|The bromeliad bed is sandwiched between a succulent bed on the left and a neighbor's property on the right. (That's her driveway.)|
Let's take a closer look section by section.
|This first segment consists solely of succulents, the most prominent of which are Mangave 'Pineapple Express' on the left and the 3 Echeveria agavoides in the middle.|
|This central area contains the bromeliads that gave the bed its name. It includes Vriesea ospinae var gruberi, Quesnelia 'Tim Plowman', Billbergia 'Carioca', Aechmea fasciata, Aechmea 'Mend', and Neoregelia 'Guinea x Pepper'.|
|The main features of this bed are the 2 Mangaves, 'Falling Waters' and 'Mission to Mars', both of which are still relatively small. An assortment of other succulents serve as fillers.|
|A succulent bedecked piece of driftwood sits on the other side of the path under a peppermint willow (Agonis flexuosa). I recently added a bird's nest abandoned after the baby California towhees fledged.|
|I moved the chiminea that formerly sat on the back patio here following our renovation. It's topped with a piece of driftwood and a noID clump of Tillandsia.|
Although it's called a bromeliad bed, it's obviously dominated by succulents, including the Mangaves added late last year. Mangaves are my most recent plant crush. More and more of these intergeneric hybrids have been released for sale over the last few years. The bromeliad bed has just three at present, in addition to a Manfreda, which played a significant role in the breeding of Mangaves.
|This Manfreda maculosa is looking particularly good this year|
|The Mangaves included in the bromeliad bed are, left to right: 'Falling Waters', 'Mission to Mars' and 'Pineapple Express'|
I've got Mangaves tucked elsewhere in the garden as well.
|There are more here in the succulent bed that fronts the bromeliad bed, largely hiding it from view|
|My first Mangaves were planted in this bed on the northeast side of the house|
|Clockwise from the upper left, they include: Mangaves 'Bloodspot', 'Lavender Lady' (possibly the most elegant of them all), 'Purple People Eater', and Silver Fox' (another avid pupper)|
I decided I had room for more and ordered four additional Mangaves yesterday. They should be delivered in about a week.
Have a good Wednesday.
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