March 26, 2005
Well, I now longer collect Utricularia. I have given away all my plants to people who responded to a posting on the Utricularia forum at Terraforums.com. I would suggest you try there if you are looking for plants. Don't worry about me though, I have other projects in the works.
To paraphrase John Laroche in The Orchid Thief "I'm done with Utricularia". Check out this clip from the movie Adaptations.
October 19, 2003
Well, it's been almost a year since I updated this site, but fear not, I am still here, alive and well. I have added a bunch of new species and pictures to the species section, I have once again updated the cultivation section to reflect my current growing techniques, added a couple new book reviews, two websites, and a completely new section of miscellany.October 30, 2002
Added a few more pictures and species descriptions to the terrestrial species section.
October 3, 2002
Because having a site that is dependent on Java is pretty lame, I have added old fashioned text links at the bottom of each page - now it even works in Lynx!. I put a neat little gadget on the Links page to allow you to search the CP Database by country, and I've been fussing about with a few other things as well.
September 20, 2002
I've rewritten some of the cultivation section, yet again, complete with an all new rant on growing plants from seed (summary: don't bother).
August 2, 2002
Changed the layout of the menubar. It's now much more flexible and easier to change if I was to ever add more content. Only drawback is that it doesn't work in the Opera browser. I've tested it with IE 6.0 and Netscape 4.7 and 6 and Nescape 6. Users of other browsers and platforms should let me know if it's working for them (email).
June 10, 2002
Added a section on flowering aquatic species that Chris Fieger wrote a few months back, and I forgot about. Almost a month to the day from the last time I remembered something Chris had emailed me. Sorry. I have also written a short paragraph about mold and aphids for the cultivation section.
May 20, 2002
I finally got around to rewriting the cultivation section to reflect my current techniques and things I've learned over the last year or so. I got some new plants the other day, so these have been added, tentatively, to the growlist, and I added a few links, including one to the Petflytrap Discssion Forums to the links page.
March 4, 2002
I've updated the growlist to reflect winter survival, identification corrections, deaths to to lack of interest etc. Stay tuned, I hoping for some new plants in the mail over the next few weeks. I'm also hoping to update the site over the next little while. I want to expand and rewrite the cultivation section to include things that have worked for me, as well as things I've tried that didn't work. I no longer have access to a fancy digital camera, so there won't be any new pictures for now. I'm just glad I took the pictures I did when I had the chance.
January 19 , 2002
I've moved back to Victoria, BC where the weather is much warmer. I will update the site soon. I promise.
August 12, 2001
What should have been U. steyermarkii has flowered, but does not seem to be correctly identified. Have a look.
August 2, 2001
Added still more plants to the collection the other day, it's been a good summer for trading. I actually saw real live native utrics this week. Two separate days at two separate locations, U. macrorhiza the first day and U. minor the second. U. minor wasn't in flower, but U. macrorhiza had dozens of flowers.
July 20, 2001
I have added some new plants to my collection over the last week. I'm going to try my hand at a couple of more challenging species, including U. alpina and U. hispida, so I will let you know if I have any success. I've also added a few more Genlisea species.
My U. striatula flowered, just a couple of months after I got it, but unfortunately the flower was cleistogomous. Disappointing, but certainly supports the identification.
June 13, 2001
I suddenly remembered to add the new aquatic utric species descriptions that Chris Fieger had emailed me.
May 20, 2001
I've updated the "species" page with new photos of U. monanthos, U. novae-zealandia (now you can see all three kinds of U. dichotoma) U. tridentata, U. pusilla and U. lateriflora. I've also added reviews of F. E. Lloyd's The Carnivorous Plants, J. Hawkeye Rondeau's Carnivorous Plants of the West Vol. II and Insectivorous Plants of Khasi and Jainta Hills Meghalaya India by J. Joseph and K. M. Joseph. There have also been a few other nips and tucks that are of little consequence.
I've added a few species to my growlist and modified a few that were misidentified.
The articles I'm hoping to write about utric biology are still in the works. I am gradually accumulating the necessary information, and may begin writing soon.
May 5, 2001
Mostly cosmetic changes, especially the new all-singing, all-dancing mousover effect menu bar. I know, I should have spent those precious hours working on content rather than glitz. But hey, it's my site, I can do what I want. I have also converted the original hand-coded pages to Adobe GoLive, so the code should be a little tighter and updates and modifications will be easier.
It's now plant-shipping season in Canada's Frozen North. If you check out my growlist page, there's a link to the local weather forecast. Check in occasionally throughout the year, and live vicariously the frigid northern winter.
I'm currently working on couple of articles on Utricularia biology, but the subject has proven to be more difficult than I had thought, and the books I need are hard to come by in the obscure outpost in which I live. Stay tuned, and if you're reading this in June or July, send me an angry email.
Long range plans are to go see some real live wild plants this summer. U. macrorhiza, intermedia, minor and ochroleuca all grow in the area, and given that northern BC is essentially a giant bog, they can't be too far away.