Photo by Melody

Australian and New Zealand Gardening: Bromeliads for novices and addicts, August 2011

Communities > Forums > Australian and New Zealand Gardening
bookmark
Forum: Australian and New Zealand GardeningReplies: 176, Views: 1,928
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 1, 2011
3:50 AM

Post #8729009

Hi Everyone,
this is the new thread for August for Bromeliads for novices and addicts. We came from
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1193617/
Post all your bromeliad pictures here, drop in for a chat, or ask questions, even if you think they are silly. We're all here to advise and admire all things bromeliad.
Ok welcome to August everyone... and I remembered a photo this time... hopefully I have redeemed myself over last months thread with no photo.
Tash

Thumbnail by springer99
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 1, 2011
1:41 PM

Post #8730075

Hi everyone,
Sue – I was told a while back about that “horse liniment” by a friend and I’ve been meaning to try it but it slipped my mind. The only trouble is that the way things are at the moment, I’d probably have to bathe in it to get to all various aches and pains.

Karen – It is possible to buy a lot of these Tillandsia species and hybrids in Australia if you just contact someone who specialises in “Tillies”. I don’t know who they are as I don’t grow Tillies but I imagine someone here can tell you. Getting them from America (or any other country for that matter) is usually possible, but they have to go through Aust Quarantine and this requires gassing with Methyl bromide which usually kills a good percentage of them. If they get through this, they have to be quarantined in a registered quarantine house for about six months before they are released. Add to this all the various Govt. Import Fees. Permit Fees, Inspection Fees, Gassing Fees, Quarantine Fees and any others that Julia can think up at the time. All of that plus the fact they are often roughly handled by people who don’t care or understand bromeliads (not nice and gently by brom lovers) and are often damaged in transit due to rough handling (I’ve seen pic’s of this). These are the reasons I would never import any type of brom. Read the AQIS (Aust Quarantine Inspection Service) regulations on line, all hundreds of pages of them. They just make it so hard it’s no wonder people try to bring stuff in illegally.

Bree – I really like your Red Chestnut cross. It’s a pity you can’t read the tag any more. This seems to be a common problem when people buy plants written on a faded old tag. It’s always a good idea to write new tag when you get the plant and the name is still legible, cause once it’s gone, it’s gone for good unless you know the grower and they can identify the plant for you.

Sue – Thanks for that recipe, the only trouble is that pineapples aren’t always easy to get down here and when they are they’re pretty pricey. As for the Ae. Weilbachii, I have a few different ones and a couple of them are pendulous (the last two I think). There’s weilbachii var weilbachii, weilbachii var April Showers, weilbachii var April Storm, weilbachii var. Pendula, weilbachii var viridesepala.

Jen – You’ve done a good job of growing your weilbachii. Down here it’s often one of those plants that seems to attract a bit of leaf tip die back, but I don’t see any on yours. What’s the cultural secret?

Good on you Tash, it’s just as well everyone’s not waiting on me to start a new thread or you’d have a long wait.

Wendy – You asked for a pic of my Rosy Morn x Gee Whiz babies, well here they are. Still very small but I’m hoping they’ll really take off when spring arrives.

All the best, Nev.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 1, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8730168

Hi everyone,

I've stufffed up yet again! I just posted a pic of an unusual Ae. weilbachii pendula, and it's come up on last months page ????????????????

All the best, Nev.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 1, 2011
2:27 PM

Post #8730195

Hi again. Thanks for the responses regarding importing tills. I know we have to protect our country from foreign diseases etc. but it just seems to me they ban anything that grows, then charge like wounded bulls for those things they'll let in. I am so fascinated with the tills and broms too, but tills because of their size and they don't need as much space, well, many of them don't.

Went to the markets on Sunday but nothing exciting there, in fact, there were a lot less stalls there. Maybe the cold?

Nev, that flowering Ae. is quite spectacular. Must've clicked on the wrong thread?

Karen

Red Ribbons is turning into something of a tree climber...



This message was edited Aug 1, 2011 2:33 PM

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 1, 2011
5:05 PM

Post #8730608

Good morning everyone,
it's a sunny bit windy day here which is making it feel cold at the moment.
Wendy that vr honolulu beauty is a beautiful brom, very nice, I might have to add that one to my list too, gee my list is getting longer all the time.
And Bree your chestnut X is beautiful too, I love these foliage type Vrieseas a lot.
Love the seedlings Nev, nice to see pics of little seedlings :) I can't wait for mine to grow and watch all the changes they make.
Well not much going on here, haven't received anything new as yet, I don't think... get myself confused already and I don't even have that many, lol.
My Vriesea seeds are starting to sprout, it's very exciting. Not all have sprouted, but a lot of them now are.
At what stage would any of you start using a liquid fertiliser on your tiny seedlings?
My little Neo ones are coming along nicely outside in their little plastic house, I open and close it each day unless it's a cold day, then I leave it shut. It gets a little bit of afternoon sun hitting it through the shade cloth, but nothing to heat it up too much yet, but as summer approaches I will need to keep and eye on it and make sure the sun doesn't move and end up cooking my babies. Other wise, I'll have to move their little house :)
Tash
brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 2, 2011
12:10 AM

Post #8731432

Tash, well done on starting a new thread. I'm with Nev. Happy to leave it to you and Sue to keep us rolling. What's the name of the Neo in the middle of your top photo? It looks very much like one of my favourites called Cherry Delight in the photo below. Nev, just love that Ae. photo. Very spectacular. They seem to be very easy to grow up here. I only remember to look at it when it's flowering. Jen

Thumbnail by brombirdie
Click the image for an enlarged view.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 2, 2011
12:52 AM

Post #8731441

Hi Jen,
love your pic, so that's a Neo Cherry Delight, love the colours. The one in the middle of my pic is a Neo Fool's Gold.
They were some we brought last month, but it was a nice photo I thought for the new thread since I forgot to add one last month, lol.
Here is a photo of my Quesnelia starting to flower, no one has been too sure which one it is, but I am thinking it is a Quesnelia quesneliana rubra. Could I be right?
Tash

Thumbnail by springer99
Click the image for an enlarged view.

brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 2, 2011
1:29 AM

Post #8731445

Tash, that's a lovely Quesnelia but I don't know enough about them to tell you the difference. I've only got one that looks very similar to yours. In the shade the leaves are very green but grown in the sun the leaves are quite red with bands underneath. Jen

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 2, 2011
2:08 AM

Post #8731452

Hi Jen, it sounds like they are the same, here is another pic of the same one about 2 weeks ago with it's pup in front of it, the pup is green, mum is red and yes with the banding under the leaves :) Everyone told me the flower would be quite stunning and they are right so far :)
Tash

Thumbnail by springer99
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 2, 2011
6:14 AM

Post #8731655

tash this is our quesnelia arvensis when it flowered last year. We have about 4 just about to flower. They are all closed up and you can just see the colour down in the middle of the closed plant. I know we have ques arvensis, rubra, testudo, tim plowman.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 2, 2011
6:43 AM

Post #8731696

Oh, more mouth watering pics. Jen what a beauty that Cherry Delight is. I really love that every day brings a brom I've never seen before. Could never tire of them.

This is a mini called Vulcan, showing some nice colour now. Looking forward to seeing some pups start forming on my minis.

Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 2, 2011
1:49 PM

Post #8732370

wonder if mines that also. Its a mini.

Thumbnail by breeindy
Click the image for an enlarged view.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 2, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8732377

Good morning,
Nice mini Karen, I love the colours in it. Yours too Bree, very nice :) Ohh I can't wait for some of the mini's I have been given to flower as well. I have all these single mini's, can't wait until I have mini's spreading all over the place, lol.

Thanks Wendy, well I wonder if mine is an arvensis? I read somewhere that they are hard to tell apart, not sure how correct that is, but that three of them, testudo, arvensis and quesneliana all have similar looks in the plant and the flower and can be near impossible to tell which is which.
But as we all know, you can't trust everything you read on the internet, so that could all be a load of rubbish. I'll have to look up some info again and re read since it is now flowering and now would be the best time to work out which one it is :)
I put this photo on Facebook last night, so any of you on there would have seen it already, but I thought I'd share it in here too.

Thumbnail by springer99
Click the image for an enlarged view.

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 2, 2011
2:04 PM

Post #8732392

First spots, then stripes. This is a NOID mini. I love my minis.

Bree, your mini has more rounded leaves, I think. It is a lovely one, clearly tipped red.

Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 2, 2011
2:56 PM

Post #8732466

Good morning everyone,

Gee you girls have outdone yourselves with all the pic's, it really makes the foum well worth a visit and maybe we'll get some new members, who knows.

I'd just like to comment on Quesnelias; the name of Tash's plant I'm just not sure about as this was discussed in some detail on another forum last year and the general opinion was that the "Rubra" part of the name was just an "add on". It seemed pretty common in the past that if a plant had darker leaves with a reddish tinge to them it was just tagged with "rubra" which I think from memory is Latin for red (but don't hold me to this as the memory ain't what it used to be)

My personal view is that it is probably another form of Arvensis and the colour varies according to the amount of light under which it is grown. As an experiment, if anyone has two of three of these plants; try growing them in different degree of light, it will only take a couple of months to see the change in foliage colour, and then post the results with pic's, it will be very interesting.

Anyhow, Tash, whatever it's called, it's a nice plant, as are Ques. arvensis and Ques. testudo (all very similar) and they all have those beautiful cerise coloured crepe paper type flowers which makes them well worth growing, but beware of the prickles!

All the best, Nev.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 2, 2011
3:44 PM

Post #8732581

Hey Nev, thanks heaps for that, I will keep an eye on it as the flowers comes out properly. Prickles, what prickles, do you mean the leaves of the plant or are there prickles on the flower as well??
Yeah I seem to see rubra tagged on the ends of things and wondered what that was all about, interesting these names.
It has rained a little over night here which is nice, the ground is so dry and dead at the moment, but it's amazing what a little bit of rain can do for the place.
Tash
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 3, 2011
2:42 AM

Post #8733642

Well done Tash! The pic is great! I'm glad I can count on you to get in and have a go!
Jen, your 'Cherry delight' is gorgeous!
Nev, I loved the Aechmea weilbachii pic on the previous thread. Thanks for keeping us up on all the info you glean from other places, that we might otherwise not learn.
Karen, nice piccies too. i love A. 'Red Ribbons'. I have mine in a cone shaped wall basket and the flower hangs down over the side. I didn't think of climbing it up a tree. Your minis are looking colourful too.
I have Quesnelia 'Farro' (a variegated Q. testudo) which has yet to flower (has anyone seen one flower?) and Q. marmorata, Q. 'Curly Tops' and Q. 'Tim Plowman'. I have Q. liboniana, but I threw most of them out as the foliage is always a bit tatty. I'd like to get Q. indecora, as I like its delicate pink flowers, Q. sedeliana with its blue flowers and Q.edmundoi with its yellow flowerhead! Guess I'll put them on the wish list!
Heres a pic of a flowering Q. marmorata, and you can see some tatty Q. liboniana leaves in the background
Sue

Thumbnail by weed_woman
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 3, 2011
2:44 AM

Post #8733643

Hi. Nev we have ques arvensis and rubra and we put them together in one very large tub to see what the difference was when they flowered. I will take a pic tomorrow but growing in the same light etc the rubra appears to be a bigger plant with a more darker red tinged colour to the leaves. I am now waiting for the lower to compare the two. Both are now coming into flower. I can just see the colour starting to show down the centre. woohoo.

I always thought ques testudo was a variegated quesnelia. We have one of those out the front coming into flower at the moment. Both the plant and the flower are so much bigger than the other versions and with the yellow stripes (can't remember if it is albo or simply variegated).

We grow the quesnelias behind the green shadehouse up the back in full sun. When we see the tops starting to close up we know that means the flowers are developing so we bring them out again to make a show.

Wendy
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 3, 2011
2:34 PM

Post #8734826

Good morning everyone,

Karen and Sue - I have never seen the Red Ribbons down in our area ad the closest we have is one called Foster's Favourite Favourite but it has burgundy coloured leaves. If anyone has a spare pup of Red Ribbons theywnt to swap I'm interested.

Sue it's a good collection of Quesnelias you're getting together there and it's very interesting to see the one in the pic which I've never seen before. It seems to have a similar flower and spike habit to liboniana, both of which I think look a bit like billbergias. Do the flowers last very long or are they short lived like the flowers on the Bill's. Considering the likeness between some of these Ques types and Billbergias, I wouldn't be surprisd to see the taxonomists eventually put them into the Billbergia family as they are also quite different to some of the other Quesnelias as well.

Wendy, youe trial with the different Quesnelias should finally sort ou if they are the same plantor not and from what you say, they seem to be different plants. (looks like another one for the wish list)

Regarding Testudo, there are two types, one is just plain with simiklar foliage to arvensis but ther is also a variegated one as well, so it seems you have the good one (looks like another for the list) - any chance of a picture of the variegated foliage?

With all these pictures lately it sems like I had better start pulling my weight as well and so I'll attach a picture of "an oldie but a goodie". It's very common vriesea called carinata and has been around for "yonks" but still looks good when allowed to grow into a clump.

All the best, Nev.






splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 3, 2011
2:47 PM

Post #8734859

Hi again,

Ooops! Sorry I forgot to attach the pic, so here it is now.

It had 12 spikes last year and I was going to divide it after flowering and never got around to it. This year, big surprise, 21 spikes.

