John Jearrard

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  1. and thanks to Baz for his hospitality, fascinating collection and kicking the whole think off on Saturday!
  2. Yes, I can understand people might think they would like them. I just don't think it's fair to offload my old rubbish onto others. (I know, there will be howls of anguish...) There are thousands of sarracenia hybrids around, if I let the rubbish ones go, sooner or later they will start to circulate and people will end up with second rate plants that were second rate right from the start. If people are going to get a plant, let it be a good one that is worth growing, not something that should really have been burnt at the outset. There are new people coming into the hobby all the time, and it isn't really fair to offload the poor plants onto them just because they don't know any better, they will only get disheartened when they realise. Much better to use the space to propagate the good ones. So they get burnt. Sometimes difficult, but I am fortunate, I have a short memory. Once they are gone I forget all about it and move on.
  3. It isn't the best job in the world., but the southwest open days are coming up in a week or so (22nd/23rd June) and I thought it was best to get rid of the seedlings that don't make the grade before people see them. Sarracenia 4, 120613 by John Jearrard, on Flickr These are six years old now. I went through them two years ago and threw most away, but there are always a few I'm not sure about, and it has taken another couple of years to make sure they don't make the grade. If I was more ruthless I could have saved myself a lot of space and trouble. Plants that aren't quite good enough at four years old are still not quite good enough at six. Sarracenia 6, 120613 by John Jearrard, on Flickr In the end I kept about a quarter of them (and I think I have a few duds still among them). It's a difficult job. Those that have survived this far will be watched and anything that starts to be disappointing will be out. Sarracenia 11, 120613 by John Jearrard, on Flickr And a quick picture through the greenhouse - there are plenty still left if you're coming to the open day!
  4. I have seen it once before, on a S.alata seedling about the same size. The seedling has grown on slowly since then and not flowered again. I will post the pictures if I can find them.
  5. Fantastic pictures Chris, never seen a Welwitschia in flower before. Is that a male cone?
  6. Named after Mark Catesby, an English naturalist who visited Virginia 1712-1719, and Carolina 1722-1726 and went on to publish several illustrated volumes about his trips, naming a few Sarracenia in the process. Pronunciation is always a dodgy subject. One convention suggests that with names that commemorate a person, you pronounce it as you would the persons name (good luck with Russian, Chinese and Japanese botanists names). Another convention suggests pronouncing names as though they were latin words (insofar as that is possible) in which case each vowel has to be pronounced seperately (except for ae which is approximately i). There is nothing you can do that is actually wrong, but it probably helps understanding if you 'follow the herd', which in this case would be Catesby-i (hard C). Kat-es-bi-i could also be defended.
  7. Thanks Ada, useful to hear other people's experience. I have had some poor seed set from selfings, but I get the same thing from some of the outcrosses and I think timing and technique in pollination may be playing a part in my case - I am trying to collect enough data to reduce the impact of other factors. I don't keep records of germination - I want to, but there just isn't time, so thanks for the information. I will have to do some controlled tests I think! (Too late this year thankfully - just cut off the last of the flowers).
  8. Does anybody know of any evidence that Sarracenia have issues around self incompatibility? I have been collecting seed data for a few years to see if there is any difference in seed set and seed weight between selfings and cross pollinations, and I am not yet convinced. I haven't done any statistical analysis (no time, want more data first) but anybody who wants to have a stab is very welcome.
  9. Is it possible that the label says Santee (Santee Coastal Reserve, South Carolina) ?
  10. Thanks to everybody who came, especially those who drove through difficult traffic. The weather behaved itself reasonably well for Dereks open day. A lot of people went away with excellent plants at a good price, and the collection was looking magnificent. Thanks to Derek for his hospitality (and Amelia's baking). Light drizzle for the barbeque, but we held it in the greenhouse anyway, so it didn't matter. And then on to Dennis on Sunday. His plants are a long way in advance of mine and we had a fair bit of sunshine to enjoy them in. Lovely to see everybody again and thanks to Dennis and Carol for their welcome and catering,
  11. It is currently looking as though we may have a little drop of rain for the barbeque so I have set up inside the big greenhouse where it will be reasonably dry! Still hoping it will blow over before the evening and we can sit on the grass in the beautiful evening sunshine (but it's not loooking likely). Derek's collection is entirely under cover in a big poly-tunnel (and the afternoon is looking dry anyway), and Saturday is looking like reasonable weather to visit Dennis B. See you all soon.
  12. Hi Richard, the Darlingtonia grows outside, sheltered a bit from the wind by the side of the greenhouse. It is in full sun through the morning, but in light shade from trees through the afternoon. This one is flowering better this year than the others, which grow on the north side of the greenhouse and rarely get full sun exposure. It grows in a mix of peat and perlite in a shallow bowl and always stands in 3 or 4 inches of water.
  13. Looking forward to seeing everybody on Saturday. It's looking like the weather will be fine and a week of warmth has helped the plants along. I wasn't sure there were going to be many pitchers but it is starting to look good. Darlingtonia looking better in full sun than the plants in shade. Sarracenia alata. Flowers are just opening today, so I hope they will be at a peak over the weekend. Sarracenia flava pitchering well. Sarracenia leucophylla flowers developing rapidly now they have some sunshine. Sarracenia oreophila in full growth, the flowers are just starting to open. Great to see anybody who can make it on saturday, from 6.00pm. I'll be firing up the barbeque around then, and hopefully we will have as good an evening as last year.
  14. The open weekend in the South West is going ahead again this year and it will be wonderful to see anybody who can get to any or all of the meetings. Derek Clavell-Bate is open on Saturday 2nd June 2012 from 2.00 - 5.00 pm near Launceston in Cornwall. Details in the CPS newsletter, on last years thread (on this forum), or I expect Derek will post them here later. Dennis Balsdon is opening the next day, Sunday 3rd June 2012 from 10.00am to 5.00 pm in Paingnton. Details in last years thread, but I expect Dennis will post them here as well shortly. In between, I am again holding a barbeque on saturday evening from 6.00 pm. All welcome. It makes it slightly easier for catering if you can let me know if you are coming but don't worry if you don't manage it, just turn up! Last week I wasn't sure there was going to be anything to see, but things are beginning to move. Sarracenia alata in bud. If we are lucky the flowers will be perfect on the day! Sarracenia oreophila pitchers coming up. In the last few days the first seed has started to germinate. Last years seedlings starting to move. The older ones are starting to look a bit more interesting. The collection here is mostly Sarracenia. A few Pinguicula flowering at the moment, but I think they will be over by June. One or two sundews, a Drosophilum and a dead Heliamphora. If you can't get here, or want to get a look at the collection in advance it is mostly on the website. I'm a bit more organised this year and have split some of the plants, so there will be a few for sale. Anybody who wants to bring plants to sell is very welcome, it all adds to the fun. Look forward to seeing you!
  15. I'm nearly there - just need to get the last generation of hybrids to flower together (last year there was a short overlap, and I forgot to do it). It's just for curiosity really. The more you mix the parents, the more 'average' the offspring become (in general terms). I'm not expecting anything special buit if we can mix all the characters together into a single strain, we can throw all the rest away and save all that pointless arguing about how many species there are! (that last bit was a joke, by the way, in case it didn't survive the transfer to the written word).