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  1. Did plant sales for 6 weeks; it should have made a couple of hundred pounds for charity. On a couple of days, most stuff was sold before I had even finished labelling things up (tomatoes and bedding plants especially). Other people in the area also gave spare houseplants, perennial divisions and spare bedding plants and it went very well. I made up and sold a dozen each VFTs and capensis, as well as a few tiny pots of D. spatulata (all with a care sheet). So hopefully sharing the CP love too.
  2. I got both online, cheaper than garden centres and good quality (I think the last peat I got was from Northern Ireland) Perlite is weird stuff formed when water reacts with volcanic natural glass; it is neutral and actually absorbs ions.
  3. I set up a sink mini bog a year ago and it seems to be doing well. My main problem has been squirrels trying to dig holes in it to bury nuts in autumn so I peg pieces of net out over the barer patches. When I made it I was (overly) worried about the base going stagnant so I put 5cm of grit sand in the base and have 2 pieces of plastic pipe in the corners so I can water into them and new water goes straight to the base, and moves upwards, keeping the base oxygenated. Sphagnum will hopefully grow over these and hide the plastic in time (I only put Sphagnum in last autumn). The rest is filled with a mix of peat and perlite with a bit of sand, with the top 5cm being a mix of sand and peat (so there is no perlite dotting the surface). I put a small piece of stainless steel mesh over the outflow so I do not lose compost through it, water flows out. It is cheapest to buy a separate bale of peat and big bag of perlite; these are cheaper online than in a shop. There will be far more than you need but I use them not just for carnivores but for seedlings too. Here it is a few weeks ago just coming out of dormancy
  4. The other 2 that seem to be the same are slightly more slender and not as red. Whatever this is, I think I might take some leaf cuttings and get a few more just in case it turns out to be something nice.
  5. I hate wasting plants, but little drosera were starting to smother Sarracenia seedlings so I had to get rid of them. I potted up a few and that is where the hybrids came from.
  6. Thanks; it seems not to be a one off and there are 3 like this (probably far more but I weeded out a lot of seedings in other pots) which are twice as large and more red than any intermedia I have. Hopefully it will flower soon which will give more clue and if it sets seed I will collect it.
  7. They all look beautiful to me, but I would say bottom right takes it. But there is also growth habit and height (2, one metre pitchers versus a dozen of 25 cm long), vigour, and hardiness (does it perform as well in a bog as in a greenhouse) that can sway people.
  8. Amongst the self seeded drosera in the greenhouse (lots of capensis, intermedia, spatulata, a couple of filiformis) are a couple of plants like this which I do not recognise- although young they are more robust and larger than the intermedia and anglica I have, and clearly not capensis with different leaves and they formed a true hibernaculum in winter. Are Drosera known for hybridising without help? and if so, any idea what the parents may be- last year I had capensis, intermedia (a couple of types of each), spatulata, filiformis and rotundifolia flowering at the same time.
  9. With my water butt almost empty and about to break into 'emergency backup' water I think I should get a RO unit. I only use 5-8 litres and day in hot weather so a small output would be fine, but I would want a simple one that will plug into a hose system. Any good recommendations for a good 'plug in and go' model?
  10. With garden centres closed and with a surplus of plants that I would usually give away to relatives and friends , I have decided to put a charity plant stall outside my house- I am on route to the park and get passing dog walkers etc. I have floated the idea with the local community Facebook page and they seem keen. At first it will be a few spare tomatoes and Hosta divisions, but I have done some divisions of VFTs, Mexican pings and D. capensis that I will put out when they look less scruffy (with a proper care sheet!). Hopefully I can spread the CP love and make some money for NHS charities at the same time. The idea is to have a table with an honesty payment where there is a minimum price (suggesting that more is better) for each plant (I think £3 for VFTs, £2 for small capensis) with the web address of 2 local hospital charity sites to chose from to pay into. I recon most people here are pretty honest. I will launch this coming weekend and if it works well, I will come here and let people know in case they want to do something similar. I don't have any spare Sarracenia that would be suitable for a first timers (short, clump forming such as S. purpurea and purp hybrids) but if anyone has any spares I could have for not much money I would be interested in a few to add to the table.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Thanks, I'll try it. And nothing to lose trying it with others.