About me

Hi, I’m Ashley and I have many interests I write about.  One of which is my passion for insect eating plants.

I’ve been fascinated by insect eating plants, or to give them their more formal title ‘carnivorous plants’, for many years. 

My first experience was seeing a Venus flytrap, when I was a kid.  It was in the garden section of a local DIY store.  Such a store was normally a pretty dull place to me, so I wasn’t expecting to see anything of much interest.  However, something caught my eye and I gave it a double take before having a closer look.  The next thing I remember was being reprimanded by a staff member as I was poking it with my finger, as other curious kids gathered round.  I’m sure the staff were fed up trying to protect these delicate plants from the likes of me. 

This was in the days before the internet.  I’d vaguely heard of the Venus flytrap but had never seen one before, not even a picture that I can recall. 

Growing up, I thought all plants were slow moving and not particularly exciting.  I enjoyed growing a few vegetables but was always impatient for whatever they were going to produce and flowers just didn’t interest me. 

To see this toothed trap snap shut of this Venus flytrap was just so unexpected.  I’ve been hooked ever since.

As my collection has grown and expanded over the years I regularly divide them to form new plants.  I then pass them on to friends and family so they can appreciate these fascinating plants too.  My nephew, Laurence is also hooked, although only becoming interested in the last few years, he’s now very enthusiastic about his growing collection!

I will try and share some of what I’ve learned growing various carnivorous plants.  I still very much consider myself an amateur enthusiast and learning all the time.