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Australian and New Zealand Gardening: BROMELIADS FOR NOVICES & ADDICTS MAY & June 2012

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springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

May 15, 2012
2:13 AM

Post #9124328

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are all well and enjoying your broms. Sorry I haven't been popping in, things are pretty busy at home at the moment and my time has been a bit limited and being the Admin of the brom group on Facebook, I have to get to it first. I did get your message Nev about starting a new thread in here for you all as yes the other one is getting a bit long. I did this one for May and June since we are already half way through May :)
We haven't added many broms to our collections since the poisoning, still dealing with more rotting out from it and working out which ones are rubbish bin material and which ones have reached a point of no longer dying and instead have started to give us a pup to save themselves. I don't throw any out until we are completely satisfied that there is NO coming back... ie the fall to complete bits and then the trucnk ends up exploding into a rotten disgusting mess! Then we know... they are well and truly cactus... dead... beyond it. Then the pot, mix... everything from that brom... goes straight into the bin. Probably should keep the pot, but with what we have been through, a 50 cent pot is not worth the risk of infecting something else.

Well we came from the April thread here ... http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1250088/

We did buy a few nice new neos from a local person who is selling up most of her collection, so I'll include a photo from that recent purchase.
This one is Neoregelia Purple Star.

Hope you are all well :)

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perke_patch

May 15, 2012
4:33 AM

Post #9124393

AhhTash purple star is a nice choice of new brom. We have about 4 beauties at the moment but we want to keep them for pups for later. I could have sold them all last weekend as theyare stunners at the moment. We had about 6 others but they were snaffled up over the last 4 or 5 weeks since the couple in the totem at the start of the back shadecover area started looking good. the colour is certainly eye catching hence everyone hones in on them as soon as they get into the backyard.

Sorry I haven't been posting or even checking for a few nights. This head cold has really clung on and the eyes just aren't coping with looking at the computer. I tend to sit with it on and just glance sideways every now and then to see what's new popping up. I just lean back, chilling and watching TV till I just can't stay awake any longer. The last couple of days since our busy weekend I've even been getting pain in the back when breathing so it is upstairs in the warm by 4pm. I've even been getting the bath out of they way before tea as the hot water seems to ease the back pain. then it's dressing warmly for the night. We decided today we were getting an electric blanket just to warm the bed before we get in. I can't remember when we went from warm nights to bloody cold ones just in 24 hours. Today I didn't even take my jumper off all day. Now Jen has the head cold too. I shouldn't have gone to Olive's with her and possibly shared the germs around. She says she probably caught it from Rowan who has had it too but I'm not sure. So far Johnny hasn't got it off me but Max (the dog) has been sneezing and spraying the floor so I think I shared with him. Possibly from sharing my tea cause I certainly don't kiss him LOL

I love all these pics we've seen recently. Karen glad you are feeling better again. I read somewhere that if you have an arythmia you can correct it by doing something like hiccuping or sneezing, or coughing or something. I can't remember exactly what it was. I think it was sneezing as the pressure reboots the heart or something. maybe it was coughing cause you can force yourself to cough on deman but a true sneeze is a bit harder to do. Yes probably coughing. Anyway maybe you can try it next time and see if it works. I think it gave you the time to survive till the ambos can get there and get you to hospital. Anyway hope it works if you ever need it.

Did you get to see the tillandsias when you were here Karen? There are so many coming into flower and a lot more with seeds ripening. I should have some nice tills growing soon going by the seeds coming on. I still can't remember what it was I was going to show you if you came to our sale. This CRAFT is really a nuisance and I am really starting to rely on my notebook to help me remember. I just wish I had written down what I wanted to show you. It will come to me one of these days.

Geoff lovely to see a new member joining our chats. You say something about broms being a mossie breeding ground. This is a mistake a lot of people make. Apparently broms put out an enzyme that prevents mossie lavae from maturing. I know we've seen lavae swimming in the vriseas for several days then suddenly they sink to the bottom dead and become fertiliser for the plant. We also have lots and lots of little frogs so I guess they enjoy the snack of them too.

Gee I think bed is calling again soon. The energy just doesn't want me to stay up late at the moment. I don't want to get hooked on anything that doesn't finish till late so I am staying in the lounge with Johnny flicking channels which annoys me. At the moment he is watching something about fishing so that's not going to keep me engrossed for long. Wish we had got to the shops to buy our electric blanket today but no we ran out of time. Ah well tomorrow. Nev we've decided we'll leave our trip south till it starts to warm up a bit ... maybe around September. Too cold now. We can't even sit on the front verandah now with the westerly wind. Better downstairs in the sun. The vrisea seedlings are living in the kitchen now too at night then go outside in the sun first thing in the morning.

Off to bed now. Night all

Wendy

The pic is one from Margaret Patterson's in Gympie. It is a garden arch full of tillandsias. She has some nice till hybrids but I agree that she tends to name all her seedlings instead of just picking out the best. Some aren't worth it. what I liked was down by the river, seeing every tree loaded with clumps of tillandsia of all different types. Karen would have been like me ... drooling all over the place. And itching to collect some of the seed flying everywhere ... hence the till all over the place.
Night all

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

May 15, 2012
5:13 AM

Post #9124422

Hi everyone,

Nev, hope you are feeling better today. Your friendís brom collection sounds really awesome. They must have done so much work on the property, have they done it all themselves or had lots of helpers. Sounds a bit like the Olive Branch here in Brissie ...and then some. Would love to see it.

Karen, glad to hear you are on the mend.

Palmbob, welcome to the forum. I have seen and admired many of your succulent photos. I still have a large succulent collection, mainly agaves and aloe but I must admit I have now been totally won over by broms, especially neos and vrieseas ... in fact, I have become totally addicted. You mention going to your first brom show Ö bet you get hooked too!!! You certainly took some nice photos.

Colleen, enjoy your time away. I miss my plants whenever we go away for more than a couple of days too.

Tash, thanks for the new thread Ö Iíll have to find out how itís done. Hope your brom problems are over real soon.

