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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 13, 2011
9:34 PM

Post #8425462

we came from here. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1149784/#top
Thought we needed a new thread as the old one was loooong. This is vriesea 'Dark Knight' on a garden visit in NZ last month.
Sue

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 13, 2011
10:57 PM

Post #8425524

Sue, that Vr. Dark Knight is magnificent!

Karen
gardengal
se qld
Australia

March 14, 2011
2:46 PM

Post #8426884

Isn't it just? The garden looks so neat and leaf-litter free Sue. We love our gum trees to bits, but they can be awefully messy at times, and removing fallen leaves from the cups of broms is a never-ending job.

Pam
perke_patch

March 15, 2011
5:31 AM

Post #8427953

I hope our dark knight will look like that one Sue. I suspect ours is not getting enough good light where it is. We are giving our chooks away so Johnny can use the space for his foliage vriseas so maybe we can find a better spot for dark knight.

I love getting new parcels of broms delivered. It's like Christmas opening them. Today I received a small box of tills. I ordered 5 funkiana on ebay and I am sure I received at least 7. Definately seemed more than 5 though. I kept finding another one amongst the tissue paper. Loved it. Recommend collectors corner
perke_patch

March 15, 2011
5:36 AM

Post #8427961

oh I forgot. I welcomed a new little grandaughter Rylee Prisilla Perske this morning at about 1am. A sister to Emily 3. both seen here with mum (daughter in law Jess). It all happened so fast I didn't even have time to get out of bed let alone dressed and to the hospital before it was all over. She was anxious to be here a week early.

Wendy

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 15, 2011
2:15 PM

Post #8428763

Congratulations Wendy. Welcome to baby Rylee Prisilla. A lovely arrival to brighten up your lives.

Sorry to hear the chooks have to go. You'll miss the fresh eggs.

Seems quiet in here lately. Will have to see what other pics I can find.

The till. fasiculata you gave me is growing a little pup. I am so proud of it.

Karen

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ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 15, 2011
6:13 PM

Post #8429222

2 babies...
perke_patch

March 16, 2011
1:21 AM

Post #8429709

well done Karen. That fasiculata is growing very well on the coconut ball.

It has been quiet on this forum lately hasn't it? some days there is no new entries at all. However I must admit some days I login to see what's new and then log off without making any entry so I am just as guilty as others. The last couple of nights I have been lucky just to find time to take a quick look then shut down. It is hard work looking after a 3 yo for 3 days. But I must admit she is better behaved here with just us than when her mum or dad are around.

Wendy.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 16, 2011
2:36 PM

Post #8430956

Most kids are like that, Wendy. My grand daughters were the same. As soon as mum and dad arrived they would go ape, but with me they were gramma's little angels.

I have had T. Cyanea for a few years, both in a pot, and some growing on a rattan ball. I have noticed that the ones in the pot flower readily, but the ones on the ball don't. Is Cyanea one tillandsia that prefers its roots in some potting mix?

Karen


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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 16, 2011
11:49 PM

Post #8431764

Pam, after visiting all those gum tree free gardens, I'm determined to either move mine out from under the trees, or have the trees 'trimmed' to about an inch high! hee hee.
Wendy, the sunlight in NZ is a bit milder and they seem to get good colour without burn. lucky ducks! Sorry you're removing the chooks. i did that awhile ago too, when I realised it cost me more to feed them than to buy free range eggs! Congratulations on your new grandaughter.
Karen, I bought one of those coconut balls last weekend, but haven't put anything on it yet. It HAS been quiet in here. I used to post every day, but sometimes I just don't have time to get through the different forums and websites in one night, depending on the connection speed. Also DG logs me off at the most inopportune moments. Apparently its my browser settings, but I can't find anything wrong with them.
Hello Charleen...(waving maddly) hows the long ears?
Neo. 'Kahala Dawn'
Sue

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 17, 2011
12:48 AM

Post #8431788

Sue, that's a stunning neo. I think I use the forums as an escape from all the medical stuff going on here. Just got called back to the doctor regarding the ultra sound on my shoulder. I put it off until Monday. All this running around is exhausting. She should also have the results of the echocardiagram too. And the report from the physiotherapist. Maybe even one from the podiatrist about the inflammation in my heel. I am falling apart.

Am going through my tillandsias again. Most have lost their name tags so will have to wait for flowers.

Karen

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 18, 2011
8:35 PM

Post #8435661

Karen, I hope your health troubles ease off soon. Its never any fun when your body doesn't work well. Constant pain can be wearing too, so I hope you get a good escape from it while visiting the Aussie forums. Missing labels can be a bother eh? Worse is when you find one that has faded, because it means you used to know what it was! I find putting my pics on facebook helps to have them ID'd, especially if you have a couple of experts in your friends list! Also the bromeliad and airplant website is a good place for an ID too. Flowers certainly help with the Tillandsias, as they begin to look a bit the same. I have noticed that as i take more of an interest in them, I have noticed some difference in their forms, but am by no means an expert.
I've all but finished Leisas garden, but its been drizzling for a couple of hours which has put an end to the mulching. I've been saving up golden cane fronds to put through the mulcher, and also gum tree bark. I get to clean and mulch the garden at the same time. Some of Liesas plants have decided to flower for me, so i will try to get some pics when the rain eases off a bit.
Sue
An unknown neo I bought last week.

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Marleneann
Sunshine Coast
Australia

March 18, 2011
8:55 PM

Post #8435697

Neo. 'Kahala Dawn' very nice Sue.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 18, 2011
11:25 PM

Post #8435799

Sue, that is really nice with the fine stripes and 3 colours. If I know or can get the names of plants, I take a pic and put it named on my computer. Also, with pups, I take a pic of mother and pup where possible so I can see what they'll grow up into.

Vriesea Hoelesehidiana. Now who'd be landed with such a name?

Karen

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 19, 2011
3:20 AM

Post #8435858

karen, I think the spelling is hoelscheriana, (not to be a know-it-all) If you give it a bit more light, it should get quite a bit of red through it. Have you seen it flower yet? It is a bit of a mouthful.
I do the same as you, in fact, I seem to photograph my plants 6 or 7 times through their life, as sometimes they go through a few different colour stages.
This is Aechmea purpureorosea, try that for a name. I bout it as a single flowering plant, unnamed, and trolled through the FCBS pictures to find it. This year it rewarded me with 3 flowers, but its been a two year wait!
Sue
Also, its very spikey!

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perke_patch

March 19, 2011
4:00 AM

Post #8435875

Sue I love that striped neo with NOID. Some of those NOIDs can be lovely can't they. Definately one that I will crave to add to my collection ha ha.
I've been trying to do a bit of pupping under the house while Johnny does some home maintenance. He has replaced all the step treads on the back stairs. Started with 4 rotted ones but then decided he might as well replace them all so a quick trip to the timberyard for some more and voila - empty bank account and new stairs painted white so far. Whew they shine in the dark but after just one day so dirty from being walked on. Next is all the rotten wood on the front verandah. Then we will paint both front and back. There's always something to do isn't there?
Not sure when we'll get a little holiday in. We had a 3 week window between medical appointments and was going to use them to go south before too cold but guess what?????? a new apointment and when for??? the middle week of course. Wonder how far we could go in 1 week????
Ah well we'll just have to go during winter. Might buy an electric blanket for the camper ha ha.
Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 19, 2011
4:41 AM

Post #8435908

Sue, thank you for giving me the right name. Actually, it had a tag, but I had to guess half of it as it was smudged and faded. I haven't seen it in flower, no. Looking forward to it. That is a really lovely flower on that Aechmea purpureorosea.

Wendy, John sounds like a workaholic, always busy. I used to be like that, but I think I got burnt out. I hope you do get some time out soon. I am so bogged down with medical stuff too and it is getting me down.

I am going to see Neville tomorrow (from your Brom Soc open day) about some tillandsias. I have a mile long wish list, but will probably find others I like better, or that he has more readily available. Won't be able to afford many, but a few at a time and I still have lots to look forward to. Will let you know what I get.

Karen

Ae. recurvata about 2 years ago. I don't know if this is Aztec Gold or not. It now has a large pup but hasn't flowered since this one.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 19, 2011
6:33 PM

Post #8437162

Karen, I think that is straight recurvata, as 'Aztec Gold' is variegated. The recurvatas can take quite a bit of sun too, and go quite golden, which is a lovely contrast to the hot pink flowers. Good luck with your Tillandsia shopping, and I look forward to seeing pics of your new babies.
Wendy, sorry to hear that medical issues are keeping you at home. It sounds as though Johnny has plenty to keep himself occupied. I spent the morning washing pots, and then filling them with pups that have been removed already, some over 12 months ago! Most had roots, so they should settle in before the cool weather. I feel a little nanny nap coming on now! Back to work tomorrow.
Here are a couple of flowering Vrieseas in Leisas garden
Sue

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

March 19, 2011
10:19 PM

Post #8437561

Well this is the flower for Vriesea Ospinae Gruberi, wonder what white bands looks like?

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

March 19, 2011
10:20 PM

Post #8437564

V. white bands

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

March 19, 2011
10:22 PM

Post #8437565

shelldance? looks like a big mess...hehe!

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

March 19, 2011
10:24 PM

Post #8437567

Gympie delight in alittle to much sun.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 19, 2011
10:29 PM

Post #8437569

Sue, thank you. I thought it might be, but wasn't too sure. Leisa's garden is looking really lovely.

Bree, those are two really beaut vr's. And two beautiful...neo's?

Went to Neville's and though we don't eat next week, it is so worth it. Oh, I have never seen so many tillandsias all in one spot in all my life. Tilly Heaven! I really wanted to say, "One of each, please." Oh well, more to look forward to.

Here's what I got...
All tillandsias...

Jucunda
Tectorum
Ixioides
Rectifolia
Funckiana
Neglecta
Velutina
Bergeri

I'm a happy little chappy...

Karen


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perke_patch

March 20, 2011
12:34 AM

Post #8437622

Oh Karen, you lucky little duck you. I'll have to talk Jen into a trip to Mt Gravatt to see him. I get a couple from him each time I go to the BSQ mtgs but I'm not sure if his prices are a bit more there to cover their commission. I'll have to go to his place to see them all.

I took this billbergia to the BSQ meeting last Thursday night and got 2nd place in the novice section. They told me to give it a name instead of just the name of the bloke it came from (he was there by the way and can't remember ever having it or what happened to it). I thought I might call it 'fruit salad'. what do you think?

Wendy

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perke_patch

March 20, 2011
12:39 AM

Post #8437624

each tube has a different shade of colour from white, green, orange, pink through to red. It is quite colourful and was greatly admired at our open day. that is why I decided to take it to a meeting. It used to be just one big overflowing basket but we broke it up, cleaned it up and repotted it. One small clump seen in this green squat pot and 2 new green baskets with hangers. They all look great but I thought the squat looked nicest to take along.

