hmbluck

A blank canvas - 2,000l outdoor bog

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Last autumn I had a bog installed in the sunniest corner of our south-west facing rear garden.  Having been a collector of carnivorous plants for many years this modest-sized bog garden now affords me to develop a more permanent display in the garden. 

At around 3.5m (long) x 4.2m (at its widest), the total volume of materials required to fill it comprised: 1,600 litres of peat; 400kg of horticultural sand (lime-free, of course), 400 litres of perlite.  The compositional mix varies, depending on the intended location of the various plant types. 

Planting has started this weekend with 25x Darlingtonia californica, 15x Pinguicula grandiflora, 40x Dionaea muscipula with a further 25x butterworts, 35x Venus's flytraps, 65x sundews (including Drosera binata, capensis, rotundifolia, filiformis, tracyii, anglica), and 60x hardy pitcher plants (Sarracenia flava, flava var. maxima, flava var. cupra, flava var. rugelii, flava var. rubricorpora, purpurea purpurea, purpurea venosa and purpurea heterophylla and a few natural hybrids) to be planted later this month.  Sympathetic bog plants that are non-invasive will provide shelter to some of the more delicate carnivorous plant species.  On the raised railway sleeper platform at the rear, a specially commissioned 1.3m tall pitcher plant sculpture made by a master blacksmith will add year-round interest and a focal point for the winter months.

If people are interested in seeing how the project develops, I will be updating this post periodically.  Message me if you want details of landscaper, blacksmith and nurseries and stone/growing medium stockists and I'll be happy to share these.  

Really looking forward to getting this planted and for the summer to roll round!

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