All the best, Nev.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 3, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8735466

Hi everyone,
it's cold and wet and windy here today, not too common up here in the tropics, but it is today.
Sounds like you have a few Quesnelias Sue, and yes I see what you mean Nev about some looking like Bills, and the flower too. the colour reminds me of my Neo Marmorata, is that what it's named after?
I had to go and look them up on FCBS and I'll have to show Jason (hubby) cause he has been pointing out broms with the curled leaves like the Tim Plowman and marmorata has and asking what are they, I didn't know. I thought all Quesnelias would look some what like mine. Guess not! LOL
I like the look of Farro on fcbs.
Wendy, it will be good to see your photos of the two together.
Must say I am loving all the pics too.
Nev that photo is awesome, 21 spikes, how cool is that? It looks amazing as a clump. It must of had lots of pups last year to almost double it's number of spikes, thanks for sharing it.
Tash
perke_patch

August 4, 2011
4:39 AM

Post #8735958

Hi all
Nev that clump of carinata looks amazing. I hope you don't mind if I save the pic and print it out. I'm going to save one of our pots to allow it to clump up in a hanging basket.

When we went up north Qld last year I bought a tim plowman x lieboniana which was a single small tube. Now I have 3 pots with 3 tubes in each and each one with a flower. Unfortunately it doesn't have a curled over top like tim plowman but it does look nice with the red flowers. I wish I had sold at least one of them last weekend when someone wanted one. Ah well next time it flowers perhaps I will be ready to let some go.

This is a quesnelia flowering at my brothers today. I wonder if it is the same as mine? If not I know where I can get one heheheh.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 4, 2011
4:48 AM

Post #8735966

this is a pic of a pot we stumbled onto down the backyard last week. Johnny cleaned it up potted it into a bigger pot and put it in a display pot out the front. Everyone loved it. Don't have a name but it looks spectacular in flower. I guess the variegated plant looks all right too or we wouldn't have kept the clump.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 4, 2011
2:01 PM

Post #8736947

Hi everyone,

Tash - That's not cold, wet and windy; you're just spoilt with nice warm weather all the time and it seems that way. What we had a few weeks back when the wind was blowing up from the snow fields with icy cold rain was "COLD wet and windy"; in fact it was bloody freezing!

The problem with my Vr. carinata now is what to do with it? Do I divide it when the flowers finish or move it up to a larger pot and hope for thirty spikes next year? decisions, decisions, decisions.

Wendy - I don't mind what you or anyone else does with any pictures I post, I post them to share with everyone and if someone can get some enjoyment from them, then I've achieved my aim. I just wish I had cleaned it up before I took the pic as it was a spur of the moment thing. With you all posting pic's I thought I had better do something, and forgot to take off the dead leaves and give it a good clean.

Your Ques.Tim Plowman x lieboniana cross sounds very interesting, do you have any pic's of it, either in or out of flower? I'm always on the lookout for something a bit unusual so if you have a pup to swap, please let me know.

That picture of the Ques. at your brother’s house, is the colour a true indication of the colour of the flower? It's just that red is a very difficult colour to capture accurately with a camera and the colour in the flower and the pic never seem to be the same. I know I've nearly gone "round the twist" trying to get an accurate pic (colour wise) of a red Neo., I tried every adjustment I could make on the camera and still "no joy".

As for the pot you "stumbled onto" in the back yard, I have one as well and as you say it's quite spectacular when it flowers. The foliage can be quite variable and even sometimes it will throw up a plain yellowish sport, however with no chlorophyll, once removed from the mother plant they quickly die. Oh and I nearly forgot, the name is Billbergia Foster's Striate.

All the best, Nev.

Aechmea nudicaulis 'Costa Rica'

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 4, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8737180

morning :)
Well it's not so miserable here today, he he he. I know I am spoilt up here aren't I Nev, lol, mind you summer it not so nice with the rotten humidity, heat I can handle, it's the humidity that is the killer in Summer for us. I hope my broms go ok in summer, they are doing great in winter, but I haven't done a summer with them yet. All my Neo Cockabells are in full sun at the moment, but I am wondering if summer might fry them?? Saw photos the other day of what happens when the water in the cup reflects and burns the leaves, so I'm a bit worried that might happen to mine. Might have to move them. Or give them some little shade umbrellas, lol. Hubby has this idea of making some halo type looking frames and sticking shade cloth on there and just stabbing it into the pot, lol. he has some crazy and interesting ideas. But I must say, some of his ideas are gold.
Love the photos. I will have to try and get a photo today of my quesnelia flower, it's up more now.
I can't wait to "stumble onto" some nice brom tucked away in the back somewhere, lol, I don't have enough yet to lose any in the back ...yet ;)
sorry no photo to attach, I'll have to have a wander and take the camera and see what I can find :)
Tash
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 4, 2011
5:00 PM

Post #8737283

Love the pics and info everyone. Yes I'm still lurking in the background. Thought that you might like to see my trolley of broms that I've just got. More treasures. Colleen

Thumbnail by ctmorris
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 5, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8738941

Hi everyone,

Colleen - Seems like you'll soon have the brom's taking over everything.

What's the variegated one in the trolley at the top, is it a Nidularium? It just looks a bit like a Nidularium I have called Nid. Innocentii lineatum.

All the best, Nev.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 5, 2011
2:20 PM

Post #8738954

Hi Nev. Yes that's it. The post is slack isn't it? Colleen
77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 5, 2011
4:33 PM

Post #8739131

Hello all. Just been checking my brom pics and found pics of some of the old ones that came in the load of epis back in 2006 .
Dear old bill. 'Gerda' . I remember when I first saw the pots of her . Huge pots of all these dead things. I didnt know about broms then but I saw a bit of green in one so it came home. I took the green bit and planted it in a pot then tossed all the rest of the dead things against an old tree stump. The bits are still there and would you believe, still putting out pups.
I really like Gerda for hardiness. No weather bothers her. She gets full of rain in winter and rather dry in summer when I forget to water.

I found this pic of one I would like to know the name of. It will grow outside in all weather too. I did take a pup from it a few years ago which has pups of its own now. The mother plant flowered back in 2009 . I asked a while ago but now there are new faces on the brom thread, you may know what I have.
I thought at first it was Ae 'Inca', but the whole plant is different .
I was told it may be Ae 'Mary Brett'. The flower does look like that also the plant with its spiky leaves.
My older plant is about 16"tall and as wide.
I didnt get very good pics at the time and havent had another flower since .
The flower was a lot brighter red at first with small red leaves/petals which faded away leaving this cone of yellowy blue flowers.
I looked on the bromeliad cultivar list and it says there is a "Mary Brett"clone with yellowish blue flowers.
I bought a small plant of what is supposed to be "Mary Brett" so I could compare, but am still waiting for it to grow and flower.

Excuse the white on the plant, The magpies like to perch over the shadehouse.
Jean.

Thumbnail by 77sunset
Click the image for an enlarged view.

77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 5, 2011
4:34 PM

Post #8739133

Closer pic of the flower.
Very pretty when it opened with all the bright red.

This message was edited Aug 6, 2011 10:35 AM

Thumbnail by 77sunset
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 5, 2011
5:11 PM

Post #8739165

Hi everyone,

Sorry Jean I can't help you with a name for your plant, but if you don't have any objections, I could post the pic's on the Bromeliad and Airplant Forum and I'm sure we'd get an ID there.

Colleen - Maybe next time we need to spend the extra and send by express post, much quicker.

All the best, Nev.
77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 5, 2011
5:41 PM

Post #8739212

Than you Nev.
I do like to know the names of my plants if possible, even though I am not the avid collector as most of you here are. I am fond of the bills and tills and am going to try for a few more as they seem to like it here. I like the colors of the neos but prefer the aechmeas for flowers.
I have a few dyckias (encholiriodes x brevilfolia ) here somewhere under the weeds too. i must get them out when it warms up a bit. I moved the puya which was covered in grass, poor thing. I wish it would flower too.
The dyckias flower with their tall flower stems. Very spiky to handle. I dont like them much but they all came with the epis and I dont like to throw a good plant out. I may put them out along the road edge with the agaves and aloes.
Jean.
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 6, 2011
2:24 AM

Post #8739698

Jean if you don't want the dickyas I'll have them please. They put them up over in the C&S site occassionally and I only said to John the other day, that I should look into finding some. If you really don't want them then D-mail me with a price please. Colleen
perke_patch

August 6, 2011
2:40 AM

Post #8739702

Nev thank you for the name of that billbergia. I have already named the photo and will tag it tomorrow. A while back a person who does more photography than I told me to get true colour on broms you need to make the camera focus on your skin tone then remove your hand to take the pic. Since then my photos seem to be closer to real colour. Looking back at my previous photos of quesnelia it looked more hot pink than red so I'm wondering if there is more than one colour in the garden. We have about 6 or more coming into flower including the 2 in the square tub so I will compare soon.

Nev I'll add the ques x to your list for next parcel. I have to trawl through back dmails to see what you have requested to add to list so if you know of any you have requested please let me know.

This is a pic of our ae inca.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 6, 2011
2:54 AM

Post #8739710

Jen we're going to the markets tomorrow. Now you have had a day to perfect the wheelchair do you want to come along hehehehe. Can't believe your first day out of bed and into the wheelchair you used it to vacuum. How many times did you bump the leg into furniture I wonder before you got the hang of it. I guess you'll be outside in the wheelchair supervising us working on the shadehouse for you next week right?????? we better get the shadecloth up for her so she doesn't attempt to climb that ladder again.

Starting a book people ... how many days will it be before Jen works out how to get herself and the wheelchair into the car when she goes stircrazy stuck at home and unable to get out into the garden. I'll give her a week at home alone and she'll be trying to go somewhere. LOL At least she has the run of the house now with the wheelchair. I'll pop around with a bun for a cuppa every few days and a check on the seedlings for you. After all you looked after my seedlings when we were away so it's payback now ... my turn.

our ae siedeliana is flowering now and everyone wants some. I should have broken a basket up last year so they'd be ready now instead of breaking up baskets on demand. I think we have about 5 baskets like this pic but one is less full now hehehe

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 6, 2011
3:18 AM

Post #8739729

I forgot in previous posts to tell you we have flower spikes coming up everywhere in our foliage vriseas. soon we'll be trying to decide which ones to take pollen from and which ones to put pollen on. there'll be tags hanging everywhere hehehehehe.

Snows of ..., forrest, platynema, intermedia, ... about 8 in all coming into flower.

Wendy
brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 6, 2011
3:55 AM

Post #8739738

Lovely photo Wendy. Your garden is just a mass of flowers at the moment. Maybe you need to take a video like Sue did and load it onto FB so we can all have a tour. I tried to sneak the wheelchair out into the yard today but Ray is watching me like a hawk. But you know they say about cats being away! I'll have to pass on the markets tomorrow but as you said I'll be stir crazy by next weekend.
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 6, 2011
12:53 PM

Post #8740438

Good morning everyone,

Jean - I've shown the pic's of your plant to several brom growing friends including posting it on the Brom. Forum and they all seem to agree that it's Mary Brett. It seems whoever told you it was Mary Brett is correct.
Here's one of the answers from N.Z. and I think if you check the web address he sent you will agree.

"Hey Nev,

It looks like Aechmea 'Mary Brett' to me. I used to have heaps of them, they're a good tough aechmea.

http://botu07.bio.uu.nl/bcg/bcr/index.php?genus=AECHMEA&id=350#350

Cheers, Andrew."

Colleen - What's the C & S site?

Wendy - Re. the Quesnelias, yes all of mine seem to be more of a very Hot Pink than red also, yet every time I photograph them they look red and likewise, everytime I take pic's of my red Neo's the colour is never true either, so thanks for that tip about the skin colour and the hand, I must try it (but not today as it's raining again)

Sorry I can't help you with the plants I asked you for as I never kept a list and of course the memory won't help me.

Jen - You really need to take it easy with that knee you know, because if you fall out of the chair while trying to climb the ladder with it, you could tear the tendons right off the bone and that's a very, very long healing process and will "clip your wings" severely.

By the way, does the chair have seat belts on it? It seems in your case it should.

Wendy - That idea about taking a video sounds great and it would be especially good for people like me who will never get to see your garden in person.

Also with your Vrieseas you plan to hybridise, it's a good idea to isolate them in a shade cloth enclosure so bats, moths, birds etc. can't pollinate them before you. There's been many a hybrid made which have turned out to be the work of insects and not the human hybridiser.

All the best, Nev.
77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 6, 2011
2:56 PM

Post #8740645

Thank you Nev.. I am glad to have the right name at last.
I did look at that site myself but wasnt exactly sure. Mine has darker green leaves but that may be from being in a cooler climate. It is certainly a very hardy plant.
I will hope for another flower so I can post it here.
Jean.
brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 7, 2011
12:46 AM

Post #8741285

Thanks for the advice, Nev. The fall gave me a fright so I think I'll be a bit careful from now on. Certainly don't want to do anything that will slow down the healing as my 'brom wings' have already been severely clipped. Jen

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 7, 2011
10:13 PM

Post #8743540

Afternoon everyone,
Well the first try at this reply went up in smoke, no idea what happened, I hit send and it took me to home page of Dave's Garden! ppfftttt. So here goes again...in a shorter version sorry to say.
wow what wonderful photos, all of them, I love coming to see what's going on.
Jen sorry to hear of your fall, I hope you recover quickly. I did a big knee injury a few years ago and it was not fun.

Wendy how exciting about the vrieseas coming into flower. I'm sure you will have fun crossing this and that, you'll have to show us all some photos at some stage :)

I have brought my first ebay plant, not in a hurry to do it again, I seem to be picking up enough from my friends here and in Facebook which takes all my spending money as it is, so no need to look on ebay. But it looked like a nice one so thought one can't hurt. No doubt there will be more at some stage, but not for now. Safer to just not look, he he he.

I am going to Whyanbeel, Peter Sargent's place on Saturday, it's only 15 mins up the road but I have never been there, so myself and a couple of others are all going together, so that should be nice.

