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  1. The information on the website, which is what I checked before emailing, only mentions the webmaster carnivora nl email address. Anyway, thank you, I have forwarded the email. Edit: have received a confirmation now, thank you.
  2. I didn't receive a confirmation after completing the registration and transferring the money. Have sent two emails to webmaster carnivora nl as suggested on the site, without receiving a reply.
  3. Thanks for the replies. :) Surely you need to go further north than Trondheim? The sun stays up longer there than here in Oslo, but I think it's not far enough north. By the way, you probably know already, but P. alpina and P. villosa can be found south of Trondheim, in Oppdal.
  4. Part 2: on a hike from 950m to (if I recall correctly) 1175m Stream with Pings around the edges. Another stream (or upstream), the pings are hiding under the branch. Further up, in a U-valley at or above the tree line. The pings are in the lower right of the picture. Looking down at the valley. Much water, pings here and there. I even found one or two growing on the path (but that says more about the path). Didn't spot any pings here, but it's a beautiful spot anyway.
  5. I recently visited Rjukan in Telemark, a small town where there is no sun from september to march due to being in the bottom of a deep valley. It's also the site of the WW2 heavy water sabotages. These pictures are from above Rjukan near the Gaustablikk ski resort. I mainly tried to document the Pinguicula vulgaris growing sites, closeups are not always included. Part 1: near the ski resort, around 950m altitude. Looking towards the pile of rocks (or mountain as they're called in Norway) called Gaustatoppen. Many of the CPs pictured were not far outside the frame. On the side of a road/p
  6. Right before midnight yesterday, the longest day of the year. No midnight sun here in Oslo, unfortunately.
  7. Despite that you're criticising the theory of evolution, your objections are about how life got started in the first place. For hypotheses on that subject, look up "abiogenesis". The theory of evolution by natural selection has nothing to do with how life first appeared, rather it's about how life has developed over time through natural processes. Despite what you may have read, there is a lot of evidence for the theory of evolution, and it is a very fascinating subject. I recommend the book Why Evolution Is True by Jerry Coyne. If you want an online resource, the talk.origins FAQ is supposed
  8. Amazing, even aldrovanda and S. purpurea. Thanks for posting. You're fortunate to live in an area with so many CPs in the wild. You haven't found any D. x obovata? I thought they were common and easy to find (at least they seem to be in the forest around Oslo).
  9. Another visit today, at around 20:05. Could mention at this point that a good thing about this site is that it's small, close to a path and it's easy to take pictures without treading on a lot of plants. D. rotundifolia, the leaves appearing above the moss.
  10. I've put my two P. 'Tina' pots outside a few times, but they've yet to catch anything very big. Which is fortunate, because they don't seem to digest large insects properly after catching them, leaving a ugly dead carcass on the leaves. The largest prey so far (1cm) struggled for over a day, which was a bit uncomfortable to watch. Anyway, maybe a "largest flypaper plant prey" contest on the forum would be fun. (Flypaper because it's difficult to measure the size of prey in a pitcher.)
  11. Today I visited Rigi, a mountain with (usually, today was cloudy) a very good view and good foot paths (and of course, this being Switzerland, cog-wheel trains all the way to the summit). At 1570m I found a P. alpina wall (flower buds, so quite sure this time). A non-CP view elsewhere on the mountain:
  12. You are right, double checking pictures from the first location it does seem to be P. vulgaris. I'm happy to be wrong. Will update the original post. As mentioned in the post, there is a viewing platform above (way above) drachenmoor, and one can't step on the bog for a closer look. So it's very possible that there are sundews there, but I couldn't see them at that distance. D. rotundifolia is very common in the Oslo forests, so not a great disappointment to have missed them. They seem to grow everywhere there is a somewhat open patch of Sphagnum moss. Didn't notice any orchids, but I'm cert
  13. Edited: wrong initial ID of the plants at first location. As Kevin suggested, the plants at the first site are almost certainly P. vulgaris. In Switzerland for the weekend, today I went for a walk on (or rather below) Mt. Pilatus. I took the gondola up to 1000m altitude, where I took the suggested hiking round trip past the "Dragon moor", where one is supposed to find carnivorous plants. There was a viewing platform, with info signs mentioning the round-leaved sundew. The Pilatus dragon is also supposed to visit the Dragon moor occasionally during the summer. I saw neither, but further along,
  14. Last wednesday I put a purpurea outdoors because of the warm weather. Before that, it had been on a south-facing windowsill since I got it in april. The weather forecast for the next few days is 10-15 degrees C, with night temperatures down to 2 degrees C. Should I put it back indoors, or will it be fine outside? Or should I at least cover it with fleece? I'm concerned it might think that autumn is coming, and that existing or newly forming pitchers will die. Also, just how cold tolerant is purpurea ssp. purpurea? I'm wondering if it might survive the winter here in an exposed pot, or if I s
  15. What about in a cold frame? Might protect the plants from frost damage (assuming temperature only barely drops below 0c) and rotting due to too wet conditions (humidity might be an issue though).
  16. Visited the first site again today to see how the plants are getting on. Planning to try and find more butterwort sites in the forest, so it's important to know when they're flowering (a lot easier to spot). Overview: Plants:
  17. At garden centers you may find large square trays sold as floor protectors, sizes 20x20cm and larger. They're slightly expensive, but might be OK if you don't need many of them. Another easy to find option might be cat litter trays.
  18. To clarify: Covering the back and side walls of the terrarium with a reflective surface is done to reflect otherwise wasted light back. It's not used instead of tube reflectors. Those are of course needed (and are almost certainly a lot more important).
  19. Assuming you were asking about something to put on the walls to reflect the light, mylar and aluminium foil are two things that can be used. The book "Growing carnivorous plants" also mentions something called "reflective aquarium backing", if I recall correctly. An alternative to T8 is T5 HO, might also be worth looking into as it is supposedly more efficient. Most resources I've read suggest that there is little benefit to using plant tubes over regular warm white or a mix of warm white and cold white tubes. At least here in Norway, it's very hard to find plant tubes at an affordable price.
  20. Thanks for the replies so far. From what I've read, it seems x 'ventrata' might do OK on a windowsill, so I suppose it's worth a try. mobile: You're quite right, I think it's been at the garden centre a week at the most. I'm still wondering if it might need something to climb on, e.g. a stick placed in the middle of the pot. Though it would be more convenient to have just the rosette leaves hanging from the edge of the pot (easier to provide artificial light).
  21. I have a north-facing windowsill which receives direct sun in the morning, and bright shade (I think) the rest of the day. Around 14:00 today (rainy but bright day) the light meter showed ~7000 lux on the windowsill. The temperature on the windowsill is usually ~20+ degrees C, but might occasionally drop to ~15. If I keep the humidity above ~40-45% and provide some extra light during the winter months, are there any easy Neps that might do OK? Would a tall pot be best, or a hanging pot? Do Neps need anything to climb on? Finally, I saw this in a local garden centre today. The species name w
  22. This seems to be what the author means: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pozzolana Anyway, if you search on the internet or on the forum, you will find plenty of topics on this. It seems that everybody has their own mix. I think the message to take home from that is that Pings just aren't very picky, and will probably do OK even if you use only more easily available things (e.g. perlite:vermiculite:sand:peat or cocopeat or LFS). I'm no expert though, so take this with a grain of salt.