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    I lost 3 small pots of pygmy sundews this summer. I thought that they needed to be dry, as in completely dry. So, for days on end there they sat, frying in the hot afternoon sun in the kitchen windowsill. I did manage to water them occasionally, but that was trivial. For the past 2 months the 2" pots have sat in water. What a way to go. But I may be in luck! There is a 1/16" diameter sundew that sprouted from the soil in the occidentalis ssp. occidentalis pot. Hopefully, it won't turn out to be an opportunistic capensis!!

    I am proud; however, to have been apart of the Great Barrel Water Purge of 2000 that Brisco225 mentioned beforehand. It was a sight to behold! Not only did many of his plants get wiped out in the 1st wave, there were residule effects for months/years? to come. Spindly growth, deformed traps, you name it!

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    We all know how painful these losses are at the time...but you just have to laugh at some of these stories! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Dontcha just love kitties?? lol

    All the squirrel disasters...I feel your pain! Most of my losses have come from squirrels. I have a pecan tree in my yard which basically makes for a Gourmet Squirrel Diner in the fall ("Party at Suzanne's house!"). Many here have heard me cry over the squirrel issue time and again. They just can't keep their grubbing little paws out of my pots!! Any pot! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] As I write, there is potting soil all over my deck from the squirrels digging in the flower pots and flinging the dirt out. I find pecans and acorns in them all the time. They just tore up my pygmy pots...lost my scorpioides and others. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] But one of the events that hurt the most was...I was getting my VERY FIRST sarracenia flower this spring. I went out eeeevery day and watched the flower scape grow...the bud form...and then soooo close to blooming. Came home from work one night to find the flower bud neatly severed and laying on the deck wilted. *CRY* It was soooooo close! And knowing it would be another YEAR before I'd have the chance again! I nearly died.

    My dog never caught/killed any squirrels except twice...oddly within a two week period. The second one I discovered when I peeked in to see what was that grey lump was in one of my FLOWER POTS. It may be a small bit of irony that Jonah had very neatly deposited his kill in one of the pots...maybe the same pot the squirrel had dug up in the past. The nut burying pot became the squirrel burying pot. HA!

    But still...I just can't kill them. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img] I might try fox urine but its expensive. (Now that's a sentence I never thought I'd hear myself say).

    Tamlin...your disaster had NATIONAL SCOPE! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]



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    Ive never had any real "disasters" with my plants.. At least not on the scale of what Im seeing here.. Funny thing about the cat deal though, it seems the neighborhood cats are oblivious to my plants, they walk in and out of the area where the pots sit, in between and around without ever batting a whisker at them. But MY cat, the little orange plant chewer.. turn my back on her for 10 seconds with a plant in the house and you can bet your jelly beans shes gonna have her paws (and teeth) into it faster than you can scream GET THE #### OFF THE COUNTER!!! Earlier this summer I got a batch of tiny plants in the mail which I potted up and left on the counter, They sat there fine all day long and I didnt really think much about them.. went off to bed.. had a good night sleep, got up in the morning and [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] 1 spat completely gone... 1 chewed up, The capensis albino uprooted, chewed up and left for dead on the in the computer chair covered in cat hair. Then as I was cleaning up the mess and repotting the capensis, she jumped up and grabbed a mouthfull of the U. livida RIGHT BESIDE ME [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] ooohhhh she is brave... Needless to say I NEVER leave any plants unprotected around the house anymore lol


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    Who could hate this lil squirrel ?