Wendy

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 20, 2011
12:53 AM

Post #8437626

Wendy, what a beauty! Fruit salad suits it.Oh, another one on my wish list. Let me know what you decide on (the name).

I wouldn't say Neville's prices were cheaper than the open day shows. Those ones I got really did cost heaps, and I've just discovered that he gave me 2 neglecta instead of 2 arujei. It looks like I don't have neglecta here so that's OK. But wait until you see his shade houses. Just unending tillandsias from top to bottom and all over inside and out. I can't imagine what it must look like when there are lots in flower at once. I asked him if it was OK to show the pics I took and he was OK with it. This is just a section, but gives an idea of what the whole lot must look like.

Karen


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perke_patch

March 20, 2011
3:59 AM

Post #8437692

Oh Karen that looks like a till nuts heaven doesn't it? If only we could walk through and just say one of those and those and those etc. JEN WE MUST GO THERE. SOON. LOL Thanks for sharing that Karen.

Bob said as it wasn't named when he had it I should just go ahead and name it and register it if I want. I might send a photo to the guy who does the registration and see if he has seen anything like it before. If not he can register it as bill. fruit salad. I don't think I have ever given any of it away and only had the one basket until last week. Now have 3 so will be able to share or swap soon.

Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 20, 2011
1:36 PM

Post #8438681

Wendy, maybe you should get more plants for yourself and get the line truly established before selling them? I don't know much about these things, but with so few you'd be lost if anything happened to the main plant. If you put one on eBay as a newbie, you might get a really good price for it.

As for Neville's tills, I wonder how he can find anything. The pic shows about a third of the shade house and I don't think there are any gaps anywhere. It's all plants. But he seems to know where things are and found all the plants I was looking for.

Karen
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 21, 2011
12:59 PM

Post #8441009

Hi Karen, it sounds as though you had a good and productive time at the Tillandsia nursery. Did you find that the seller, like alot of sellers, was reluctant to part with anything? I find it amusing to go into a crowded nursery, listen to the seller exclaim how they don't have enough time to look after it all, but won't part with it. he he. I wonder if we'll all be like that, or are we already? Thanks for the picture. Are you going to mount them all on that nice bit of wood?
Nice pictures Bree. I think you Gympie delight looks fine, ad not too hot at all.
Nice Billy, Wendy. It looks similar to one in Leisa's collection, but probably not the same. It must have had good light to have such good colour? Fruit Salad seems a good name for it.
Yesterday i started work on tidying up the bank at the back, that is really a bromeliad garden with nothing very special in it. It badly needs a tidy and revamp, so I've made a start anyway. The gum branches always give it a hiding, so its not a spot to put anything too lovely. Only the tuff ones can survive there!
Anyway, better be off and get some breakfast into me. I also need to get out and spray a couple of things with yates success, to keep away thte caterpillars. There seems to be a few around at the moment!
Sue
Tillandsia rothii at a recent nursery visit.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 21, 2011
4:46 PM

Post #8441455

Sue, isn't that T.rothii colourful! I must put that on my ever growing wish list.

I found with Neville that he is quick to say no to plants that are difficult to grow, which is good. So I've had to cross out a couple on my list already. High on my list is T. Xerographica, but he doesn't have it, and says costs between $50 to $100. Guess that one will have to wait until I win the Lotto. The most expensive one I got was T. Tectorum, a very pretty bunch of pink bracts.

I have put quite a few tills on the log, but others I have saved for my tillandsia wall, which Barry helped me put up this morning. As you can see, I will need about 1,000 plants to fill it, but at least I have a good start.

Karen


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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 23, 2011
1:00 PM

Post #8445495

Hi Karen, I have a feeling that T. rothii could be one of those that the grower won't part with, and I think it was very slow to grow and produce offsets, but definitely worth the photo.
Your Tillandsia wall looks great. It will not take long to fill up, I bet! I see Tillandsia xerographica on Ebay fairly regularly. I always watch it too, and there is a seller on at the moment who has 8 of them for $40 buy-it-now. Of course, then there is postage, so yes, $50 sounds right. I like to see the plants I buy now, and get more fun visitng the growers and picking their brains. I just like to look at the pretty pictures on Ebay, and get an idea of what I can expect to pay, although I find MOST growers are more reasonably priced than Ebay auctions.
I also bought T. tectorum just recently, and I paid a higher price too! Still, it was the one thing I wanted from that particular seller, so I was happy to have that little wish fullfilled.
Decided on another bromeliad garden yesterday, with hubbys help and encouragement! But I have to get him to help with the finishing touches on the last one first, or it will never be quite finished! I was working on an idea up on a bank, at the rear of the property, but have decided to think about it a bit more before going any further, so I might go for hubbys idea in the meantime. Work is finally easing off a bit, while not good for the pocket, it gives me more time for my own gardens. Anyway, I promise to photograph anything I do, as always.
This is a beaut Tillandsia that I forgot to write the name down on! (stoopid), but I'll try to find it out.
Sue

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 23, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8445570

Oh wow, Sue, you must have some real beauties there. That last one is a stunner too. I know some tills take many years to reach flowering stage. I guess I want ones that don't take so long, not that I'm impatient, just being practical.

What gets me with tills is that there are so many variations of just one variety. T. tectorum is one, and there is a huge version of it. Mine is the smaller, dainty version.

Will keep my eyes open regarding Xerographica. Never know what I might stumble across, hey!

Karen
This is my tectorum. It is quite silvery in the sun.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 24, 2011
12:50 PM

Post #8447589

Karen, I wish that last pic was at my house, but alas, it was not! Still, its not too far for a visit.
Your Tectorum looks great. I think mine is the smaller variety too, and it had a tiny pup forming, which got knocked off while I was tieing it to its mount. Darn! I saw alot of things I would love to have while at the nursery in my last pic, but either waaaay to expensive, or just not available. Its good to have a wishlist though.
This is the T. tectorum I saw in NZ at the Fiesta, that encouraged me to add one to my list.
Sue

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 24, 2011
2:16 PM

Post #8447842

there is an ad running on tv here at the moment for Plunket, shows a Plunket nurse visiting a young Mum at home & on the front porch are what look like nice big broms.
this link is to the video of the whole ad

http://www.plunket.org.nz/news-research/news/plunket-is-thrilled-to-feature-in-the-bnzs-new-tv-ads?tot=93

I don't know where this was filmed but definitely not in ChCh.

this link is to a web page that features a still pic showing the broms quite clearly

http://www.youtube.com/bnzstories/

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 24, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8448005

Thank you for sharing, Teresa. I was drawn for another reason, as I am descended from the Irish Plunkett line. Those broms look very healthy, don't they.

Sue, I like how that one is mounted. I am always looking for natural "sculpted wood" pieces suitable for mounting tillandsias.

Karen


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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 24, 2011
6:17 PM

Post #8448249

I love them all. Just don't have such a great choice to chose from.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 24, 2011
10:19 PM

Post #8448643

Is it because of the colder climate there? Seems strange, as so many bromeliads and tillandsias are from central America, and south America. I've seen photos of them growing like weeds all over everything.

Karen

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 25, 2011
6:36 AM

Post #8449015

It's pitiful too. But that is how it is with tropicals. But we can still love them from afar.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 25, 2011
2:55 PM

Post #8449929

Yes, and there are plants and trees I adore that only grow in cooler climates, not here. One off the top of my head is the beautiful Clematis vine. Would love to be able to grow that.

Karen

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 25, 2011
4:45 PM

Post #8450145

When mine blooms I will take you some pictures. Will that help???I'd love to do it. They are coming out of sleep so it won't be long.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 25, 2011
5:44 PM

Post #8450289

my pink clematis has a lone flower...
must have been confused by the autumn weather.
I have a rose that normally only flowers in spring & there are a few blooms on that as well.

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 26, 2011
2:46 AM

Post #8450779

Charleen, would love to see those pics. You and Teresa are lucky to be able to grow them. I've admired pictures of them for years.

Karen

Went to an open garden at Mt. Cotton today. Was beautiful. Fell in love with these, but they didn't have any for sale.

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ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8451536

I would have fallen too. Do you like Iris, I went out and got a new bloom, but dog has destroyed my label. Husband keeps twlling me I "can't have chickens and dogs in a garden" Well I do!!! I'm not going to get rid of my babies. But at least I have some pretty blooms. Why does he keep getting me plants if that is true????☺☺ I will load if and hope you enjoy.
here is some mule creations to enjoy in the meantime.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 26, 2011
1:57 PM

Post #8451724

Charleen, are they ceramic or something else? Do you make them yourself? I love themes and you have a good one going, starting with Charley and co. themselves.

Karen
The man who owned the garden we visited yesterday also made these amazing pieces of garden deco. They range from huge to monster size. This is the largest and houses a spa...

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 26, 2011
1:58 PM

Post #8451729

Sorry, should have put that in the Tearoom. Can't seem to delete it.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2011
5:01 PM

Post #8452038

WOW!!! that is beautiful. They are made of polymer clay, Karen. Yes, I made them myself...
perke_patch

March 27, 2011
5:05 AM

Post #8452746

Karen. Dallas Kamp's garden is amazing isn't it? We grew up with 2 houses between us. He asked me to go sailing once but I said no cause I thought once I was out on the ocean there was no escape. I must have thought I was irresistable or something cause in hindsight I imagine when fighting a strong breeze it would have been hard to make out. How arrogant are we when a teenager heh???

I wish we could have gone to see the changes he has made recently. I am told it is incredible garden to see.

Wendy
gardengal
se qld
Australia

March 27, 2011
2:22 PM

Post #8453862

lol Wendy. You're right though, we're decidedly odd when teenagers. Age and experience usually fixes it for most of us.

Pam
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 27, 2011
2:31 PM

Post #8453885

Hehehe...yes, and having teenage grand daughters now shows us so much of what it was. Wendy, it isn't a large garden comparing it with some I've seen, but wow, has he done a lot with it. There's a lot of money sunk into it. Just building all those board walks would have cost a fortune. Barry is a boat person too, but not a sailing boat. I'm a total land lubber, I'm afraid.

Charleen, well done on the ceramics. Very creative and I love the theme. Almost like your 'signature'.

Karen

I got this a while back, but it had no name. I came across one like it called billbergia poquito blanco. Can anyone verify this, or are there too many others like it?

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gardengal
se qld
Australia

March 27, 2011
2:40 PM

Post #8453907

Any more photos please Karen? Open gardens are non-existant in this part of the world.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 27, 2011
5:06 PM

Post #8454259

oh, that's a pity. This one had broms growing. He had a few alcantareas and vrieseas.

Karen

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 27, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8454262

Another water view...

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ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8454263

That is a beautiful Picture. Love the waterfall, breathetaking.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 27, 2011
5:09 PM

Post #8454265

Yes, they are really lovely gardens. They don't have many, if any, gums, so they don't have the dead stick drops that I get here. Good planning!

