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  1. Hi Folks, I'm getting a bit desperate! A while ago I acquired this fully glazed fridge with one side smashed. I thought, "Hey, ultra highland Nepenthes!!!" so with great enthusiasm I embarked on a mission to fix it and sell it with a reasonable profit. So many weeks later, after discovering that to have a new double glazed unit fitted would cost £200, I opted for the basic repair, single glazed, toughened glass, £75. So it is sitting in my small flat, and I keep tripping over it. If I had the time and space I would probably use it to grow Nepenthes villosa or some such other exotic from seed. It's got LED lighting already quite profusely inside it. I've had the top off it, and it would be possible to rig up the lights and refrigeration independently to timers, and I'm sure you could also add lights if necessary. It is really well built, being made for pub use. It has a low energy usage, being marketed as an "eco-cooler". It's got 3 removable shelves. When the refrigeration is on the 2 fans make a bit of a whooshing noise so you may have to be cautious about having it in a sleeping area. I've posted it up here a couple of times, and I've got it on eBay. But nobody wants it! Seriously folks, can none of you make use of this at all??? Bewildered Karsty.
  2. Dear all, as I frequently mention my "wintergarden", I want to explain a little better what I am talkong about. This structure probably is nearly as old as I am and it is quite unique. It is built on a south facing balcony and most of my plants spend a part of their life cycle either in the wintergarden and/or the balcony. The balcony is quite empty at the moment, just some hardy drosera are flooded their for the winter. Two pictures from the outside. The first one showing the south facing glass front and the eastern wall: There is a gap between the wall and the glass front where quite a bit cold air can come in during the winter. a view through the partially opened doors: Currently, it gets quite warm on sunny days already, at least as long as I keep the doors shut. There is, of course, quite a significant temperature gradient from the floor to the top, but even at the floor the tempature rises to above 20 °C on sunny days now, whereas during the nights the temperature drops to nearly 0°C. Now a view from west to east. On the topshelf currently a part of my pygmy drosera collection enjoys the rising temperatures. Probably already in april it may become to hot for the pygmy drosera in that position. Once that is the case, the great move begins: Sarracenia, Dionaea and normal Drosera will get a place on the balcony. The pygmy drosera then get a space on the wintergarden floor. The top shelf will then be free for tropical utricularia and tropical drosera (mostly D. indica complex plants and D. burmannii). Now a view to the western wall: Here you will see more pygmy and some climbing tuberous drosera on the top shelf. If you check carefully, you will find a flowering D. cistiflora on the middle shelf. Other plants on that shelf are larger tuberous drosera and some old germination experiments with pygmy drosera seeds. On the floor currently many trays with Sarracenia, Drosera, Dionaea and some other plants are stuffed. I hope this helps to understand the conditions I can offer. Dieter