Well the year is racing on and the S. Oreophila, are now dying back ready for the winter as they are always the first to do. However at the same time as they are receding so the crosses with Leucophylla in them are just starting to show their promise.
The Psittacinas are looking good now too, and I also took some Binata root cuttings in May in case the reorganisation of the bog wiped out the plants thta were in there by burying them or loosing them as there was no top growth to show where they were. I shouldn't have worried, they are springing up everywhere.
Nice tree fern too, is it dicksonia Antarctica, must be old
It is indeed Corky, I have had it about 20 - 25 years now and I guess it was about that age when I got it as a bare 'log'. Its growth rate is increasing with every year, just dont believe them when they say they just need small pots, this one is in the ground (raised bed) and the root systems on it are extensive and appreciate fertilisation. The height is about 300 mm smaller than you can see due to the raised bed effect.
Its a bit of a bind to 'winterize' it as our American friends would say. I cut off the fronds as I cant save them over winter unfortunately, I line the trunk with the fronds and tie them to it with bungee chords so it can breathe, then wrap bubble wrap round that, put an inverted bucket with some dry material in it (hay if I have it, if not more fern fronds) over the crown of the plant to keep that dry and over the bubble wrap so it sheds any water ingress away from the trunk, then cover the whole lot with a green fleece to stop it looking a total eye sore. Not pretty but it is worth it come the summer.
Well to that time again and there's a fir bit going on in the bogs, the S. oreophila are dying back, and the autumn loving pitchers are proliferating. Now is also a good time to go through the seedlings and see if there's anything looking like it deserves some attention next year, this one looks a likely candidate.
This is a shot of siblings of S.purpureahetrophylla open pollinated now three years old, showing the diversity of the siblings and the array of firs, birches and Drosera that pop up from the peat, I pulled the various free growing heathers up early in the season as they get invasive. The firs will come out when they get to be a nuisance.
The minors are beginning to show off a bit. The first 2 is a S. okeefenokeensis seed grown four years old, the third is a seed grown 'Pink Thing' x alata black tube pubescent, the veins are much darker than they look in the picture.
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2017 9:42:24 GMT by stevebooth: Duh addaed pictures
I have just bought this one into the greenhouse from outside, it has suffered some damage from the recent winds and is well past its best, but it has been a nice colourful plant during the late summer and autumn. It is a Sarracenia X 'Peaches' X alata black tube pubescent and has some nice markings. cheers Steve
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