I brought a nice big Vr Gulz at the market the other day with big pup on it, so that was a nice pick up. Love the colours in it. It reminds us of our Vr squiggles, but a lot bigger.
Here is a photo of Vr Gulz and our little Vr Squiggles for size comparison, Squiggles is only young though, so i'm not sure how big it will get. Hope you get the idea
Tash

Thumbnail by springer99
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 8, 2011
2:53 AM

Post #8743615

Hi Tash. You go on brom crawls like us. Jen and I were supposed to do a brom crawl next weekend to Bundaberg/Childers area but alas her fall has put that trip on hold. We would have had 3 days of peace away from hubby. That will have to be something to look forward to in the future when Jen can travel again.

To satisfy my brom lust, friends of ours John and Robyn, who we talk to a lot and buy a lot of broms from turns out to be Robert Dillings parents. Rob and Melissa Dillings in northern NSW do some magnificent hybrids including all the silver plums. Anyhow John told us on the weekend that he and Robyn were going down to visit Rob on Tuesday and weren't bringing any plants back for themselves so if we wanted him to bring some back for us he would be happy to do that. Of course we said yes immediately but next problem how many or how much to spend????? so I said maybe up to 10 plants and we would be happy to spend maybe $200?????? After talking to Rob tonight about what we want I'm not sure what we will get or how many plants but I said we would go up to $200 - $300. It's like waiting to xmas morning to unwrap your present. We have to wait until weekend after next to see what they bring back for us. I'll post pics after we get them.

Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 8, 2011
6:07 PM

Post #8745452

Hello everyone. Jen, I am so sorry to hear about your fall. Do take care.

No news on my broms yet, but some tillandsias are about to flower, which is great.

Wendy, can't wait to see your "blind purchases". I have a new baby arriving this week sometime from Collectors Corner.

Karen
brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 8, 2011
11:02 PM

Post #8745824

Thanks for the good wishes Karen and Tash. Wendy is keeping me sane with brom updates. Tash, I'm almost scared to ask but what did you do to your knee and how long did it take to heal? I found my posts disappeared into the ether a few times so I do a copy now before I press post. Jen

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 9, 2011
12:04 AM

Post #8745893

Hi everyone,
gee wendy I wish I could do that, oh how lovely it would to be able to spend a couple of hundred dollars on broms, he he he. I hope you get some nice ones :) You'll have to show us all what you get when you get them.
Jen I hope your knee recovers quickly, do you know what you have done to it?
You really don't want to hear my story, it's a bit stomach curdling, but I snapped my ACL(anterior cruciate ligament) and my medial collateral ligament too. It was not fun and sadly being done when I am still young, I'll be living the rest of my life with a very bugger knee. I did it about 5 years ago I think. It had to heal on it's own, cause private surgery was out of my reach, so I had to go on the public waiting list. Plus I was self employed at the time and had to keep working on crutches. Had to then wait a year for the surgery and go through recovery again, crutches again and loads of physio. End result is a very dodgy knee, never the same, gives me loads of pain, and in all honesty in my particular case, I wish i never had it fixed. But I other know other people with the same injury and they have recovered quite well from theirs, so each is different. I hope yours in not as major as mine and with some rest comes good...like new for you.
I like your tip Jen, will try to remember to copy before hitting send, as it was very frustrating the other day :)

Tash
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 9, 2011
2:31 AM

Post #8745950

Hello All, glad to see you can make it to the computer Jen, or did hubby set it up in the lounge for you? he he. Bugger about missing the brom trip, but there'll be plenty more. Just make sure you're right for the Wavell heights show!
Tash, your Gulz looks huge! I'll have to get a pic of mine to compare. I found one but its from back in november last year. I removed the pups in the pic and it has had one other since then. I hope your knee improves over time. Sucks that you had to wait for a year.
Hello Nev, Wendy, Colleen, Jean and karen. It sounds like theres something going on in everyones garden.
It was me who suggested the hand in front of the plants when photographing, because light meters are generally set for skin tones, so you get a reasonable likeness in the colours. If not using your hand, just try something a bit pale, like beige shade cloth e.t.c. It has to be at the saem distance as the plant though, or you'll be out of focus when you remove it, or swing around to the plant. Hard to explain.
What did you get from collectors Corner Karen? I have bought from them in the past, and have always been pleased with what I have bought.
Australia post is mucking Colleen and I around at the moment. I posted a parcel last monday, and its still not there, despite being quoted a 5 day arrival date. I'll have to head down to the post office tomorrow to see what can be done to find it. Unfortuantely, as its not registered, they probably can't do anything. I've never had any trouble before, so i'm a bit peeved. One of the plants was a one only, so I really do hope they turn up, and being broms they should still be ok. Fingers crossed everyone!. If all else fails Colleen, I'll replace them, but might have to wait on that special one. Darn.
Anyway, I'm off to facebook to see whats been going on with all my friends and family.
I'll leave you with my V. 'gulz'.
Sue

Thumbnail by weed_woman
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 9, 2011
3:05 AM

Post #8745956

Hi everyone. It's a shame that parcels take so long. It's a bit like making you wait til New Years Day for Christmas. lol I'm sure it will turn up Sue so don't panic yet. Our postie usually comes around 10-30 - 11 so will you wait til after then Sue. I'll give you a ring after the postie's been if you like. My SH is starting to look a bit neater. I've been in there trying to make room. The rest of brugs will come out of there tomorrow and I think I will take the hippys out too. Trouble is I have to find room outside for them. lol Might plant them in the garden. I have received one box from Sue and another from Nev over the last few days and I've been in brom heaven. I'm waiting for Sue's other parcel to arrive and then I'll call my friend to come and help unwrap it. He was here when Nev's arrived and he said, get me some, get me some. There will be more orders coming soon from you two. Thank you so much for such beautiful plants and looking forward to doing more "business" Colleen Here's a couple of pics of my haul.

Thumbnail by ctmorris
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 9, 2011
3:08 AM

Post #8745957

The first lot was from Nev and the next is some from Sue.

Thumbnail by ctmorris
Click the image for an enlarged view.

brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 9, 2011
4:11 AM

Post #8746003

Wow! It is like Christmas, Colleen. You've got a lovely variety there. Well done Sue and Nev.
perke_patch

August 9, 2011
5:17 AM

Post #8746060

wow Colleen your collection has certainly been growing well. You have some truly lovely plants now.

Karen what did you get from Collector's corner??? I would love to order some more tillandsias from them. Last thing I got from them was about half dozen funkiana. Good thing was the postage was only a few dollars. Not much weight in those plants.

Remember where my new tillandsia wall is??? well we've realised it is down the back and we can't keep an eye on it when we have people here and unfortunately they are small plants which fit easily into a pocket. And a lot of tills which have come from Nev Ryan are on half corks. Definately small enough for a pocket or handbag. I've had to resort to zooming into photos and comparing pic with wall to see what's missing. I know I had 2 bulbosas with lovely red flower spikes and now I have 1. Can't print out my list to compare what is still there and what is missing cause I have to get my new computer working and load microsoft office onto it to access the excel spreadsheet. Unfotunately my cordless mouse and keyboard is missing the receiver which is needed for keyboard to talk to computer. Wonder what happened to that little bugger when I disconnected everything. I'm sure it was plugged into the 4port USB which I've had connected to laptop but don't know what happened to the receiver. I found several old mouses with USB connections but the only keyboard I could find had a PSP connection and computer doesn't have one to match so I'll have to go buy a USB keyboard tomorrow. Technology sucks when it doesn't do what you expect it to do. Must be male hey girls??????

Pic is the tim plowman x lieboniana with flower spike.
Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 9, 2011
5:25 AM

Post #8746068

Nev, I found that plant neo black beauty x gee whizz. it is a pup I got back in March this year so will be a while before we get pups.
I have trawled through back messages and come up with a list of plants you want pups of. Have 6 written down so as soon as weather improves down your way I'll make up a parcel.

Pic is aechmea mexicana flowering. That silver infloresence is stunning with the deep red flowers for contrast.

We have a hoenbergia stellata with a large flower spike so we are waiting patiently to see what this plant looks like in flower. First time for us with this one.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 9, 2011
2:17 PM

Post #8746990

Hi everyone,

I've been trying to send Jen a D-Mail but just keep getting this message: "We are sorry, but due to increased spam sent via this system, we have instituted daily limits on D-Mails sent by non-subscribers. Please try again in 24 hours".

Some limit! I've only sent one very short D-Mail this morning and haven't sent any others for weeks, I think I'll stick to Email from now on, bugger the D-Mail.

So if you read this Jen, can you send me an Email as I have a bit of info I want to send you and I don't have your Email address.

Wendy - You can probably buy an adaptor to solve your problem rather than buing a new keyboard, I know I had a similar problem once and the bloke at Dick Smith's pulled out all sorts of different adaptors, he reckoned he had adaptors to adapt anything to everything!

A little (last year's) pic. to brighten your day

All the best, Nev.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 9, 2011
2:26 PM

Post #8747014

Whoo hoo Nev. Hope I can show you all a pic with that much colour one day. Absolutely beautiful. Is that "marble snow" in the middle? Jen I hope you're not in too much pain and your knee is healing. Not good having crook knee, I know all about that. Colleen
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 9, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8747135

The errant parcel has arrived. Colleen
brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 9, 2011
5:41 PM

Post #8747446

Beautiful photos Wendy and Nev. Ahh Nev, that explains your Dmail. I was looking everywhere for an attachment. Glad your plants have arrived Colleen. Sue will be relieved. Knee isn't too sore when I'm still Colleen. Just a nuisance. Tash that is horrible about your knee. Sounds very similar to mine - 2 ligaments damaged, one torn right through. Don't know how you worked with it. Being old has some advantages because I've got quite a bit of sick leave stored up. It's in a brace so hopefully it will heal okay. Sue, I'm looking forward to Wavell Heights. The wheelchair could be very handy for pushing through the crowds. Wendy, sorry to hear a Till. bulbosa has gone missing. Next sale you'll just have to prop me in a corner up the back and I'll be able to glare at suspicious looking people. If that fails I can always give them a whack with a crutch!
perke_patch

August 10, 2011
4:41 AM

Post #8748129

Love that white brom in the middle of your photo Nev. Is it marble snow?? if it is I need to move my marble snow to a better place so I can get it looking like yours.

Jen has a shadehouse today. We'll do some more tomorrow and it will be ready for plants by this weekend. It's a pity she won't be able to do more than look at it as the stones are not really wheelchair friendly. It is so big we will have to help her fill it now. Look out Wavell Heights, we won't get a look in Sue. Jen will need them all to fill her empty shelves. LOL

I wanted to share my little gnome garden with you all. He did a good job caring for these till ionantha for me.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 10, 2011
4:43 AM

Post #8748132

the last one got chopped off so try this one.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 10, 2011
5:09 AM

Post #8748154

I had a wonderful visit from the shadehouse renovation specialists this afternoon. Johnny and Wendy came to visit and in just over an hour my bare frame was looking like a real shadehouse. It was a pleasure to watch experts in action. Thanks very much to 2 special brom friends.
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 10, 2011
1:22 PM

Post #8749094

Hi everyone,

Wendy - Yes that is Neo Marble Snow and is one of my favourites. That one was grown under 75% beige shade cloth.

Although I'm not a Tillandsia man, I must say Wendy, that your little Tilly minder is rather cute and they should sell well as they present most attractively from a sales point of view.

Jen - Isn't it great to have good brom friends to help out in times of need? I have found since I have been growing brom's that most other growers are usually willing to offer advice or lend a hand where ever they can and it's great to be part of such a large friendly family.

All the best, Nev.

My eye candy for the day:


Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 10, 2011
3:53 PM

Post #8749294

Great to see these fab pics. Nev, that Marble Snow is fantastic. Hope mine will look like that one day.
Wendy, love the little gnome. He's doing a great job there. I am so sorry someone is taking your plants. It makes me angry when you work hard to get things going and people just help themselves.
The plant I got which hasn't arrived yet from Collectors Corner is Ananas hybrid. I don't know how long it will take to get fruit, or even colour up. I took this pic off the web so you can see the mature plant.
Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 11, 2011
1:00 AM

Post #8749848

Nev is that pic a canistrum lindennii without the variegation? We grew some seeds from one of those not realising they would come out without the stripes. They are now getting to be a good size and we were wondering if they would still have the lovely raised white flower like yours. They will still make a nice plant I think.

Nev I saw your marble snow pup at Jens today. It already has more white that mine. It is annoying when you buy a plant on ebay because it looks good but when you grow it on it never looks anything like it.

Karen I think we may have that ananas hybrid. We do have a variegated one anyhow but it looks very nice.

Nev I got my little surprise in the mail today. Johnny took over and says he will grow them.

