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  1. This is one of the few things about Brexit I am reasonably confident about- there is a huge trade on plants, with a vast proportion of house and garden plants and growing herbs in the UK coming from other EU countries, especially the Netherlands, whilst many seed potatoes in the EU come from Scotland so there will have to be a deal that makes that easy.
  2. I love looking the new life across the garden at this time of year. About a quarter of my Sarracenia have small buds, a lot of Drosera are breaking dormancy and a couple of hardy Pings have appeared at the surface of the compost.
  3. I would say that some garden centres keep them too dark and too dry. They will recover easily, but if the pitchers have a rather papery feel to them and are a rather dull green, this may be the case. When put in good conditions the pitchers sometimes shrivel and some will go brown- this is not as shocking as it looks as new and strong ones will come up and replace them.
  4. Thanks, I'll try it. And nothing to lose trying it with others.
  5. I have just noticed that there are loads of tiny Ping seedlings in my mini bog (I only started it this year so it has no seed bank in the soil) where the P. grandiflora set seed recently- presumably this shows that really fresh seed will germinate immediately without stratification (like in some Primula). Is this the case with other temperate species? Is it worth sowing temperate Drosera immediately for that reason?
  6. I have a similar sized greenhouse and started collecting a few carnivores last year (I have a couple before that)- I now have a multi use with tomatoes on one side, cucumbers at the end and shelving the CPs (and chillis) on the other side. They all seem top get on very well and I no longer have any problems for fruit flies!. I would suggest go for vigorous and interesting plants first. Many nurseries sell good selections as well as ones on here and on eBay. If you get some materials to make your own compost you can buy bare root and save money. As some Drosera and Utricularia self seed all over the place, you will acquire a range of these without asking for them- indeed if you see photos of Sarracenia for sale and there are Drosera in the same pot, ask and the seller will often give you them for nothing. Some you will never identify, but if they are nice plants, so what? I have a water butt on one greenhouse gutter and the other leads into a bucket that I use for data to day watering when it has water in it.
  7. I have a couple like that and have them as "S. leucophylla based hybrid 1, 2 and 3". The parentage of these is often complex and it seems that both purpurea group and rubra group species are often involved, both giving a more clump-forming habit. As these are mass produced they are bred less for their finesse and more for being tough and getting to sale size quickly. But saying the they are not to be snobbish about as they are often good plants.
  8. I may be going back later in the year; I'd like to try to get seeds but can't find information on the legality of collecting seeds of common wild plants. The Drosera look more compact and red than the variety I have at home.
  9. I know that these are the commonest CPs going and everyone has seen them before, but this is the first time I have looked closely at these since growing CPs, and I recon I have learnt a lot. I was here for the geology, not the plants and only encountered D. rotundifolia and P. vulgaris but their occurrences interested me. There were almost none of either in bogs along streams or around larger ponds- I think these had too much sheep dung input and so too high in nutrients as they were filled with other bog plants. Most were in small bogs in depressions surrounded by rocks with very little stream input. The Drosera were almost all growing on Sphagnum or rarely other mosses I saw none on pare peat. It seems there were more in the lower, wetter parts but bigger plants were slightly higher and drier. I saw no Pings growing on Sphagnum and most were on bare peat, the exceptions were on a quarry wall where some were growing on non-Sphagnum mosses or onto almost bare rock.
  10. Rain is expensive stuff! Another storm front goes by, last night another 1mm or rain- less than evaporated yesterday
  11. I have done the stupid thing of assuming that there would be a decent amount of rain in Spring and not bothering yet to store any water other than what is on the water butt. The butt is now a third empty (starting a mini bog used a lot of water) and yet another supposedly rain laden front passes by with not enough rain to wet the ground. I would guess in North London we have had 3mm of rain in the last 8 weeks- not exactly April Showers.This is not a problem unless this passes into another Summer like last year and then my water will not last long.
  12. I am not sure if this is the right place to mention this, but i saw this eBay listing for a greenhouse and a collection of Cps: I would love it myself but do not have space or live near Wales.
  13. Thanks. At the moment I am not organised enough to be thinking far enough ahead for F2 crosses, I think I will stick to ancho x ancho for now (assuming flowering coincides). Interesting about flava colouration. I guess the best thing is to try it an see what happens.
  14. Last year I had an experiment at cross pollenating Sarracenia (leucophylla-based hybrid x purourea and leucophylla-based hybrid x complex hybrid) as an experiment and although the latter cross only gave me a tiny number of seeds, I have a 90% germination rate of both crosses so am feeling pretty pleased. There are buds forming on a variety of forms and I would like to have a proper go at crossing but have a few questions to help choosing what to do: I assume anthocyanin absence is a double recessive gene and so there is no point crossing an AF plant with one that is not AF if I want any AF offspring. Is this correct? There are a number of rubra group /alata X purpurea group hybrids for sale that are larger and fatter than either parent. Is this normal for a cross of this type, or are these large forms exceptional and unusual? If I crossed 2 different colour forms of S. flava (e.g. ornata x rubricopora) would the offspring be one colour form or the other (i.e. colour genetics simple) or would they be intermediate? I have read that self pollination does not work very well and gives a low viability. Is this true? Thanks