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  1. I'll be there on the Sunday helping at the stand / display, so hopefully I'll see some of you there!
  2. Thanks for sharing all the photos - the plants look stunning, and it sounds as though everyone had a fantastic day! :-) It's a shame I couldn't make it this time - but will plan things well in advance for next time - so hopefully I'll meet up with some fellow CP enthusiasts in 2017!
  3. Aaarrgghh.... You must've jinxed me David! Sadly it turns out that I'll almost certainly be working tomorrow after all, so 90% sure can't make it tomorrow, I was hoping otherwise - sorry Mike... Oh well - there's always next year (or at least, whenever you've settled in after moving [Good Luck with that Mike, by the way! ] - even if it means you're skipping a year or so if necessary...). I wish I could be there - Good Luck tomorrow anyway, I hope it goes well (I'm sure it will), I bet those leucophyllas look stunning - and I hope everyone has a nice day - and hopefully I'll meet up with some CP people again next year, I didn't get to any of the meetings / Open Days etc this year, so hopefully that will change in 2017!
  4. As a very late decision... I'd love to get there on Saturday is possible - there's a 50/50 chance I'll be there, I'm not sure yet due to possible work commitments. And if I don't make it this weekend - I'm sure I'll see you at some point next year Mike - and I hope you & everyone has an enjoyable & successful Open Day, Good Luck!
  5. Hi Ian & Dianne, Hopefully I'll be there - looking forward to it! I can highly recommend Ian & Dianne's Open Day to anyone, well worth the trip!
  6. Yes I must admit I really enjoyed Mike's open day - the first one in several years for me! Many thanks to Mike and Helen for the excellent hospitality, as always. It was also nice to meet up with friends - nice to see you Ian & Dianne, hopefully I'll make it to your open day on 11th July. It was also nice to speak to other growers I hadn't met before, including Jeremiah Harris, Richard Bunn & Tim Bailey, amongst others. Although it's difficult to map people to names on this forum sometimes - I think we need name badges, LOL! Anyway - a very enjoyable day - thank you!
  7. Good idea! And thanks - hopefully it will work out like yours! I must add, my "office" is a room at home (as I mostly work from home) - and the humidity here in Wales is also high (probably similar to Cologne, maybe even higher at times). I may try Drosera adelae soon too. I do think Utricularia in general have the nicest flowers of all the CP genera. Those U.alpina remind me a bit of some Coelogyne orchids (e.g. C.cristata) from a distance with the while + yellow colour scheme. Anyway - I'll wait to see how successful my U.alpina is first before trying U.quelchii later.
  8. Hi OpenFire, Those are fantastic photos of some wonderful plants - thanks for sharing them with us! I'm starting to grow some Utricularia species on my office windowsill, including U.alpina - and will be delighted if they turn out half as good as yours! I've even heard of people growing U.quelchii successfully on windowsills - so if I have success with U.alpina, I may give that one a go in future. And U.asplundii too. Thanks again...
  9. Hi Jaicen, Of those 2 photos in Bristol: the top one looks like Dactylorhiza fuchsii (Common Spotted Orchid), and the bottom one looks like D.praetermissa (Southern Marsh Orchid) [or possibly a hybrid involving that species - Dactys readily hybridise with each other]. As for the earlier photo of orchid leaves - if it was taken near the Sundews (i.e. growing in acidic soil), then, given the spotted leaves, it is most likely to be Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath Spotted Orchid).
  10. Oops... but I forgot to say, thanks for the excellent pics Ada - a very nice find so close to home! I expect that D.rotundifolia occurs within 10 miles radius of me, but I have to travel further afield (35 miles) to see all 3 in one place. But you can't beat the good old Round-Leaved Sundew as a CP! Good luck in your and Jaicen and Daniel's search of your local patch.
  11. There's nothing better than finding CPs (and Orchids too of course!) in the wild. Those Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath Spotted Orchid) are really nice too. I'm lucky to have many Dactylorhizas (mix of D.fuchsii, D.purpurella & D.maculata, and various hybrids and back-crosses between these) growing wild on my own land here in West Wales! I'll have to go hunting for Sundews, Bladderworts, Butterworts & Orchids again soon! Oops... but I forgot to add: Thanks for the excellent pics Ada - a very nice find so close to home! I expect that D.rotundifolia occurs within 10 miles radius of me, but I have to travel further afield (35 miles) to see all 3 in one place. But you can't beat the good old Round-Leaved Sundew as a CP! And it's always a thrill to see them, and pics of them, growing in the wild. Good luck in your and Jaicen and Daniel's search of your local patch.
  12. Hi Mike, Yes, thanks - I'm *hoping* to be there a week on Saturday - fingers crossed! Will be very interesting to see your results. Is that the Melrose Bark? I've used their orchid-grade bark (for orchids of course!) before. I'm hoping we'll finally get a good peat substitute in the not too distant future. (I'm now thinking - equal parts organic salt-free coir, milled pine bark & chopped live sphagnum, to substitute for peat - sounds about right!). Hopefully I'll see you soon Mike - will be good to catch up with everyone! All the best, Adam.
  13. None of my local independent / family-run garden centres sell it any more either - they did up until a year or so ago. I think that, if we want CP-growing to continue to be viable (to the "general public" - who won't be willing to order bales / pallets of peat for a small windowsill collection), then we really need to find a readily available and viable alternative to sphagnum-based peat. Maybe the cultivation of sphagnum itself would be a start - hmm, maybe I should start up a "Sphagnum farm", rows of polytunnels to cultivate the moss en-mass! I am starting to trial "Fertile Fibre" Organic Coir (see: http://www.fertilefibre.com/coir-products/organic-coir/bales.html?SID=6hll7geuaclsde1vih5gj3kn05) as an ingredient in the various mixes for my Drosera, Utricularia and Pinguicula plants (those are the genera I am most interested in). Maybe something like a mix of live / chopped Sphagnum and washed salt-free organic Coir would act as a suitable replacement for peat. Had the CPS got any further in its trials of peat-free compost?
  14. Hi Takaaki, I have just purchased your e-book on Drosera of Japan, and it is an excellent little book - I can highly recommend it! It's interesting that here in the UK (and Europe) we share 2 of your 6 species (Drosera anglica & D.rotundifolia, plus their natural hybrid D. x obovata). Of course we also have D.intermedia (and D. x beleziana, the hybrid with D.rotundifolia) as a native species, but I read in your book it has been introduced in Japan. I was especially intrigued to read about and see photos of pink-flowered Drosera rotundifolia! I had not heard of them before, and wonder if they occur elsewhere in the range of this species? (Should I go searching here in the UK?!). Or maybe do they result from hybrids and back-crosses with D.spatulata? Very interesting... You are lucky to have some nice interesting species and hybrids in Japan. I guess you have some interesting Utricularia species (as well as Pings, e.g. Pinguicula ramosa) there too. Maybe more e-books in future? Many thanks. Adam.
  15. Hi Mike, I'm hoping to visit for your open day on 27th - it would be the first time in several years! But I'm not 100% certain yet if I can make it. Just thought I'd let you know (to help give an idea for numbers etc). All the best... Adam.
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