Wendy, sorry to hear youíre still crook ... this cold snap wonít help at all. I always warm my side of the bed with an electric blanket (for about 6 months of the year) and wouldnít be without it. We have one in the van too, and a diesel heater Ö I hate getting cold as it brings out all the aches and pains.

I was lucky enough to get one of your lovely neo Purple Star earlier this year and itís is one of my favourites too.

My pics tonight are No 1 neo Peggy Bailey, No 2 neo Midnight / VooDoo, two of my recent purchases from Wendy and No 3 neo Purple Star

Till tomorrow, Shirley


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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 15, 2012
4:30 PM

Post #9125212

Welcome Palmbob Geoff. Great to see a new face here.

Colleen, have a safe trip and keep warm.

Wendy, hope that cold lifts soon now. They are dreadful things.

It is so cold here, and I can't seem to warm up. Heavens, it isn't even winter yet.

My broms are taking a bit of a backseat atm as my zygocactus are starting to flower.
A rare variegated Madam Butterfly flowered for the first time, and I am so thrilled.
It isn't an easy one to grow.

The pics have been a feast for the eyes. That neo Purple Star is a stunner.
Wendy, I see the tills on the wall are all growing on cork. Seems very popular now.
You are right, I would have been looking for bits fallen off, anything.
I have some with buds but they are very very slow developing into anything yet.
I think the sudden cold has sent a couple into shock. I hope they'll be OK. One is
Globosa, one I don't want to lose.

Nev, I haven't got around to posting that brom to you yet. Will probably wait until
I am feeling a bit fitter, or get Barry to do it. Which ever comes first.

Too cold to sit here, so going out into the sun. Sad when it is warmer outside than in.

Karen
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

May 15, 2012
7:00 PM

Post #9125353

Hi everyone Ė Iím back again. I posted the first bit of this post on the previous thread as thatís where the things were that I was commenting on. But itís very pleasing to see a few more people posting again especially now thereís a male on the forum as well.

Tash Ė Thanks again for coming to the rescue and starting a new thread for us once again. I think youíre doing the wise thing in holding off from getting too many new plants until youíre well and truly sure the cause of your problems have been sorted out.

I love the Neo. Purple Star though, itís certainly one to be admired, and like Wendy I have a few which Iím hanging on to as well. I could sell everyone of them as ďquick as a winkĒ because everyone who sees them wants to buy them. Was that one from our mutual friendís collectionĒ? She had a really good clone of it and she does grow good quality Neoís. I have a few others from different growers and although not as good, theyíre all still nice.

Wendy Ė Just beware of these pains in the back when you have a cold; if itís just the usual aches and pains, no problem, but if itís a ďsharpĒ pain it could be the start of pleurisy and you need to see a doctor quick smart or it will lay you low a lot longer than a cold will.

You say you have a problem with Johnny flicking channels on the T.V; well I have the same problem with my wife. The thing is she can watch two programmes at once and still follow them, when I complain Iím told I should learn to multi-skill like a woman!

Iím a bit like you Wendy and have to rely on a note book to remember things as well. The only problem is I often forget where I put the bloody note book!

Iíve seen pictures of trees loaded with Tillís in other peopleís collections as well; infact our president had a Bottle Brush at the front of his house on which he mounted three Tillís a few years back; now there are Till. Seedlings popping up all over the place and it makes you wonder that if they started up in the bush somewhere could they become feral like the ďold manís whiskersĒ has in some areas?

Shirley Ė I like your Neo Peggy Bailey, itís a fine example of an albo-marginated plant. And I donít think I can say anything about Purple Star that hasnít already been said. With Neo Midnight (previously called Voo Doo), you can get all of the green markings out of the foliage if you want to by growing it in a pretty much shaded area, in fact it will be that close to black that itís hard to see it isnít.

As for the collection belonging to Nina and Jarka Rehak which I spoke of in the previous thread, yes they did it all themselves but I think Nina is the main designer, she never stops. I havenít got any picís but if I get up there again Iíll take some but itís so steep itís hard to capture it and show it accurately.

Well Iíd better finish as Iíve already written a bit on the previous page so a few more picís of Lyndiís Singapore Garden to finish up with.

All the best, Nev.

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 15, 2012
8:22 PM

Post #9125447

Wow, I haven't seen a bromeliad scene like that in the US, ever... .though there are probably many in Florida (don't get there often).. .here are a few scenes from Thailand, though

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 15, 2012
8:25 PM

Post #9125454

And since you seemed to like the Neo show from Los Angeles, here are a few more plants: Neo Pele's Dream, Red Sea, Ring of Fire, Screaming Tiger

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 15, 2012
8:28 PM

Post #9125456

Neos Shocking Pink, Tiger, sp. tomoguchi and unknown that I somehow missed photographing the label of.

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palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 15, 2012
11:19 PM

Post #9125557

few more things Neo War Paint, Neo wilsoniana, Nidularium innocent lineata, Quesnelia marmorata Tim Plowman

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 15, 2012
11:22 PM

Post #9125558

Orthophytum falconii, Orthophytum guprosum, Tilandsia latifolia, Tilandsia leonamiana

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 15, 2012
11:24 PM

Post #9125559

Vrieseas Fatiima, Hanale, Midnight Splendor and ospinae var gruberi

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 15, 2012
11:28 PM

Post #9125560

And since you guys may not be growing too many of these in your part of Australia, here's a few Puyas... Puya coerulea types (second one is variety violacea)

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

May 16, 2012
1:17 PM

Post #9126220

Good morning all Ė Whereís everyone gone? At least Itís good to see you're still here Geoff. I donít have much time to spend here this morning as I have to sort out some things for an interesting day ahead today as itís the second of our four Brom Workshops for the year and Iím really looking forward to it.

This one is aimed at the newer members and will deal with basic cultural things like dividing and potting of different types of bromís. Some of the older members donate plants and pots etc for the purpose and the new members always go home with a plant or two that they donít have, so it makes for an enjoyable day for all.

