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We are now just 4 weeks away from the National Show at Dobbies of Chesterfield. The weather this year has been in the main very good, no late frosts or for that matter a particular harsh winter which has left the plants in a pretty good condition for the show season. It was a shame no Border Carnations or P/FS could make the early show at Derby but if the evidence of the Pinks quality is anything to go by then we are in for a very good show season.
It is typical that a very few of the Borders have started to flower after Derby but that’s just par for the course, mid-week flowers is the term in that they never seem to be ready for a show at the weekend. This is one of the reasons that I do not disbud as I can now promote the next bud to be the crown flower and hopefully it will bloom for one of the shows.
The ones that have opened are in the main are highly scented, Urpeth Diane Hammerton and Vintage Special are very nice clove scented ones and it’s a wonderful aroma that floats on the air in the poly-tunnel.
They will not now receive any more sprays, in fact I have been bitten (pardon the pun) by the actions of carnivorous plants and have managed to acquire quite a few. They are all a cultivar by the name of Sarracenia, they just need plenty of light and have their feet in a drip tray with rainwater added to be at their best; the plants catches insects for their food and are pretty good at their job.

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Urpeth Diane Hammerton is a very nice white self but best of all it posses a wonderful clove scent.The same can also be said about Vintage Special, a nice clove scented purple self.

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Jean Knight, one grown on the left is in the poly-tunnel and the other in the greenhouse.

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Leaving some extra buds on the stem allows another to be promoted to crown if the crown bud flowers to early for a show, not all enjoy this but I do feel it’s better having something to show than nothing. This I find also helps to take the pressure of the calyx as it acts as a pressure point release.

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I am really starting to get hooked on these carnivorous plants; these are the cultivar called Sarracenia more commonly called Trumpet Pitchers. They are probably the easiest of carnivorous plants to grow with an insatiable appetite for flies and such. The traps which are modified leaves have nectar around the tops of the traps which attracts the flies; they then lose their footing on the waxy surface and slip into the pitcher.
They like full sun and acid conditions and very poor soil conditions, no fertilizer whatsoever as they must work to keep fed and boy do they work.