I'm new to this web-site and new to Carnivorous Plants.
I am planning on installing a pond and at least one bog this spring. *
There is a sump outlet in the middle of my back-yard under a large silver maple tree (about 15 feet from the trunk). *This area does not get that much sun, maybe 3-6 hours a day, early in the day. *It's very well-watered, most of the time. Would this be an appropriate spot for pitcher plants? sun-dews? *VFT's? Skunk Cabbage? I have slightly acidic soil in that area. *I am already growing cardinal flowers(lobelia cardinalis), turtle-head(chelone), swamp milkweed(asclepias incarnata), blue flag iris and joe-pye weed(eupatorium something-or-other) in this area, and they all are doing fine (they are very slightly beyond the drip-line of this tree's branches and getting 3-6 hours of sun). *
On the other hand, my front yard is full sun in quite a few places. *Would it be better to make a bog there? *Not that I wouldn't put one there, anyway! *
My little friend "Crunch" gave me 2 common VFT's that he bought from his allowance money! He made the dirt himself, too. *He wants me to have some good plants for my bog. *I am just totally thrilled with his gift, and the idea of having some native carnivorous plants. *
I'm into the idea of gardeners who are into native plants, like I am, helping to save threatened/endangered/rare native species. *That's a part of why I have the lobelia cardinalis, it's endangered in my area. And it's beautiful, too. * I realise, since this/these will be my very first bog/s, that I should start with the least finicky carnivores. *When I get more experience, I hope to help in the preservation of rare species and genotypes. That's my goal, anyway. *
Sorry this is soooooo long....any suggestions? *April Hughes