Geoff Ė Wow! What an array of picís; where to start. Those first two look like theyíre from the Thailand Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens. Have you been there? A friend of mine from Thailand sent me a heap of picís to post a few threads back and the gardens are truly amazing.

Youíve posted picís of quite a variety of genera including some very nice Neoís, and a few I recognise but many that Iíve never seen before. Itís interesting to see the species Neo wilsoniana, one which is grown here but we donít often see at shows, and thatís a magnificent specimen of Ques. Tim Plowman; it shows the standard of the show when a plant of that quality only gets second, do you know what got first?

I like the Neo. called ĎTigerí, it has nice shape and unusual colouring, but I think itís wrongly named as itís nothing like the one that Chester Skotak registered. Nevertheless, Iíd still love to have it in my collection.

Like you say, there doesnít seem to be many Puyas grown in Aus. and I know there are none grown locally on the South East Coast in the area where I live; actually Iíve never seen one growing anywhere, but they are nice flowers. Are these in your collection and are they hard to grow? This may explain why they donít seem to be popular here. Anyway thanks a lot for posting all the great picís, Iím sure theyíre appreciated.

Thatís it from me today and unfortunately Iíve run out of picís so itís lucky that Geoff has come to the rescue.

All the best, Nev.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 16, 2012
3:06 PM

Post #9126332

Wow, Geoff, some goodies among that lot. I am interested in seeing the varieties of Puyas. I'd never heard of them until I saw one on eBay. It was grown here in Brisbane. I'll find a pic and put it up, but it is "borrowed" from the web, not my pic. It is Sapphire Tower.

Nev, I can't believe you've run out of pics! Wow, you've kept us going for so long. I ran out ages ago, and the new pups aren't interesting enough to put up, yet.

Hope everyone isn't too cold.
Karen

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

May 17, 2012
5:39 AM

Post #9126925

Hi everyone

Another week almost over. Nothing much happening here at the moment.

Nev, your brom workshops sound like a great idea Ö Iíll have to give some more thought to joining a Brom Group.

Geoff, more lovely pics. Sounds to me like youíre hooked !!!

Karen, I think the reason we are feeling the cold so much here in Brissie is because it was so sudden. Lovely and warm one day, near freezing the next. I am not looking forward to winter at all.

Wendy, hope you are feeling better. Are you still planning on going away.

We are thinking of heading north in a week or so, probably Hervey Bay. We will only go for about 10 days though, canít leave my plants for any longer than that.

Well, thatís about it for me tonight. I will attach pics of two more of my recent purchases Ė No 1 is vriesea Gruberi, No 2 is vriesea Kiwi Cream.

Bye for now, Shirley


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perke_patch

May 17, 2012
6:58 AM

Post #9127005

typed a big spiel and lost it posting 3 pics. no time to do it again so I 'll see you all tomorrow night early.

night for now.
Wendy

PS we had no power for over 4 hours last night so wasn't able to log on for a chat. Pic is billbergia fosters striata.

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 17, 2012
7:36 AM

Post #9127051

More Puya shots from this season

Puya ferruginea (1 and 2), Puya floccosa (3 and 4)

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palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 17, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #9127056

Puya unknown green species (related to P alpestris) 1-2
Puya spathacea 3-4

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palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 17, 2012
7:41 AM

Post #9127059

Unknowns

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palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 17, 2012
7:44 AM

Post #9127062

Puya venusta shots

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palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 17, 2012
7:48 AM

Post #9127066

Puya berteroana

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

May 17, 2012
2:08 PM

Post #9127455

Good morning all Ė Well the workshop went well yesterday with nine members present seven of which are new members. I took three very large and very much pot-bound plants of Neoregelia, Aechmea and Vriesea to the workshop to practice on, and just to put you in the picture, our workshop worked like this:

First of all, as the topic of our last General Meeting was ďGrowing ConditionsĒ, I started a small discussion on this topic as an "ice breaker", which not surprisingly brought forth a lot of questions. We have found that since we have been holding these workshops, members and especially new members are more likely to ask questions than they do at a full General Meeting. The reason often given is that they feel a bit intimidated at a large meeting and of course the exact opposite is true of our workshops as they are just small groups. We spent about half an hour discussing and answering questions while the new members had their pencils and note pads working full speed.

We then had a cup of coffee and while they were drinking this I started with the rather large Neo and explained what was required when dividing/re-potting a plant. This started with an external examination of the plant for possible bugs and diseases and then a demo on the correct way to remove it from the pot after which an examination of the roots was performed as I explained the types of problem that may be encountered such as Root Mealy Bug, Curl Grubs etc. I then explained how to clean it up paying special attention to the correct way to remove dead and damaged basal leaves without damaging any possible tiny pup ďeyesĒ which may be hiding behind them. Discussion then took place on the selection of an appropriate sized pot and what the requirements were for a good potting medium.

With the plant I had selected, I had purposely cut off pretty well all of the roots so that when it was potted I could show one of the ways to stabilise it in the pot using bamboo kebab skewers while emphasising that this is done as they are reluctant to put down new roots if they can move in the pot. This was met with quite a bit of interest and when it was potted up fertilized and watered, I then went and sat down again.

This was met by some very bewilded looks on the faces of the members present until I said, ďItís your turn nowĒ, and before they had a chance to back away I told them that whoever came forward got to keep the plant that they potted, and we soon had a group around the table potting plants.

This is how the rest of the day went; I next demonstrated on a couple of very overgrown and very prickly Aechmea recurvatas and explained that the best way to tackle this type of plant was from the bottom thus avoiding the spikes. I cleaned and potted one and once again it was their turn; this time they didnít have to be told, they were around the table waiting for their turn.

We then had lunch, after which I went through the same routine with a very large and very overgrown Vriesea ĎBarbaraí and once again they followed and each finished up with their own plant. To finish the workshop we had a brief session of questions and answers, cleaned up and went home.

