There was an unmitigated, raw, and powerful life force present, manifested in a million things, from microhylid frogs making their home inside ampullaria pitchers, to rafflesianas and even gracilis climbing and seemingly choking entire trees, and I realized rather quickly that I would never be able to achieve even a puny fraction of it in my greenhouse. As a snake aficionado, I spend countless nights in the forest, and I've had the great fortune to witness Nepenthes pitchers serve as hunting grounds - coral snakes looking for frogs, giant centipedes chasing insects, scavenging insects foraging for bodies. Words can't describe what I feel when I see things like that. They bring back that awesome ability to marvel in wonder, an ability most people lose as they approach adulthood
Well Said!!! I have not had the chance of seeing neps in the wild but I really understand what you are saying. Of course having no other option I keep my neps in pots (and love it), but there must be nothing like being there watching neps "act natural" within their environment.
Today, I'm happiest when standing in a nice spot surrounded by lovely pitchers and orchids (hell, even begonias!), and if that spot also grants me the occasional sight of a rare bird (as happened two weeks ago with a male Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker) or any of the weird invertebrates the island is so rich in, or - jackpot of jackpots! - a nice snake, then I'm in heaven. I don't feel the need that any of these creatures have to BELONG to me anymore, and I would find them terribly boring indeed if they were captives in my house (I tried snake keeping for a while - bored the hell out of me).
I have felt that way since I was a child and I never liked people's collections of animals that have to be kept in tanks and cages. These things do not belong inside a life long prison, they are supposed to be free to do the things they do.
These are some really bad companies, all shells of Plantron Inc., so don't order from them unless you want small and dead plants they don't want to refund:
Farmer Seed and Nursery
Four Seasons Nursery
House of Wesley
Richard Owen Nursery
How do garbage companies like these stay in business, ripping people off year
plantguyty1: I'm looking for pollen.
Dec 31, 2016 23:50:46 GMT 7
fredp: I'm trying to add a PDF file to a new thread but it doesn't seem to work thru the "Add Attachment" button. Can someone help?
Jan 8, 2017 0:08:27 GMT 7
plantguyty1: Does anybody need pollen? I have N. Miranda it's the first time it flowered for me so I do not know if its sterile or a good candidate. Is there anybody with an active female that would like to give my pollen a shot?
Feb 19, 2017 1:19:37 GMT 7
siravi: im looking for seeds, anyone?
Mar 15, 2017 13:41:04 GMT 7
samu0945: I'm looking for N. Aristolochioides
Apr 2, 2017 8:48:30 GMT 7
thatoneplantboi: Hey guys, I'm new to growing nepenthes, I'm getting a mini indoor greenhouse to grow them in. What kind of light should I use for them? Also, if you could provide a link to a product, it would be very much appreciated
Oct 5, 2017 10:16:29 GMT 7
borneo: Yes, they work superbly. But you don't need expensive lights, cheap ones work well too.
Sept 2, 2018 14:34:57 GMT 7
mylesg: i havent checked in here for a while, why does it seem all the CP forums have lost their once strong activity? the trade/sale section used to be so active and now its a ghost town. where is everybody hanging out these days for a strong online CP community?
Dec 9, 2018 3:15:01 GMT 7
mylesg: Happy holidays to everyone out there!
Dec 26, 2018 0:23:13 GMT 7
lance: Everyone left the forums and moved to facebook groups.
Oct 2, 2019 12:09:05 GMT 7
mylesg: yes, facebook groups will never have same feel as this place once did
Nov 3, 2019 8:34:22 GMT 7
etiennecancio: perhaps we can try to revitalize the old forums? i always found them to be much more convenient than facebook groups at least hah
Nov 4, 2019 17:01:25 GMT 7
mylesg: i refuse to abandon this place, i am posting in my grow thread with many photos and always there to answer any questions just built new grow room and tons of pitcher shots!
Nov 6, 2019 21:17:59 GMT 7