One more for now...

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ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
5:20 PM

Post #8454287

I went to Callaway Gardens here in Ga. they had a wall I got to show you. Isn't this pretty?

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ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8454289

This is gorgeous..Same place.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 27, 2011
6:30 PM

Post #8454456

A Tillandsia wall...I am so jealous! I would love that here.

Karen

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
7:00 PM

Post #8454574

They were Beautiful I was so excited, I told my Friends "My Aussie girls will love this" Cause I know it was gorgeous. It was inside the"Horticultural " Building It was beautiful. I could have just stayed in there. they had so many things that made me think of you all.
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 27, 2011
9:44 PM

Post #8454847

Beautiful pictures you lot. love that waterfall karen, and that Tillandsia wall is special Charleen. Karen, I'm not familiar with your Billbergia at all so can't help. I'm only just beginning to take an interest in foliage Billbergias.
Wendy, i think the tow that are in leisas collection, that most resemble your Billbergia (Fruit salad) are B. 'Carioca' and B. 'Lou wilson'. The pic of Carioca on FCBS doesn't resemble Leisas one though, and there doesn't seem to be a Lou Wilson, although I noticed Russ had one for sale on Ebay, and that picture was quite true to leisas. I'll have to take a pic for you to compare.
Sue
perke_patch

March 28, 2011
5:47 AM

Post #8455213

Charleen thanks for sharing that tillandsia wall. I love it. Wish we had somewhere to build a big rock wall like that. I wonder if we can make some gaps in my brothers rock wall to insert some tills. I will definately print the photo for him to see to give him the idea. He has quite a few tills and could do this. Will keep you informed.

Sue I will definately look out for those bills to compare pics.

I nearly posted on facebook tonight to see if anyone wanted a husband. He is good with making repairs to the house which is good because he does break a lot of things dropping them. He also falls over a lot and only a matter of time before he breaks some bones doing that. He has been quite feral and nasty today. I know he is like that when he is feeling very unwell and he has been since the drip on Friday. He couldn't give in to it over the weekend. But today he was feeling unwell so when it rained he finally gave in and sat upstairs watching TV. When he feels unwell with nothing to do he starts noticing all the little things I haven't done. ONe of his gripes today was I hadn't wiped the outside of the new teapot. I guess there was adrop of tea on the outside. Maybe I should polish inside and out.

Sorry. I'll just stay in my office on the computer out of his way. But I know he will be worse tomorrow after his chemo tonight. Here we go again for another day... VERY CHEAP BUT SLIGHTY BROKEN... hahaha

Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 28, 2011
6:26 AM

Post #8455330

Wendy, so sorry to hear John is not well. I know what its like, and often wonder why Barry is still around. Don't mean to be mean, but when I'm feeling bad I have zero tolerance. And if there is nothing wrong, I'll make up something. Then I feel bad when I do that. Sigh... I hope he bounces back quickly. Feel for you both.

Karen

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 28, 2011
7:02 AM

Post #8455430

Same way for my Robert , when my allergies are at their Peak. It is horrid for me, so I know I'm awful/
Wendy, I will be looking forward to see how the stonewall garden develops. Much like a Rock garden I would think. I know it is going to be beautiful.
perke_patch

March 29, 2011
3:21 AM

Post #8457657

thanks for your support girls. Sorry to have vented on you all last night. It was a bit better today with us shopping for painting rollers, brushes etc so he could do some easy touchups around the outside. I just continued pupping and potting.

Oh and I polished the teapot. It only stayed nice and shiny until the next pot of tea. I wold have to polish after each and every pot made. He didn't even notice.

I have a new pitcairnia coming into flower. I can't wait to see what it looks like. I'll post a photo as soon as it opens.

Wendy
gardengal
se qld
Australia

March 29, 2011
1:45 PM

Post #8458772

Charleen, I agree, that stone wall is totally awesome!

Thanks for the pics Karen. Is that all ferocement? Amazing what can be done with a bit of imagination! I'm guessing they must receive a fair bit of shade though, or the cement would tend to heat the broms a lot?

Wendy, I hope your hubby's feeling better soon. How much longer does he have treatment for? I don't think I'd be very good company if I was really ill either. I'd like to think I'd be one of those who deal with it like a saint, but I know myself better than that. lol

Can't wait to see your pitcairnia.

Pam
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 29, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8458797

Wendy, I can't wait to see the pitcairnia too. I got the seedling. I wonder how long that will take to flower.

Pam, I don't know what the pots are made of. He had pictures of huge moulds and stages of the making, but my eyes aren't so good, so I didn't get to read up on it.

There is supposed to be some sort of plant sale thing at Downey Park this weekend, with broms and tills for sale. Has anyone heard anything about it? I've looked for it on the web but don't know what exactly it is and can't find anything. Supposed to be at the table tennis centre.

Karen
brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

March 29, 2011
6:12 PM

Post #8459235

Hi Karen, the sale is the Qld Brom Society annual one that is usually held at Mt Cootha. Just a change of venue. You can read about it on the BSQ site. Might see you there. Jen
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 30, 2011
1:40 AM

Post #8459763

Thanks Jen, much appreciated. I didn't even know it was a brom show, just plants, but knew that some till sellers would be there. We'll probably go along on Sunday. I don't have much to spend so will be more to look. Hope we do run into each other.

Karen
perke_patch

March 30, 2011
3:58 AM

Post #8459819

thanks for all the best wishes for J and his health. All was normal again today.

is anyone familiar with nid fulgens? we seem to have 3 distinct colours. The plants all look the same till flowering but then we have a lovely deep pink, a very lovely rich red/orange and a dark red. I will try to get a photo showing all 3 together for comparison.

Karen the table tennis centre seems easy to get to - thru Clem7 to northside, R onto Lutwyche, L onto Newmarket and L into Green Tce and you are there. There is some parking under the building, parking in the sports ground but if sports on there might be lots parked there. There is some limited parking on the street (possibly short stay). We'll be going early Saturday morning.

Wendy
perke_patch

March 30, 2011
4:10 AM

Post #8459828

oh I got my flowering pitcairnia from Barry Kable after last BSQ mtg. He said he would have some for sale this weekend but I'm not sure if he meant the Orchid show in Cleveland on Saturday or the Brom Sale (or possibly both????)

wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

March 30, 2011
2:20 PM

Post #8460957

Thanks Wendy. We won't meet up then, as Saturday isn't a good day for me. Hope you and Jen have a fun day and find some real treasures.

Karen
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 1, 2011
1:40 PM

Post #8465314

Wendy, I had heard of two colours of nid fulgens, pink or orange/red. I have the pink, but have not personally seen the other. Have a good time at the slae, and try not to tease me too much with all the lovely things you get.
Karen, i hope you can get there too, and have an enjoyable day. To everyone else, have a great gardening weekend.
Sue
Leisas Guzmania remyii, in flower now

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

April 1, 2011
1:41 PM

Post #8465321

Thought I'd show a photo of my alcanterea with the babies. Two are in the mix and you can see two others sitting in the leaves while there are still three smaller ones attached to mum.
Jean.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 1, 2011
1:44 PM

Post #8465331

Well done Jean, its a good way to get yourself a number of plants! It'll be awhile before you have a mass planting I'm afraid, but well worth the wait.
77sunset
Merino
Australia

April 1, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8465340

Heres my new neo. lilliputiana . Cute little thing. so small but pretty.
Jean.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 1, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8465489

Good morning all. Sue, I hope we get to the brom show too, as Barry has had an attack of gout. Too painful to walk around on. Will see how he is when he calls in today.

Jean, that Guz is lovely. I do love the tiny Lilliputiana too. Mine flowers readily, and the pretty blue flowers are lovely too.

Does the Alcantarea throw pups even when it's so young? My young one has a good size pup on it, probaly ready to be removed already. Wasn't sure what to do with it though.

Karen
perke_patch

April 2, 2011
3:49 AM

Post #8466334

I thought I would share some photos from the BSQ Autumn Show today. This is one of the displays as we entered the hall. Check out all the space.

Wendy

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perke_patch

April 2, 2011
3:52 AM

Post #8466335

and another

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April 2, 2011
3:54 AM

Post #8466342

one more

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April 2, 2011
3:56 AM

Post #8466345

check the tillandsia tree in one of the displays (just in case you missed it)

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perke_patch

April 2, 2011
4:00 AM

Post #8466349

this till got 3rd place (should have been 1st I think). It's till complanata. I must get one of these. check out the flowers and where they come from.

Wendy

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perke_patch

April 2, 2011
4:03 AM

Post #8466352

this vrisea got 1st place - it berry forrest

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perke_patch

April 2, 2011
4:06 AM

Post #8466354

sorry something went wrong with till complanata. try this

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perke_patch

April 2, 2011
4:11 AM

Post #8466361

are you all jealous yet????? LOL. this one is a wierd one called vrisea smudge grub. wierd name but nice plant.

Wendy

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perke_patch

April 2, 2011
4:24 AM

Post #8466369

and now the best. these are the new additions to the Perske family ha ha. vriseas:

platynema variegata x delicious stitchery (bottom right)
hawaiian sunset hybred
the daintree x plantation pride (left middle row)
gulz glow (with all the pink)
amethystina hybrid (middle middle row)
kiku (the large white one top right)
goth x cameleon (middle top)

I think I got them all right.
Wendy

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gardengal
se qld
Australia

April 2, 2011
2:02 PM

Post #8467225

You're not trying to be a tease by any chance Wendy? lol Some nice displays there, and some nice additions to your 'family'.

Pam
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 2, 2011
2:27 PM

Post #8467276

Wendy, thanks for the 'taste'. We are going today, as Barry's foot seems to have settled. Now I really can't wait. Congrats on your purchases. I am mainly going after tills, if I buy anything. I want my wall to fill up and look great.

Karen
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 2, 2011
8:27 PM

Post #8467975

Oh, talk about brom heaven! Wendy, the venue is so much better, easier to negotiate, and easier to see than the Mt. Cootha one. Saw Neville, and your friend with the fish net thingos. Had a really lovely morning, chatting to people about their, and my, purchases. It was so enjoyable.

I got 5 new tillandsias, but no new broms. There were just so many beauties, and my wallet wasn't full enough. The new tills are...

Arujei
Tricholepsis
Argentina
Crocata (yellow)
Blue Moon.