The benefits of this workshop were two-fold, I got rid of three very much overgrown plants that required a lot of work and would have required a lot of bench space (which I didnít have), It also allowed me to get rid of many plastic pots of odd shapes and colours that I didnít feel like throwing in the bin and most importantly it sent a group of new members home happily armed with a little knowledge and few free plants that they didnít have when they arrived in the morning; but whatís most important, is that we all had an enjoyable day.

Karen Ė I had seen the picís of that particular Puya before and was immediately attracted to the unusual blue colour of the flowers. Are you now growing it up there in Brisbane?

Shirley Ė Yes I have to agree with you about the weather; I donít think itís the cold so much as the sudden unexpected change in temperature is what seems to knock us for a six. You have two more very nice plants there in your picís, and with both of them, the best is yet to come as they mature, especially the Kiwi cream.

Wendy Ė Firstly let me thank you for the seed which arrived during the past couple of days, it will certainly be put to good use. Sorry to hear you lost your post. It seems to be a common problem on this site doesnít it? The Billbergia you show in your post is an ďoldieĒ but still a ďgoodieĒ and looks very good when planted in the garden and just left to build up into a large clump. As well as the variegated leaves, I think the colours in the flowers (although short lived) are as good as those of any Billbergia Iíve ever seen.

Geoff Ė Once again what can I say except WOW! Where were the picís all taken, are they in a Botanical Garden or in habitat as there seems to be quite a Puya plantation there? Iíve never seen them for real, do they have spines on the leaves or are they smooth leaved, and how tall are some of those tallest inflorescences, they look enormous? It seems to me that you would need a very large property if you were to start collecting this genus as they seem to be a very spreading type plant judging by the Puya venusta plants in the fourth pic.

Thatís it from me today and unfortunately still no new picís

All the best, Nev.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 17, 2012
2:44 PM

Post #9127504

Good morning world. Doesn't seem quite so cold this morning.

Nev, I personally am not growing the Sapphire Tower Puya, but there is a man in Brisbane that does grow it. It is a very spikey plant and needs room in a more open, sunny sort of space. I just don't have that here. Glad your workshop went so well. It sounds like the attendees had a lot of fun. Well done.

Wendy, it seems Redlands has a lot of power problems. Barry loses power and phones me up to talk rather than sitting alone in the dark. We seem to have a good set up here and haven't actually lost power very often at all over the years. Hope that cold has gone for good now and that you are feeling back on top of the world again.

Geoff, those Puya are an amazing flower, but I don't feel drawn to the plant itself. But the flowers are real stunners, and such colours!

Shirley, love the Kiwi group. Yours will be looking like a million dollars when it grows. Mine has grown so big and they are all real eye catchers. I hope this sudden cold isn't going to affect my plants. One day some plants are budding up, thinking its Spring, next its so cold they go all limp.

Pic is a bill. noid I got from Olive's. I just liked the pink trim. I think it had a name but with all the handling, the tag must have fallen out.

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 17, 2012
4:26 PM

Post #9127642

Puya shots are all from the Huntington Arboretum, which indeed has a lot of room to grow these things (some species the plants are way over my head- almost 8' tall) and the flower panicles another 8' on top of that! They are indeed huge plants (not all Puyas are huge, though).

Puya alpestris shots

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palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 17, 2012
4:30 PM

Post #9127647

Puya chilensis

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palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 17, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #9127650

here is a smaller species, Puya mirabilis 1-2; Puya ultima 3-4

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perke_patch

May 18, 2012
5:24 AM

Post #9128114

Hi everyone. I'm a bit earlier tonight and using the big computer so we'll see how we go.

can't even remember what I typed last night but it was a lot of words but alas they all disappeared. Nev I hoped you were all better now and Karen too. Oh that's right Karen I read somewhere that if you had an arythmic heart beat you should continue to cough deeply until the ambulance gets to you. Apparently a deep cough can reboot the heart and reset the correct rythm or something like that. Apparently this simple thing can give you the extra time for help to arrive and get you to hospital for treatment. I think I got that info in an email a few months ago. Anyway if you ever need to try this I truly hope it works and you can let us all know it does work.

Nev I'm so glad your workshop was successful. That sounds like a very good idea for teaching new members how to care for their new obsession. I know we all make so many mistakes as new brom enthusiasts so a teaching session like this would prevent newbies from having to learn the hard way. I wish now we had someone to teach us how to grow from seed so we didn't waste some very rare and valuable seed. We didn't know it had to be stored in the fridge and only set a small container of black imperialis and threw the rest into the cupboard in a plastic bag. Of course when we got it out months later it was all mouldy and had to be thrown out. Now we have only 8 good plants growing but it seems they are very highly sought after since word got out that we had them. Gee I wish we had put more effort into growing them properly. It will probably be another 10 years before we get one to flowering size to collect more seed for another go. Wish we had known you back then Nev or had fb forums and access to world authorities.

Pic 1 is the androlepsis skinnerii flowering. This is a very large growing plant with a long white infloresence. Apparently it is only a male so no seeds will develop. But we hope for lots of very nice pups soon. Pic 2 is for Jen and is our billbergia fruit salad. We now have 3 hanging baskets of lovely colour with some actually fowering so everyone wanted them last weekend but we haven't sold any yet. We have given away quite a few pups to friends so we better get our act together and do the big release soon. Better try to collect some seed as well so we can start the next batch of special babies.

Anyway off to bed again. I might have logged on here early but have spent too much time watching TV movie instead of getting this message typed and suddenly it is not early now. I can't believe I've been on DG for about 2 hours already.

Oh nearly forget we picked up the motorhome today so a few days work to clean it up and pack it and we should get away this week sometime. Don't know where we will go but we will head up to Hervey Bay first to see our son and some friends then we'll play it by ear.

Night all
Wendy

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shellharbour
Australia

May 18, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9128808

Good morning all Ė It looks like another nice, fine albeit cool day down here. I saw on the news last night that so far itís the driest May on record in the Illawarra; but then weíre only halfway through May yet arenít we?

