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  1. Thanks, they're really interesting. I've just discovered the thread for the UK map, the website is http://bsbi.org/maps.
  2. A while ago someone posted a link of an interactive map that showed rough areas to find specific plants. Unfortunately I've been unable to locate the thread, and am wondering if anyone can help me with the web address for it.
  3. Bird netting is good, but leave the slightest gap and the birds are guaranteed to get in there, but can't find their way out again so create even more damage. They've been more interested in the fruit bushes this year after moving a load of my plants to the allotment.
  4. If you've only a couple of plants, a few buckets (especially positioned under a drip from a windowledge) outside should collect you enough rainwater. However if you intend getting more plants it's definitely worth investing in a diverter and barrel.
  5. I've a mixture in my terrrarium at the moment of white light one one side and red/blue light on the other (both LED) - I only installed the red/blue one about a fortnight ago, I'm still waiting to see if there's any difference in growth, but haven't noticed anything so far.
  6. Upon re-potting I've discovered this lurking in one of the plants that I'd bought last year, and am wondering if anyone knows what it is, it's about 1cm high. I am wondering if it's a moss, but it's growing into a little bushy thing instead of forming a strand like moss normally does.
  7. Thanks, our tap water is very soft
  8. That's fab, thanks. I'll look forward to bringing it into flower later in the year, although it seems a shame that it'll die off.
  9. Thanks, this is it. It just says Bromeliad, and I've noticed that it fills like a pitcher
  10. At present it's the polytunnel, which was originally going to be a fruit cage - but I'm half debating on fitting the greenhouse with polytunnel type plastic instead of glass to allow extra ventilation and to look better but easily and cheaply replaceable for any vandalism that occurs until we're sure whether things will calm down which will then allow me to replace the plastic with the glass which is safely stored away. Hopefully we'll get some good weather to crack on with things.
  11. I use a couple of hanging baskets for some trailing non-carnivorous house plants off the bars attaching the curtain rail to the wall. You can either get them from a garden centre or online.
  12. Food processor - although it can chop it to a pulp if you're not careful. Other than that it's a case of chopping in bulky clumps with scissors or a carving knife I'm afraid.
  13. I've been given a mature bromeliad and am wondering on the best way to care for it. Do I keep it in the terrarium with the Neps, put it out with the Sarracenia or just keep it on the windowledge with the orchids?
  14. After the vandals trashed my seed pots and smashed glass on greenhouses on Friday night, I've decided to stick with the polytunnel for the time being as it's cheaper to repair and see how things go - I've still got the greenhouse if things settle, or I may erect it at my Dad's for putting its and pieces in.
  15. Thanks I hope so. Glad your cacti seeds still germinated
  16. I'm in the High Peak, and have bought plants at all times of the year successfully. All mine are just starting to wake up again, so plenty more repotting to do. Don't worry about the time of year, unless buying Neps and other tropical plants that you can't go to collect yourself.
  17. I went up to my allotment yesterday and found this nightmare on opening my polytunnel Some ******** have been inside the polytunnel and destroyed all my seed pots and trays - no damage had been done in the bad storms on Thursday as I was up there on Friday afternoon. Looking around the site there's been damage to other people's plots too including smashed greenhouse windows, fencing pulled down, raised beds being trashed - but nothing taken, so most likely kids. Luckily I've got most plants at home, apart from a few up there along with nearly all my seeds. The few plants that I h
  18. I always stop by the bog garden and the greenhouses when I'm at the zoo, and occasionally arrange to visit the main Nepenthes collection - I always find something new and different. There are also some Neps planted in the Monsoon Forest if you look around carefully.
  19. I let my Sarracenia, Drosera, Pinguicula , Cephalotus and VFTs feed purely on the insects that they catch for themselves. I use Verve liquid seafood fertilizer very sparingly for my Nepenthes that live in the terrarium, as I doubt I'd be very popular if I gave them live insects. The few Neps that live on the kitchen window ledge though only get what they catch.
  20. I got a 100l bag off eBay last summer for £17.95
  21. I'm going to move most of my Sarracenia to my allotment due to having to remove my large growhouse from the sunny side of the house. As it's south facing and gets sun all day up there. However, I'm in a dilemma as to which is better, a solid steel framed polytunnel or a glass greenhouse? I've actually got both, but can only have one or the other. At the top of the plot there is a footpath that runs between the two sites of the local secondary school. A polytunnel cover is going to be cheaper to replace than glass if there's damage, but the greenhouse has more ventilation. I'm currently u
  22. I brought a couple of Sarracenia pots in the other day to re-pot and collect some Pinguicula gemmae, from the pings growing in the same pots. I repot in the house to stay warm lol! I was quite surprised how they are starting to grow pitchers already, if they keep putting pitchers up, I'll have to crack on repotting and fill the water trays very soon.
  23. Chances are that if someone comes with a story like this, it is going to be the same person. Being aware of the story that is being used is very helpful