James O'Neill

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  1. These are super pictures! The burbigidae is to die for . And the villosa seedlings are very cute too.
  2. Those are great photos, the filiformis are very beautiful. I think that your 'Utricularia' in the first post may be some kind of millfoil pondweed. At least that's what we call it over here.
  3. The L03 on the leucophylla is a code number, which allows growers to identify specific plants. For example, the L03 of Mike King's plants is the yellow flowered form 'Schnell's ghost'. See: http://www.johnjearrard.co.uk/plants/sarracenia/deconfusifier.html Not entirely sure about the r.g. x s.g. 'Schnell's ghost' x rubric will be a hybrid between a leucophylla, in fact the plant I mentioned above 'Schnell's Ghost', and a S. flava rubricorpora. A hybrid between a leuco and a flava is usually called a S. x moorei.
  4. It won't be easy to remove the fragile utric from the soil. But I'll give it a go..
  5. That is a brilliant photo of those cats on the aquarium. Are those cichlids you have?
  6. Welcome! You certainly seem to have caught the bug, so to speak. You'll probably have it for life! What are the species that you have? Many nepenthes can be grown very well on the windowsill and they would not disappoint you. What kind of nepenthes have you been looking at? Cephalotus is also a good choice. Some tropical drosera and Utricularia would be suitable, and mexican pings. A good sarracenia for the windowsill could be psittacina or purpurea, they don't get too tall.
  7. 2cm is much smaller than I thought it would be. I thought it would be bigger than quelchii, which on my plant is 3.7cm.
  8. My Utricularia blanchetii put on a good show of masses of flowers over the winter, but recently it just died back to almost nothing. Just today I found the reason, in the soil there were lots of these little creatures running about! They look a lot like woodlice with 7 pairs of legs and an oval body, but are tiny, the largest is about 3mm. I suspect these have been eating the underground system of the bladderwort. This is not a plant I wish to lose, it puts on such a good show. How can I get rid of these creepy little crustaceans? The photos aren't fab, but they are so tiny. Mystery pest in Utricularia by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Mystery pest in Utricularia by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr
  9. Very nice! I'd love to have this species, let alone get it to flower! How big is the flower?
  10. Thanks everybody! Ron, that's very good, you must show pictures! The quelchii grows in pure sphagnum and perlite. It is kept only damp, not very wet. With the flowers now out (indeed the first one is starting to wither) and a blink of sun, I got some pictures today. The quelchii is only in the greenhouse for taking pictures, though I have moved the reniformis and nelumbifolia out there. The camera does not quite capture the delicate shades of colour in the flowers, in the picture its like in your face bright crimson but in reality its lots of pinks and purples and shimmering reds, with a yellow-orange hue in the centre. Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr My 3 currently flowering utrics, reniformis, nelubifolia and quelchii. U. reniformis, nelumbifolia and quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr U. reniformis, nelumbifolia and quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Mouse exploring the greenhouse Mouse in quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Things are starting to awaken for Spring. Drosera filiformis awakening by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Sarracenia alata flowers by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Sarracenia bench by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr A couple of old pitchers from last year Sarracenia leucophylla tarnok by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Sarracenia x excellens 'vinaigrette' by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr My N.hamata has sulked for quite a while after an infestation of spider mites, but he's just opened his first pitcher in a long time and he has more coming, which is good! Nepenthes hamata by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr
  11. Some of them make an attmept to go red. Oddly enough its in the winter.
  12. Thankyou everybody. The cephalotus is growing in sphagnum in the basket only but with peat/perlite mix in the lower pot. It has grown much faster since I started growing it vertically; only in the last week has the plant on the top died for some reason, which has saddened me. The quelchii grows on the south facing windowsill ;) no artificial light, just 100% natural light, and whatever temperatures the house is, it recieves also. With such growth as that, you're bound to get flowers some time!