Karen Ė You mention your power failures; fortunately itís something thatís pretty rare here in the Illawarra so I guess weíre just lucky. The pic of your Billbergia is very much like one I have called Bill. Dorothy Berg, although mine doesnít have the spotting, but then itís a pretty variable plant and if you look at the two picís in the FCBS Photo Index, youíll see what I mean.

Geoff Ė Boy! Some of those Puyas certainly grow tall; they would have to rate up there with the tallest bromís that are known. I once saw a pic of an Alcantarea (I think it was then called Alc. ĎCairns Greení but has since been changed) with the top of the inflorescence thirteen feet from the ground and thatís pretty tall as well.

Theyíre truly amazing picís Geoff, but the first pic of the Puya chilensis really catches my eye. I donít think Iíve ever seen so many flowers on an inflorescence all open at the same time and with such uniformity, certainly a wonderful pic.

Wendy Ė I have a similar problem to Karen with arrhythmia although not as bad. I read with interest the ďtipĒ you got in an email about the coughing re-booting the heart to correct the beat. I havenít purposely tried it yet but I did have an episode of arrhythmia just after I had the pneumonia and I was still coughing consistently and all I can say is the coughing didnít make any difference to my arrhythmia. But then again I didnít know about this tip then and was trying to suppress the cough so maybe I should have coughed a lot harder. I will try it though, as often these little tips do work but because they havenít had the correct medical trials they are all dismissed by the medical profession.

Now back to bromís, your Billbergia ĎFruit Saladí is certainly a beautiful little Bill. Do you remember some time back when you first sent me a pup and it died of rot a few weeks later (definitely not your fault) and you sent me another one later? I gave the rotted one the same treatment that I give any plant I lose to rot (which fortunately are few), I just removed the rotten bit, allowed it to dry out and put it down the back somewhere to take its chances.

Well the day before yesterday I was looking at the second plant you sent and it is growing well and just starting to colour up nicely. This jogged my memory about the one that had rotted and I went to see if anything had eventuated with it, and you never would have guessed that it was possible, but it had put up two little pups from the remaining little stumpy bit of rhizome.

It just goes to show just how truly amazing these plants really are. I now propose to fertilise it regularly with a weak foliar fertilizer as there will be very little nourishment left in the old bit of rhizome as its quite small and dried up, so weíll see what happens and Iíll try and keep a record.

Yes Wendy, already Iíve had positive feedback from a couple of people who attended the workshop and all I can say is that I wish they were available when I was first starting out with bromís. At that time the larger growers didnít seem to want to share any tips with other growers and everything seemed to be ďtop secretĒ. I personally think if we all shared our little tips with each other the world would be a much better place, and with bromís especially, it would save a lot of losses when beginners are just starting out. I think the most common mistake beginners make is to plant the brom too deeply in the pot and over water. A definite recipe for disaster from rot problems, and by just passing on that little tip alone and explaining the correct way can it should be done can save beginners a lot of grief.

The same applies when growing seed. I, unfortunately like you, had to learn the hard way, and after a lot of losses finally found a way that worked for me. It may not necessarily be the best way, and no doubt there are many other growers with much better ways, but I do know that it does work and I have since shared these tips with anyone whoís interested. Iíve done this by way of some written instructions and picís I put into small booklet form which can be sent by email. So if anyone here would like a copy, just send me your email address and Iíll send you one as I firmly believe in sharing my ideas with others.

As for your holiday Wendy, I think you are doing the right thing heading north instead of south as I can feel it getting colder each night down here and you will be far better off coming this way in the warmer months.

Thatís it from me and still no new picís unfortunately, but maybe in a day or two.

All the best, Nev.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 18, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #9128851

Good morning. Wendy, hope your motor home has heating. Think you'll be needing it. Have a safe, enjoyable and interesting trip, where ever you go.

I've heard that coughing can help with a heart attack, but hadn't heard about the arrhythmia though. Nev, how long do your attacks last? Mine can go up to 48 hours and I literally can't do anything for as long as they last.

Geoff, I knew there were different types of Puya, but didn't realize how many. It is good to see the pics you've put up.

It is so cold here I won't be able to sit for long in this ice box of a room. To make matters worse, no milk to make tea.

A bird flew into the house this morning and I didn't see it fly out. But if its here, I can't find it.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Karen

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shellharbour
Australia

May 19, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9129775

Good morning everyone, or at least Karen; seems the rest of you have all gone "walk-aboutĒ once again.

Karen Ė I see by your pic that your Ae. Benrathii is now coming into flower like they seem to be everywhere down here. I was looking around the garden yesterday for something to take some picís of and there was a nice little border of them in flower around the Peppercorn Tree but it was getting late in the day so I gave them a miss as I would have needed to clean them all first as they were all covered in bird ďpooĒ from where the birds roost nightly in the tree above.

Regarding my episodes of Arrhythmia, I would say they are only very mild. They rarely occur now and when they do, they only last for a few hours and donít really prevent me from doing anything except they really make me feel really ďrottenĒ while Iím doing it; and itís a strange feeling and hard to describe, but you would know all about that.

Your mention about a bird flying into your house reminds me of an incident that happened here a few months back now. I was typing one morning about 8.00 am and I heard a scratching sort of sound in the hall which leads though the house to this room where the computer is. When I got up to investigate, I was surprised to see a young Magpie ďJackoĒ walking up the hall toward me. When I went into the hall, he just turned around and walked back down the hall, through the lounge room and into the kitchen and then out the back door. It seems he was getting impatient for breakfast which I usually feed about eight oíclock, because he then flew onto the handrail of the back deck and started ďwarblingĒ and kept this up until I gave him a bit of mince.

I was going to get out in the yard today and sort and re-pot some Ae. Blanchetiana seedlings but itís 5.40am and as I sit here typing this I can hear the rain on the roof so it looks like Iíll be catching up on my paper work instead.

