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    P.s Does a " blog " garden mean you'll have to post updates about it regularly on social media ?
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    Whistables a nice place, or at least it was, it's been a few years since I've been there! The majority of carnivorous plants can live outside all year round, most of mine do but if you can give them protection in particularly cold times then that's a bonus. Nepenthes and some of the more tropical sundews will need to be kept above freezing though.. The main issue with growing outdoors is the damage caused by nature, wind and heavy rain can see your prize pitchers snapped in half or all slumped along the ground. Look into some of the smaller / shorter growing sarras as they are more robust outside, chuck in a purpurea or two, couple of fly traps and drosera and a ping or two and you'll be away mate ! . Avoid dressing the top with moss though, pretty as it looks the birds will rob it for nesting and usually nick a plant or two at the same time ! Good luck with your project Kev chris
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    Hi Kev Welcome aboard, always nice to see a local grower. where in Kent are you?, I'm between Chatham and gillingham. cheers chris
  4. I'm not sure what the issue is Rhys, maybe it's worth asking admin ? I grew some some vft's from seed early 2017, there was far less monitoring though on my part !. For the most part they're still doing ok but are still very small and beginning to get overgrown by moss. They seem to grow for me 'naturally' at about the same rate as cephalotus from seed . It's painfully slow for the first couple of years. . I know people have managed to double the growth rate by skipping dormancy in the first couple of years and growing under artificial lights etc.
  5. Hi Rhys unfortunately I can't open any of the attachments?, I've added a picture of the error I get , this is on my iPad? cheers blocky71
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    Weird creature

    We have a slightly less dramatic approach here in the U.K. Kirkgaddy... Mozzies will lay their eggs in any standing water available so it's inevitable some will end up in the plants reservoirs, especially if kept outdoors. Leaving the trays to dry out for a day will pretty much kill anything residing in the water... Personally I remove the 'rafts' of eggs that can be seen floating on the surface and move them into a jam jar of rainwater to hatch. Once hatched they go into my fish tank as a much lovedtreat for my fish !
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    Flower bud appearing early for me

    I've not been out to look at my plants for a while but if the weather sticks to the forecast then I'm hoping to get out and cut back the brown stuff and put a bit of water in the trays.....
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    What is this Nepenthes.

    It looks like mine but I have the wrong Id on my plant !
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    Have I killed my seeds?

    Ada lives up north, you may get better weather earlier Guy !
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    watering orchids

    And 46tds tap water ???? Not in my neck of the woods !!!!!
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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 !
  13. 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....
  16. 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
  19. 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
  22. 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..