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    Cold hardy plants new to cultivation; Kniphofia, Yuccas, Sarracenias, Drosera, cacti, mesembs, crassulaceans, Hibiscus.

    Turtles from Europe and the US. Cold water fish, mainly Fundulus and cypriniids.

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  1. I grow hundreds of hardy cacti. Both of these you show can easily take a dry minus 10C or maybe even lower. That is inside the unheated greenhouse. Both could easily die from rot caused by too much rain
  2. You are free to call your plants whatever valid published name they have. Naming are just reflecting different point of views.
  3. Here is a picture of purpurea x courtii in case you are curious. picture from my garden. I could be interested in any of your seedlings later on.
  4. I know that most people keep goldfish and kois in their ponds and then your adviceis correct steve. But in my ponds i keep small species of fish like tanichthys and they do thrive happy with the plants and low pH level.
  5. You can check my post, its just made of pond liner. Soil I used the local sandy (Old heath land) combined with peat. You need full sun and some shelter from wind and then you go. But fix the hole:) Martin
  6. Its important to not know too much about what plants can or cannot tolerate when you want to be the one to find new plants to grow in a cold climate. Otherwise my garden wouldnt be filled with hardy plants from South Africa.... About excessive water, I have Lewisias and Delospermas germinating in the bog, even surviving a winter or two. In wet peat.
  7. Thank you, gardening with carnivores is a good way to deal with the excessive amounts of rain we experience in our partof the world these days. The work with cold testing and selective breeding for both cold tolerance and variety has only just begun.
  8. No realproblems with filiformis. Its the last drosera to reemerge in spring but it has started to spread by seeds in the bog and the old plants grow larger and i take that as a hint that its thriving. It cannot tolerate any shade at all and this year i dont think it willproduce any seeds as out summer has been really cold. Yes, there are somepine barkpieces in there, in fall i cover all plants not growing n moss with betula leafs as even a thin shelter prevents the plants from freeze drying. Martin
  9. Thank you for the kind words. Often during summer, it rains a lot. I mean, too much. But after rain comes the sun and it all looks beautiful. Here a few pics from a day in August.
  10. Some of the hybrids that grows outside:
  11. I keep a thin layer of betula leafs on the plants for the winter as this prevents the rhizomes from freeze drying. The temperature itself is not the problem if you keep them wet. All these plants also have a water lever from five cm below the rhizomes to three cm above the rhizomes when it rains, both summer and winter.
  12. S spv x catesbaei x orophila... Red oreophilas S flava from NC One of the bogs...
  13. S alata x oreophila in bloom. S flava from Florida.... Medio June. Largest pichers today are 65 cm.