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Pitcher plant in winter

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 22:03

When I was researching my pitcher (it floats in a bowl in the pond) everything seemed to indicate letting it live outside all year round.once they're acclimatised. Where are you from? Do you get very bad winters?

Thanks for the recommendation of supplier Keen; I've been looking to expand my collective!

Iris Pseudacorus

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 21:58

Obelixx: whatever I wish for I rarely get, so here's hoping! The three that have been in there a year and some have not made any signs of growing / spreading. 


Posted: 14/09/2015 at 21:54

Bloody hell GWRS!

I hope they cut themselves badly on the broken glass.


His lordship has put the heating on. I protested that it wasn't October yet (not very loudly mind). At least we know it works for when the real weather hits.

Tomorrow I'm starting phase two of the education police riot van: a trip to Fords for the initial repairs. Do wave if you see me in Sheffield! 


Posted: 14/09/2015 at 18:07

Heavy rain coming your way KEF!! Not quite storming yet but it'll certainly make the rush hour traffic interesting

Cuddled up in my blanket while the dog paces the house frantically waiting for his lordship to come home. I'm not turning the heating on. I just wont do it!

Iris Pseudacorus

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 15:07

Fortunately a short season matches my attention span!


Posted: 14/09/2015 at 13:47

Well I thought about doing the housework, so went to a garden centre just so I can clam to have left the house. Nothing of interest there but I nipped into Hobbycraft on my way home and brought a sew your own teddy kit. Alas no instructions when I opened it!


Anyone for tea and cake?

Iris Pseudacorus

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 13:45

Thanks all. I've just found a website that says its "impossible" to germinate these and they only grow through splitting a plant yearly.... which makes you wonder who the devil is out there writing articles as though they are knowledgeable?! Now you can see why I much prefer to ask you guys! Even Verdun is more reliable

As for puncturing the liner: I've a fibreglass pre-formed solid liner so I'm not too worried about that being damaged. There's also little soil in there that's not in fixed pots for anything to grab hold of (and the fish seem intent on eating all the fresh vegetation so no signs of rhizomes yet).

Nutcutlet: interesting to hear they will take hold anywhere as they'd look lovely in the wild area around the manshed.

Iris Pseudacorus

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 10:34

I have a yellow flag iris living in my pond that this year produced a pod of seeds. These dried out and I've taken them off the plant now: all brown and crispy.

Unfortunately I can't find much in the way of information on germination (so I'm guessing its not that easy). One website seemed to suggest three months on a piece of moist kitchen roll in the fridge so I am trying that. It didn't suggest when to do this but since I'm guessing the cold fridge is to over winter them I'll keep my toes crossed now is deemed acceptable. 

Does anyone have any words of wisdom? I've still 20 or so seeds awaiting sowing so am happy to experiment with other ways to germinate them. 


Posted: 14/09/2015 at 07:29

Morning all. Well at 04:00 I got up, used the outdoor loo and had a strip wash in the kitchen sink (cold tap only so the boiler didn't wake my partner). 

Why was I sneaking around? Because at 05:00 my boss was picking me up as a group of us were having a day in London meeting and viewing some museums and discussing their future.

I stood outside my house from 04:45 (didn't want to wake the house remember) til 05:50 being harassed by the neighbours cats while the bosses number was on auto redial and I hunted the internet for news of crashes on the route he'd be taking.

Our bus left Sheffield at 06:15 (you'll have guessed that he had the tickets).

Having agreed with another member of the group as a sensible thing to do I was just digging out my car keys to go and search for him when he finally made contact at 06:30. He'd "slept through" the alarms and the fact that three of us were calling him, his partner, and the home phone.

I can't even spend the day visiting garden centres instead: spent all my money on bus tickets!


I hope you all day a good day and that it warms up. 5'C is COLD!


Posted: 13/09/2015 at 18:11

Well bacon has been consumed, the dog has been washed (first bath since he hurt his leg: and my gosh was it overdue!  ).

I've rescued a few baby aloe veras from the monster plant that is too big for the house. I know its not the ideal time to do it but we'll see what happens. The monster is now residing in the greenhouse because as huge as it is (it fills the window and has a tendency to reach out and attack you if you're not alert) I really don't want to throw it into the compost bin (for starts because I'm scared it'll start prowling the garden at night and eat all the frogs).

I was talking to a friend yesterday about how dogs really are just hairy three year olds: I'm sat here in the most uncomfortable position having had to cuddle the dog til he fell asleep because he's overly tired, grumpy, and wont settle as the neighbours children keep disturbing him. I daren't move. 

Worse still he's having his first away day at grandmas next weekend (first time we'll have left him aside from his night at the vets). It's a good job I've a scout group at the museum on an overnight camp to keep me distracted because even though I know

a) he's a dog

b) his grandma is used to having dogs on account of Meg the spoilt Queen of the family pack living there

c) he's a dog

I'm already starting to get nervous!

Do I admit to them that we sometimes drive him around in the car until he falls asleep if he's being particularly grumpy and wont settle when there is a little noise?

Do I let them know that its entirely normal for him to refuse to eat (for days before you start thinking we spoil him that much) until you hand feed him with a spoon?

Will they know to break his biscuits in half before giving them to him because even though he's almost 30 kg of muscle and fluff he likes to have you hold his biscuit while he delicately nibbles the edges away??

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