Pic is a nice ionantha which Johnny stuck on a shell when it was only a very small plant. it is now coming into flower but soooooo slow.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 11, 2011
3:10 AM

Post #8749867

wow, lots happening here. Nev, your marble snow looks quite large. I always take a few to the markets when I go, but you know, no one seems interested! I think thats an Edmundoa lindenii, possibly var Rosea? I also grew some seed from a variegated plant, hoping for some stripes, but it was not to be. Not to worry. they are fast growers and it probably won't be too long before I have a flowering plant to take to the markets.
I had a successfull time at the car boot sale last weekend, and also had a lady take my phone number. She came for a visit today, with a friend, and went home with a boot full of plants, and a promise to bring some more friends next time! The money came in handy as i had to get the dogs vaccinations done today. I just hope I can keep up with stock if people suddenly take interest. I left the ladies alone for a minute while I went to get a peice of paper to write the numbers on, and when I came back they had put some of my special ones in their stashs! I had to laugh, because we've all done that! so 'sorry ladies, those aren't for sale' he he. Nice try though. They were complete novices, but had an eye for the good stuff! Its a lesson for me though, and I'll have to sort out a better system. I've been doing the old 'peg on the keepers', trick, but I ran out of pegs! I'll have to have a dedicated sales area and maybe some gallery pics to show the mature plants.
Karen, i think your Ananus is either cosmosus var. bracteatus variegated or A. 'Tricolour' I don't really know how to tell the difference. I have a couple that have struggled a bit, but another grower has told me to give them plenty of fertiliser, so when the weather warms up, thats what I'll do.
Jen, I'm glad you are still able to see your shade house grow! and good on you, Wendy and johnny. Good brom friends are hard to find!
Colleen, I'm glad you got your parcel. I was a little bit worried, but figured it was just a slow mail week. The ones I sent up north have also been slow. Hopefully they got them today.
Anyway, I'm off to look at other stuff, elsewhere, so goodnight all.
Sue
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 11, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8750718

Hi everyone,

Karen - Thank's for the Marble Snow compliment. I find it grows well for me and I pumped the size of that one up a bit with extra fertilizer as an experiment. Personally I prefer the smaller compact size. I like your Ananus and it should colour up nicely with your warm summer weather. I tried them once down here, but no luck, too cold.

Wendy - As Sue says, that's "Edmundoa lindenii var. rosea” There is also a variegated variety I have but it's a slower grower like most variegated plants. If you look closely at the flowers you will see they are a very pale green, I'm attaching a copy of a pic I put on the FCBS Photo Index which shows this well.

Usually if you grow seeds from variegated plants you rarely get variegated seedlings unless you just happen to hit on one that's a "transmitter" i.e. a plant (not too common) that transmits a percentage of variegated seedlings when bred with another plant. If you are lucky enough to get one, guard it with your life if you are into breeding!

I've had a few plants that were supposed to be Marble Snow and were nowhere near as white as they should have been when grown side by side with my present ones, and I suspect they weren't true to name and were just "look-a-likes" possibly from the same crossing. I also have another called Neo. 'Marble Pink' with pink blushing, as well as three or four other colour combinations. I like them all, but they're not everyone's "cup of tea".

Gee Wendy, that little surprise seemed to take a long time to get there, when did I post it? Were they still in good condition?

Sue - Good to see you selling a bit of stuff. I had a lady ring up the other day, said a friend told her about me and asked if she could come and have a look, I said yes as anyone interested in brom's is always welcome here, but I wasn't expecting her to buy $180 worth and then apologise for taking up my time!

All the best, Nev.

Edmundoa lindenii var. rosea (flowers)

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 11, 2011
2:57 PM

Post #8750797

Hi everyone,
great photos!
Wendy your Ae mexicana looks very much like the one we have but ours is a different colour and it's been identified as a Ae lueddemanniana. the neighbour brought two, one for herself and one for my other neighbour and they both gave me a pup of each of theirs about 3 months ago. One of the pups is in my pup box, (both had no roots) but the other one was quite big, (no where near as big as it's mum though) and I just potted it straight into my usual mix as it just seemed too big for the pup box. I actually wouldn't imagine that the bigger one would have too many roots yet. But both two mums, one was in flower when purchased and the other one started flowering maybe 3-4 weeks ago. And now, low and behold, the biggest of the two pups that I was given, is flowering too! Like I said, I don't think it would even have roots yet, or if it does, only a couple.
I'll take a photo today of it for you all.
congrats on a sale sue, that's excellent! Great work.
Gee this weekend is coming around quickly now, I'm off to Whyanbeel tomorrow, Peter Sargent's place, it's supposed to be very nice, can't wait to go have a look. There will be 4 of us :)
Okay, just keeping this short, got lots to do, talk to you all soon,
Tash
perke_patch

August 12, 2011
2:07 AM

Post #8751600

Nev everything looks fine in the surprise packet but we were on the way out to Jen's so only had time to have a peep and put them away for another day. We went back today and I potted your pups for Jen and gave them a good watering in. The roof and sides are almost finished and Jen will get her boys onto some more over the weekend. We will go back on Tuesday to see if we can finish the shell for her. Johnny's going to make her some half totems to suspend over the shelves when they go in.

Nev John Catlan once told us to look very closely at the centre of the flower and if you see a flower bract with around one of those little white flowers with a bit of variegation then you should collect the seeds from that flower. There is a higher chance of variegated seedlings. He actually hunted around until he found one to show us what to look for. You can actually see some striping on them if it is there. A magnifying glass is helpful too. Let me know if you find any. I haven't even thought to look for any since then and didn't collect the seeds from that one he showed us.

Tash we didn't have a name for ours until someone told us what it was. He then brought us a pup from his and the printed out page from FCBS to compare it with. This is the first time it has flowered for us.
perke_patch

August 12, 2011
2:35 AM

Post #8751609

Just read back that last post and can't believe the way I typed it. Guess the brain was flitting all over the place and I was just typing thoughts. They didn't always come out clear on re-reading the post. Anyhow just take a magnifying glass and look into the centre of a variegated neo. Look at the bit of leaf surrounding the little coloured flower and if there is a stripe on that little surrounding bit then that is the flower to mark to collect the seed when mature. You have a better chance of variegated seedlings from that batch of seed. Hope this is clearer that last post.

Pic is galactic warrior that we lifted down the other day to discover it was flowering. It is now lower so it can be seen.
Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 12, 2011
1:44 PM

Post #8752508

Good morning everyone,

Tash - When you go to Peter's place how about taking a pic of "The Four Musketeers" as it's always nice to be able to put faces to the names of brom friends I'll probably never see. You should have a very interesting day and I imagine when you get back hubby will have to extend the shade house.

Wendy - Your Galactic Warrior is showing some nice colour and it's always an eye catcher and a good “pupper” too. I noticed yesterday that I have xNeophytum colouring up but I don’t know the name so I might get it down and take a pic today and see if anyone here knows it. Maybe Sue can ID it for me as I think she has a few different ones.

What you say that John told you about the visible variegation of the green parts surrounding the flowers (I don’t know what they’re called) it probably also applies that these would be the flowers to get the pollen from if you want to make variegated plants by crossing onto another plant. Thinking about it, the same thing probably applies if this part shows spotting, i.e. a good percentage of the seedlings would show spotting also. Certainly something to get the “grey matter” working overtime!!

I’m posting a pic just to see that we’re both talking about the same "flower parts" (I must find out the correct name). This is a pic of a mature Neo seed capsule. The white bulbous bit at the top is the actual capsule full of seed, and the green parts are I assume what you are referring to. The whitish bit between the green parts would be where the flower would have been. ...Have I got it correct Wendy?

All the best, Nev.

Neoregelia seed capsule

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 12, 2011
7:16 PM

Post #8752918

Hi everyone. I have just been out taking some pics and thought that you might like to see how my broms are coming along. Colleen

Thumbnail by ctmorris
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 12, 2011
7:18 PM

Post #8752920

another Colleen

Thumbnail by ctmorris
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 12, 2011
7:24 PM

Post #8752932

I thought that this Neo carolineae was looking pretty handsome. Colleen

This message was edited Aug 13, 2011 11:55 AM

This message was edited Aug 13, 2011 11:56 AM

This message was edited Aug 13, 2011 11:57 AM

Thumbnail by ctmorris
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 12, 2011
8:53 PM

Post #8753050

Hi Colleen,

Nice clear colour and nice shape, does it blush more in the centre than that?

All the best, Nev.
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 12, 2011
9:03 PM

Post #8753062

Hi Nev. The colour is a little deeper but it has only just begun to show any colour. I've just put it up on a palm stump to get more light. Colleen
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 12, 2011
10:20 PM

Post #8753151

Hi All, Looking good there Colleen, but I can still see a path. Room for more? he he.
Nev and Wendy, I think the bit you are refering to is the Calyx? I must start to look for it on the variegated neos when they flower next. I haven't had any luck producing anything variegated from seed yet.
Its a bit windy here today, which is a bit chilly, but lovely and warm in the sheltered spots. I did think about gardening, but decided to stay out of the wind and get some paperwork cleaned up, aswell as tidying up around the computer desk, as there was a build up of notes, book, CDs e.t.c. Its always good sfter a clean up, but a bit hard to find anything!
Good on you Wendy for helping Jen out. I'd love to live a little bit closer so I could be of use to her, and to you when you have your sales. I could be security! he he. Just arm me with a spikey one! You galactic Warrior is gorgeous. I hope mine looks as good when it comes into flower.
Nev, wheres the pic of your one? It might be one I'm familiar with.
Sue
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 13, 2011
12:16 PM

Post #8753964

Good morning all,

Sue - I got that plant down yesterday and it's only just starting to colour red in the centre, no sign of a flower yet but I'll take a pic of it when the rain stops and a couple more as it progressively colours up and eventually flowers.

After wasting almost a day looking for a plant I knew I had but couldn't find, I've finally decided to get my “house in order” and put all my brom names down on spread sheets with Tash acting as my "Help Desk".

I didn't know I had so many until I went around yesterday between showers writing down names. I found some I forgot I even had, so it's just as good as going on a brom shopping spree and that's just the first couple of benches in the main shade house.

Apart from that, there's nothing new to report so I'll leave you with a pic.

All the best, Nev.

Neo Burbank variegata

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 14, 2011
2:37 AM

Post #8755279

Hi everyone. The seafood festival on today in Hervey Bay. The markets this morning was a traffic jam on the way in and out and festival at the harbour was even worse. We didn't even go in it was so crowded.

Nev when I saw your message about the calyx (as Sue told us it was called) I would have said the variegated bit was the part wrapped around the white bulb but on looking at a neo today I think it is the green bit sticking out of top of white bit.
I know what you mean Nev about finding broms you forgot you had. I had someone bring me the one in the pic wanting to buy it but when I discovered it was neo gold rush I had to say they couldn't have it. I didn't even know we had that one. It's not on my spreadsheet and it is such a nice plant too. Sue I'll swap you a pup for an iris pup hahahahaha.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 14, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8756253

Hi Everyone,

Some time ago now when I found I was running out of bench space in my shade house, I was trying to work out how I could fit more plants in without squashing them too close together and impacting on their health. When it finally dawned on me that in the wild, when growing in the forests, they are growing at all different heights i.e. on forest floors, tree trunks and overhanging tree branches and this is when I thought, "I can also try growing them at different heights".

When I mentioned my idea to a few other growers I was told it was a bad idea, mainly because water overflowing from the high plants would fall onto the lower ones which could also transmit any disease they may have. My argument was that if they were growing suspended at different heights, they would have better air circulation and the chance of disease would be minimised, as the main problem with brom’s, was rot caused mainly by overcrowding on benches and the resulting poor air circulation.

I had to do something to prevent the bench overcrowding so I decided to give it a go. I purchased lots of plastic pot hangers and provided lots of suspension points from which I could hang the plants, finally I started hanging up the extra plants. I also found that by attaching lengths of plastic covered wire between the suspension point and the hook on the hanger I could also hang them at different heights.

The end result was that it proved to be a success, and I can now house many more plants in my shade house. Because of the good air circulation around them I am convinced that is why to date I haven’t lost any from disease as was suggested originally would be passed from the plants on top to the ones below.

Because I am now putting the names of all my plants on Excel spread sheets, I had to identify what plants they are and their location in my collection. I have completed recording just the plants which are hanging in my main shade house and am amazed that they now number 357, which I think is a pretty good way of fitting in extra plants.

So if you’re running out of space, consider hanging plants from the roof supports

All the best, Nev.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 14, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8756297

Good morning all. Nev they look really great. I have Epiphylliums hanging throughout the SH but John said he would put up a REO wall for me to hang pots on so that will solve a little space. The palm stumps also save space as I can put 3 or 4 pots on top of them. Also the ones that John has cut holes into are great because then you can have quite a few plants growing over them. My plants are really starting to look good out there now and I'm getting a nice collection. no way near 347 though I don't think. I must count them one day just out of interest. Have a great day. Colleen

Thumbnail by ctmorris
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 15, 2011
2:17 AM

Post #8756999

nev your shadehouse looks great. The neo on top row in photo 4th from right, can you tell me the name please. the horizontal stripes look intriguing.

Johnny has come up with a way to suspend a half totem from the roof. I'll take a photo tomorrow to show you. We are going to put some of them in Jen's shadehouse when she gets the shelves in. The suspended totem will hang over the top of the shelf. You'll see when I post a photo.

Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 15, 2011
3:28 AM

Post #8757042

Hello everyone. I have been drooling over the plants and brom areas shown. Have been doing more work in my future brom area. Have to wait to see what the sun does in summer to know for sure what to do in that area.

My tiger is in flower. The blue is quite striking against the colours of the plant.

Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 15, 2011
6:17 AM

Post #8757204

Hi everyone,

Colleen - Before John puts up your REO wall, just check that it's not galvanised. If it is, give it a good wash with any sort of vinegar toneutralise the chemicals in it and then paint it. If your plants come into contact with new galvanising, it can burn the part of the plant that touches it. I know, I've been there and done it!!

Wendy - That's either Gespachio or [Lambert's Pride x Cracker Jack], Can't be sure as that pic was taken last year before the shade house was full up.

Karen - That's a nicely grown, healthy looking Tiger you have there and looking at the colour I think it will still take a bit more light to help it blush.

All the best, Nev.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 15, 2011
2:08 PM

Post #8757979

Thanks Nev. Yes, it has no sign of blushing but will have to wait until the sun is higher before it can get more light.

My Vr. Hoelscheriana is doing something. The centre has gone quite pale but there is no sign of a flower starting. I like it. Just hope its what it is supposed to do.

Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 15, 2011
9:14 PM

Post #8758781

Hi everyone,
Gee I keep getting myself awfully behind in here, lol. Loving all the photos and bits of information.
Nev you are full of great ideas, love your hanging system.
Wendy, that's very interesting about the variegated bits on the seed capsules, quite amazing.
Colleen your gardens look lovely :)
You all have such beautiful broms, Karen those little lilac flower look great in the tiger.
I have some blushing tiger seeds growing but have been told they will not come out as blushing tiger, doh!
Also have some Neo Morado seeds growing and they are all white so won't survive either, double dohhh!!!
Can you just picture Homer Simpson from "The Simpsons" standing there going "dohhhhhhhhhhhh!" That would be me. he he he. But I am learning heaps and happy to make some stumbles along the way.
Jen how are you going now?
Well my little excursion out to Peter Sargent's place, called Whyanbeel went well. I was very restrained and only brought two broms. There are two sections to his "set up" the property he calls the farm and then there is his home which has a nursery setup there as well. Sadly we didn't make it to him house, which is up the road further, but the farm was amazing. Rows and rows of broms, as far as the eye could see some times. He says it's all very neglected as it's so big and he has backpackers he employs to help him, certain parts we walked around he said he hasn't seen in months, but it all looked pretty good to me. He has a lot of knowledge and is only to willing to share it, so it was a very nice day.
sorry Nev, i did try to get a photo of the other three who went with me, but they all vanished when the camera came out, lol. They were all as shy as me about having their photos taken.
It was kind of hard to get nice photos, as the camera just doesn't do it justice. But here is a photo of Alcantarea Whyanbeel. It's a huge brom, must be many years old. Really quite amazing.
I managed to get a very mature Vr Red Chestnut and a little Ae chantinii.
It was a great day. I can't wait to go back, so we can go to his house and see the rest of it. We will go again in a month or so.
Tash

Thumbnail by springer99
Click the image for an enlarged view.

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 15, 2011
10:32 PM

Post #8758818

Wow, Tash, that Alcantarea Whyanbeel does look huge. Looks like its thrown some pups in its heyday too.

My Ananas hybrid has arrived, and I got it potted up today. I was told it was knocked about from being in Customs, but actually I am very impressed with its size, colour, and condition. Very happy.

Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 16, 2011
1:45 AM

Post #8758926

wow Karen. That ananas looks very different to what I was thinking of so when you find it pupping just remember us please.

I spent hours this afternoon trying to mount all my new tillandsias. Still have a long way to go to get them done. I had to rearrange the wall to make room for the new ones. I now also have little till seedlings from Peter Tristram, Sylvia a friend up here in Capalaba, and now from Cooran. I think that is 6 different lots and I am still waiting to see if the seeds from Sth Africa get through Aust Post Customs. One day I will have sooooo many tillandsias I won't know where to put them.

Better go and dish up tea.

Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 16, 2011
4:05 AM

Post #8758972

Sue, I found the name (It was included in the written description on the eBay page, but I hadn't remembered reading it).

Bromeliad Ananas comosus variagata Pink Variety

Quite a mouthful.

Wendy, yes, I will remember you when it pups, if it pups. Apparently some don't and you have to grow the tops of the fruit, which apparently takes a long time to ripen. Will be interesting to see how this one goes.

Karen

Marleneann

Marleneann
Sunshine Coast
Australia

August 18, 2011
3:15 AM

Post #8762399

A mini that is unnamed

Thumbnail by Marleneann
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 18, 2011
4:42 AM

Post #8762475

That's lovely too Marlene Have you many broms? Here's another pic from my SH. Ae. black beauty. Colleen

This message was edited Aug 19, 2011 2:03 PM

Thumbnail by ctmorris
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 18, 2011
4:50 AM

Post #8762486

another. Neo chlorastricta hybrid

This message was edited Aug 19, 2011 2:00 PM

Thumbnail by ctmorris
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 18, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8762742

Marlene your mini is neo zoe. It's lovely with those stripes isn't it??

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 18, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8763360

ctmorris- your looks abit like mine...

Thumbnail by breeindy
Click the image for an enlarged view.

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 18, 2011
1:30 PM

Post #8763363

my blushing tiger, there growing under a peach tree, thats why they have pink flowers in them atm.

Thumbnail by breeindy
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 18, 2011
2:23 PM

Post #8763437

Hi everyone,

Marlene - Yes, your plant is definitely Neo. Zoe.

It will take more light than what it's currently getting and when the percentage of light is just right you can almost get rid of the green in the leaves altogether, and the colour will be more like the one in the pic. Given too much light it will get blotches on the leaves just like Neo. Fireball (its mother) does.

All the best, Nev.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 19, 2011
1:12 PM

Post #8765056

Hullo! is anyone there?

Where's everybody gone to? Oh well there's no one to talk to so I'll just post a picture and go and do some work.

All the best, Nev.

Neoregelia 'Break of Day'

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 19, 2011
10:53 PM

Post #8765785

Hi Nev. I am here I assure you. I have been having trouble with my new keyboard. It keeps typing 11111s without me touching it. Not sure if it is a keyboard problem or computer problem but the light on the mouse keeps flashing as though something is happening. I'm thinking it could be USB port problem. Tried a different port but still same thing. Better post this before it disappears and 1111s appear.
Wendy
perke_patch

August 19, 2011
11:07 PM

Post #8765794

Jen's shadehouse is complete and now just needs shelves and plants. Our job is done and Jen surprised Johnny with a couple of lovely vriseas to thank him although he didn't want anything for helping a friend in need. However he loves both of these.

This one is Maroochy arctic star ... an Alan Phythian hybrid

Wendy

This message was edited Aug 21, 2011 1:15 PM

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 19, 2011
11:08 PM

Post #8765796

and this one is Maroochy Parade by Alan Phythian

Wendy

This message was edited Aug 21, 2011 1:15 PM

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 20, 2011
12:54 AM

Post #8765827

ohh there beautiful perke_patch!
perke_patch

August 20, 2011
8:22 PM

Post #8767687

We're having a good weekend. We raced up to Chandler markets early this morning before the rain started and grabbed 3 vriseas the Robert Dillings sent up with his father for us. We picked up 3 which looked similar at the size they are but are quited different. They are: vr Dillings black beauty, vr Laura nd vr Megan.
I think Rob's father John must have talked him down because the price seemed very good to me. Johnny is very happy.

We also picked up some plants for Jen for her new shadehouse which is coming along nicely. I am sure Jen will be ready to share some pics soon.

Wendy
perke_patch

August 20, 2011
10:56 PM

Post #8767907

Nev after seeing Jen's marble white that she got from you then coming home to look at the one I got on ebay, I am thinking that I am going to have to swap you something for one of your pups. The so called white on mine is just a bit paler than the rest of the plant and has nothing on the size and colour of yours. I will take a pic of mine to show you tomorrow.

We harvested the seed from vr Dad's favourite (aka John's fav) and was quite disappointed with the amount we got. The pods that had selfed contained very little amount of seed in each one and most were empty when they split open. Of the ones we crossed we got 1 out of 2 pods crossed with erotica red (which someone told me was registered as vr angela???) and the other cross with either platynema var or red chestnut came out with 2 empty pods so all in all we were expecting lots and got a disappointment. Anyhow we got about 4 containers of straight DF planted and about the same on DF x erotica red. If they all grow we should have a few to spare for you Nev ... in about a year??? (is that how long they will take to be ready to plant up into single pots??)

We've had a bit of rain today but hopefully it will continue to fall all night. Our tanks are up 1 rung since it started but about 5 more to go so let her fall Hughey. Now where did that saying come from. I remember Dad saying it when we were kids I think.

Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 21, 2011
4:21 AM

Post #8768125

Hello everybody. Have been busy this weekend, and today attended an 8 year old's birthday party. Actually had a good time. Was great to see the rain this morning, and they say we are expecting more. The plants need it, and will love it. I have all my broms out hoping they will benefit.

No newbies of late and I am going into withdrawals, but weekends have been rather busy, so will be patient. Wendy, when is your next sale?

Karen
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 21, 2011
1:52 PM

Post #8769136

Hi everyone,

Wendy - I have quite a few plants of Marble Snow which are all growing in the same shade house. At different times they all look a little different to each other depending on where they are growing and how much fertilizer they've had. It seems to me that it’s a bit variable, and I even had one last year with a very pale pink vase, and before you say it... no, it wasn't Neo. Marble Pink as at that stage I didn't have that particular plant. It's just possible that it's a little unstable, but I still like them very much and I have since collected about six other different plants with marbling in them.

Regarding what you mention about the Vr. Erotica and Vr. Angela, it seems there’s long been a mixed up history surrounding these two. I bought a plant called Red Chestnut x hieroglyphica which looked identical to Vr. Erotica. It was Jack Koning who possitively identified it as Vr. Erotica and he was most definite as he knew the chap (Lou Forrest) who grew it from seed and he was also the same chap who grew Angela. Jack said there is also another Angela (I think he said Angela #2) which he has used for breeding.

This is what the Bromeliad Cultivar Register has to say about them:
Vr. Angela: cv. of unknown platynema hybrid w/reddish under-leaves - (Other cvs. = 'Erotica' & 'Sister Angela')
Vr. Erotica: cv. of unknown platynema hybrid? - (Other cvs. = 'Angela' & 'Sister Angela') - Butcher said, "Distributed by Bob Larnach but originating w/Lou Forrest - it appears to be a platynema hybrid w/green leaves"... It’s also interesting to see they are both cultivated varieties of a platynema hybrid.

So endeth the history lesson.

All the best, Nev.

Another plant of my Marble Snow showing the pale pink flush I mentioned above.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 22, 2011
5:13 AM

Post #8770284

Thanks for that info Nev. Perhaps Erotica and Angela are from the same batch of seeds and therefore sisters who look similar to each other. I will keep them named as is.
We have a few marble plants including one very nice one from Shane Zaghini called marble white river. It looks a bit like you marble white with a very nice barbled centre. I'll take a pic tomorrow and post it for you to see. I just checked and I don't have a pic of it yet. how did that happen???

Wendy

Pic is one of my favourites neo fairy tale x two tone. Love the colour

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 22, 2011
2:44 PM

Post #8771434

Hi everyone,

Wendy - That's a nice looking plant and it has good conformity as well as pleasing colours, is it one of Alan Freeman's?

I have a plant which I think is also one of Zaghinis called Ice White River and it is a hybrid from Marble Throat (the same mother that Marble Snow came from)

Another of my favourites is a reasonably new one from Allan Ladd's stable and at this stage is unregistered but the pending name is "Allan's Marbles".

All the best, Nev.

Neo. Allan's Marbles (registration pending)

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 22, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8771660

Hi everyone,
love the photos, especially that Vr Maroochy arctic star Wendy, that is quite spectacular. Oh and what a shame about the Vr seed pods, I would of been quite upset about that, what a shame. so any ideas what went wrong?
I have finished "selfing" our Vr Tachete Gold now and I guess now the waiting game begins to see if I get seed from it.
I have our Vr Gulz spike just appearing through the foliage now and I tipped our Vr Splendriet out this morning and low and behold it's spike is just starting down the very bottom, so I am quite excited about both of them. I will be babysitting a friends Vr fosteriana as it's about to flower soon too, and she is happy for me to play with it as well, what a great learning curve I am on with great brom buddies to help and guide me...thank you everyone :)
We went to the market on Sunday and just missed out on a Vr Speckles that was flowering as well and had a nice big pup hanging off it too, He generally brings one big different Vr each market, and i think if it sells well, he brings more next time, so fingers crossed, he brings one again next time and we can get it, lol.
So these 3 Vrieseas of mine that well one has flowered and the other two are going too soon, they should all think about producing a pup soon...shouldn't they? I was told with the Splendriet not to remove the pup when it has one, as it often kills the pup and the mum and to just let it clump up. No idea about the other two, but I won't be in a hurry to go removing anything as I would hate to end up with no mum and no pup.
We got our first Nidularium the other day, at the market, I had to put it up on Facebook to find out what it was, lol, he told us it was a Nidularium, but that was all. It has been identified as Ruby Lee. Quite a nice brom.
I also got a Neo Macho up from Rob Smythe and hubby managed to get some more neglected giveaway broms...never know what he'll come home with... just glad it's not pets each time, lol. So we have a couple of Aechmea bracteata's now as well, now aren't the teeth on them just the nastiest things you've ever seen!!! I have been teaching my little man not to go near them, so he walks up to them now and goes "ousss" not sure how to write that sound but you know, when you draw your breath in through your teeth. He knows that they BITE!!! I also had to spend 15 mins in the brom house lifting him up to very gently touch the little tillandsia flowers...which he then proudly says "birdie!" hmmm a little bit mixed up, lol. He knows birdies fly up in the sky, so no idea what he logic is there, I just kept saying "flower" LOL. He's not even 2, he'll get there. Maybe I can have him potting up and separating seedlings when he is 5, lol.
Okay well I hope you are all well,
Tash

Thumbnail by springer99
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 22, 2011
9:50 PM

Post #8772213

Hi everyone. Here's a pic of my latest haul. I don't know where I'm going to put them. Maybe they make second stories for shade houses. lol. Colleen

Thumbnail by ctmorris
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 23, 2011
4:06 AM

Post #8772385

Hi all
Tash my 3yo grandaughter loves being a horticultualist. she loves to pot up plants and proudly shows mum and dad her patch of plants every time they come here. she had a sleepover last night and again planted. This time we did tillandsias. She glued some small tills onto some little gnome gardens and mounted some on slabs of timber. She even had a go at using the hand drill to make holes in timber. She threaded the wire through the holes and helped me bend it into a hook. She proudly went home today carrying a mounted fuschii v gracilus which she promised to put up high enough that Indy (her dog) wouldn't chew it up and promised to spray it with water too. I'll check up on it in a week or so.

