Before I share my newest purchases, I'll share those I already had. With two exceptions, all are in pots.
|Dyckia 'Burgundy Ice' has spent its life in this pot, albeit with different companions. I replanted the pot earlier this year.|
|I picked this Vriesea up last year. It wasn't labeled but I'm guessing it may be V. ospinae var gruberi. It shares this large cauldron-style planter with an asparagus fern and a Rhipsalis.|
|This is my only surviving Tillandsia, T. albida. I tried keeping 2 others as house plants and lost them both. This one is nestled among succulents in a pot hanging from from a branch of Arbutus 'Marina' in the front garden.|
The two bromeliads I didn't have in pots are a lot less happy than those that are.
|According to my records, this is Puya berteriana (aka turquiose puya for the dramatic flowers it produces at maturity). I planted it here in 2014 and subsequently added the Agave desmettiana currently looming over it. I've no idea what I was thinking when I placed them so close together. The Puya should get much bigger in time. Now I have to figure out how to extricate it without tearing up my hands in the process.|
I picked up 3 new bromeliads at the afore-mentioned sale the weekend before last. One was purchased in a pot and the 2 others were less expensive pups.
|This is Nidularium wittrockia leopardinum. I can't explain why it appealed to me so much but, when I found myself repeatedly coming back to it, I gave in and walked it up to the register. I knew nothing whatsoever about the genus, much less this particular cultivar. I subsequently learned that it rarely blooms but I did find one photo of its flower, which you can see here.|
|This Aechmea 'Chantini Surprise' is one of the pups I brought home. I thought this pot was perfect for it (even if I had to evict the former tenant, an Aeonium).|
|In my earlier post on the bromeliad sale, I mentioned falling in love with Aechmea blanchetiana 'Orange' at first sight. Well, I found a pup and snapped it up. (All 3 of my purchases together cost less than the large specimen I first fell for.) Alison of Bonney Lassie mentioned that she's had trouble with this plant yellowing and developing burn spots. After seeing her comment I moved this one to its current location, where I hope the shade of the tree will be sufficient to protect it.|
In my climate, where the summer sun can be intense, most of my bromeliads seem to prefer at least partial shade. Currently, almost half my collection sits in afternoon shade under the magnolia tree in my front garden. They've already forced the relocation of some other succulents I had there and it's altogether possible that, someday, this bench will be populated entirely by bromeliads.
Visit Pam at Digging to see what foliage she and other gardeners are flaunting this month.
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