Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance from the Pitcher Plantation!

FRT 1-1_tallest pitcher_blog
An 80-something cm (nearly 3 feet) tall pitcher of my favourite plant,
Sarracenia flava var. atropurpurea “FRT 1-1”. This pitcher was produced last season; the plants have not yet forgiven me for repotting and fertilising them this season, and are still sulking! This is the biggest Sarracenia I have ever grown.

We are moving! As of this Friday, we will be packing up the Sarracenia collection. Our new house looks like it will be very amenable to Sarracenia growing, so here’s hoping! As it will take 2-3 weeks for our new internet to be connected (!), there will be no updates to the blog until next year.
In the meantime, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy, successful and prosperous 2013. Take care over the silly season and stay safe too.

The Bog Man and His Secret Garden – the story of Rob Sacilotto and why our hobby should become so much more than growing plants for pleasure


Rob Sacilotto and some of his many Sarracenia. Photo: © Patricia Lyons, reproduced here with the permission of Garden & Gun Magazine, whom I thank for their generosity.

This story is very inspiring to read: http://gardenandgun.com/article/bog-man-and-his-secret-garden

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Outdoor growing – bring on the colour!

outdoors and loving it

Here is the overflow collection, growing happily in the full sun. These plants were all split late last summer because the parent plants had grown too dense and had started to experience rhizome rot. I had them in the greenhouse to start with, but soon moved them outdoors because they stopped me entering through the door!