Karen

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 3, 2011
9:44 PM

Post #8470301

oh you lucky gals! I'm glad you had a great time, and thanks for sharing the photos of purchases and displays.
Everything is slowing down here now, and there'll be no more propagating with pups untill about september now. All there is to do over the next few months is look out for flowers, remove the dead leaves, change plant positions to suit the conditions and keep an eye out for problems if we get cool, wet weather. I applied a conola/detergent spray yesterday, as it was overcast, and hosed it off this morning. Theres only been the tiniest ammount of scale here and there, so it has worked very well.
I am revamping the bank up the back still. I had to sit down and look at it for awhile, but haven't worked out a plan of attack yet, so I'm just puling out all of the broms and removing old mothers. The remaining pups and plants can sit in empty pots for now, untill I work out what to do with them. mostly there are Aechmea gamosepala (by the hundreds) Aechmea calyculatta, and a whole heap of huge Neoregelia cruenta types. I might move them all down to another garden bed I am about to tidy up, and leave the bank vacant for now, or at least untill I have some sort of plan. Its a tricky spot, made of clay, and constantly rained on by gum sticks and leaves. I might cover it in weed mat before anything else. A shadecloth cover to deflect the debris would be nice, but probably out of my reach just at the moment. Here it is last month, and as you can see, a bit messy.
Sue

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perke_patch

April 4, 2011
5:17 AM

Post #8470613

Sue I can't beleive that you have finished pupping until spring. We are madly taking pups at the moment. Two weeks ago we had so much space in the yard but all the pups taken off and potted over the last 2 weeks and I am sure we now have more than we ever did. Johnny keeps saying we don't have room to buy any more new ones but when people are willing to swap how can you say no. LOL
Johnny has made another new area over the last couple of days. He used some lovely bush rocks to make a tiered garden with some pavers in front and small pebbles. this morning we went down to see how much sun the area got and was pleasantly surprised to it bathed in sunshine. Instead of putting all the longiflorums in there we changed our mind and put all the bobby dazzlers so they can bath in early morning sunshine and get some brilliant colour. Will have to take some photos to share.

Wendy
gardengal
se qld
Australia

April 4, 2011
3:38 PM

Post #8471916

Sue, I can't wait to see what you do with that spot. I looked at it and felt inspired, so it will be interesting to see what you do with it.

Speaking of longiflorums, I must get organised and get some November lilies. I've been meaning to do it for the past couple of years and by the time I get around to it it's too late, (make note to self ...)

Thanks for the reminder about the cooler weather and removing pups, Sue and Wendy. I keep looking at the Hohenbergia correia-araujoi at the back door and thinking I should remove the pups, but don't get around to it. Now that I've remembered that the cooler weather is a factor, I'll get going on it in the next couple of days.

Off to town shortly, so best away.

Pam
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

April 4, 2011
5:23 PM

Post #8472175

our weather has just changed from mild autumn to bitter cold & wet so last night I went out in the rain to bring my bilbergia nutans in to the house.
They have done so well I'd hate to kill them now.

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

April 4, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8472365

Teresa, I doubt that anything would kill those. I have some in the brom house but most live out int he weather. Rain , frost hot sun, nothing bothers them.
Ladies. I have been admiring all the lovely broms and resisting temptation to buy any more. Its lucky that I have a limited income to help my resistance. It must be nearly time I did buy a new tillandsia. They do go for good prices though, proabaly becuase it takes so much time to grow them to size. . Mine are looking lovely and healthy . The older ones went through last very cold winter so i hope the newer ones do the same. They are inside the shadehouse under the roof, so wont get wet or too cold.
Sue you will have fun filling that space.
Great pics from the brom show too. I wont look at the till complanata... ( maybe just a peep) So pretty.
Jean.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

April 5, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8474162

thanks Jean - I have put them outside again but on the north facing terrace so they will get quite a bit of full sun & warmth if it is a fine day.
I'll keep an eye on their colour as last time I left them there they got a bit cooked, but that was early summer.
they are up against the house wall which is a type of concrete block they call summerhill stone here.
that should act a thermal mass & keep them warmer over night.
Wonder how much frost they can handle?
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 5, 2011
2:55 PM

Post #8474295

Hi Wendy, I've learned not to take pups off after march here, as they just sit, not forming roots or growing any. If I leave them on the mum until Spring, they are alot bigger, and take root within weeks of removing them. I am thinking about putting some solar weave over a portion of the brom house to keep out the rain. I can always hand water if needed, but there are a few things that probably wont appreciate the cold and wet. I just have to work out how to secure it, but I also want to be able to remove it come spring, without damaging it.
Your new area sounds nice, but no wonder Johnny is tired! doesn't he ever stop? I guess we're all a bit like that. i hate sitting around twiddling my thumbs while there is something to do outside.
Pam, please give me some inspiration for my bank! I've sat looking at it numerous time, over a bottle of beer or two, and still haven't got a plan! I have almost finished removing all the broms, and have weeded it and am about to put weed mat along it. I also planted a clump or three of Heliconia bihai along the top. I'm saving the broms, even though the majority are A. gamosepala, but because of the constant dropping of debris from the gums, I'm not sure about putting them back in there, because they never look nice covered in sticks and leaves. For that matter, what would?
Theresa, your idea with the warm brick and a sunny spot sounds ideal for your Queens tears. I'm not sure about frost though, but if your committed, you could try bringing them in overnight?
Jean, I think you have done well considering your temps can be so changeable and extreme in your area. Some Tillandsias come from cool, mountainous climates, so maybe a bit of research is needed into what the different species require? I must admit, I am not educated on the matter, but do try to get reading material about broms at any opportunity, although there is not alot out there. i joined the NZ bromeliad society while there, and I recieved a couple of their magazines just recently, aswell as the back issues I bought while there, and there is some very good reading to be had, as well as lovely pictures. http://www.bsnz.org/index.html
this is their homepage, although I've noticed it hasn't been updated for awhile.
Anyway, its raining a bit here today, and although I need the work and income, I also need to tackle some long overdue housework, and the rain is the only thing that keeps me inside.
I'm still having trouble accessing DG at times, and think I may need to take the puter in for a look at, just incase its something in my settings (I've looked but can't see) Anyway, I'm not being ignorant, just frustrated when I can't get on, so don't hold it against me! As if you would!
Sue
Gusmania sanguineas, Leisas on the left, mine on the right.

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gardengal
se qld
Australia

April 5, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8474638

I might be able to talk you through some of the basic trouble shooting for your computer problem if you like, Sue. We'll be away for a few days as of early tomorrow, but after that I'm happy to be of assistance if you would like to have a go at it yourself.

Pam
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

April 6, 2011
6:46 PM

Post #8477100

we are in the middle of a nasty cold wet spell & a member noticed the broms at work & insisted they should have water in the well at all times...
I seem to recall from here that they are better off not watered in cold weather?
They had a top up the week before when it was brilliantly sunny, and they look ok at the moment.
We have renovations going on so the room is really cold with some bitter draughts at times.

weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 8, 2011
12:29 AM

Post #8479849

Pam, I might take you up on that when you're able. Can we do it by Dmail? Or I can give you my email or phone number if its easier.
Thersa, the broms are better off underwatered than overwatered, especially in the cold. Once every 3 weeks is probably ample. Topping the cup up is ok, but having moist soil is a no, no.
Oh man, husband is still nagging! Gotto go!
Sue

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

April 8, 2011
4:41 AM

Post #8480003

thanks Sue I took a look at them tonight & they still look ok, I will wait until the renovations are further along & it is warmer in the building before I give them a top up.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 8, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8481007

A brom with a flower I've never seen before. From the brom show.

Karen

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perke_patch

April 9, 2011
3:11 AM

Post #8482116

Karen, I think your flowering plant is a canistrum. the flower looks like the one on our canistrum lindenii but that plant is variegated with a big white raised flower like this one. and canistrum aurantiacum is a big red flower like this. So other than saying it is a canistrum I don't know which one. sorry.

Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 9, 2011
3:29 AM

Post #8482127

Wendy, thank you, but not my plant. Was one that caught my eye at the brom show. There was another with the same flower, but the flower was set almost right in the well, not on a stem like that one. Both were interesting.

Karen

This one is set in the well...


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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 9, 2011
2:04 PM

Post #8483265

Hi everyone,

It's my first time here and I think it was either Wendy or Sue that told me about this site, so thanks girls!

Karen, I think your plant is Edmundoa lindenii var. rosea. You can check it out on the FCBS Photo Index.

All the best, Nev.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 10, 2011
1:08 AM

Post #8484316

Thank you Nev. Welcome aboard. Yes, that looks like it. A lengthy title - Edmundoa lindenii roseum Canistrum lindenii roseum.

I already had Break of Day, but got this larger sample today at the Beenleigh markets. Very colourful.

Karen

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brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

April 10, 2011
2:23 AM

Post #8484329

Hi Nev, it's good to see you found the site. I think it was me that told you about it. Too many brom women to keep track of. Your new seedlings are doing very well and seem to have adjusted well to the Brisbane climate. Photos are always welcome. Jen
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 10, 2011
3:06 AM

Post #8484338

Nev! You made it! We used to have another man here (waving at you Mike) but he seemed to disappear, and then he introduced his friend Max to us, and he posted once and was lost in cyberspace too. I hope you stick around a bit longer than them. We're pretty casual here and don't really get as technical as some forums, but photos and chit chat keep us going.
Today was a beautiful day here, and I did what I said I wouldn't,and took a couple of Vriesea pups off! 'Ro Ro', 'Gulz' and ospinae 'Gruberi', the first from all of them, and they were large pups too. I've put them somewhere warm, so hopefully they will get a smidgen of root growth before the cold weather hits. I also moved my seedlings to a better possy, where they'll get more morning winter sun and protection from the cold.
I need a new shade house!
Sue
This is Aechmea 'Alaya' almost flowering today, another of Leisas babies. Its the variegated form of A. calycullata.

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

April 10, 2011
3:12 PM

Post #8485603

Do i cut this flower spike off once it ages?

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 11, 2011
2:22 AM

Post #8486720

If it doesn't make you happy anymore, Bree, off with its head! The energy left will go into making pups.
perke_patch

April 11, 2011
2:51 AM

Post #8486738

Hi all, welcome Nev.
We had a very special visitor yesterday checking out our broms, having a good look at the shadecloth structure and ended up sitting on the fence when asked for feedback. Hehehe.

We were sitting downstairs enjoying a cuppa by the pond when this guy turned up and had a good look around.

Wendy

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April 11, 2011
2:54 AM

Post #8486740

after hanging around in the palm tree for quite a while he took a breather on the frame of the shadehouse

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perke_patch

April 11, 2011
2:59 AM

Post #8486741

after testing the shadecloth for give he decided to just go for it and just ran the whole lenght of the yard to sit at the front corner checking out the broms below and the passing traffic.

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April 11, 2011
3:03 AM

Post #8486742

then had a bit of a lie down before moving on. He was happy to pose for photos and was the star attraction for all the cars stopping at the traffic lights. Even the police stopped for a good look at him. There were lots of u-turns and trips round the block to come back and stop for a look and a photo. He just calmly posed for all their photos.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 11, 2011
3:10 AM

Post #8486746

Wendy, well done. Hope he got 'home' safely after all that. What a beauty too.