Nev I think that fairy tale x two tone is a Freeman hybrid. I love the shape and colour. We have a lot of AF hybrids.

I received a packet of tillandsia seeds from Casper Eloff today. I had never heard of the 2 tillandsias the seed was from so I looked them up on FCBS. They are both big tills so if all the seed grows I'll have to put them high in the trees to fit them in the yard LOL. I thought we were doing the declaration to get it in but he said in his letter that he hid the seeds as good as he could and just slipped it in the box to see if it would get through. I'm glad it did otherwise I may have ended up on that show CUSTOMS hahahaha.

anyhow this pic is the gnome gardens that we were sticking tills onto. this was one I had previously done to show the result hahahaha.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 24, 2011
3:38 PM

Post #8775069

Hello everyone. I always look at all your pics with interest even though I dont post here a lot. You are all doing so well with the broms. My small lot are going really well since I put them in the greenhouse. There is so much color coming on them, Even hubby noticed and said how good they are looking.
I this one that has really developed into a very pretty brom. It is a noid so I hoped someone mat have an idea as to which it is.
I am hoping for flowers so it may be easier to ID then.
It seems to be growing into a larger plant being over 12" across now.
Jean.

Thumbnail by 77sunset
Click the image for an enlarged view.

77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 24, 2011
3:43 PM

Post #8775071

My recurvata is getting a flower too.

Thumbnail by 77sunset
Click the image for an enlarged view.

77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 24, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8775076

I do like the way my Marble Throat is living up to its name.

Thumbnail by 77sunset
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 26, 2011
5:35 PM

Post #8778704

Hi everyone,

Jean -
I can't help you much with your NOID except to just say that it's another unnamed Neoregelia hybrid. I have a few with similar colours from a cross I did with Charm x Cracker Jack but without wading through all the registered hybrids on the BCR, it's unlikely you'll get a definite name for it as there are probably thousands of similar looking plants that are still unnamed and unregistered.

I do know though that with a lot of plants with that type of colouration, if you give them maximum light all of the leaves will intensify and take on a similar colour to what is now beginning to show in the centre. When it's nearing flowering, the centre colour will also intensify even further. On the other hand if it's grown in shade, the whole plant will turn mostly green.

The moral of the story is: it really doesn't matter what plant it is, that one, or the other two you show, they all need good light to display their best colour. A good example of this is Apricot Nectar (shown below) grown in low light it's a pleasing shade of glistening pale green, but grown in good light, the transformation is just amazing.

The first pic is how it looks before maturity and the second pic shows how the colour changes when it's approaching flowering.

All the best, Nev.

Pic 1

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 26, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8778706

... and here's pic 2

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 26, 2011
5:46 PM

Post #8778721

My golly gosh! Nev, no understatement, you have some brilliant neo's. I do love looking at everyone's pics.

This one seems to come in all sorts of variations, from fully spotted, to partially spotted to barely spotted, and plants come in all sizes from mini's up. This is a "normal" sized brom sitting on a chair with a plain dark green plant. Both are noid's but fill the metal chair nicely.

All plants here are enjoying the rain at the moment. Needed it as the winds had totally dried things out.

Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 26, 2011
5:48 PM

Post #8778724

Both noid's together.

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 26, 2011
5:55 PM

Post #8778734

Thanks Nev. I love them all , names or no names. Cant wait to see my recurvata flower open. I am seeing lots more color in all the broms since I moved them all into the greenhouse where they get the sun most of the day.
Jean.
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 27, 2011
1:14 PM

Post #8779868

Good morning everyone,

Jean - I understand exactly what you say about seeing more colour since you moved your plants into the greenhouse. Light = colour with most brom's, make no mistake about that.

I found this out some time ago when I started fiddling around with some Neo’s and Bill’s which I had multiples of. I kept the best plant in the area where I knew it grew OK and I moved the extras to all different positions in the shade houses and gardens, and in doing so gave them all different degrees of light. From the results, I learned a lot about the importance of plant placement, and the results from different intensities of light as well as the effects of different percentages and colours of shade cloth.

Without going into a full explanation I found that the best shade cloth for me in my area was 75% beige (or as it's sometimes called "sugar cane", "wheat" and other names depending on who makes it).

For me, the best position in a shade house for maximum colour for Neo's and Bill's was hanging about 18" below the roof shade cloth.

I also found you can have plants in a natural low light area and can easily increase the light by using reflection. e.g. I had a bench in a shade house which was quite "low light"; simply by painting the adjacent wall a light colour, the amount of extra light (reflected) made a remarkable difference to the colour of the plants. Don’t forget though, there are other types of brom’s that prefer lower light intensities such as Guzmanias and Nidulariums and if you plant wisely you can have a different type of brom for all areas in your yard.

I would have to say that the best plant for uninterrupted light (even full sun) all day would be Ae. Recurvata. Our house faces south west and we cop the cold south west winter winds and also the hot summer westerlies. These combined with no protection from the sun proved to be an ideal location for recurvatas, and I firmly believe that in my area they can take all the inclement weather you can throw at them and still come up looking good every spring.

I have posted a pic of recurvatas in the west facing garden at the front of the house. These plants are shaded by the house until about 11.00 am and then they get full sun for the rest of the day. The other thing to observe from the pic is that they also receive (reflected light) from the white painted house and (reflected light) from the light coloured exposed aggregate paving surrounding the garden.

All the best, Nev.


Ae Recurvata

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 27, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8780031

Beautiful pic, Nev.
I must move my recurvata more to the front of the greenhouse or maybe even outside. It is green and there is no sign of any color even though it has the bud growing bigger. It is at the shadier end, so out it will come. I have a small piece of shadecloth over the ends of the two green house so I can have a few plants growing between them. It may be making the end a little too shady for the brom.
It may be just me, but I think all the broms have grown a lot since their change of location.
Jean.

perke_patch

August 28, 2011
1:48 AM

Post #8780608

Nev your neo apricot nectar is such a lovely colour and your bed of recurvatas are stunning. We have a couple of recurvata hybrids now and they do look lovely grown in full sun.

The pic is an aechmea we have flowering at the moment. it is a lovely colour and called pink flamingo although the infloresence is more orange than pink.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 28, 2011
2:10 AM

Post #8780615

and this is a recurvata hybrid we got from Nev. I love it so much it has piqued my interest in recurvata hybrids.

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 28, 2011
2:13 AM

Post #8780616

so when we saw some hybrids at the markets we just had to buy 2 of them ... 1 for Jen and the other for us. Unfortunately one tipped over in the car and the infloresence was damaged. The pic is our damaged one. Perhaps Jen can post a pic of her perfect one to show you what it should look like.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 28, 2011
1:31 PM

Post #8781498

Hi everyone,

WOW!!!!! ... I was just having a bit of a look at Face book yesterday (I must admit I'm not a frequent visitor) and I came across some pic's Sue put up of her trip to Bali. There's one of her looking a little unsure of herself nursing a massive snake (possibly an Anaconda) which would have to be about ten feet long and as thick as my thigh and wrapped around her waist. To top it all off she also has what looks like some sort of Water Dragon or Chameleon sitting on her head as well. What won't that girl do????

Wendy - Was that recurvata I sent in flower when you got it or was it just starting?

I just don't remember, but whatever stage it was at, it seems to have lost most of its leaf colour during transit and it seems it doesn't like the dark inside the box. Either that or being closed up in a box devoid of light for a few days has confused the flowering cycle and the leaves are reverting back to green again, very interesting.

I'm now curious, what was the name on it?

All the best, Nev.

Pic of the day from "Nev's Place" - Neoregelia (Carolinae x Painted Lady) #001

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 29, 2011
2:23 AM

Post #8782390

Nev, I love your Carolinae x Painted Lady. Looks a lot like my Chirippo.
Wendy, I just love it when you go shopping. Can't wait to catch up with you. I love both the recurvatas. Between you and Nev I'm beginning to get interested in them. Sue should be home on Tuesday if she doesn't get eaten by some giant reptile. Welcome home Sue.
For those people not on the FB here are some before, during and after photos of the old pool transformation to my new shadehouse.

Thumbnail by brombirdie
Click the image for an enlarged view.

brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 29, 2011
2:24 AM

Post #8782392

During.

Thumbnail by brombirdie
Click the image for an enlarged view.

brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 29, 2011
2:28 AM

Post #8782393

After, taken this morning. Check out the lovely neat shadecloth. Johnny, assisted by Wendy, put up all the shadecloth while I hobbled around with my bung knee.

Thumbnail by brombirdie
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 29, 2011
4:23 AM

Post #8782471

Jen it all looks beautiful. Well done Wendy and Johnny. How is your knee going? I hope you're not in too much pain still. Colleen
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 29, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8783427

Good morning all,

Jen - WOW! ... that's certainly some transformation, and look at all those extra spots which you can fill up with more brom's! It's really great to see before, during and after shots of a makeover as it gives a true picture of the work involved; it's just a pity there's no shot of your willing workers as well, as I'd really love to be able to put faces to names.
Anytime I've done a bit of a makeover, I always remember to take a pic when it's finished but always forget the "before" and "during" shots.

I've had a couple of additions to the family yesterday, the little New Holland Honeyeaters which have nested in a Nudicaulis plant above the frog pond, had two babies out of the nest yesterday, and teaching them to fly... and that's not all; I also have a pair of spotted honey eaters nesting in a largish plant of Vriesea Guttata in my Vriesea shade house. The plant is hanging from the roof right above the accessway and I have to walk directly beneath it everything I go in, out or through the shade house and the hen bird just sits there and never seems to worry about me.

I found the nest quite by accident a couple of weeks ago when I lifted the plant down with the idea of dividing it and I wondered why the honey eaters were kicking up such a fuss and soon found out when to my surprise I spied the nest with two light pinkish coloured brown spotted eggs. As soon as I saw this I put the plant straight back in the same spot and as soon as I walked a step away the hen was back on the nest again.

The nest was quite exposed and if it had rained there was only shade cloth for protection so I got up on the roof and put a bit of old plywood over the shade cloth with a brick to hold it in place. I was concerned that she may have left the nest with me fiddling around so close but I reasoned that it was better for her to leave a couple of fresh eggs than to have the babies drown from the pouring rain. She just sat on another pot a short distance away and watched me work and then returned to the nest again when I had finished.

When it’s watering time now, she sits nearby and watches while I just trickle a bit of water from the hose over the rim of the pot and water the mix without wetting the plant or the nest. Again, as soon as I’ve finished, she returns and sits on the nest again and I'm sure she appreciates the help I have given her. I’ll try and get a pic today but it probably won’t be much good as I don’t want to get too close and disturb her. So stay tuned for further news of the impending new addition/s to my family.

All the best, Nev.

Pic of the day from "Nev's Place"... The two forms of Neo Amazing Grace

First, the light form ...

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 29, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8783432

... and now the dark form. Both are immature plants, but you can at least get an idea of the different colours.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 29, 2011
1:40 PM

Post #8783436

Sorry, that should have read, the first is a mature plant and the second is immature.
brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 29, 2011
5:41 PM

Post #8783809

Thanks Colleen. My knee hardly hurts at all now as long as I wear a brace. Hi Nev, very nice Amazing Graces. That's a good idea about taking a photo of the workers. Wendy probably won't mind but I'd be flat out keeping Johnny still enough to get a shot. My husband and son who did all the framework would think I was crazy if I wanted their photos. It's great having a poor uni student for a son as he is very handy and willing to do almost anything for some extra cash. I've been at Wendy's this morning and your lovely Ae. recurvata Peach Blush looks stunning. I'd love to buy one from you if you have a spare or I might have something you want to trade. Your menagerie is certainly growing. Hope you can get some photos. We had a dove who insisted on nesting in a palm tree and the frond used to always fall off before the family was ready to leave. Ray had to tie the branch to the fence so that the nest wouldn't fall down. This is Ae. Echidna flowering. Spring is in the air!

Thumbnail by brombirdie
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 30, 2011
12:27 AM

Post #8784377

Hi everyone,

Here's a pic of Mummy Honey Eater sitting on her eggs, can you see her?

All the best, Nev.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

August 30, 2011
5:07 AM

Post #8784610

Hi. Nev the recurvater you sent me was "peach parfait". I think it started to flower just after I received it. It has been in a spot that only got a bit of morning sun so maybe too much shade made the leaves revert to green. However we have redone a sunny garden and put all red macaw and cockabell mass planting with recurvaters along the front so maybe peach parfait will blush again now with more sun. I can't wait for our 2 hybrids to pup up so we can have more of them.

I will be posting some pics of our trip to see DORA THE EXPLORER today so there will be some pics of me with Emily at that. Check on FB tomorrow. There should be some pics of Johnny with the grandkids too on FB. Just so you can put a face to a name I'll post a pic of Johnny holding a vr kiwi dusk we took to show the size of it.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 30, 2011
5:25 AM

Post #8784633

Wow Wendy and I thought that mine was doing good. I can't wait for it to get to that size. You both did a great job of Jen's SH. You both should be chuffed for doing such a great job. Colleen
brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 30, 2011
5:01 PM

Post #8785672

Oops. Wendy, I remembered it was Peach Parfait after I posted. The Kiwi Dusk is enormous. Sounds like you had a good day at Dora the Explorer. At least the rain held off until last night.

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

August 30, 2011
8:51 PM

Post #8786091

Jen, your SH really is a wonderful showplace for your Broms...
Is that a rope going up the support poles, providing a niche for the Broms..
Whatever it is it looks great...

Nev, that was very kind of you making a cover for the nest...I'm sure that the family will provide you with lots of entertainment in return..
Dianne
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 31, 2011
1:17 PM

Post #8787218

Hi everyone,

Here's a question for you all, especially Sue if she's back yet, I need an ID for a plant.

