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 i
  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 f
  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 (ex
  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 a
  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. Gr
  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 s
  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).
  16. drat - that means I've just wasted 1p buying the book on Amazon!
  17. Congratulations David, I hope the day goes really well for you.
  18. As I recall from Kew's paperwork you aren't allowed to sell them. You aren't even allowed to give them away without written permission from Kew. I think it is one of the consequences of the Convention on Biological Diversity (and anyone who receives the plants has to sign the same paperwork).
  19. Stone dead with me (minus 5C) in the greenhouse. I had been told that it seeded about and I hoped that the seed might survive, but no sign yet so I think it just died. I was happy enough to think it might be a bit of a weed. It's from Madagascar so there is no good reason to expect it to be hardy.
  20. That's the fella! Cynorkis fastigiata I was warned that it was a particular weed of Nepenthes collections (but not a dangerous weed). You probably brought the seed in with a plant.
  21. There are various forms of aseptic culture which often get referred to as "tissue culture", and they have different significance in the development of mutations, however none of the systems of aseptic culture actually cause mutation. Plant cells (and indeed animal cells) occasionally mutate. Usually this occurs in a differentiated cell that is not going to divide further, so it goes undetected. Occasionally a cell in an actively dividing meristem mutates and may then go on to develop a mutated organ, say a leaf, part of a leaf or perhaps an axilliary bud. Some of those mutations may go on to
  22. Thanks for your hospitality and a great afternoon. Beautiful collection, beautiful part of Wales, lovely way to spend a summer day!
  23. Hi Ada, I didn't get any information from Gert about the background of the green plant. It will be interesting to see if there are any antho free seedlings when Smurf is selfed. I also had a hybrid from him that I liked because it was so pale, so I wonder if it is just a gene he has floating around in his population. I don't think it is a shortage of light - I assume he grows them all in similar conditions, and he had plenty of good red ones, but it will be interesting to see how things develop. "..more an abnormality , a grotesque abnormality " I have a mirror in my bathroom, and when I
  24. Well, I may be part of a tiny minority, but I think it is a magnificent plant. Every now and then something comes along that is really surprising. From my point of view there were two Sarracenia purpurea forms available from Gert that would have made the whole trip worthwhile, even without all the other wonderful things (and as always I am kicking myself about the things I couldn't bring back with me). Anyway, this was the other: As far as I can see this is a pure green Sarracenia purpurea venosa but not anthocyanin free! It has some tiny red markings in the veins and red bases to the l
  25. It is interesting to see such a lot of good sense being written here. A decade ago this would have degenerated into a lot of angry and ill-informed people shouting at eachother, so it is good to see we have moved on. I doubt my tuppence worth of comment will add much, but here goes. In my opinion the first plant is Sarracenia flava var flava as we currently understand it. In his 1998 article in CPN ('Sarracenia flava varieties' vol27 116-120) Don Schnell uses the description "Prominent deep red to purple pigment deposition in pitcher throat with variably prominent red venation radiating from