Karen
perke_patch

April 11, 2011
3:10 AM

Post #8486747

when he had had enough of posing for photos he moved to the very front corner and we thought our worst fears were coming true... he decided to climb down inside our yard. What was directly below him? Our prickly plants, carcharadon tiger, bracteata, hannibel lector... virtualy anything that would make fence jumpers sorry they ever thought about climbing over. A broom tickling his bottom changed his mind and he went the other way, jumped down and was up the gum tree before we could go out the gate.

Hope you enjoyed this visit as much as we did.
Wendy

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perke_patch

April 11, 2011
3:18 AM

Post #8486755

this afternoon he was still up that gumtree dropping his bits into the plants and the birdbath below in the front corner. The footpath is covered in his bits. We'll have to hose the plants out in a couple of days and the smell will be horrendous. But that's what we have to do to enjoy his visits. And the worst thing is we didn't even think to check the vrisea shed down the back to see if he did his usual argey bargey walk along the top shelp knocking plants out of his way. We didn't even check them today although I did walk through there to put scraps in the worm farm. I think I would have noticed if any plants were knocked over. I'll have to check first thing tomorrow morning.

Wendy

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 11, 2011
7:15 AM

Post #8487291

Wendy, he is gorgeous. Love it...
gardengal
se qld
Australia

April 11, 2011
1:37 PM

Post #8488093

Awww how precious is that? :)
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 11, 2011
3:08 PM

Post #8488319

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the welcome girls, although I'm now wondering if joining was a wise move as I wonder what happened to the other blokes?

I'm not a technical person, nor do I want to appear "picky" or a "know all" and any comments I make are just trying to be helpful and I would like to start by clearing up the name of the plant in my previous message to Karen and Wendy.

The plant in question is Edmundoa lindenii rosea (not roseum).

Nor is it Edmundoa lindenii roseum Canistrum lindenii roseum ... It seems to me that someone was having an each way bet on the name and put two different names on the same tag, or as happens sometimes when people are asked to ID a plant and they're not positive, they may say, "It's either Edmundoa lindenii roseum OR Canistrum lindenii roseum" and I think this is how it became confused. The OR was dropped out of the equation and the name becomes Edmundoa lindenii roseum Canistrum lindenii roseum.

Edmundoa and Canistrum are two different genera and to my knowledge there is no such plant as Canistrum lindenii roseum, so somewhere along the line things have becaome confused. Sorry about the long winded explanation but I hope I have sorted it out.

Regarding the flower: I have a few of these plants which all originated from the same mother plant and sometimes the flower will be right down in the vase and sometimes it will be on the end of a four inch high flower spike. I think the plants in both pic 's are Edmundoa lindenii rosea.

Karen, regarding the Neo break of Day; it will get even more of a beautiful golden colour if grown in very good light (not direct full sun) I hang my plant about eighten inches beneath 75% biscuit coloured shade cloth.

I hope this all helps,

All the best, Nev.
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 11, 2011
4:47 PM

Post #8488515

breeindy wrote:Do i cut this flower spike off once it ages?


Hi breeindy,

If that was my Vr Ospinae gruberi I would certinly cut off the flower spike. It looks like it has almost finished flowering anyway, and by removing the spike it is no longer draining energy from the mother plant. Once removed it will encourage the remaining mother plant to start producing pups.

All the best, Nev.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 11, 2011
9:31 PM

Post #8489164

Nev, thank you for your explanation. I like that it can flower either in the well or on a stem. I love the flower, it is different.

Karen
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 12, 2011
12:15 AM

Post #8489254

Hi everyone,

I just though I would try and post a few pic's to add a little colour and brighten things up a bit, but I don't know how to send multiple pic's so can anyone please help me.

Am I supposed to start this post in another place or just keep adding on to the bottom of the previous posts?

All the best, Nev.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 12, 2011
3:23 AM

Post #8489320

Hi Nev, you can only add pics one at a time. A drag, I know. Also, a name with them would be good, as scrolling over them doesn't bring up the photo name. Just keep adding them to the bottom of this thread, and when it gets a bit too long, I (or anyone else who'd like to have a go) will start another one, and add the link to the bottom of this one.
Wendy, those Koala pics are awesome! He/she was soo cute! I love that its amongst the broms and not the gums, like you usually see in Koala pics. I hope your Vrieseas are all still standing. Any injured ones you can send down to me for rehabilitation, (broms that is, not Koalas)
This is flowering now, and most of you probably have this one? Tillandsia cyanea. It has a fregrance like cloves.
Sue

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 12, 2011
3:25 AM

Post #8489321

And this one is Tillandsia lindenii, which is very similar to T. cyanea, but it has a longer flower spike, and the paddle is elongated too.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 12, 2011
3:26 AM

Post #8489322

I have used T. lindenii as the tail section in my bird.

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perke_patch

April 12, 2011
6:14 AM

Post #8489665

Hi everyone

can anyone identify this aechmea for me. the pot does not contain a name and I want to take some pups off it. Also when I cut this flower spike off today there were about 6 solid blue berries where the others still had the deep pink with purple tips. I wondered if the blue ones might have been ripe with seed so squeezed one and now have a paper towel full of seed ... so now I need to know a name to put with the seed if I decide to grow it. Please help.

Wendy

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 12, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8490720

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the info Sue, I'll have to post some pic's when I have more spare time.

Karen showed a pic of her Neo. Break of Day plants and I commented about how it will be more golden if given good light.

The pic I attached, is of my plant of Break of Day which grows hanging about 18" below 75% beige coloured shade cloth.

All the best, Nev.
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 12, 2011
2:03 PM

Post #8490798

Hi again,

Wendy as far as I.D. goes, because a some aechmeas have similar looking flowers, it helps if you can show the entire plant as well as the flower so that other details can be seen also.

Things like plant structure, leaf shape/colour, leaf tip colour, spines etc. also the size of the plant. If you can't get an ID here, maybe you could on one of the other brom forums.

Don't waste the seed either, squeeze it into a small jar with a minute amount of washing up liquid, top up with water and "shake like hell" to seperate the goo from the seed. Rinse the soap from the seed and tip it onto a sheet of photo copying paper and thoroughly dry before storing in a paper envelope. Place the envelope in a take-away food container and store it in the fridge for future use. Then you can send some to mad, brom seed growers like me.

All the best, Nev.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 12, 2011
2:24 PM

Post #8490840

Sue, I love Cyanea. Mine is not showing any signs of flowering yet. It has been a good flowerer but I moved it a while back. Still looks healthy though, so will give it more time.
I love your bird. Clever girl.

Nev, it always amazes me how a plant, such as Break of Day, can have such a wide range of colouring. I fear many of mine will lose colour over the winter, as the sun just doesn't get into my yard. Not much I can do about it.

Karen
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 12, 2011
11:53 PM

Post #8491982

Hi everyone,

Just trying a few more pic's

All the best, Nev.

Canistrum fosterianum


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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 12, 2011
11:55 PM

Post #8491983

Neo. concentrica x [Charm x Cracker Jack]

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 12, 2011
11:56 PM

Post #8491986

Neo.Marble Throat

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 13, 2011
12:04 AM

Post #8491988

Aechmea Pie [Flowers]

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 13, 2011
12:10 AM

Post #8491995

Neoregelia Orange Glow

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 13, 2011
12:15 AM

Post #8491997

Aechmea bromeliifolia albobracteata [Flowers]

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brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

April 13, 2011
12:57 AM

Post #8492022

Love your bird Sue. Thanks for the photo. Now I can remind Ray what it looks like and hopefully he can make something similar. He is the only creative one in the family. Thanks for the pretty photos Nev. Just what we need coming into Winter. This is my Nidularium Litmus in flower. Jen

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

April 13, 2011
1:02 AM

Post #8492025

Oh wow Jen. another one for the wishlist lol. Lovely pics too Nev. It didn't take long to learn how to put the pics up. Keep them coming please. Colleen
WayneCarter
NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
3:11 AM

Post #8492078

Hi Sue and Brom lovers. Here are the pix taken today I mentioned on FB. They are a mix alright! This garden is across the road from a house I visit once a fortnight. The owners obviously love their Broms!

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WayneCarter
NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
3:13 AM

Post #8492080

#2

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NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
3:14 AM

Post #8492081

#3

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WayneCarter
NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
3:14 AM

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#4

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WayneCarter
NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
3:15 AM

Post #8492084

#5

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WayneCarter
NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
3:17 AM

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#6

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WayneCarter
NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
3:17 AM

Post #8492087

#7

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WayneCarter
NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
3:18 AM

Post #8492090

#8

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WayneCarter
NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
3:19 AM

Post #8492093

#9

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WayneCarter
NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
3:20 AM

Post #8492096

#10

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WayneCarter
NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
3:23 AM

Post #8492102

#11 Last one!

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 13, 2011
5:47 AM

Post #8492316

Wow! I'm in Bromliad heaven. Beautiful pictures..
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 13, 2011
1:48 PM

Post #8493222

Jen, that Nidularium Litmus is stunning. I've never seen that colour before, and it is so striking on the green.

Wayne and Nev, thank you for the brom feast. Nev, I have Marble Throat, so I hope mine will look like that one day. Wayne, I was wondering what those large ones in pots are?

Karen
WayneCarter
NW Sydney NSW
Australia

April 13, 2011
10:52 PM

Post #8494322

Hi Karen. I really do not know as I do not grow them. Sue probably will know.
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 13, 2011
11:36 PM

Post #8494338

Hi everyone,

Nidularium 'Litmus' is a very attractive and most unusual plant which get its name from its flowers having the ability to change colour, from red to blue just like litmus paper which turns red in response to acidic conditions (pH < 7) and blue under alkaline conditions (pH > 7).

Below is what the FCBS Photo Index has to say about it:

It is a C.V. (cultivated variety) of unknown parentage
Genus: Nidularium
Name: 'Litmus'
Remarks: A plant circulating in the USA, AU & NZ. as antoineanum. Nobody knows who identified it but it seems closely related to procerum. Its name reflects its unique habit where the primary bracts are red at anthesis but as the inflorescence ages these turn blue.

I hope this helps,

All the best, Nev.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 13, 2011
11:44 PM

Post #8494344

Nev, thanks again. It is truly an amazing plant with an amazing ability. I didn't realize the centre was red to start with.

Well done, Jen.

Karen
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 13, 2011
11:44 PM

Post #8494345

had the big long post all typed up, then DG logged me out! So, I'm noit going to write a big long post again. Just gonna say that Waynes pics are great, so are Nevs, and Karen, there are big neos in the pots, and Alcantarea imperialis at front of pic 11. The big Neo on its own looks like Red Macaw, or Cockabell.
I'm awaiting a Litmus flower too jen. I haven't seen one in reality yet.
Sue
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 13, 2011
11:46 PM

Post #8494347

Hi everyone,

Below is another Nidularium and a favourite of mine, Nidularium Fulgens 'Orange'

All the best, Nev.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 13, 2011
11:58 PM

Post #8494350

Oi, Nev, I've got the pink, but not the orange. Put it on our swap list eh? he he But NOT YET!
perke_patch

April 14, 2011
5:04 AM

Post #8494542

Hi all. Is procerum blue the same as litmus???? I do have procerum blue as well as procerum red.