It is one that I once bought as a small plant and was named X Neophytum Ralph Davis. It looks nothing like my other Ralph Davis plants in colour even though they have been growing side by side.

It is about 12" across, and has been growing in good light beneath 75% beige shade cloth and hanging right up just below the roof with my other Ralph Davis and Galactic Warrior plants.

The only fertilizer it had was about 5gm. of Brunnings Rose food when it was first potted about eighteen months ago.

Any Ideas ?

All the best, Nev.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

gardengal
se qld
Australia

August 31, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8787380

Darn, picture is sideways, will post again. duh! lol


This message was edited Sep 1, 2011 8:14 AM

Thumbnail by gardengal
Click the image for an enlarged view.

gardengal
se qld
Australia

August 31, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8787388

Trying again, this time with an upright pic. lol There's definitely something to be said for using the preview button.

Look what I found! I thought a few weeks ago its shape seemed to have changed. :)

Pam

Thumbnail by gardengal
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 31, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8787415

I know it's a Vreisea Pam but who is it please? I love these Vreiseas. Colleen
gardengal
se qld
Australia

August 31, 2011
4:08 PM

Post #8787483

Colleen, it was a pup from an unlabelled plant from someone's garden a few years ago. I don't know if it's Red Chestnut or just a look alike. It's not in perfect light, so the colour isn't as rich as it used to be.

On doing some quick calculations, it has to be at least 8 years since I got that plant, and it's never produced a single pup ... weird.

Pam
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 31, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8787491

It's a beauty, Pam. Are vrieseas generally slow to set pups? My Kiwi's have lost colour over winter with the poor light.

I have 2 tillandsias out today, first flower for both. T. Butzii has a long stem and a paler flower while Bulbosa is a squat stem with more branches.

Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 31, 2011
4:21 PM

Post #8787496

Hi everyone,
I usually drop in and read most days, but often don't have too much going on to add to the conversations. I think I bombarded you all so much to start with ...the unending questions, well they have slowed down now days, but they seem to harder questions to explain and for people to answer nowadays, lol.
Love all the photos, and ohhhh Nev, what a good soul you are, I'm sure mummy honey eater really appreciates what you have done, and yes i could see her sitting on her nest. Beautiful. Can't wait to see some more progress shots.
I am waiting on a few goodies to arrive, this week and next week too, I just can't wait. so I'll be able to add some more photos then. I have a little Vr Kiwi Sunset coming and I hope it grows up to be as big as you Kiwi Dusk Wendy, great photo.
I also have a surprise box coming from a friend, and I won't really know what's in it until it gets here, and I hope it will be here by tomorrow as I don't want it sitting over the weekend.
The is some kind of function on at the Cairns Botanical gardens this Sunday for Father's day, I had never heard of it, but have been invited by a brom friend in Cairns to go with him, so our two families will be going to that, so it should be nice. Means a very early morning for us, no breakfast in bed for hubby, he'll have to settle for McDonalds when we get down to cairns cause we'll be leaving at about 6AM to make it down in time. Apparently you must be early or you miss out.

I am a little nervous about spring and summer coming, as up here in the north you kind of just go from winter to summer and it happens quickly and is usually quite a shock as to where the heat came from so quickly, and it's going to be our first summer with broms, and I don't want to lose any. Either through burning or rotting when the wet kicks in. I guess it's going to test us out quite a lot this year while we get use to what works best, including if we have gotten our mix right.
I am starting to worry about some of my vrieseas drying out a bit much a some leaves were starting to curl, so yesterday we put up our "topper" over the shade house, so it now has 2 layers of 70% over the top, and I gave the vrieseas a good drink and they seem to look much better this morning.
A question, how often do you all water? I was told by someone near me, that once a week is enough for Neo's and just to make quick sort of hosing, and then on the alternate week, to give them a better drenching and wash the vase out. does that sound right to you all? But what about Vrieseas, I gather they like more water than Neos. I was considering changing my vriesea mix, as I use the same for everything, all broms, but then I am worried if I make the Vriesea mix so it hold a bit more moisture, will the wet season, when it can rain for week on end...rot them out?? and seeing as most of the Vrieseas are a lot more expansive than most of my Neos, this is worrying me a little bit.
Some of you have had weeks of rain down south lately, how do all your broms handle it? Am I just being silly?
Thanks heaps everyone,
Tash
Ps, just tried to post this but instead it vanished, lucky i copied it first, phew. WOW love that Vriesea Colleen, it's funny cause I was trying to attach a photo of my Red Chestnut, and it wouldn't work, so I'll post this and then try the photo on it's own.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 31, 2011
4:37 PM

Post #8787512

ok trying again for the third time, this is my Vr Red Chestnut I got a few weeks ago from Whyanbeel, he was reluctant to sell it as it is 7 or 8 years old he said. I am very happy to have it in my collection.
Tash

Thumbnail by springer99
Click the image for an enlarged view.

gardengal
se qld
Australia

August 31, 2011
5:27 PM

Post #8787597

springer99 wrote:
The is some kind of function on at the Cairns Botanical gardens this Sunday for Father's day, I had never heard of it, but have been invited by a brom friend in Cairns to go with him, so our two families will be going to that, so it should be nice.


The Fathers Day Plant Sale!!! Oh you lucky, lucky thing Tash! I'd dearly love to get to one but have never been up that way at the right time. I'm told it's a great opportunity to get some rare and unusual plants, but you need to get there earlier than early or you'll be having to park miles away. Don't forget to tell us about your 'scores'. And take the camera - I think the Flame of the Forest (Mucuna Bennettii) should still be flowering through the garden now, should be spectacular from all accounts.

Have fun
Pam
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 31, 2011
11:36 PM

Post #8788020

Hi everyone,

Pam- That's a good looking Vriesea you have there. I'm not sure if it's a Red Chestnut or not but It's certainly a very good looking example of fosteriana anyway. It's interesting what you say about the lack of pups. I have three supposedly Red Chestnuts all about six years old, one has produced nine pups so far and never flowered while both of the others never produced a pup until after they flowered and still only have given me two pups each up until now.

Karen - Although I'm not a Tillandsia grower, I do have a few which have been given to me over the years and I must say out of all of them I find Bulbosa the most interesting of the lot especially the bulbous base, which I find fascinating even when not in flower.

Tash - You can't beat local advice. Talk to your local growers about your concerns about the hot weather and the rainy season and I'm sure they can offer you some tried and tested advice on what to do.

All the best, Nev.

Pic of the day from "Nev's Place"...

Aechmea recurvata var. recurvata

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

September 1, 2011
4:12 AM

Post #8788107

Hi. Like Tash I usually read posts daily but don't always have time or anything to add so just flit in and out again.

Well ... out visit to Catlans. What started as a group of us going ended up being just Jen and me but it was all good. Both my Johnny and John C were under the weather due to their medications so Jen and I had a wonderful time with Genny. We started out in the billbergia hybrids and picked out some lovely coloured bills. Then we moved on to Genny's special section of variegated neos. ... a little bit in need of care and attention we deadleafed a bit just to locate labels. When Genny came over she graciously allowed me to have a couple of these special pups. She then took us up to her area of special billbergias behind the house. These are the species and special ones which they use for hybridising. We ended up with quite a few special ones like 'pink love', 'pink patches', 'de nada' and a lovely pendula one which I can't remember the name of. I'll check the list in the box tomorrow.

Attached pic is one of the lovely plant Genny gave us for free. It is a sinningia leucotricha. It looks like a potato sitting on top of the pot with all these little plants shooting out of it. It ends us like a basket full of plants with 4 furry leaves which then produce these lovely orange bell shaped flowers. The potato then shoots out little cormorants or little potatoes which can be moved to a new pot. Jen and I got a little potator each with a little plant shooting out of them.

More pics to follow tomorrow after I pot them all up.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

gardengal
se qld
Australia

September 1, 2011
12:32 PM

Post #8788808

That's an awesome looking plant Wendy. Maybe one day when I have more time to mess around with fidgety plants again ...
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

September 3, 2011
12:56 PM

Post #8791692

Hi everyone,

I'm after some assistance from anyone who can help identify the plant pictured. It belongs to an old friend of mine (80+) and she says it was given to her as a gift by a brom growing friend some years ago. She can't remember the name of the person who gave it to her and only remembers that it was either an unnamed seedling or a pup when she was given it. She suspects it is some type of Guzmania hybrid or possibly a bi generic with a Guzmania growth habit and she says it has been in flower for almost twelve (12) months (which has been verified).

She says she is often being given bits and pieces by friends but because her memory isn't as good as it used to be, by the time they flower she has often forgotten who gave them to her. She is a very dear old friend who is always going out of her way to help others so I thought it would be good if I could help her by trying to find out the name of her plant for her.

Thanks in advance

All the best, Nev.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 3, 2011
2:47 PM

Post #8791792

Nev, that is a beauty, whatever it is.

This tillandsia in flower for the first time today. Don't know what it is, but small and pretty.

Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

September 5, 2011
3:12 AM

Post #8793795

Karen is your tillandsia velutina or neglecta. look up both and see what you think.

Pam by the time that little bulb has babies you might be ready to grow them LOL. It is so tiny now and Jen's was so tiny she didn't even find it in her box. I put it on the top of one of her pots but she wasn't looking for it soooooo.
Her name is down for our first little one.

For those of you who haven't seen them I posted the latest pics of our paiinted delight seedlings last night on facebook. can't remember if I posted them on planet brom or the Australian site but they are there. there is some more mature ones now flowering and looking really good so worth a look. If I post them here it will take too long and too many posts so check facebook. Here is my favourite one pd3.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

gardengal
se qld
Australia

September 5, 2011
1:33 PM

Post #8794690

Tash hasn't come back and reported back on her scores from the Fathers Day sale - I wonder if she ended up filling the car so full she had to walk home? hehehe

Pam
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 5, 2011
2:41 PM

Post #8794796

Hi everyone. Seems I have a couple of broms and more tillandsias budding up. Blessed be Spring. Gotta love it.

Wendy, thank you for the clues. Definitely not veluntina as the flowers are different. Looks like Neglecta, definitely.

Can't wait for flowers to open and to getting more pics. The tills are doing very well. The broms look good too.

Karen
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 5, 2011
5:20 PM

Post #8795023

Two years ago, my Ae. Recurvata flower was all red.

Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 5, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8795025

This year, the first pup from the above plant has pink flowers...???

Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

September 6, 2011
1:25 PM

Post #8796314

Good morning girls,

It seems like there's not many of us using this forum anymore as everyone seems to be spending all of their time on Face Book. It's a pity as this was a good friendly little forum and personally I can't be too bothered with Face Book as it's not as straight forward as this forum is and not as easy to use.

Anyway, that's my whinge over for the day .

Karen - have you moved that recurvata plant to an area of lower light or has a nearby tree grown larger and is stopping some light, as it's usually light intensity that's responsible for such a dramatic change in the colour habits of a flowering brom. Recurvatas down here are always very colourful and I would have thought up North there would be better light and consequently more colour in your recurvatas than we get here. For comparison, today I’m attaching a pic of a recurvata in my garden down here, and tomorrow I'll post a pic of bits from the same plant growing in a Peppercorn tree in the same back yard but getting less light. (I can't do it today as I haven't taken the pic yet) .

Wendy – That’s a nice looking seedling, how much light have you had that in to bring out the nice soft pastel shades?

Also, what part of Face Book did you put the other pic's in ?

All the best, Nev

Ae. Recurvata var. recurvata

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 6, 2011
2:15 PM

Post #8796383

Nev, I have lost colour in a lot of my broms due to low light in winter. There is virtually nowhere I can put them to get more sun. Summer will bring more light, as the sun is higher, and gets over the trees. I almost cried when my glorious Bill. Hallelujah went green. It is starting to get some colour back in it now though.