Iíll finish with a few random picís I took around the yard and shade house yesterday afternoon starting with one of my early seedlings, Neo. [Charm x Cracker Jack] x Self, No 2 is a clump of Bill. Amoena in the garden, Pic's No 3 and 4 (which are both Neo Strawberry Cream) once agin show the influence that light has on the foliage colour of Neo's . The plant in Pic. 3 is grown in good light while the plant in Pic 4 is grown in low light. Finally Pic. No 5 is Neo. Fairy Dust.

All the best, Nev.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 19, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9129801

Nice to see some more of your plants, Nev.

Good morning world. Not quite so cold this morning. Looks like being a glorious day.

Nothing to report today. Barry is here and we are thinking about going out bird watching again.
So have a great day.

Karen
perke_patch

May 20, 2012
4:59 AM

Post #9130257

Hi Nev & Karen. Sorry I haven't been on here. I have Emily having a couple of sleep overs again so she took over the computer last night to play DORA games. She went to sleep early tonight though after annoying the hell out of me. literally annoying. Kept saying "don't ignore me" and trying to poke her fingers in my nose. So much for trying to watch the news. When I got up to set the table she sat on Pa's knee and did the same. We were so glad when Uncle Darren dropped in for tea so she could annoy him and leave us alone for a little while. Anyway we just put our foot down and said early night to bed so she is sound asleep in our bed so she can try the electric blanket. Anything to get her to sleep. She was playing in her camper today when we were doing a few chores in there. She told me the bed was hers and Pa's and asked where I would sleep... outside or on the floor with Max. She keeps saying she is going travelling with us and wants to go to Snow Hill Mountain. When I asked where that was she said where Dora goes. hahaha.

Anyhow I am so tired. We are taking Emily home tomorrow so we can get into setting up the winnie to get ready to go.

Karen I finally remembered what it was I had to show you last weekend. I can't believe I couldn't remember what it was. It was those seedlings Nev sent up for us when you had your heart attack. Sorry about that. Jen will take care of them for us while we are away and you can call in and pick them up next month. Sorry again. We were standing almost beside them too and I stll didn't remember to give them to you. .

I'm off to bed now as I have an early hair appointment in the morning.

Wendy

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

May 20, 2012
5:32 AM

Post #9130284

Hi all,

Things are still very quiet here at the moment. We are trying to get organised to go away later in the week but canít seem to get motivated, maybe itís because of the cold. We have been having such beautiful sunny days, but itís getting hard to get out of that nice warm bed of a morning and it gets dark so early and nights are very cool. I could happily hibernate for the winter.

We went to the local market on Saturday morning. Not as many plant stalls there this week but I did buy a nice neo ĎGee Whizí for $5.00 and I will attach a pic.

Wendy, I really love the colour of your billbergia fruit salad. I donít have any bills at the moment but that one is a winner.

Nev, speaking of mistakes beginner brom enthusiasts make Ö Not long ago, I found my neo Jewellery Shop had scale, mostly on the leaf tips on the undersides of the leaves. So I removed them (the scale) and then gave the brom a good spray with white oil and placed it in the shade so it wouldnít burn, away from the other broms. It has turned a very unhealthy shade of brown and I now know NOT to use white oil on broms.

Karen, hope you enjoyed your day bird watching with Barry.

Wish I had more news to pass on but thatís it from me for tonight. Busy week ahead if we are going to get away.

cheers, Shirley


Wendy, just read your post Ö maybe weíll run into you in Hervey Bay. We are going to Woodgate Beach for a week then heading back to Hervey Bay for a few days then home in time to get along to the caravan & camping show.

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shellharbour
Australia

May 20, 2012
1:26 PM

Post #9130781

Good morning everyone Ė Itís quite cold down here this morning and Iím beginning to feel pretty envious of you people who are impersonating the birds and heading north to the warmer weather. I hope you have a nice break and please give a thought to those of us in the colder states while youíre soaking up the northern sunshine.

Karen Ė Itís still nice to hear from you even though you donít have any brom news to report. Maybe you should get Barry interested in ďBrom WatchingĒ.

Wendy Ė It seems like Emily might be a CEO in the making judging by the way she takes control of everything including you and Johnny. It will be interesting to see what happens when she realises she isnít going holidaying in the campervan with Johnny and leaving you at home after all.

Itís good that you have someone who knows about bromís like Jen to take care of your little plants while youíre away. It wouldnít be a very good end to a holiday to return home and find something had happened to them because they had been over watered by a well meaning friend like what happened to me some years ago. We went away for a couple of weeks and the next door neighbour offered to keep an eye on the house and water the seedlings for me. I should have known better, as although they were very nice people, gardeners they werenít! I showed him what to do and told him they only needed to be watered in the mornings twice a week while we were away, but what happened was that his wife became involved as well (she said John was hopeless at gardening) and she took over the watering and did it every day and mostly late in the afternoon when they got home from work about 6.00pm. It was winter time and we had a couple of extremely cold nights so I donít need to tell you what happened to most of the smaller seedlings.

Shirley Ė Neo. Gee Whiz is one of the larger bromís and a very nice one at that. I love the nice wide thick leaves it has and it will colour up a lot more than it is at present. There is also another darker coloured plant getting around as Gee Whiz ĎRubraí, but there is some doubt as to whether or not it is a ĎGee Whizí as there isnít a plant registered by that name and it doesnít have the same shape as the genuine registered Gee Whiz.

Reading of your problem with Neo ĎJewellery Shopí, I can tell you that the danger with white oil isnít just that the plants will virtually ďcookĒ if left in the sun, but they can die of suffocation as the oil blocks the pores in the leaves and the plants canít breathe. Sometimes the problem can be rectified if you give the plant a few good mistings with water containing a bit of washing up detergent as this will eventually break down the oil; but the plant still needs to be kept out of direct sun until it recovers.

