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  1. Our S.Flava cv Maxima and a few other Sarras, which are outdoors, have suffered the same problem this year, and we also found that the culprits were aphids. In previous years as new pitchers have appeared we have used a small paintbrush dipped in rain water to 'paint' them off, this has worked until this year when everything seems to happening a bit ealier and we were caught off guard. D'oh
  2. As a follow up to this post, I've just noticed two or three new plants emerging through the soil from the re-planted stolons. I've changed the soil mix to a more oxygenated mix as suggested by petesredtraps and Sheila. So fingers crossed!
  3. I weed our mini bog and pots almost obsessively, anything that's not carnivorous is out as soon as it appears. It's the only way!
  4. Thanks for the comments everyone, we're going back to do the Basking Shark project again this year, in late August this time, and we've allowed an extra day in Arisaig so we can go back to the same area with some more usefull equipment, so hopefully, if we can find the plants again we should be able to get some better pictures.
  5. Very nice pictures Andy, which part of Tasmania where you in?
  6. Thanks for the suggestion, maybe your mix would have been better for the undrained containers, but the plants had grown well for four years with some of the pithchers reaching over 300mm in height. The surving plant needs repotting this year and has several stolons, so I may try one them in the peat/perlite 50/50 mix. If I can I'll to get some photos for Jeffery
  7. The plants are potted up in 2 parts peat, 2 parts sharp sand and 1 part perlite , the crowns of the plants were also surrounded by live sphagnum, not sure how I came to use this mix but it worked for four years and our original Darlingtonia is still going strong, although battling against the sphagnum. The only difference between the plants was that the two that died were in undrained containers, one was in a Belfast sink and the other in a plastic 'gothic' style drainpipe hopper. Both of these containers were lined to about 25 - 30 mm below the level of the potting mix.
  8. Thanks for that Aidan, just finished sorting the stolons out, so fingers crossed.
  9. Hi All For some reason this winter two of our Darlingtonia plants have upped and died, one of them was rotten right down to the roots, and is now in the bin, but the other plant still had some healthy looking runners with some roots, even though the baby plants at the ends were dead. Is it worth replanting these runners? If so how deep should I plant them, or thould they just be covered lightly with the planting mix or some Sphagnum maybe? I have no idea why these two plants died, they were cuttings from a plant that is still going strong. There was no sign of any mould around the base of the plants and after carefull inspection the only creatures if could find were wood lice, could they be the culprits? If they are it must be natures revenge as the main diet of these Darlingtonias was wood lice.
  10. Shawn you beat me to the same question! Thanks for the picture Julio, now I know the answer. Hopefully my Filiformis will be OK for next year.
  11. We were amazed by the varieties and quantities that were there, we're trying to get back to the same area silghtly earlier in the year, better equiped and hopfully we'll find more plants in flower, oh and better weather.
  12. First I must apologise for the quality of some of these pictures, my girlfriend and I were on a Basking Shark survey project out of Arisaig in Scotland in early September and only really equipped for landscape photography with my 35mm SLR and a compact digital camera for general point and shoot type stuff. As it happened, there was a problem with the yacht we were on, and after the first full day of sailing and surveying we ended up back in Arisaig marina waiting for a new gearbox. During the rail journey from Glasgow to Arisaig, which passes over and through some spectacular scenery, mostly peat bog on the higher moors, we had seen large amounts of sphagnum moss and wondered if there would be any cp’s in the rapidly passing landscape, there was also plenty of sphagnum, but no cp’s, to be seen on the short walk between the guesthouse we were staying in and Arisaig marina. On day one of waiting, the skipper suggested a short cross country hike to find a Minke Whale carcass that had been reported in a small bay to the south of Arisaig, so off we set, in steady drizzle and a rising wind. It wasn’t long into the walk before we spotted the first D. Rotundifolia on the edge of a small ditch at the side of the track and a short time after we found a small patch of Pings, including the P. Lusitanica, all be it with an out of focus flower, with more sundews. Not long after out first sightings we were walking on, and sinking through, large clumps of both green and red sphagnum moss and finding it difficult not to step on too many sundews. Other members of the group we were walking with didn’t quite know what to make of out of our joy at finding these plants and were even more mystified at our interest in a small pond full of what looked like pondweed and turned out to be the aquatic Utric. pictured below Any ideas as to which one? Day two of waiting, we took a ferry trip to the islands of Eigg and Rum. All three native Drosera can apparently be found on the Isle of Rum, but we didn’t find any on, or near, the track between the ferry jetty and Kinloch Castle. Day three of waiting and we were back walking around an ancient forest near Arisaig, where we found more Pings, none in flower, shown in the bottom two pictures, on or near the walking tracks, and plenty of green sphagnum, upto half a meter deep in some places, but no sundews unfortunately. Sundews in a trackside ditch. P.Lusitanica, I think. Another trackside Ping, not sure which one though. Aquatic Utric. in a small pond not far from the seashore. Red Sphagnum. Pings found on the walking tracks in an ancient forset. The yacht’s new gearbox arrived and was fitted on day three of waiting and we managed one more day of surveying before the trip was due to end. Sadly we didn’t get to see any Basking Sharks, but finding our first cp’s in their natural habitat and the stunning scenery and fine Malt Whiskies certainly made up for that!
  13. I work as a freelance lighting technician in the entertainment industry.
  14. Thanks NEPENTI, you seem very positive about that!
  15. Oh blimey, completely forgot about this post, so a belated thanks for all of the suggestions above, I'll think I'll leave it labelled just as Nepenthes and gloss around the subject should it arise.