    [img]http://home.**********.com/goldtrap2690/who%20could%20hate%20squirrels.jpg[/img]

    to you , cp enemy number one but to me , a lil fella that was in the wrong place at the wrong time with no mother to find food or water for . i found this poor lil fella at y uncles house , said that the dogs were going to kill him if he had not come in time and that he was skinny and that he must be starving . brought him home , rehabilitated him and the lil guy or girl i must say is on his way back to freedom where he can live on his own . now how could someone stay mad at squirrels now ehh [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] . anyways , i have gotten a pot of cacti fall on the ground by a squirrel before and had to take a hard time repotting everything but i neevr witnessed it and my brother only told me so i have no clue . anwyays , my disastors have been :

    - when i first started out with cps i kept them in hot steamy shade and they all wilted and died
    - gave plants too much fertilizer ( one spoon per pot [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] )
    - mocking bird keeps pecking through my seedlings and flytraps , stole my p. moranensis as well
    - plants got flooded in my tray and there was peat and plants floating everywhere
    - some one a couple days ago knocked over my tray of seedling flytraps
    - some of my trades were lost during shipping
    - times where temperature got too high and humidity too low making my plants drie up

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    If anyone here read To Kill a Mockingbird, it said that mockingbirds don't do anything bad. I suppose that isnt true!!

    As for me, I've lost some basal shoots, an adelae and some vfts from lack of paying attention and care for them.

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    i've heard of that book , i heard it is good but i believe that it is nuttin but a pile of BS

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    All this cat stuff was quite amusing.


    My dad is allergic, so I don't have any higher animals in the house as of now(the farthest up the rung we've went was a rabbit).

    Even though I don't own cats....they LOVE my backyard(for different reasons [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] ). They enjoy leaving ID cards on the lawn, and perhaps they've stolen fish...though Im not going to blame them for that because Ive seen egrets and green herons fly in and out! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]
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    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    Oh great... now here's my story... even though you all know about it..

    I had gotten a five foot tall, two foot wide, mobile greenhouse with three metal mesh shelves, a zip-up vinyl covering and wheels for my birthday back in July of this year. I had moved all of the plants into this and put them out into the sun. This was much better for me because I had previously had them out front on the side of the brick planter and had to individually move them out into the sun every day, which became tiresome after more and more plants added to the collection. This way I could just roll them all out at once every morning. I didn't think about the fact that the whole greenhouse WITH THE PLANTS IN IT is only about 25 pounds (yet top-heavy, so I didn't try to pick it up myself to move it into the house if I needed to for any reason). And the wind wasn't very friendly, especially with the vinyl covering over it, zipped down, catching every bit of wind. You could see what was coming. Stupid me. Lo and behold, later on that day, I looked outside and didn't see it sitting where it was in the middle of the patio. I looked around and finally saw it, all the way FOOMED across the patio, knocked over, leaning at a weird agle against the screen of the porch, which is next to the patio. Every plant was flung out and almost every one uprooted and upside down on the ground, the soil and broken roots scattered throughout the litter of old leaves, raiwater and other organic what-have-you at the edge of the patio bordering the screen porch. My heart fell like a brick and I got to them and picked up the biggest ones first and plopped them back into their pots with the soil that was left around the roots that were left. Then I got to the smaller ones, the primuliflora (whose flower was snapped of), the cobra lily, the sundews, and others. I repotted them without adding soil, as not as much of their soil was gone. I misted off the dirt all over them and discarded the many snapped off traps, leaves and pitchers and put them back in the greenhouse and added the soil that was needed. I hoped they would recover and all. The VFTs got the real blow from the whole incident somehow. All of them did extremely bad afterwords, growing extremely slow and producing soon-dying leaves and tiny, deformed, barely-there traps. The others recovered. Well, most of them at least. The ping, the cobra and a couple others died. The VFTs lived, but even up to this day aren't the same. They aren't doing much better than they did in July at all. Looking at these VFTs right now, it's impossible to believe that last year they were booming with growth and one and a fourth-inch traps that actually lasted LONGER than half a day. Now I'm paranoid and no matter where the greenhouse is, in the sun or under the overhand at night, it is hemmed in and kept in one absolute spot by two wooden workhorses, one on each side. And all because of a little gust of wind that sent the greenhouse zooming across the patio... STUPID WIND!!
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