Andy 1973

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  1. Thanks for the reply Dave, much appreciated. I do feel you are right about the individual sales as opposed to the collection as a whole. I just need to knuckle down and get my knowledge back up to what it was a few years back and realistically will probably have to sort out the collection in advance of the Spring when I can get some up to date pic as at the moment the plants have died back for the dormancy period. You never know I might even get the bug back. :-)
  2. Hi Everyone This is the first time I have visited the site for a couple of years due to a house move and simply life getting in the way. My grand plan when moving house was to get a nice shiny greenhouse and move my collection from its current plastic greenhouse and then add to it bearing in mind that I had reduced my collection drastically a few years back. However since moving house other hobbies have developed and when I was looking at getting the new greenhouse recently I had realised that apart from keeping the collection watered I just hadn't done anything to it since moving
  3. The link that you had showing the ebay items look to be a larger variant of my 6 X 4 plastic greenhouse. It is basically a plastic tent using a hollow tube framework. The covers are only designed to last 18 months at best (according to Gardman who are the company who sell me the covers) and I find that the cover starts to split after 5 - 6 months and then I have to start taping it together. I basically start with a new cover in about March and need to start taping by the end of August/ beginning of September. They advise that because of the wet summers we have been having that the covers do no
  4. I've got a 6 X 4 plastic greenhouse which looks to be the same material (see pic). I've used it for about 3 years now and it hasn't blown away (yet) but I do have it tied to the decking and the plants also weigh it down. It does give good colour if the position is good. One thing I would say is that the frame is 3 years old but I am on to my 3rd cover as they don't tend to last. the last one survived the winter but I did have to use a lot of tape The spare covers for mine are about £15 but I wouldn't buy anything bigger as they just don't last. My plan is to get a proper polytunnel for next
  5. Thanks Langy It always good to know some background details. Much Appreciated
  6. Hi Diva I'm afraid I am no expert but from what I have been told by Paul the Purple colouration is on the older pitchers so as you can from the photo the fresh pitchers are green as normal and the old pitchers turn purple with age. This particular plant is only small but I have seen photos of purple Darlingtonia on the web. I must admit it was the first plant in the flesh that I had seen which is why I grabbed it quickly. I am sure if you drop Paul an email at P J Plants he could give you more details. Hope this helps.
  7. Hi All Had a great day out last Saturday at the NEC for the BBC Good Food / Gardeners World Show. Obviously I didn't manage to leave without a few new purchases Sarracenia X(S X Catesbaei X S Flava) ex Slack Sarracenia Goldie Darlingtonia Californica (Purple Form) Thanks to Paul Gardner for those ones Sarracenia Flava var Rugelii Sarracenia Flava var Rubricorpora, Bay Co, Florida Sarracenia Flava var Rubricorpora, Sandy Creek Rd, Bay Co, Florida Thanks to Matthew Soper for those. I thought I would also add a few pics of my collection, And finally my small Bo
  8. Thanks Everybody Yep looks like it was a bit warm for it and by early evening it had recovered back to it's normal shape. I have kept about 70 or so plants in the same greenhouse for a few years now (had to change the cover a few times) and I had not come across this before so I guess I panicked a bit. I have in the past tried to construct a vent in the cover but this tends to weaken the cover and it doesn't tend to last so I make sure that when it's hot the door is fully open. Once again thanks for the info.
  9. Hi I recently bought a Flava var Maxima, N. Carolina (MK F91). The plant was posted to me bare rooted through the postal system about 5 weeks ago therefore it already had some pitcher growth which was distorted while being sent(as you would expect). The pitcher grew quite happily to a nice size and looked like any other Flava pitcher expect for it had a kink near the bottom (see last pic), however today when I went into the greenhouse I noticed that the lid has flopped? It has been a hot day and the greenhouse temp is a steady 35 degrees but the door has been open all day. I know that some
  10. Cheers Guys Thanks for the info, much appreciated. Until now I've always had the bigger pots in seperate deeper containers which have taken up valuable space. It gives me an excuse to have a play in the greenhouse this weekend and rearrange a few things to make more space for the odd plant or two Thanks
  11. Hi The majority of my Sarracenia plants are in pots which range from 4 to 5 inch in diameter and are all between 5 to 6 inch in depth and in the summer I keep them in approx 2 to 3 inches of water letting the trays dry out between waterings. I also have a few much larger pots for my bigger plants (Brooks Hybrids etc) which are approx 9 inches in diameter and are maybe 12 inches in depth. My question is for the larger pots is it necessary to have a deeper trough and to keep the water level higher or is say 2 inches of water suitable for all pots regardless of pot height? It may seem a sim
  12. I have my suspicions that it may well be. I bought 2 of these seedlings along with a number of plants from another forum approx 2 years ago. A short time later I noticed one of your posts (I think it was entitled "Promising Seedling"), on the post you asked a user how their seedlings were doing that you had passed on. I think from memory it was the same user that I had bought the plants from. I agree it is a nice looking cross.
  13. My thoughts exactly, minimal work needed for a great looking plant.
  14. Hi Now that my plants have started to grow, I thought I would post a few pics. S. Oreophila L to R. De Kalb Co Alabama, Ex Martin Cheek & Purple Throat. Always one of the first to open. Sarracenia Oreophila X Purpurea Heterophylla. I especially like this plant, it was a seedling I bought about 18 months ago and this years pitcher dwarfs last years considerably. Sarracenia Leucophylla – Hosford, Liberty Co, Florida This is last years Autumn Pitcher which survived the Winter and has now a lovely pink colour. Plus a couple of Flowers Sarracenia Flava var Rupricorpora, Apa
  15. Hi I traded some Fly traps last year and received my package in about 3-4 days. I posted my spares from the UK and spent the next 2 weeks emailing back and forth. Thankfully the plants did arrive and survived but I wasn't very happy with the service. Looks like the UK postage can be very tempremental I'm afraid.