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Good morning all. I had a couple of days off to relax with friends and eat, eat, eat!
The weather on Xmas day was great, overcast and cool all afternoon. Then we got some rain (32mm) on Tuesday night, which is very welcome. Of course, now its as humid as, and I've just got back from an hours gardening in town with the sweat running off me! Whew! I have no plans for the day, so might get out and sort some more plants.
Shirley, I wonder if your Guzmania isn't G. 'Neon', G. 'Etude' or G. 'Voila' ? (spelling Not viola) I have G. 'Hilde' which is a hybrid, and lasts for more than six months in colour too. Aren't they good value?
Nev, that was a good article on growing tank broms. You needn't have raced to beat me, as I wasn't there, although I did look in to see if anyone had posted, and when I had, it was just Ian.
Ian, I second Jens sentiments, and hope you are keeping busy and getting some sleep.
Jen, your Vrieseas are colouring up well. Mine are just running out of fertiliser, which is making the colours come out, but the whole bench was upended in some strong wind awhile back, and all the leaves are damaged, so no photos, and probably will have to wait for pups before getting to see good shape again.
Nice to see you here, Kristi. Aechmea 'Chantinii' is one of my favourites! I notice you post in the bromeliad forum from time to time, but I can't access it because I am not a paid subscriber. Is it worth becoming one? Is there much going on in that forum? Mind you, I don't know that I have time for any more.
Bree, I am glad the broms are doing well, and that you are happy with them. I tied the king orchid to a palm trunk at eye level, so when it flowers, it will smack me in the face! heh heh. Epidendrum fragrans is just opening flowers now, so I'll add a pic for you.
Wendy, it sounds like you were very popular over Xmas, and were lucky to get so many drink invites, by the sounds. Not much drinking going on here, although there is New Years to celebrate yet!
Pic one is Aechmea carvalhoi
Pic two is Epidendrum fragrans
Pic three is the centre of N. 'Pride Of Ipswich' and a friend here, on Xmas day, was amazed at 'The garden in the middle'
Pic four is N. smithii
Pic five is Canistropsis bilbergioides variegated
Hello to anyone looking in.