I said ''Define Hardy''.
He said ''It went down to -18ºC that last bad winter.''.
Result ... New ''Pet'' in the household.
Since I've harboured a thing about insectivores for manymany moons, I thought WELL, why not, I can give it protection or import it in winter.
As ever, at a do Like R.H.S. Show at Tatton Park, one tends to be spoilt for choice. Except that, yesterday, like the usual great PILLOCK...One forgot one's card again, didn't one?
It, clearly, tells me that ''Shoot w/o card,'' is ''ON'', it goes ''Click'', I look at it and am told ''No card''.
Mebbe w/o doesn't mean ''without''.
It reckons to be SARACENIA PURPUREA.
So, being me, I looked it up ... Who'd a thunk it?
''OVERWINTERING: Like most temperate zone plants, Pitcher Plants require a period of dormancy in order to stay healthy. As noted above, Pitcher Plants are able to spend their winter dormancy in an outdoor bog garden, and container plants can often survive the winter in a cool garage. Pitcher Plants in outdoor gardens should be covered with about three inches of pine needle mulch in late fall. But if an outdoor garden is not an option, Pitcher Plants can be overwintered in your refrigerator! Before the first frost of autumn, gently remove the plant
from its summer lodgings, wash the plant and its roots clean, trimming off dead leaves. Place it inside a Ziploc plastic bag with a moist bit of long grain sphagnum moss and a dash of fungicide to prevent rot. Leave the plant in the refrigerator for at least three months, and replant in spring.''
Next question ... can I get away with it???