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Bog gardening in Denmark

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Growing Sarracenias outside in Denmark with no extra summer heating requires a lot of patience and the right plants. Often they dont start to grow until medio May and this year it was end May. We have had the coldest June in 20 years so its first now end June, that they have started to have matured pitchers.

In winter, in my area we saw temperatures on serverel occations down to minus 24C and for half an hour even minus 30C.

On live on the edge of old heath land and simply use the garden soil for growing the plants in. In this first message I will show some of the plants, later on the bog and the kindergarden.

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Spp heterophylla

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S oreophila - 65 cm

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S flava maximia from Virginia

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Most likely S catesbaei x Spp - this specimen and the next is found in a naturalised population in Denmark.

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Spp and Lobelia cardinalis, both from Ontario

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S x catesbei medio June

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S x popei

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S courtii x Sp

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S alata x oreophila

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Spp from Ontario

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S alata x oreophila in bloom.

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S flava from Florida.... Medio June. Largest pichers today are 65 cm.

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Hi Megs

Looking good - Things are late this year, if its any consolation the UK outdoor sarrs are about the same . It is a bad year.

The purp hetro and oreophila are particularly striking.

Cheers

Steve

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S spv x catesbaei x orophila...

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Red oreophilas

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S flava from NC

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One of the bogs...

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Congratulations, stunning bog garden!

I have a question, though. I've been considering making a small bog garden myself, but here, in Bulgaria, winters are very chilling - this year it was colder than the Arctic, around -26 degrees. My question is, do all these plants survive winters without any extra help? They were okay even when temps reached -30?

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I keep a thin layer of betula leafs on the plants for the winter as this prevents the rhizomes from freeze drying. The temperature itself is not the problem if you keep them wet. All these plants also have a water lever from five cm below the rhizomes to three cm above the rhizomes when it rains, both summer and winter.

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Some of the hybrids that grows outside:

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Thank you for the kind words. Often during summer, it rains a lot. I mean, too much. But after rain comes the sun and it all looks beautiful. Here a few pics from a day in August.

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Very nice Megs, very natural looking congratulations. Do you have a problem keeping the filliformis over winter in Denmark? and are those bark chips showing under the water line.

Cheers

Steve

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No realproblems with filiformis. Its the last drosera to reemerge in spring but it has started to spread by seeds in the bog and the old plants grow larger and i take that as a hint that its thriving. It cannot tolerate any shade at all and this year i dont think it willproduce any seeds as out summer has been really cold.

Yes, there are somepine barkpieces in there, in fall i cover all plants not growing n moss with betula leafs as even a thin shelter prevents the plants from freeze drying.

Martin

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Thank you, gardening with carnivores is a good way to deal with the excessive amounts of rain we experience in our partof the world these days. The work with cold testing and selective breeding for both cold tolerance and variety has only just begun.

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Its important to not know too much about what plants can or cannot tolerate when you want to be the one to find new plants to grow in a cold climate. Otherwise my garden wouldnt be filled with hardy plants from South Africa.... About excessive water, I have Lewisias and Delospermas germinating in the bog, even surviving a winter or two. In wet peat.

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Beautiful bog! This particular plant looks quite a bit like Lynda Butt, which I have in my bog as well. I planted it last year, and it survived the Danish winter under straw. I'm hoping it will make a full comeback. :)

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