Though it looks like I am out of room... I am flagging plants and putting them on a "if I find something better..." list. Most plants are still putting up new spring pitchers that haven't opened... but some have. The vfts in the new vft bog are sure taking their time to get growing.
I also just noticed this funky bloom stem that is twisted.
Last Edit: May 22, 2015 12:53:51 GMT -5 by nevermore: photo add
Thanks. I am up by Cincinnati... everyone's grass is green for the most part during this time of year around here. I did restart my whole lawn two years back cause it was just cheap contractor grab grass with a lot of weeds... so now it's a better strain... and staying nice and green without watering.
Post by pittsburghpredators on May 22, 2015 16:38:35 GMT -5
I really love the setup you have here, it looks great in your yard! Quick question, do you remove any more of the pine needles or do you always keep a layer on? In the past I've removed mine after winter but I'm leaving a small layer on this year and I'm interested in seeing if it affects my plants in any way.
I just have a thin layer of needles that stay for a layer of mulch all year. It does seem to help with moisture retention. I also mixed some needles into the entire media when I built the bogs. Read a while ago that it keeps some acidity up.
In the original bog, I have been just covering it with sheets and canvas in the winter..... I don't add a layer of needles.
Nearing the end of the year for the bogs. I am thinning out the large one in the back... it grew together so much this season... I couldn't even see when the media had dried up bad over the summer. It had shrunk from the sides about an inch all the way around. I just drained the remaining water from the rain barrels and hoped for rain. I am going to swap in some leucos to get more fall interest... there are just are too many phyllodia in there! The VFT bog did well this year, though I did have to cover it with chicken wire in the spring because of all the birds picking at the fresh media for the spag bits. They don't seem to mess with the older media that is settled with moss of various sorts holding it together. Now I just need to hit up the thrift shops for extra sheets to use as their winter blankets
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Thanks. In regards to watering.. by the time I did notice that it was very dry.... I most likely stunted some of the fall growth on the leucos that I do have. Many of the developing pitchers got a bit soft..... but perked up after watering. We went for a few months of zero rain... so the bogs did very well through it all. We did get rain a week after I watered them... so though could have made it with out supplemental watering.
Well in prep for winter, I needed to make two additional frames for the two new bogs I built in the spring. The PVC version I have always used worked fine on the original bog, but it was a pain to put together... though my 6 year old likes how it looks like part of the DeathStar. And yes it was overkill, but I have tons of PVC stuff sitting around... so it was putting it to good use at lease.
At the hardware store.. just looking for a few more runs of pipe.. I came across the pex water lines. It's cheap.. and super flexible... and light. Instead of using the pex joints (I don't have the pex tool) I just used standard PVC joints.. which the pex fit into just fine. And since there a lot less joints... it was easy to put them together and cheaper vs PVC. I haven't had to multiply diameter x π in quite some time! The top hoops are held together by a wire that runs through drilled holes at the top of each hoop. They can take a lot of pressure from above before any joint pop open. So they should be find for snowfall with the canvas and sheets applied.
Finally getting some pitcher growth in the bogs.... one gets quiet jealous looking at all the pictures from you folk in the warmer parts of this world. There are tons of blooms this year too... most of which I should hack off... but they are so fun to look at. I am out of room already to add in some of my potted plants.... so i will be thinning the heard of some noids here soon and will be posting them here.
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sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
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