This doesnít mean that you canít use any oil on bromís; Rob Smythe developed an insecticide for scale which was based on every day Canola Oil and washing up liquid detergent and he presented a paper on it to the Cairns Bromeliad Conference. Since then thousands of growers have used it with good results. You can find the recipe at http://fcbs.org/articles/canola.htm . One thing I will mention though is that the original recipe called for ďSillĒ brand detergent which isnít available down here where I live so I rang Rob and he said he just used that because it was in the cupboard at the time and Woolworths ďHome brandĒ detergent works just as well.

Now for a few more random garden picís to finish with. Firstly Cruenta ĎBroad Leafí, this is a large brom about the same size as Neo. Gee Whiz. Pic 2 is Neo ĎMini-Coní which as the name suggests looks like a miniature version of Neo Concentrica. Pic 3 is unregistered and just called Neo ĎLaurie Muller Hybridí, Pic 4 is another Neoregelia NOID but nevertheless still one of my favourites, and Pic 5 is a variegated Aechmea Fasciata.

All the best, Nev.

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

May 20, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #9130886

Hi everyone. Good to be home. We had a great time and it was lovely to see the new addition to our family. Cameren was mesmerised by him and nursed him every chance he got. I raided John's SH for pups and any broms that I didn't have and came home with a large suitcase full. Now I have to get them potted up. Haven't caught up with all the news but did see the pics. I have a Puya alpenstris but only small at this stage. John's is a lot bigger so will probably flower before mine. Prickly sods though so watch out Nev if you're thinking of getting one. Must go as have lots of washing to do and lots of potting up, but will come back and catch up later. Great to be home. This is a pic of Ae faciata of John's. Can anyone tell me it's name please? Colleen

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perke_patch

May 21, 2012
4:23 AM

Post #9131477

Hi all. Shirley we're in the same boat as you. we want to get away maybe on Thursday but I just can't get motivated. In my defence I have had Emily to amuse although she has been having fun playing camping in the winnie. today while I was at the hairdresser she pretended she was driving it and told Pa she was going to the shops and did he want some. Then she was going to get petrol. She had fun with him till I got home. Then we had a quick cuppa and I made the rest of the pancakes for Emily before we took her home. She got a foam box and started filling it with plants to take home. I had to stop her from taking one of Pa's good vriseas.

Shirley we hope to get away Thursday but it might be Friday. I am washing curtains and bedding at the moment to get rid of musty smell in the van. Then I'll make up the bed and start packing clothes and food. I'm making a list of what to take at the moment. We'll still forget something though. not as though we are going for 6 weeks this time. It will only be 2 or 3 weeks. I'm also trying to get all the pups potted and placed in the yard where they can catch some rain.

Now as we are ready to go the vriseas we've crossed are starting to pop open so I'm checking each day and as soon as I collect the crossed ones I am putting them down in trays for Jen to care for. the rest of the F2 seeds can be stored in the fridge till we get back.

I think an early night is in store again tonight. I can't do anything on fb as it is freezing again. I can't have used up my allocation of download as I haven't downloaded anything this month. it must be a problem with fb.

Anyway. I'm off to bed early.
Night all
Wendy

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

May 21, 2012
6:03 AM

Post #9131584

Hi everyone

A little bit warmer here today and a light sprinkle of rain earlier tonight. The gardens and lawns could use a little more rain as itís getting quite dry and dusty.

Nev, I found the Canola oil recipe on the site you gave me. I will have to read it through again as I found it a little confusing. Have you used this on your broms and do you add vinegar/ammonia to the mix. More nice photos, especially Pic 5, variegated aechmea fasciata.

Colleen, good to know you had a great time with your family. Happy potting with your new broms.

Planning on an early night as we have to get our dog Rebel to the vet surgery by 8:00 am tomorrow morning to get his teeth cleaned. Itís not something he likes and he makes it very difficult to do and as a result he has inflamed gums which could result in gum disease if not treated early. So he is booked in for a rather expensive clean and scale under anaesthetic tomorrow. He better be smiling and showing off his pearly whites tomorrow night when we pick him up.

Wendy, it will be Friday before we get away but we have started to get ourselves organised. The forecast for Friday is heavy rain Ö hope theyíve got it wrong. I remember on an earlier post you said every time you open a new packet of gum it rains and makes it tacky Ö make sure you donít open any new gum for a couple of weeks at least !!! Hope you and Johnny have a very enjoyable holiday.

Bye for now, Shirley

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shellharbour
Australia

May 21, 2012
2:32 PM

Post #9132330

Good morning everyone Ė At last Iíve found a new home for a couple of Tree Ferns and Birdís Nest Fern. The chap that is now doing the gardens at the Light Rail Museum said he could use them over there. Iím going over to the museum to pick up him and another chap (a real big bloke) and bringing them over here to dig them out this morning. Iíll take them all back to the museum in the ute and they will do all the ďhard yakkaĒ i.e. lifting and digging. There is also a gigantic clump of Ae Caudata ĎEipperií which is about six feet across and Iíll get them to take that as well as I have more and I need the space to plant some other plants.

Colleen Ė Itís good to see you and the boys saw the new member of the family and enjoyed your little break. The pic you posted is a very nice looking brom and although I canít get a good look at the leaf edges, to the best of my knowledge it looks to me like one of the commercial smooth leaf Fasciata hybrids. John has got some nice colour in the leaves so tell him not to move the plant to a different spot or he might lose the colour.

Wendy Ė What a time for the Vriesea seed pods to start to popping. Isnít it always the bloody way, just as youíre preparing to go away they decide nowís the right time to open and spill their seed while youíre not there to catch it? You could try tying a small brown paper bag over the pods and that will stop them being lost; but if it rains and the bag gets wet you run the risk of the seeds going mouldy. Either that or Jen will have to baby sit the vrieseas at her place and keep a watch on them.

Shirley Ė It seems to me that Rebel, is no different to people and dislikes going to the dentist. If he lives up to his name heíll probably dig in his claws and refuse to go. I hope the weather stays nice for you on your trip and I think you did the right thing asking Wendy to stay away from the gum.

