows open pollenated seeds so could be anything. Just totally buzzing with that, been waiting a while for some to say hello and look forward to seeing what develops, will take a photo over the weekend. Plant wise with the Sarracinias there is around 50 of them about the place now, have a couple of dozen on the window sills mainly from Mike that turned up in the snow and they looked further ahead then the residents of my poly so have been indoors since late Feb. Because of this the first flowers have been shown a paint brush and the first traps are open. The poly is also waking up and also has a few flowers and traps showing, VFTs awake as well so we have a lot to look forward too :)
  12. We like plants, we like photos, we polytunnel, we like France, so 4 types of thanks :)
  13. Hi Hannah, sounds like the kind of problem I need to aspire too! Hope you and your plants are well :)
  14. Oh dear! In fairness I was in the middle of three different plant orgies when google threw you lot up lol! It didn't get any better after I'd been out that's for sure boxes are still turning up!