  13. It's been a while since I've been on the forum. I've been extremely busy with school and exams and painting etc. etc. However, I thought I'd share about how some of my plants have done this winter. The apple of my eye at the moment is my U. quelchii, that I got from Stephen Morley about a year and a half ago..or maybe it was 2 and half years ago... Anyway, it has rocketed in growth and recently put forth not 1, not 2, but 3 flower scapes! The first is about to burst into flower which I am excited about. Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr The plant has developed an extremely dense underground system with many tubers and new growth points appearing everywhere. Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr The flower about to open Utricularia quelchii opening by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr My U. nelumbifolia has been putting on a good show as well with 4 flower scapes at once recently. Unfortunately one was snapped off by accident. U. nelumbifolia putting on a good show! by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr U. nelumbifolia putting on a good show! by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr The proliferation in flowering of both my reniformis and nelumbifolia has allowed me to be able to hybridise them; the seedlings are growing right now, it will be interesting to see how they turn out. My windowsill Nepenthes have been doing well too. This could be because I had a sudden surplus of baby mice when 2 of my females became accidentally pregnant. Let's just say that I've got fewer mice now and my plants will be growing well for the next while... Nepenthes x 'Predator' by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Nepenthes maxima by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr My first ever upper pitcher Nepenthes maxima 'mini' upper pitcher by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr Nepenthes maxima 'long form' by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr My Cephalotus has also done me proud, from turning from a baby with tiny juvenile pitchers to a good sized plant with nice adult pitchers. Cephalotus by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr And my first ever Helimaphora is giving me a flower for the 2nd time and has grown massively since the last time it did so. Heliamphora nutans x glabra by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr
  14. Hi Jim first, let's get familiar with anatomy. You want to take pollen, which is released from the anthers (which are part of the stamens) and brush it onto the 5 stigmas, which, together with the style (the big umbrella shaped object) form the carpel. The stigmas are the little protuberences facing inwards on each corner of the style. Offspring can be named S. x excellens selfed. They may form a mishmash of different features of S. leucophylla and S. minor. Some may look similar to the parent plant, some may look more like minor and some may look like leucophylla, with more extremes than a simple minor x leucophylla crossing.
  15. I can't imagine that they wouldn't do well. I've got a good big ceramic pot about 30cm across that I'm filling with flytraps. If you look at Guillaume's pictures on the forum here, he has some flytraps in big pots.
  16. I love these photos!! Especially the one with the filiformis in the field. Why not enter the photo competition on the forum here.
  17. Hi, Yes Homebase seems to have got some very nice vfts from a good supplier. I've noticed that the labels actually give really very good care info as well. I got myself a couple - I want to make a display too.
  18. Spider! I love the upright filiform petioles and the bright red traps at the top wide open waiting for highflying flies. When grown in a clump it looks amazing.
  19. Yes, indeed I was talking about bisquamata in general. I have Betty's Bay and it is as you say well behaved. Fortunately I have kept the weedy one out of my collection as well as its close friend subulata.
  20. They actually went into your greenhouse and stole it? Gosh, the nerve! You need a guard dog or something!
  21. Hi, it's really very easy...sometimes bisquamata can even become a weed! Just keep it well watered and not too cold and you should do well with it.
  22. Yes, I really like the big throat splotch - its not like a rugelii splotch, more of a cloudy red thickening in the middle to dark red. The pitchers also have very heavy veining. It's still small - 30cm tall, but lovely stocky pitchers, and I'm sure it will look cracking when its bigger. Richard; no the Neps are brought inside in the winter. Newcoms; mice are brilliant pets? I have 3, and they are just the apples of my eye. The problem is keeping the cat away from them - I used to have 5.
  23. Jonesii. Flava var ornata, from S Morley. Flava var rubricorpora, MK F20. Flava var rubricorpora, from S Morley, good stocky pitchers, I like it, if only it had gone redder this year! Flava var rugelii. Flava var ornata, Miramar Beach, FL. From MK. Nice yellow lids on a seedgrown flava flava from I Salter. The camera doesn’t really capture the lovely golden colour. S. oreophila, DeKalb. Alata x flava, MK H26. One of my favourites, it hasn’t gone too red this year. Seedgrown mitchelliana from I Salter. Unknown hybrid, was given to me as moorei but is obviously not. Whatever it is, I like it. Excellens. Excellens flower. A very green moorei from I Salter.