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    I enjoyed this history of your CP, but yeah, when the wife arrives, CPs will probably have to go out of the fridge. Just get yourself a place with an unheated sunporch like I did and you can keep them out there. My wife is not thrilled, but better than fridge. BTW, you get extra points for neatness for sure. She's gotta love that! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    Four month update!
    June 11, 2005.

    we had an unbelieveably cool and dry spring..
    the entire month of May had daytime highs in the mid-50's, nighttime lows in the 40's, (often high 30's) and not a drop of the rain the entire month..we had frost a few times in early May..I didnt bother to bring the plants inside..(there wasnt physical frost ice on my plants, because they are close to the building, but there was frost on my car and the grass..)
    basically my plants didnt grow at all in the 6-weeks they have been outside.. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

    but in the last week we went from those highs in the mid-50's straight to 90 degrees and 90% humidity!
    dreadfull weather for me, but delightfull weather for my plants..

    so there still isnt a lot going on, but im posting some new pics anyway..


    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/scottychaos/june11-01.jpg[/img]
    If you compare this pic to the one above from April 17, you'll see that barely anything has happened in TWO MONTHS! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]
    after 4 months of being out of the fridge, I have about 3 sarracenia pitchers open!
    Thats Rochester for you...
    oh well..the plants are happy and alive, that should be enough.
    FINALLY we are getting some summer weather up here, so that should really kick-start the plants.



    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/scottychaos/june11-02.jpg[/img]


    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/scottychaos/june11-03.jpg[/img]
    The mini-bog is doing well!
    the VFTs have been doing very well..the Sarrs in the bog are barely there, but they will catch up.

    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/scottychaos/june11-04.jpg[/img]
    My Leah Wilkerson put up one big pitcher when I got it in March..then nothing until this week..finally a second pitcher is pushing up!

    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/scottychaos/june11-05.jpg[/img]

    Last year at this time my big purp was a rosette of 5 pitchers!
    only 2 so far this year...


    ok! thats all for mid-June..Summer just began a few days ago, so I will post a new update in a month..Mid-July, should be a LOT of progress then!
    still a solid 4 months of the growing season to go...lots of opportunity.

    Scot

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    Nice pics, and great VFTs. I have exactly the same experience with my 'Leah Wilkerson'. You were smart to put that support collar there. That big gal is like a 450 pound sumo wrestler on a 90 lb weakling legs. The roots can't yet support the monster pitchers--but they will. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    Nice!!
    As I said before I am due west of you and have had similar "luck"
    My S.flava has just finished flowering and has maybe 10 pitchers open, but there are more HUGE ones springing up currently, if I had a digicam there would be evidence- I could always drag the whole thing inside and see what my webcam can do, but I don't have much luck taking worthy pics with it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (scottychaos @ April 18 2005,8:47)]
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    Quote[/b] (SarraceniaScott @ April 17 2005,8:59)]
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    You had a bunch of beautiful pitchers you cut off... rather than toss them, why not keep them in vases of water until they die?
    Scott,
    cool idea! but...
    the pitchers were all jammed full with bugs..
    would make an icky "cut flower" display. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Scot
    I just cut them high enough I can blast the hose through them from the bottom up. Blows the bugs away, and i am left with beautiful, odor-free cut pitchers that will last several weeks.
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    I was at an local outdoor art display recently. I saw a display where the artist had preserved flowers and put them inside a thick frame (like 1" thick). I thought it would be pretty cool to do the same with Nep or Sarr pitchers...if I only knew how to preserve them.

    Scott, I remember you mentioning elsewhere that you use the CDs to scare bird from your plants. Do you ever have any problems with squirrels? Do you do anything to scare them off?

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    Scott, I can't tell you how useful this type of photo-documentation is. We appreciate you doing it.

    I am already beginning to be concerned about getting all these plants I now have through the winter. Though I will try to set up light banks for some - placing others in suspended animation is an attractive idea.

    John

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    thanks all!
    glad you are enjoying my little photo essay..

    I did notice a squirrel once climbing down off the roof, heading for my balcony, when I first set up my shelf on the balcony.
    I opened the door and scared him away..

    ever since I put up the CDs, the birds and squirrel never came back!
    I know the CDs work for the birds, but im not sure if its the CDs that keep the squirrels away, or if its just a fluke that my one squirrel never came back.
    I dont think we often have squirrels on the roof of my building anyway.
    so I cant say that the CDs work for squirrels, because I never actually had any "squirrel problems" that were then solved by the CDs..
    but I did have bird problems, and the CDs definately work to keep them away..

    Scot

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