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By siris

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At the Parc Floral de la Source in France in 2015, I adored the Sarracenia growing there and decided I would like to try to recreate the idea on a smaller scale.

Using only hardy Pitcher Plants.

I loved the simplicity of the acid yellow pitchers surrounded by the green fronds of the ferns.

I decided the top pond, which was filled with only rain water, would be a good position. They overwintered here but it turned out that the area lost the sun quite early in the afternoon, shadow being cast by the fence.

So I decided to relocate one pot to my small pond, which I had earlier just rotated and replanted, but the shelf was already in use with marginals.

Standing one plant pot on a couple of bricks in the deeper side showed me that the plant like this sunny position and rewarded me with a flower.

The other 3 varieties soon followed but I was unable to get all four pots raised up in the small pond and hit on the idea of a floating raft with holes cut to take the pots. A piece of polystyrene packing served the purpose well, although when I added a fifth pot, with Sarracenia leucophylla it did not float level, hence the empty pot.

The raft, although working well is not aesthetically pleasing, somehow I need to disguise it. Maybe I could persuade the trailing stems of the variegated water celery Oenanthe javanica, which is on the shelf the other side of the bridge to spread around it.

Somehow the simplicity of the one variety has been lost, but I now have a selection of these wonderful interesting carviverous plants.

I have received much appreciated advice about the growing of Pitchers from a Goy member. Most Pitchers require a cool overwinter rest, only needing to stand on a slightly moist base and be protected from freezing, so they will stand in a tray overwinter which will enable me to sort out a raft for next year.

After the renovation of the small pond area this is how it looks now.
Yes, there is a pond somewhere under all this vegetation!

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Its looking great they have grown really well, leave all the leaves/pitchers on over winter it will help protect the crown, and in the spring as soon as you see new growth remove all the tatty and old pitchers at the base also best time to split and to re pot if needed.
They easily pull apart. Just keep a watch out for slugs and vine weevils believe it or not all mine had been in infested I had to wash all the soil off and re pot, as I knocked one out the plants out the pots to check if it needed potting on and that when I found them.

Have you thought of painting the polystyrene ?

I use a paint on my polystyrene bee hives (outdoor masonry paint) lots of colours which could help blend it in better and wont do any harm to plants water or bees.

You could even add moss as the paints drying..

Gg

14 Sep, 2016

 

Thank you for all that information Gnarly, and your thoughts on disguising the raft. I do have the other side of the polystyrene so I could try that. If leucophylla increases next year a piece is yours. (I think it might be the most demanding though, rather 'counting my chickens'!)
Ps the flower, without the petals, is still intact on that plant, although no sign of seeds developing.

14 Sep, 2016

 

And what a fab obsession to have. The pitchers are something else, perfect under your care and conditions.
Your ponds and bridges are so nice too.

14 Sep, 2016

 

It looks wonderful, and so unusual too. I didn't know those varieties would grow in this country.

14 Sep, 2016

 

They really are a beautiful acid yellow and the bridge looks brilliant surrounded by plants.

14 Sep, 2016

 

They are stunning!

14 Sep, 2016

 

I love it and wish you success with it.

15 Sep, 2016

 

They look great. Love that since joining Goy I have learnt so much about the unusual plants and the ideas you all come up with!!!

15 Sep, 2016

 

Easy to become obsessed with these beautiful plants......we grew them a few years ago, tried growing them around our leaking pond!but I wasn't really serious enough to see it through.......I am sure you will succeed and wish you every success .....

15 Sep, 2016

 

far too generous Siris , leave it to bulk up at least 3 years.

I huge clump is so impressive.....especially with the flowers , I still think they look like flying saucers.

i am after a zinc water trough so a xmas presi I will put the word out, and the whole collection I have will go in that, next spring and release space up in the greenhouse during the summer.
Gg

15 Sep, 2016

 

Thanks Paul, OH built the bridge for me.
Stera, apparently some are naturalised in Bogs in Ireland, not all are hardy though.
Gnarly, How tall would the trough be? Would you fill it completely will growing medium-expensive or fill it wilh water and place pots in the upper portion? Two years ago I bought a fibreglass trough, grey coloured which I keep under the carport, have Iris seedlings in it at the moment, but now you have me thinking.

15 Sep, 2016

 

Raise them up on a shelf made out of wood is the easy option , plus I want to plant out the waterliies and other bog plants I have that live in two huge water tight pots.

I am thinking side of patio about 6 to 8 feet long they sell them in the Country wide stores and cheaper than the old ones , I have been having a good look about ...

Gg

15 Sep, 2016

 

Oh, that is not a trough, it's a lake. Good luck.

15 Sep, 2016

 

This is lovely and the pond looks ideal for wildlife.

15 Sep, 2016

 

Thanks Seaburngirl, this is the smallest of 3 fibreglass ponds. Plenty of frogs and newts. I did get some Toad spawn years ago, and saw 1 large toad later in the compost bin, but haven't seen any for ages. Loads of Dragonflys and Damselflys bought a book in order to identify them.

16 Sep, 2016

 

I saw one on display at the New York Botanical Garden called "Dana's Delight." Have you seen it? I think it look right at home in your garden. Here's a picture.

http://www.growsonyou.com/photo/slideshow/286627-dana-s-delight-pitcher-plant

16 Sep, 2016

 

just had a nose Bathgate very impressive

16 Sep, 2016

 

That's a pretty one, Bathgate. Thanks for showing.

16 Sep, 2016

 

You're welcome. I would love to have one, but not sure where to get one. It's not something you'd find at the typical garden center; Maybe Amazon?

16 Sep, 2016

 

or a Sarracenia pitcher nursery in the US should be easy.
Wellspring Gardens sell them $3.99 have a google

17 Sep, 2016

 

:)

17 Sep, 2016

 

I think they would look perfect in a trough of some sort. They are incredible in flower arent they? I saw them first at Chelsea in the pavilion....incredible! Good luck with them Siris!

17 Sep, 2016

 

Karen, This winter will be their second for most of them, but I am not going to leave them in the pond this year.

17 Sep, 2016

 

The growers always say they are hardy...and I never can believe it! :) they look so alien!

17 Sep, 2016

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