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  1. First, as a lot of other folks, a vft (general garden center) simply for the pure drama of it. still fascinated by the (now not so little fellers) Favourite, Sarracenia Leucophylla green/white Milton N.Florida. Bought a few years ago when time and space permitted.
  2. Water: water hardness/Quality England Water Poor Norn Iron is not listed but NI Water provide a lot more detail and my water has been used on the plants and there have been no adverse effects. I also 'benefit' from a lot of the natural stuff from above! Wind: no matter how well you think you have glued, cemented, no nailed, blue tacked, cello taped, drawing pinned etc Mr Wind will always find that weakness. As stated above it will be a gradual mm by mm move, then one day it'll be off. A door, a vent, a window, the frame will inevitably pop one out. A good study of the garden/area to l
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    Bonsai?

    cheers stu. Confirms most of my thinking and assumptions. It would be nice for the little feller to flourish and grow, as stated just a small cutting that I didn't expect to see out the winter outside, gave him a chance and he is growing nicely in the little pot now he has woken up. For size at present he is in a large Yankee lid, +/- 2". Pitchers are set 3-4" or so. I do understand that the rhizome will/should/hopefully swell and grow and move across the pot thus making the project pointless. I suppose that the next few months/year he will just be a little curio that can sit in
  4. gricey

    Bonsai?

    has anyone every thought of, done, had success with Bonsai Carnivory? hope that isn't too stupid a question as the general consensus I feel is that the bigger, the stronger, the showier the better with pitchers. Indeed if left unchecked they can spread and grow like weeds...but......I had a small division and didn't want to risk leaving it in ground (just as well as we had a right cold winter) and felt like I needed a little project. So, I stuck it in the lid of a candle jar and this year it has awoken. It is a small rhizome but has multiple pitchers as you can see. it has not been s
  5. indeed, watched Mon to Thurs nothing on carnivorous plants. Thought that a bit odd as Monty has a few in the greenhouse and they get a mention now and then but more that the displays are normally awe inspiring and, from past visit to show are one of, if not the main "wow" "Gasp" points in the main tent. Got too busy and forgot to go back on I-player. Just did this morning and can only say, by Christ what a job, sir(s and ladies)! Both the CPS and Hampshire put on a corker of a display. Granted the CPS isn't professional but the display there is truly outstanding. Seriously well done to al
  6. had a few similar holes and a couple of pitchers bent over and found a beetle in the base when re potting. Also had a bad time with European Earwigs (Forficula auricularia).
  7. not been a problem in Norn Iron. A little bit of protection from the chilly and often strong winds. Good young plant bought in 2013 still growing strong and produced quite a few plantlets so it isn't doing too badly. Temp: lowest was about -19 (although the monitoring station is a little higher altitude) we have had a few right cold winters
  8. calm down chief, I think that this is more of a first time arrival to the westerly regions rather than a restock...... Nevertheless if they are still arriving here and from what I can see in this thread then it seems a popular line so may well be. I am sure there will be folks here updating
  9. delivery must have been late last night, probably stuck on the boat! there were none. Return journey this morning and Strabane has just put all stock on display !!! wooooohoooo - they don't have lady luck just the bill bailey and suki so if anyone is in the area, fill yer boots!!!
  10. Must admit I have never really liked these plants, not everyone's cup of tea I know and each to their own and all that. Norn Iron is not in any stretch of the imagination tropical nor temperate (more in frigid zone!) so a real non starter. for £4 I must admit I have been tempted and was even very surprised that there was a local-ish Norn Iron store in the list. Typically not the closest one but am sending the sister in law to have a mooch tonight and see what is in there. I would imagine that there are plenty as this is not something that is suited to here and is a little to specialise
  11. get our country back? sovereignty? what does that mean? Are we now really going to reopen the steel mills, coal pits, car plants, re nationalise rail, buses etc.... or has the decision just been made to move Nissan, Mini(BMW), Vauxhall(Opel), LandRover, Airbus to back within the EU Borders? Shared parental leave - bet that's gone // Working Time Directive - bet that's gone // Habitats Directive - bet that's gone the brexiteers won and not once, not once, was a case put forward for 'Should we win the plan is ......' now questions are being asked and there is not a single answer. Just the Mil
  12. Yossu, mate disaster. I have the added luxury of a shed for the nasty windy months but feel the pain. the £20 B&M Offer of the plazzy one was good for summer and autumn but when Mr Atlantic Wind came a callin luckily I had emptied it. It has also ended up in 3 pieces, the man down the road gave me some back. it went a long way. I know that you are limited on space but seed trays (depending on how you grow) will take 8 square pots and can be kept indoors http://www.wilko.com/seed-trays-plant-pots+planters/wilko-seed-tray-economy-black-3pk/invt/0183650 http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/home
  13. gricey

    Is it ture?

    LMAO Judging from the balcony shot I take it the exercise can wait for the new year !
  14. no worries glad it made sense. have been meaning to update stuff for a right while but life got in the way. am deffo getting round to doing some soon as it is sleepy time so thought not much point until april or so. ill see what I can dig out
  15. so does that mean you are pondering your best option and considering a combination of the two? create the bog and dress (moss, stones, companion plants etc...) and use the 'indoor' technique/water tray outside in said bog? if I can English-ify I have created a bog and instead of planting the plants in the peat have them in pots and dug 'internal' (yoghurt etc..) pots into the bog so I can re arrange/move/bring inside etc..... no disturbance of roots (apart from clattering them and dropping etc....) So instead of rooted in bog and digging to repot and move indoors out of cold/wind etc