Karen
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 6, 2011
3:19 PM

Post #8796466

I do hope you all stay around on here as I find the info and pictures really great.
Nev, I wont go near Facebook or any of those type of sites. My daughter always tells me to get on but I like it here on DG.
I am like you Karen. I was so disappointed when all my Bill. Hallelujahs went green too.
Now that they are in the brighter light in the greenhouse, they have gone back to their lovely spotted chocolate.
It has been very dull here all winter too, but the greenhouse gets all the light there is all day so I am seeing more color in a lot of the broms.
I am waiting on my recurvata flower to open. It is the first time for me.
I am hoping for a lot more flowers on the broms now they are in more light. I have only ever had a few flower for me .
I have lots of pups coming on a variety of the plants and the recurvata has a small pup too.
I am finding that I am getting pups on plants I have not had flower for me.
Either they were not pups when purchased or they just want to put out pups before flowering.
I am waiting to see flowers on some of my aechmeas. and bills. I prefer them to the neos as I like to see the flowers , even though the neos do have lovely color.
My aechmea "Mend" now has 2 large pups with lovely color just like the mum.
I did post here ages ago about its getting to be a bright red color and Sue said it was a sign of it rotting in the center. I pulled the centre leaves and they came out easily so I emptied the water and left it in the corner to die.
It has never looked better . There are 2 large pups with the lovely pink stripes of their mother.
Sue kindly sent me pups to replace the plant , but the old plant must have decided she was still productive.
My bill. Hallelujahs have never flowered , but pup all the time.
I now have my tillandsias in the greenhouse with the rest of the broms as they were not looking too good down in the shadehouse. Not enough warmth there. Now they will get any sun there is during the day.
Jean.
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

September 6, 2011
3:36 PM

Post #8796494

Nev I'm still here too. I only go onto FB to look at Sue's brom she has for sale and see anything that someone has put up a link to. I only joined FB when Leisa took a video of here garden and put a link up for us to go and have a look. I don't usually write anything. Colleen

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

September 6, 2011
7:43 PM

Post #8796824

helloooooooooo everyone,
I am most definitely still here, and not going away, ha ha ha ha.
Yeah I am guilty of being on Facebook a lot, lol, use to hate it, love it now, it's one of them things that once you get use to it and know how to get around in it, it's good. But if you don't know how to get around and how to set settings and stuff, it can be very overwhelming.
I find it easy to set up photo albums so that friend can look and you aren't looking back through forum posts to find that brom of someones you wanted to see. For me... I find it more organised, but I still love DG.
ohhhhhh Pam, you made me laugh, yeah lucky it's dual cab ute or the kids would of had plants in their laps, lol. We got some amazing bargains and I will be keen to go again next year for sure. It was a bit of a walk, as roads were closed off and I'm so glad we got there early! We met a friend there and he brought some with him that we had agreed to buy off him, and also gave me some hair pups off some Alcantareas as I didn't have any, so all in all, it was a great day.
Plus the box that came from a friend down south last friday...wow what a surprise package that was, she was well and truly helped boost my collection, she is just amazing.
so I had cleared tonnes of space in the brom house to make room last week and now it's full again. Have to re sort it all again as I still have some more coming this week and next week too.
I am loving all these Ae. Recurvata photos, I don't have that brom, I only have the little Aechmea recurvata benrathii, which I gather from the photos are much smaller. I think I might have to get some though as I need some good sun hardy broms that don't need shade cloth over them for summer, and they look really nice.
Oh my daughter brought her first broms at the Father's Day sale too, she is most happy about her purchases, she got a Neo Garnish that has great colour and has a flower starting to happen and a little Guzmania sanguinea Var brevipedicellata seedling that is a few inches in height.
I would prefer to see her spend her money on a couple of plants then on lollies!
Here is a photo of the haul from the weekend :)
Hope you are all well
Tash

Thumbnail by springer99
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

September 7, 2011
12:42 AM

Post #8797074

Hi everyone,

Good to see you all coming out of the woodwork at last.

Jean, when you tell the story of your Mend that rotted, it brought back some painful memories of some of my early seed growing exploits. I had planted some Mend seed and got about 90% germination and they grew and grew and seemed to get bigger each time I looked at them. Finally one day (it was about three weeks after our New Years Day heatwave a few years back) I was looking around to see what damage I had sustained when I noticed one of these seedlings with a little bit of bright red in one of the leaves. I immediately patted myself on the back for growing something different and each day as I watched it the red became more pronounced. Then I spied another one and then another until I had about six or more all showing the red leaves.

I was so excited I couldn’t wait to boast of my exploits on the (original) Garden Web Bromeliad Forums and I wrote and posted some pic’s and waited for the comments to come flooding in. Wrong! The first comment was from a much more experienced grower than I and she said “I don’t know how to tell you this Nev, but I think that’s a sign of rot; just pull gently on the centre leaves)

Immediately I did as she had said and as I worked my way through all my “beautiful new hybrid, red centred plants”, the middle pulled out of each one, and the smell was enough to kill a brown dog. Talk about a deflated ego!!!!!

What had happened was the water in the centre had got so hot that it scalded the centre growing tips and they died and started to rot. I just threw all these “lovely red leaved specimens” on the compost heap in disgust; but about three months later everyone had two pups. So although they didn’t die, they were just a plain pink coloured leaf variety and some were an olive green colour as well, but they did grow and flower. So that’s the sad conclusion to what I though may have been a journey to hybridization fame.

The moral of the story “Things ain’t always as they seem”

All the best, Nev.

The plants on the left were the rotted ones and the ones on the right show the coloured foliage I finished up with.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jaljing
Chengdu
China

September 7, 2011
12:53 AM

Post #8797082

Looking the cold winter is coming, how could I choose myself a right multi-fuel wood stove for overcoming this cold winter day? Could You give me some advice? Someone advice me to choose the Astove's wood stove , which is a professional online stove shop for various wood burning stoves ,Do there someone use their products? How about that?

This message was edited Sep 7, 2011 12:55 AM

Thumbnail by jaljing
Click the image for an enlarged view.

perke_patch

September 7, 2011
1:20 AM

Post #8797083

Hi everyone. I'm still here too. I prefer DG because it feels like we are a bunch of friends discussing a shared hobby where FB feels like more of a public forum. I am more comfortable putting more info on DG that I wouldn't think of putting on FB. The only drawback is that you can only post 1 photo at a time here where I can upload a whole album at one time on FB.

Nev I put those pics on planet bromeliad but I intend to put them in my FB album so they are all together. there are a few more starting to flower so lots of colour coming. That one I posted here is growing in a totem that gets early morning sun but by late morning it is in shade of the tree nearby. However it is in bright light all day. I have trialled some of these seedlings growing in sun and they seem to handle a fair bit of sun without burning.

pic is another painted delight seedling. this one is pd42. I love the deep red striping.

Wendy

Thumbnail by perke_patch
Click the image for an enlarged view.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

September 7, 2011
1:34 AM

Post #8797087

Hey Nev,
oh wow, what a disappointment that must of been! But wow regarding them still throwing a couple of pups to save themselves, absolutely amazing! That would of been so heart breaking.
They looked quite amazing in the photo.

Hmm looks like someone has posted in here in error?? Not sure how they managed that??

Here is a photo taken today in the brom house

Tash

PS Wendy we must of posted at the same time, I love your seedling, I too love the red lines, very nice :)

This message was edited Sep 7, 2011 6:36 PM

Thumbnail by springer99
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

September 7, 2011
2:01 AM

Post #8797100

Has anyone got a brown? maroon? aechmea with silver stripes that they can put a pic up of please with a name if possible. Colleen
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 7, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8797855

Nev, that is a sad story. But it is from such experiences that you learn and grow. Well, hopefully your plants will grow.

Tash, you are getting such a colourful collection. In that last photo, what is the name of the one, red and gold, centre top? It's lovely.

I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but am excited to see this budding up. Vr. Hoelscheriana. Go baby!

Karen

Thumbnail by DawnSong
Click the image for an enlarged view.

gardengal
se qld
Australia

September 7, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8797857

I'm definitely still here too - it's far more cosy and warm than the facebook page. (And I think the lack of games makes DG significantly less of a time-waster. lol)


Pam
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

September 7, 2011
2:10 PM

Post #8797935

Hi everyone,

It's great to hear from everyone again, and here's me thinking Face book had stolen you all!

As promised in my first post on Sept 6, I have today attached a pic of recurvata growing in "low light" in a peppercorn tree just for comparison with the other pic of the one growing in the open.

Wendy - PD42 is a keeper for sure, nice clear colour and wide leaves, please put me down for a pup for later down the track. I have a few with similar radial red striping which have turned up from a crossing with Rosea Striata x Bea Hanson, but they're still too young to tell if they will have the nice form that yours has. Well done!

Tash - That's a great looking collection you're getting together there and you certainly have a great eye for colour. I expect you'll be breeding some good colourful seedlings in the future.

Colleen - Sorry I can't help, I don't know of an Aechmea fitting that description, unless it was a sun burned Chantinii; are the stripes vertical or horizontal ?

Karen - I'm looking forward to seeing your Vr. Hoelscheriana in flower, it's not one I have myself and I've been told by others that the pic's on the BCR and FCBS don't do it justice, so keep the camera at the ready.

Pam - Its good to see you're still here as well, just hiding in the background were you?

All the best, Nev.

Recurvata growing in low light in the Peppercorn tree.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

September 7, 2011
2:14 PM

Post #8797939

This is another "oldie but a goodie" and still one of my favourites.

All the best, Nev.

Aechmea 'Pie in the Sky'

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

September 7, 2011
2:23 PM

Post #8797953

Nev, what colour is Ae Chantinii? Can you put up a pic of it please? Colleen
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

September 7, 2011
4:19 PM

Post #8798100

Hi everyone (again),

Colleen - Ae Chantinii comes in quite a variety of foliage colours with horizonatl banding. If you go into the FCBS site and go to the Photo Index , select Aechmeas, then select species and scroll down to chantinii you will see a few examples of what I'm talking about. I don't grow them myself as they are very "cold tender" here.

As well as these there are also Hohenbergias and some Billbergias which also fit that description.

All the best, Nev.

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

September 7, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8798166

Hi Everyone,
Just realised we are still using the August thread, anyone want to have a go at doing a new thread, lol, and don't make my muck up from last month and forget a photo, he he he.
Karen that one in the top middle is Neo Fool's Gold :) I can't wait to see your Vr. Hoelscheriana flower too, very exciting.
Thanks for all the comments on my photo, Nev I hope to one day have some nice seedlings, but that will be a while away yet :)
All these Recurvata photos are really making me want some, he he he.
Yes I like the chantinii hybrids, and no worries with cold sensitivity up here ;)
I have a question, has anyone heard of a Vr altodaserrae? I know it exists, it's just a have a friend who brought one a while back, a couple of years ago I believe and lets just say it died and I'd love to get her another one. But I don't know anything about it, whether it's expensive, or rare or ???? Any ideas would be great.
Tash
gardengal
se qld
Australia

September 8, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8799460

splinter1804 wrote:

Pam - Its good to see you're still here as well, just hiding in the background were you?




Truth be known, Nev, I've been waiting for the past fortnight for the coffee to kick in. lol

Nev, was it you who was after aechmea red ribbons?

Pam
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

September 8, 2011
3:12 PM

Post #8799537

Good morning everyone,

Well today's "set up day" for our annual Brom Show, and as I'm not exhibiting table plants any more I thought I'd do a small educational "table top display" about the life cycle of a Neoregelia. Starting with the seed and going though all the various stages to adulthood and flowering until finally it finishes with a plant showing the pups as well as the seed capsules forming in preparation for the continuing life cycle. I did a similar thing last year and I found it created a lot of interest especially with primary school children and by the end of the weekend I was hoarse from answering all their questions. It was great to see their interest and who knows, maybe among them are some brom growers of the future.

I’ll also make a bit of “pocket money” as I have a chance to sell some of my seedlings and hopefully make some space for the new babies coming through. I find I can sell them at 3” pot size at the show as they’re large enough for people to manage and yet small enough not to create transport hassles for me. I have a batch of Ae Nudicaulis seedlings which came from seed off a selfing of Nudicaulis ‘Costa Rica’ and although at this stage they aren’t showing the pinkish foliage colouring, they are starting to show some nice horizontal silvery banding which is a good sign at this early stage.

I also have some bi-generic crosses of x Niduregelia ‘Something Special’ crossed with itself, and for you newer growers who don’t know what a XNiduregelia is, it’s a Nidularium x Neoregelia. Because it was self pollinated, it’s impossible to say what the seedlings will look like. The earlier ones that flowered last year had about 70% Neoregelia type plants (not very big but very colourful) and 30% were more like the XNiduregelia ‘Something Special’ only tending toward a “pinkish” foliage colour.

Finally there are some Neo Thunderbird x Self seedlings which are small/medium size coming in various shades of red and very colourful. They sold very well last year as I’ve found people like to see colour and hopefully they’ll sell well again this year, so I can buy a few more pots and bark.

If only I could work out a way of posting all the show pictures together on this site instead of just one at a time, I could take you all to our show, so if anyone with computer knowledge can tell me how to do it, please let me know.

Pam – Yes it was me who was after Ae Red Ribbons, do you have one you want to sell or swap? I fyou're interested send me a DMail please.

I’ll finish by posting a pic of the main display at our show last year

All the best, Nev.

Thumbnail by splinter1804
Click the image for an enlarged view.

77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 8, 2011
3:22 PM

Post #8799550

Nev, heres my " Mend". As you see, it looks very healthy now. You would not believe I pulled the very red middle leaves out. You can see the 2 large pups which are slightly greener but still have some lovely color.

Jean.

Thumbnail by 77sunset
Click the image for an enlarged view.

77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 8, 2011
3:24 PM

Post #8799553

some of my Bill. Hallelujahs with the lovely chocolate color back.
I didnt like them when they all went green down in the shadehouse.
It has taken a few months of being in the brighter light of the greenhouse to color up again.

Thumbnail by 77sunset
Click the image for an enlarged view.

77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 8, 2011
3:26 PM

Post #8799557

This my Bill. Kyoto.
Look at the size of the pup and the different coloring to mum. I just wish more of my plants would flower, but as long as I am getting pups, I cant complain.
Jean

Thumbnail by 77sunset
Click the image for an enlarged view.

weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

September 8, 2011
3:51 PM

Post #8799586

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1218953/
hi All, heres a new thread for spring. Colleen, I will try and find you some photos of some brown with silver striped foliage broms.
See you over there!
Sue
gardengal
se qld
Australia

September 8, 2011
5:46 PM

Post #8799768

I have a pot of red ribbons I'm planning to divide in the near future (next month or two), Nev, so will be in touch for your address at the time - no need for an exchange.

Pam

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

September 10, 2011
1:04 AM

Post #8801780

I hate facebook and never go on it and i always check this site even if i sometimes i don't have anything to post. Springer- whats the really red one in your photo of the group of broms? and the green one under it, bottom right hand corner? thanks! i think i have them 2.

Thumbnail by breeindy
Click the image for an enlarged view.

You cannot post until you register and login.


Other Australian and New Zealand Gardening Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Welcome to the new Australian Gardening forum Terry 28 Oct 21, 2009 10:20 AM
Where are you in AU . holty 218 Jan 22, 2014 3:49 PM
soap tree aka 'Sapindus Mukorossis' is it available in aus'? gardenlen 15 Jul 18, 2013 2:22 AM
bromeliad-blanchetiana ? boofhead 7 Dec 30, 2011 7:42 PM
What you don`t want to see in your garden. ginger749 93 Sep 5, 2007 9:05 PM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America