Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bromeliads in South Florida

This is the time of year that bromeliads really do thair'thang here in South Flo'rida!  
With all the rain and sun we have been getting the bromeliad's colors are super saturated, new pups are peaking out from the parent plants growing their colony,  new wacked out color combo's of flower spikes are emerging practically from nowhere and they look happy, happy, happy!

So here's to the just keep on keeping on!
Hope you enjoy our garden o'bromeliads
(I just can't seem to collect enough of them, lol).

Our fast growing watermelon bromeliads are completely
taking over here..anyone need some bro's? :)
These little bromeliad's have taken many  
years to grow just 6 inches high, wow!
When the light catches this billbergia bromeliad at
the right angle, the opaque spots light up like a
stained glass window, hence it's name 'hallelujah'.
I just love how super intense the colors on this bromeliad are.
It reminds me of a delicious candy with that
gorgeous red gloss!
This is what bromeliads will look like when the grow into
each other...a bromeliad carpet.
I am guessing this is an Aechmea chantinii of some form
some form but can't seem to find one like this to
identify it correctly...anyone, anyone?
Here you can see a striking difference between the bright green & white bands inside the aechmea as opposed to the dark & light banding outside.

This is a very elegant & understated bromeliad, aechmea 'maginali',
with super intense hot pink, hot orange & electric purple/blue blooms.
The spotted curly leaved bromeliad is called
quesnelia marmorata.  Watch out for the thorns!
These neoregelia are a super solid, super intense deep
reddish purple, also super difficult to photograph, lol.
Alcantarea imperialis, Imperior bromeliad in the red form.
A mish-mosh of bromeliads :)
I call these aechmea triplettes 'flame throwers'
Note to Floridians, if you have bromeliads in your gardens then you are probably
contributing to the mosquito infestations we experience during the summer.  Fear not, there are ways to be a responsible bromeliad owner...mosquito dunks.  Just a few granules of a mosquito dunk in each bromeliad cup and viola, bye bye larvae!  You can use mosquito dunks in all kinds of standing water.  I just love how affordable, accessible, non-toxic and easy to use they are.
Happy Gardening and Wishing you a Wonderful Thursday!


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