Nev I have 3 different colours in fulgens: an orange, a pink apparently called cerise and the normal red one. Today I noticed the orange one has 3 nice pups coming on it. It's the first time we have noticed the different colours so maybe we have acquired some new ones this year????

Wendy

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perke_patch

April 14, 2011
5:08 AM

Post #8494554

and procerum blue. Is it the same as litmus???

Wendy

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perke_patch

April 14, 2011
5:11 AM

Post #8494564

I just looked at both pics again and they don't look the same but I know mine does go the same colour as Jen's so maybe my photo was taken at a different stage thant Jen. (Jen is also a better photographer I think). I noticed today that I have a procerum blue coming into flower so I will try to take a better pic and post it over the next couple weeks.

Wendy
gardengal
se qld
Australia

April 14, 2011
1:45 PM

Post #8495608

I've found you really can't rely entirely on comparing with a picture for id in hybrids. Two plants can look identical at one point and then go on to be totally different. I suspect that may be where a lot of misnomers occur on Ebay plants. They look at, say, FCBS gallery and think, oh, that looks like mine, so must be it.

Pam
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 14, 2011
2:04 PM

Post #8495681

Sue, I am just learning about Alcantareas. They are quite impressive. Haven't even heard of the others. Which goes to show, I can never really lose interest in broms when there is always so much more to learn.

Karen
gardengal
se qld
Australia

April 14, 2011
4:41 PM

Post #8495966

Went out to the shadehouse a couple of days ago and discovered my Araeococcus flagellifolius had flowered and I'd missed it. It has a solitary 2mm flower left on it. :( This is Neo 'marble snow'

Pam

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 14, 2011
6:06 PM

Post #8496152

Hi everyone,

Nice pic's Wendy and Pam.

Here's some more Nid's
Nid. campos-portoi

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 14, 2011
6:15 PM

Post #8496179

Nid Innocentii purpurea

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 14, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8496212

Nid. Miranda (Pic is not my plant, but I do have it)

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 14, 2011
6:28 PM

Post #8496237

Nid. Ruby Lee

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 14, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8496252

And the last one is Nid Innocentii var. lineatum.

All the best, Nev.

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perke_patch

April 15, 2011
4:23 AM

Post #8496979

I've been reading Nev's book on BROMELIADS FROM SEED TO FLOWER. The pictures have been very helpful so I know what I am looking for. I have been trying to get seed from plants too far gone but now I know what to look for. This morning I went out and the first plant I found which looked promising, I pulled three full seed pods out. It was one of our favourites called Narelle's Joy. I squeezed lots of seed onto a paper towel. Tomorrow I will plant them in some seed raising mixture. Narelle's Joy is a lovely Alan Freeman variegated hybrid as you can see here, but I know that we will not get variegated seedlings from it but I am hoping that there might be one or two with some variegation.

Next lesson will be cross pollinating a couple then collecting the seeds about 3 weeks later. I'll have nursery and kindergaten areas filled like yours soon Nev. I'm glad I "met" you ... I have learned so much in just a couple weeks talking to you. Thanks heaps.

Wendy

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perke_patch

April 15, 2011
4:29 AM

Post #8496987

Nev, I always get confused over which innocentii is lineatum and which is striatum. I have ready that lineatum looks almost white because of all the fine white lines. like this one.

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perke_patch

April 15, 2011
4:40 AM

Post #8496995

Mid last year I had this plant which looked like all the other longiflorums but when the others all went red in the middle this one stayed almost completely white. I posted a photo on this forum asking if anyone else had a longiflorum which didn't colour up and one of our members on this forum later identified it for me from photos she had taken on a trip to Germany. It was in a group of photos taken in a university arborium. It is nidularium innocentii var paxianum. Sue this plant now has about 4-5 good sized pups on it. Do you want one for "Leisa's memorial garden". Jen got the first pup it had in memory of Leisa. I have plated it in a large square tub and have it beside one of the posts. I can't wait to see what it will look like with multiple heads next year.

Wendy

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perke_patch

April 15, 2011
4:44 AM

Post #8496998

sorry eveyone looking back over my posts tonight there are typing errors everywhere. I think the batteries in my wireless keyboard are going flat again. That's my excuse anyway.

Wendy
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
5:33 AM

Post #8497083

Hi Wendy,

Join the club, as I get confused between lineatum and striatum also. I even had a "so called" expert tell me which was which from pic's, and next time he saw the pic's I got a different answer so ??????????

With Narelle's Joy, I'm sorry to say, "don't get your hopes up". Pretty well all seed from albo-marginarted plants will give albino seedlings which will die in a few weeks. Sometimes there is the possibility of a couple of plain green ones also, which never seem to amount to much. I was told this by a couple of expert hybridizers quite a while back and tried sowing the seed anyway. Guess what? Albino seedlings...lots of them. It's something to do with the genetics.

The seedlings from a variegated plant on the other hand are OK but just not the albo-marginated ones.

All the best, Nev.
perke_patch

April 15, 2011
6:24 AM

Post #8497257

thanks for that advice Nev. I think I'll just dump those seeds and go looking again tomorrow. If I was successfull in finding seed today I can do it again tomorrow and follow through with the next step of sowing that seed.

Wendy
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:23 PM

Post #8498048

Hi Wendy,

It seems that I may have given you a "bum steer". When I looked at the pic of Narelle's Joy, it was the thumb nail pic I looked at and it appeared to me that the plants was clearly albo-marginated.

After I had posted the comment I viewed it again, this time in the larger size and I then saw there were other variegations in it as well as the albo-marginated leaf edges. So please ignore my previous advice and give a bit of seed a try. As you said initially, you probably may not get variegated plants, but who knows for sure.

Give them a try as you've "gotta be init to winit".

Below are a few pic's from a batch of my variegated seedlings from a cross which turned out to be a real identification nightmare.
Firstly the seed parent.



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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:26 PM

Post #8498052

A few of the selected seedlings showing variegation

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:27 PM

Post #8498059

3" pot size

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shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8498065

more 3" pot size

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shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8498066

3" pot size showing different colours

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shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:36 PM

Post #8498068

More 3" pot size showing colour

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8498077

Coloured up 1

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shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:40 PM

Post #8498081

Coloured up 2

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shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:41 PM

Post #8498082

Coloured up 3

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shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:43 PM

Post #8498087

Coloured up 4

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shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:49 PM

Post #8498093

Part of the group showing the variation in colour

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
1:57 PM

Post #8498111

I think that all the different colours you get are what makes it so interesting, and I wonder what I'll get out of this little lot. A lot of rubbish I know, but perhaps a few good ones as well.

If you haven't tried your hand at sowing brom seed, give it a go, you don't know what you'll get until you try.

If anyone is interested in having a go, send me an email (splinter1804@hotmail.com) and I can send you some free seed to try as well as some step by step notes.

All the best, Nev.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 15, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8498153

Again I am amazed by the variance in colours. Broms are really incredible plants. I doubt I will ever get into seed raising, as I just don't have the set up, or the patience. Kudos to those that do. I can't wait to see more creations.

Karen
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 15, 2011
2:16 PM

Post #8498164

Karen,

You would be surprised at just how inexpensive it is to get started (under $10). If an old bloke like me can do it, anyone can!

All the best, Nev.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 15, 2011
2:23 PM

Post #8498181

Love the orange ones. Beautiful!!!
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 16, 2011
1:27 PM

Post #8500209

Hi everyone,

Sorry if I appear to be taking over your site but I've just found the picture I was looking for the other day when I posted my experiences with seed taken from albo-marginated neoregelia plants.

This is what the little seedlings looked like after two weeks, all albino!

All the best, Nev.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 16, 2011
2:28 PM

Post #8500328

Will they die with no Chrophyll? My Adeniums do.
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 16, 2011
2:54 PM

Post #8500374

Pam, I'm sorry we didn't get to see your Araeococcus flagellifolius flower! I didn't even know what it was untill I googled it. How and where did you get it?
Wendy, I'm none the wiser about your Litmus/procerum blue enquiry. This is my first time for Litmus, and I haven't seen the other either. I hope you find some interesting seed to try. I have tried seed from variegated plants, and had none variegated, and also used them as pollen parents with no variegation in the sresulting seedlings either, but thats not to say that it can't happen. I think variegated concentricas are used a bit in Skotaks hybrids?
Nev, firstly, what a great set up for your seedlings. So neat, and in order. They all look very healthy. The variance in your seedlings is amazing, and no doubt due to the unknown quantity when it comes to the parentage. If you cross hybrids, there is the chance of getting genetic variances from all the plants that made up the parents, so, I guess, a greater chance of getting something different. I was reading somewhere that Grace Goode liked to use species as parent plants, as they are more stable and you can be surer of the results.
I also questioned your Nid. innocentii var. linneatum. I have a plant that looks similar to your pictured one, but it seems to be a thicker leaf, with more spines than innocentii, and the flower stays green in the center, and is also variegated. I have another plant that I beleive to be var. linneatum, and it gets the fully red flower (still variegated). I'll just see if I have a pic somewhere. Yep, found one.
Hello Charleen, is it warming up there yet?
Karen, try a couple of garden visits to bromeliad gardens, and you'll soon be spotting all sorts of plants you hadn't seen before, and seeing different ways people landscape with them. Its just another way to kick that addiction along! The Alcantareas are great, as they have smooth edges and can take alot of sun. Big though, most of them, but quite a statement in the garden.
Sue

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 16, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8500408

Yes they all turn brown within three weeks and it's back to square one again.
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 16, 2011
3:42 PM

Post #8500442

Sue,

That's a great looking Nid. in your pic and as I said before, even the "experts" can't give me the same answer twice on the pic's of mine. So I'll just call it "NidNoid" !

Re. you comment on the variance of the seedlings, true they often do "throw back" to something in the genetic background, but also we should never rule out the intervention of insects just before we placed the pollen either, and I think this happens much more than growers will admit to. That's what makes it all so interesting though, trying to work out where the "odd man out" came from.

Also re. the Nidularium Fulgens 'Orange', I don't have a spare pup as I've only just got that plant myself, but I've written your name on the label for a pup and as soon as I get the first one as a spare, you're next cab off the rank. I also have a pale pink one, a lolly pink one and one that's suppose to be yellow which I haven't flowered yet.

I've yet to get around to dividing and potting them all up so there could even be others and I'll send you a list when I sort them out.

