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    Top 3 Sarracenia minor clones

    The Antho free minor is a pretty plant but not a particularly strong grower in my conditions . M22 MK If Dede already has this clone then give me a shout @linuxman when you have a division , cheers Blocky
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    Garden gate ' illusion ' mirror

    It's not happened yet and we're over 2 years in now.... I've had a blackbird and a sparrow try and fight with there reflection but that's as drastic as it's got !
  3. Hey folks I saw an idea on a garden website where a ' gate ' had been glued onto reflective backing so when it was mounted on the wall it gave the illusion of an open gate with another garden behind. The reviews on quality were mixed and as it was an acrylic reflective backing, some people were getting a warped reflection with their products, one even saying it was like that one of those fairground mirrors!. That coupled with its £180 price tag led me to me having a go myself with an old sliding wardrobe mirror that handily had safety film applied so if it does meet with an accident it will stay in one piece. Here's a couple of pics of the end result.
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    So after 6 weeks or thereabouts we finally got some much needed rain down here in the SE, when I got home from work and after some heavy downpours I went to check the barrels that had been dry for a month. There was only about 10cm in the bottom of each barrel?, I was expecting them to be half to three quarters full?. After checking all pipes, guttering and divertors for blockages I finally realised I'd left both taps open after cleaning them!. What a pleb I am......
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    There's a fellow in Bromley if I remember correctly, loaksey I think was/is his username. Not seen him about either lately....
  6. You can skip dormancy in the first couple of years with your seedlings so I don't think it matters really when you sow them except that growth will be slower through the winter months. Everyone has their own techniques and I was just dabbling with some spare seed but I was surprised how well they took off..
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    Ahhhh, I know Orpington a bit and I used to work at cokes just down the road in foots cray... I'm guessing it's the same fella in gravesend, I've collected some plants from him a couple of years back. He used to always have listing on eBay but can't say I've seen him lately. I'm down in chavvy Chatham
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    Oops Dunc, ( when I typed Dunc it autocorrected to Dunce ) I'm relieved I'm not the only wazzock on here ! . @TeaCake Thank you for your commiserations!, I did manage to collect up a fair amount since but looking like us Kenties are in for another dry spell. Where abouts in Kent are you TC ?, there's a couple of us about, my nearest hobbyist is Gravesend. cheers chris
  9. They're all still going well @TeaCake , the vft's are slow to grow from seeds but I reckon I have about 200 baby vft's , the sarras I just plonked in a pot so I'm not going to guess how many there are but they're about 2 inches high now. I cant remember exactly what the containers are but they were either McDonald's or KFC desert containers, ice cream or krushems I believe.....
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    First Floor Windowbox

    If there is a decent lip on the ledge you could use a couple of " G clamps " going from under the ledge lip to inside the box.
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    Yeah , I have a butt so clean you could eat your dinner off it
  12. Have a look here here Teacake, I did pretty much what your thinking but even later in the year..... click on " a winter window ledge trial"
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    Yeah I know...... Its times like this that your anatomy should allow you to kick yourself up your own ass.....
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    watering orchids

    I have 2, no idea what they are but they both get a weekly dunk in rain or ro water. I leave mine for about an hour then drain excess off..
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    how to propagate sarracenias

    It's usually just done by division Hayley. If you can see separate growth points then you could tip out of the medium, clean up the rhizome and see if one or more of the growth points can be broken of, ideally keeping a decent bit of rhizome with roots, then just pot it on. Unrooted rhizomes will usually take too but is more of a risk.
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    Hints and tips for RO systems.

    I was always of the belief that 100 ppm was considered about as high as you could get away with. Recent reading though seems to suggest no more than 50 ppm. I'd also be interested in others opinions.
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    Hints and tips for RO systems.

    It's a valid point Stephen, If a 3 stage brings it down enough to be useable. my 4 stage is has gone from putting out 0ppm to around 16ppm at present, that will steadily rise with more useage until obviously the water produced will fall out of ' safe' limits. It would be interesting to know whether a 3 stage degrades slower than a 4 for example, what I mean is if both units degrade at same speed, yours would fall out of tolerance before mine. As you've already pointed out the 3 stage units are less wasteful though so maybe even if yours did degrade as quick you could have saved enough on the reduced waste water ( if you're metered) to buy a new membrane ....
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    Hi and a warm welcome Hayley I'm sure most of your questions will be found answers by our members, what area of Wales are you in ? , my brother now lives in Morriston near Swansea and I visit on occasions. I'm big fan of trecco bay holiday park ! cheers chris
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    Hints and tips for RO systems.

    I'm not far behind mate at about 350....
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    Hints and tips for RO systems.

    What's your tap water tds though Stephen?, I'm guessing some of us need that 4th stage....
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    Mobile Dionaea bench

    Cheers for the reply pirks, I'm gonna have to fit some bigger wheels as my patio has a " rustic" finish and the bench keeps grounding out when I move it. It's gonna be heavier too if I put a liner in it once full of water. I have lost a lot of clones, typically they were my favourites. Whilst I can't hold the media 100% responsible I'm convinced it played a big part...
  22. ok so not strictly " growing under glass" but they are under perspex some of the time!. Last season was dismal for my vft's, a mix of poor soil choice (Westlands), constant battering by heavy downpours and only a few hours sunlight as they fell in the shade early afternoon ( small garden and an unsympathetic wife!). This was the best I could get away with, a mobile bench that I can wheel back into the sun for an extra 4/5 hrs, replanted in better medium using deeper pots and a pull down perspex cover for bad weather. I know black wasn't the best choice colourwise but it looked odd against the current furniture... plants are currently sitting in trays but I'm wasting valuable space so gonna get a liner instead.
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    Upward growth, why?

    It's more down to the clone I think, some form rosettes close to the soil, others grow upright. I can't recall any of my rosette forms sending up upright traps or vice versa.
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    Alternative water source

    I've heard about condensate from air con units being used but not from tumble dryers... Out of interest I just tested mine, came out at a tds of 14 which is good but the water had a distinctly soapy smell. My guess would be there is still stuff in the water the plants wouldn't like but I could easily be wrong ....
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    Where's my rain?

    It should rain now Glad you're all sorted mate.