Earthy wrote:I didn't enter at all because honestly, I've been told by some in the past 2 years of my growing that basically my growing skills weren't "up to par" in some areas and that my plants "should be bigger", or I was keeping them "too dry", etc. so I just didn't have the confidence to go up against the rest of the ones that entered
I'm so sorry that you've been discouraged, Earthy, and I apologise for any possible role that I may have had in that (I know that we've had a number of conversations about butterworts); I've found growing carnivorous plants to be really challenging, to be completely honest, and it definitely takes time to build up confidence in it.
We all have things to learn and the way that we choose to present information to help each other can have a massive impact on the person and their confidence. While there is no use sugar coating things, sometimes well meaning and intended advice can come across as harsh (especially online where there is no tone button or body language cue to follow), so I am very sorry if I've ever been this way towards you. I really hope that you feel more confident during the next photo contest, it would be wonderful to see an entry from you!