All the best, Nev.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 16, 2011
4:46 PM

Post #8500548

Yes, Dear. I sure don't want any of your winter either. i had enough already. You all doing great???

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brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

April 17, 2011
12:59 AM

Post #8501161

Hi all, just to add to the confusion here's the one I bought as Nid. innocentii lineatum. It is a bit different from both of yours.My striatum has a lot more white and they are growing under the same conditions. It hasn't flowered yet. Jen

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brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

April 17, 2011
1:06 AM

Post #8501162

Nidularium innocentii striatum

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perke_patch

April 17, 2011
3:34 AM

Post #8501208

Nev I really like your coloured 3 and 4 pups. good variegation in those. Just as well I am slack and haven't yet dumped that paper towel with seeds on. Hope they are OK still. I will sow them tomorrow. Johnny has some heiroglyphica seeds to sow also compliments of Michelle Cameron. She was showing me how to tell when the seed is ready to collect and pulled one off to show me how they split into 3 segments full of seeds. She then donated the seed pod to me instead of chucking it. Lucky me. We opened them up today and have a dish of seed. Woohoo.

wading into the innocentii lineatum / striatum discussion - I was using the Andrew Steen books as reference which states that lineatum has more fine regular stripes and almost appears to be white from a distance. It is also a smaller plant than the striatum version which has more irregular stripes ie some wider and finer. Also the infloresence is raised up higher out of the centre of the plant. If you see them both flowering at the same time and can compare the size, colour, stripes etc it becomes a bit clearer. (I hope this is all correct - the books are downstairs) I thought I was all clear about this now but when you think about it you start to doubt.
Wendy
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

April 17, 2011
4:10 AM

Post #8501227

Wendy, just wanted to know if your parcel from me has arrived? Was everything okay? Colleen
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

April 17, 2011
4:29 AM

Post #8501247

Sorry Wendy our wires must have crossed over, I was typing my questions while you were D-mailing me. So glad that everything was okay and you were happy with the swap. I' m very happy with the TP. Thank you once again for getting them to me. The pups are looking great and starting to colour up here too. Yes, lucky you with the heiraglyphica seeds. I bought one plant for my son for his birthday year befoe last and it now has a couple of pups. Guess who's put their order in? Colleen
perke_patch

April 17, 2011
4:32 AM

Post #8501250

Colleen, I posted a message on Dmail.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I posted a free ad on gumtree last Wednesday night. While I was still editing it I had 3 visits. Thursday I got 3 phone calls from the ad and one person came Thursday arvo and bought $50 worth. Other 2 are coming to our next sale. I have had several email responses also and they are all coming to our next sale over Easter. Today I had another phone call and they came down this afternoon and bought $80 worth. So all up I have had a very good responce to this free ad. Try it.

Wendy
perke_patch

April 17, 2011
4:37 AM

Post #8501254

wow Colleen you are lucky to get a couple pups on heiroglyphica. We were told that they only produce one pup to reproduce itself before it dies. I heard that the only way to get several of them is to grow from seed. So if you got a couple pups on one you are very lucky. We have already grown one lot of seed and have about 30 plants which have grown to about 6 inches high now. That has taken about 2 years or more. We have just started to sell a few of them. It will be good to get a few more going now.

Wendy
gardengal
se qld
Australia

April 17, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8502258

Way to go with the ad, Wendy! Free is always good. :)

Sue, the Araeococcus came from a couple who sell broms (including quite a big variety of til's) at the markets here. She was showing me her photo album, and I asked if they had a spare of it at home. With its long grassy foliage I figured a couple would make a nice feature either side of ... something, don't remember what, and asked if they had another. They didn't.

They were on the look out for other species of Araeococcus but It seems A. flagellifolius may be the only one readily available in Australia. If anyone happens to come accross any others, I'm sure they'd be grateful for the relevant info.

The shadehouse is so chockers at the moment and it rains often enough that I don't have to go in all that often. with babies and kitchen renovations and goodness knows what else, that is a good thing. I find all sorts of little surprises every time I do though, and kick myself for not spending more time there. lol.

Pam
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 17, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8502337

Pam, I can't remember if I asked you before, what markets do you go to?

Karen
gardengal
se qld
Australia

April 17, 2011
8:09 PM

Post #8503127

The Shallom markets at Bundaberg Karen.
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 17, 2011
8:51 PM

Post #8503199

Hi everyone,

Wendy, there's a little box of goodies heading your way and should arrive by Wed.

I've also put in a couple of seedlings from the same cross as pic's 3 and 4 that you commented on (same seed but a later batch).

As for Vr. Hieroglyphica seed, they're pretty easy to grow but a bit slower than Neo's, Aechmeas and Bill's but well worth the effort. I've only got about five left now out of a batch of over two hundred. They're still very popular and easy to sell.

Re the innocentii lineatum / striatum discussion; I have a friend who has a plant with both names followed by a ? on the name tag. The majority of the foliage is white with very fine lines and looks fantastic. However it burns very easily in the warm weather and suffers excessive cold damage in the cool weather which I imagine is caused by the excess of white in the foliage and its very thin leaves. As far as I know he has never flowered it either. I tried a pup once, but gave up on it in the end as the excess brown burn marks from heat and cold damage didn't match the white very well and its growth just kept going backwards.

Some of the first batch of Vr. hieroglyphica seedlings

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 17, 2011
9:56 PM

Post #8503249

Bundaberg? Hmmmm...might be a bit far to travel on a Sunday. We don't seem to get a lot of tillandsia sellers here, and I am smitten with them at the moment.

Karen

perke_patch

April 18, 2011
3:11 AM

Post #8503402

Nev thanks for my parcel. I can't wait to get it on Wednesday. Your heiroglyphica seedlings look about the same size as our first batch of them are. We lost a lot of ours when we went away this time last year and the kids were watering for us. When we go away this year in the next couple months we will only be going for about 3 weeks but we might have to take the nursery with us hahaha.

Karen if you are after tills, Michelle Cameron (Victoria Point ) was saying they have a new grower joining their mega sale. He is a tills grower from Jacobs Well. We've been down to their place at JW and he does have a lot of tills. Their next sale is 21st May.

My till creation now has 3 small pups appearing and my capitata peach (see pic) has 3 or 4 pups too. Still waiting for capitata yellow and Jen wants one of those. My australis till has a first hair pup too. Everything is growing at the moment. I'll have a collection of them all soon.

Wendy

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perke_patch

April 18, 2011
3:25 AM

Post #8503413

we are supposed to be having a sale this weekend over Easter but only Sat and Sun. Unfortunately I missed the cut off for the papers even the weekend shopper. All I could get onto is a weekend shopper on line ad only and an Easter Sale ad on gumtree. Because of all the heavy rain today we couldn't put out the blackboard saying we would be having a sale so Johnny used paint to put a permanent sign on the blackboard. Now we can put it out tomorrow and we won't have to worry about the rain washing it off. Unfortunately we won't have the passing school traffic to spread the word. Not looking good for a weekend sale.

capitata yellow pic

Wendy

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brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

April 18, 2011
3:28 AM

Post #8503418

How about a photo of Capitata Yellow Wendy? It's gorgeous too. Sue, Wendy has the yellow one we were admiring at Peter's. I'm scrabbling to find something she doesn't have so I can trade when it has babies. Jen
brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

April 18, 2011
3:29 AM

Post #8503420

Oops, you read my mind. We posted at the same time Wendy.
perke_patch

April 18, 2011
4:29 AM

Post #8503477

we've discovered a whole tray of fasiculata missing. we can't find a single pot of fasiculata anywhere in the yard. we've searched every spot and bench. Nowhere to be found. We had them out the front last sale and there were about 8-10 left and I remember saying I wouldn't bother carying them back up to the back shadehouse and would put them on the sales shelf for next time. We had a customer here looking for tills and when I showed her a full grown fasiculata she decided she wanted one but we couldn't find one. now we know what should have been in that empty spot we found last week.

I've learned not to upload the first photo you come across. Here is a better pic of the peach capitata.

Wendy

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gardengal
se qld
Australia

April 18, 2011
1:50 PM

Post #8504400

DawnSong wrote:Bundaberg? Hmmmm...might be a bit far to travel on a Sunday. We don't seem to get a lot of tillandsia sellers here, and I am smitten with them at the moment.

Karen



Karen, it's not the ideal situation, but if you have a wish list, send it and I will check if they have them.

Pam

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 18, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8504445

Thanks Pam. I don't have a wish list really. There is a seller here in Brisbane but I like to shop around. I have 2 birthdays coming up and both are till lovers, and I would like to do a small clump for them, or get a few varieties, but the price adds up too quickly for my budget. Have seen some small clumps on eBay that seem reasonable, so may have to put some cash into PayPal and see what I can do.

Wet again today. May have to visit the library.

Karen
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 18, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8504641

Hi everyone,

The other morning when it was pouring rain, some rainbow lorikeets landed on the roof of our back deck and sheltered up under the eaves of the house for protection.

My wife took pity on them and put a few slices of grain bread on the table, and it didn't take them long to find it.

When they had finished, they said thanks by "white washing" the deck for us. Never again !

All the best, Nev.

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ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 18, 2011
4:25 PM

Post #8504664

But they are so Beautiful. We don't have anything like that. What a great picture. Thanks for showing...
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 18, 2011
7:04 PM

Post #8505089

Nev, I know what you mean. I have two of these birds and the wild ones come in daily, looking for treats. I don't mind, as they are getting quite friendly, and bringing in their babies to show us. Clean up is a bucket of hot soapy water and a straw broom. When it rains, I often have a line up of them sitting under cover on the verandah and in the trees near the house.

Karen

This is Toby who came in with a concussion, recovered, and decided to stay. He's still in the process of being tamed.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 18, 2011
7:37 PM

Post #8505240

Quote...Karen if you are after tills, Michelle Cameron (Victoria Point ) was saying they have a new grower joining their mega sale. He is a tills grower from Jacobs Well. We've been down to their place at JW and he does have a lot of tills. Their next sale is 21st May.


Wendy, would love their address if possible. Thank you. Will put the date on my calendar.

There is another till grower, but I don't know his name. He was at the brom soc show with Neville. Don't know where he is from though.

That is awful your plants disappeared. I guess they were stolen? I'd be mighty upset if it happened to me.

Karen
gardengal
se qld
Australia

April 19, 2011
1:16 PM

Post #8506804

DawnSong wrote:

That is awful your plants disappeared. I guess they were stolen? I'd be mighty upset if it happened to me.




Many growers who sell won't have people come to their houses for exactly that reason, Karen and Wendy. And there's a chap at Hervey Bay who actually has most of his collection at another secret location. The theives cannot be real gardeners. Gardeners are such nice people.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 19, 2011
2:00 PM

Post #8506872

Oh, My Gosh!!! They got their nerve, don't they??? How horrid...
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 19, 2011
2:27 PM

Post #8506936

Thieves are so awful. A friend had her whole epiphyllum collection stolen from an enclosed section behind her unit. They had to get over a 6' fence, it would have needed 2 men to life some of the large, heavy pots, then a truck to take them away in. Yet no one saw a thing. They were too well practiced in thievery so must have planned to sell her plants for the money.

Karen
brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

April 20, 2011
1:23 AM

Post #8508010

Nev, you'd be very proud of us. Wendy and I spent the afternoon pulling middles out of Neos to find seed. We've got about 5 different types all comfortably settled in Chinese food containers on their microwaved coir (?) so we'll keep you updated on how we go. Johnny is going to spend a romantic evening with flowering Vrieseas Hawaiian Sunset and Margarita to see if he can get some cross pollination happening. Jen
perke_patch

April 20, 2011
3:41 AM

Post #8508097

yep Jen... we're hooked on raising seed now we know how to find fertile pods. the next step is to learn how to cross polinate and collect the hybrids we want to grow instead of what the birds and chooks crossed for us. Jen what did you find in your own garden when you got home????

Wendy
perke_patch

April 20, 2011
4:02 AM

Post #8508120

Jen, Johnny said to tell you he has done his romantic bit with one flower on each now. I better go and make sure he has marked them both for later collection.

Wendy
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 20, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8509166

Hi all,

Yes Wendy, identifying the flowers that were pollinated by John is most important, as others can be pollinated by moths during the night as well, and if yours aren't identified you won't know who did what.

I read somewhere once that round about 9.00pm at night is usually the best time to fertilize foliage vrieseas.

All the best, Nev.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 21, 2011
4:57 PM

Post #8512031

Wendy, are you still having your sale this weekend? I am hoping to get down to see my sister, so we could swing on by your place. Would be on Sunday.

Karen
perke_patch

April 22, 2011
4:16 AM

Post #8512879

Hi all. Yes Karen we are selling this weekend. We were only setting up today with the gate shut but we had a steady stream of customers walking in the little gate. We had a good day and sold quite a few. Not too busy but every time we made a cuppa and moved upstairs to enjoy it on the verandah another car pulled up and we had to leave it and go downstairs again. And Johnny's foot has decided to get inflamed and swell up so he is hobbling on crutches again. It was better today than it was yesterday so I hope it is better again tomorrow.

Nev I love my new little seedlings and I received the seed you sent too. I hope to get a bit of down time tomorrow to sew the new seeds. I hope to also find the time to put together another one of those seedling cupboards with the clear plastic covers. It will be our nursery where we will keep all the seeds together until they are ready to get potted up into seedling trays and go into the other 3 cupboards. We do have quite a few little takeaway dishes of seed down now so I think the nursery will be full in no time.

Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 22, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8513685

Thanks Wendy. I hope Johns foot recovers quickly too. No fun when these things go wrong.

I hope we can get there Sunday. The weather looks like being a bit unsettled, but we'll see how it goes. Did you get that storm late yesterday? No damages here, but we got so thoroughly drenched, the ground was a lake.

Karen
perke_patch

April 24, 2011
4:30 AM

Post #8516848

HI Karen
After you left I felt so guilty for charging you for the plants you took considering you left that marmorata here. John Catalan showed Johnny how to treat this plant and the Tim Plowmans to get maximum pupping and quick healthy growth. Johnny says he knows exactly what to do now so I will keep you informed on the growth of both plants. Sorry I couldn't spend too much time chatting. We were pretty busy weren't we????

Wendy
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

April 24, 2011
5:01 AM

Post #8516882

Wendy what is the secret to make the TP to pup, and others too? Glad you were busy with your sale. Makes all that work worth while. Colleen
77sunset
Merino
Australia

April 24, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8517866

Hello everyone. I love seeing all your beautiful broms. I thought you may like to see some of mine, now in their new home in the greenhouse. I've had the greenhouse for a few years and thought it would be an ideal home for them as I can leave it open in the warmer weather while they all stay cosy and dry in the winter. Lots of light for them too. Some that have been a bit greener may get more color.
My 'Jewellery Shop' is getting a pup as are lots of the others.
Jean.

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

April 24, 2011
2:27 PM

Post #8517871

This is one of four flowers on a noid brom clump I have had for a few years. It lives in the ground in the back shadehouse. The bright red looks lovely against the green.
I know its a billbergia by the flower.
Jean.

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

April 24, 2011
2:31 PM

Post #8517879

Hello Jean. Your broms look very happy in their new home. They're very addictive aren't they? John has cut up the palm trunks for me and even dug a couple of the tops out so that I can put a brom in there. Do I have to wait for it to dry out before I put anything in there? Colleen
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 24, 2011
4:49 PM

Post #8518116

Hey, great to see the pics. I love looking at pics of broms.

Wendy, I didn't plant to take any freebies from you, and let's face it, I did get a couple of really lovely tillandsias. Don't feel guilty. One day I might be in a position to get a pup of the Marmorata from you. Barry got a Blushing Tiger plant from Jenny.

I was pleased for you to see you busy. That's what its all about. Hope you made heaps.

Karen

Blushing Tiger

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perke_patch

April 25, 2011
4:38 AM

Post #8518909

Hi Colleen and all
Johnny gave me a demo of what John Catalan showed him yesterday with the TP and Karen's marmorata. Apparently our TP was in the wrong spot and needed more bright light. It also had roots showing on top of the soil. This is apparently a no no so we had to put a light layer of seamungus (any organic fertiliser) and a layer of brom mix in the basket to cover them. Then he showed me how to look at each tube to see if they had new pups shooting. Any with two new pup shoots could be cut away from the next one by snipping through the stolen joining them. every time a tube has 2 shoots it can be cut loose from the one before it. This way each individual plant group will start producing pups instead of just the last tube in the line of pups coming away from the mother. (I hope I have explained this clearly - the demonstration was probably better than the explanation so come over any time for Johnny to demonstrate). Karen your marmorata is now comfortably in a basket treated the same way as our TP and they are now residing side by side on the shelf just behind the grass area in the back yard which John C suggested would be an ideal spot. I will keep you posted on their progress.

Wendy
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 25, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8519572

Hi everyone,

I hope you're all having a nice Easter.

I just thought I'd share a pic of the first flowering of one of my seed grown Billbergia Roseas. It's from the group known as having "watch spring" type flowers, and if you look closely at the next pic and the one after you can see how the petals are tightly rolled just like a watch spring.

All the best, Nev.

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shellharbour
Australia

April 25, 2011
1:15 PM

Post #8519576

Same plant but a bit closer this time.

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shellharbour
Australia

April 25, 2011
1:17 PM

Post #8519581

Finally, closer still.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

April 25, 2011
3:20 PM

Post #8519871

Wendy, it is now your Marmorata :). I know it will get far better treatment and care with you than it would here.

Nev, that is an amazing flower. I love the flowers of bills. They are variable but range from interesting to spectacular.

Karen
77sunset
Merino
Australia

April 25, 2011
5:14 PM

Post #8520174

May I ask a bit of advice from all you more expert people ?
Now that I have all my broms in the greenhouse. would it be a good place to put the tillandsias too ?
As they are only small and light, I thought of hanging them on the frame around the sides.
The greenhouse can get a bit warm in hot weather and is very bright. I always have the door up when its fine so lots of air movement then.
Jean.
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 26, 2011
2:08 AM

Post #8520871

Hello all, sorry I have been awol. Still trying to work out the problem of DG logging me out, but despite several attempts from those in the know, the problem still persists. I think my computer hates me!
Jean, the most important thing for Tillandsias is air circulation apparently. Keeping them dry over the cold months is a good idea, although a light misting now and then won't hurt them. Don't keep them anywhere they'll sweat (i think) maybe someone else has some input here? Your new area looks lovely and light. I bet some of your Neos will put on some great winter colour.
I think i get the gist of you TP advice Wendy. I just dug up some large neo cruenta types, and followed the stolons, so I see what you're saying about clipping them off to reproduce, rather than leaving them to just slowly step out.
Nev, gorgeous pics. How long from sowing the seed to flowering? I haven't grown Bills from seed ...yet!
Hi Karen, Charleen, Jen and Colleen. Nice to see you're all hanging about in the brom thread. I might start a new one soon, as this one is a bit long. Does anyone else want to have a go? Just remember to post a link back here so we can follow you.
Its been raining on and off here, all weekend, and there was not much to do with my broms. I did get quite a bit of cleaning done though. Boring! My Vriesea 'Carlsbad' is coming into flower, so thats something to look forward to.
No new pics this week, but I'll drop in again soon.
Sue
perke_patch

April 26, 2011
3:40 AM

Post #8520935

Nev I love those flowers. I don't think I have ever looked a bill flower so closely, but I love seeing them coming out even though you can only enjoy them for about a week. How long to the bills take from sewing of seeds to flowering a mature plant.

Sue I know what you mean about the rain. I always put the machine on late at night so I can hang it out first thing. This morning I woke to lovely sun shine and had 3 loads of washing to hang out. I just got it all out and stepped back when it started spitting rain. I looked at what had been perfect sunshine to see dark clouds coming near. I took all the small stuff off and hung some on the portable clotesline and the bigger slacks and shirts on hangers and stepped back to see the rain had stopped and sun was shining again. I can't win on wash days but at least I got it all dry even if it was hanging under the awning instead of out in the sun.

Wendy
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

April 26, 2011
12:05 PM

Post #8521898

Hi everyone,

Wendy and Sue, to answer your question on how long it takes a Billbergia from seed to flowering I can only answer based on the plant I showed in the pic's as that's the only Billbergia I have grown from seed. That particular plant is now 25" tall and flowering at 3.5 years old. I don't know how this compares with others, (I imagine much slower) but I'm going to post a question on one of the bromeliad forums to find out what others say. I'm told they're one of the fastest brom's to grow from seed.

All the best, Nev.
77sunset
Merino
Australia

April 26, 2011
2:26 PM

Post #8522136

Thanks for the advice Sue. I think I'll leave them where they are. They are growing well and get lots of air and light without any rain.
Jean.
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 26, 2011
4:57 PM

Post #8522505

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1176206/
Heres a link to the new thread. I hope everyone can follow.
Wendy, I have the same trouble, and usually find if I push a certain trolly of plants out into the rain, it stops. Very handy for when I want to get washing dry!
Nev, 3.5 years doesn't sound too bad for seed to flowering. I haven't grown anything out to maturity yet, but the neos are winning the race for showing early colour.
Jean, I'm sure you're Tills will be happy, and i've taken your lead and moved some of mine into a dry spot. It looks as though my T. seleriana is on the way to dead. Quite a few brown leaves, although the centre is still green. I peeled off the brown ones (disturbing a skink sheltering inside) and hopefully with the dry change it might recover.
Anyway, see you over at the new thread.
Sue

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