Just a some picís to finish with today, first is one of my new Neo Bea Hanson x Rosea Striata seedlings, second is Neo Correia-Araujoi (quite a big plant) growing in the garden, third is Neo. Bill Morris, fourth is Neo. Orange Glow (the photo doesnít show the colour quite right) and finally is a Gus Lingulata peeping out through the maiden hair fern near the frog pond.

All the best, Nev.

P.S. For some reason Daveís Garden wonít let me post the picís today so Iíll try posting the text and the picís separately.
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shellharbour
Australia

May 21, 2012
2:36 PM

Post #9132339

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perke_patch

May 21, 2012
10:29 PM

Post #9132968

hi everyone. Jen and I had a lovely morning with John Byth checking out his magnificent alcantarea collection. Of course we came away with potted pups. Jen got a few more plants as well that he wanted to get rid of. He'd already given them to us before.

Jen when we got home Johnny was telling me that our first visitor this morning told him that he drove under Coles in Cleveland and knocked his tray off the roof of the car recently. Then mentioned that he scraped all the side of his van coming back up the highway after visiting grower in nth NSW cause the auto pilot steered itself off the road into the guard rail. how dumb are some people. I've seen that one getting around but I thought only yanks could be that dumb but apparently we have some in Australia too. HINT Jen it wasn't Andrew the 2nd visitor it was the other one just in case you didn't work out which was the dumb one.

Must go and set up the bed in the winnie or Johnny will acuse me of doing nothing to get ready to go away, He is off visiting his mum at the moment. She is so confused after her move to high care. she remembers some details now but mixes the story up. she told Johnny she was all packed up and ready to move home now. so the all packed up we did stuck and the move stuck but she hasn't worked out that the move has been done. Poor thing. I hope I'm gone before that stage of old age. We have to keep our minds and bodies busy with our broms I think.

PS I haven't had any gum for awhile shirley. Last packet was about 2 weeks ago when we did get some rain. but I'll make sure I don't buy any more. When we were out at Dayboro dropping Emily off yesterday we thought it looked like you were going to get some rain. At least the new broms planted out there will have had some water and love it.

Better go and do something now. I'll check back in later tonight.
Wendy

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

May 22, 2012
2:49 AM

Post #9133028

bugger, bugger, bugger. My post all disappeared, pics and all. Hi everyone hope you're all well. Will talk again tomorrow. Colleen
perke_patch

May 22, 2012
4:12 AM

Post #9133077

nothing new to read. bugger. computer still slow tonight so maybe I've had too much download again this month. will check in again tomorrow.

Wendy

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

May 22, 2012
5:24 AM

Post #9133129

Hi everyone,

Nev, now that you have all that extra space in your garden after finding a new home for your tree ferns, birdís nests and aechmeas, youíll be able to fill it up with more broms.

Rebel now has lovely white teeth but is not too happy with us at the moment. He didnít get to eat for 24 hours and he could only have soft stuff tonight as his gums are sore so he had a tin of tuna and some boiled rice for dinner Ö and of course, itís all my fault !!!

Wendy, we did get a light shower early last night but not enough to do much good. The sky turned quite black late in the afternoon and I thought we would get buckets of rain but we got very little. And thanks for steering clear of the gum Ö hope it works keeping away the rain.

Colleen, it is really annoying when posts head off into cyberspace, pics and all. Will catch up with you (and Wendy) tomorrow.

I am just about out of brom photos as well so I am going to be really naughty and post a pic of my lovely echeveria afterglow Ö approx. 15 inches across and just beautiful.

Bye for now, Shirley

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shellharbour
Australia

May 22, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #9133922

Good morning everyone Ė Well the Tree Ferns, Birdís Nest and very large clump of Ae Caudata ĎEipperií (Four builderís barrows full and overhanging) have now gone and are planted in their new home at the Museum. Barry (the volunteer who has taken on the job of gardener) asked how come these plants grew so large, and I had to tell him it was all part of an early experiment. When I planted them all I tried an old trick I always used when I planted my tomatoes, I put a heap of frozen fish off-cuts, heads and guts in the hole and then planted them on top. After a month or so when it all started to break down they started to take off and never looked back. It seems this works on all plants although Iím not quite brave enough to try it in the brom pots. When I was in my teens I once new an old fisherman who was also a keen gardener and he told me about doing this. We were talking about fish one day and he said he always used the lot; heads, off-cuts, guts and all and it was when I said I couldnít bring myself to eat the guts, that he told me about using it in the garden. So there you go Wendy, get Johnny to start stock piling the fish off-cuts in the freezer until potting time and give it a go in some of his large Vrieseas. I must say I donít think this is anything new as just recently I read where the North American Indians always put a tiny fish in with each grain of corn they planted, so maybe my old fisherman friend knew of this before he claimed it as his idea.

Iím really starting to get a bit cheesed off with this Daveís Garden Site as it took me four attempts to post my picís yesterday and judging by what I read Iím not alone. I know Sue used to also have a lot of trouble posting as well and this is probably why we lost her to Face Book. However, one day soon they might be able to do something to fix the site and we will all be trouble free (I wish).

Wendy Ė What you say about the bloke knocking the tray off the roof of his car under Coles reminds me of a joke I heard about a semi driver in Victoria. It seems he drove his semi under an overhead railway bridge with low clearance and got it firmly stuck. When the police arrived a young "smart arsed" constable asked, ďWhat are you parked there for mate?Ē Quick as a flash the driver said, ďI stopped here because I got lost trying to find where I have to deliver this bloody bridge toĒ.

Colleen Ė It seems your computer has also been bitten by the "Daveís Garden Gremlin", Join the club!

Shirley Ė You are quite right, the area where the Birdís Nest and Tree Fern went from was the area I recently put shade cloth over but havenít up till now fully utilised it because of those two large plants. The other area was down the back of the yard where I had planted a banana tree to shade my seedlings from the hot summer afternoon sun. I didnít realise it would spread and get so large and consequently it was blocking the northern winter sun from my shade house so down they came as well. It was when I cut them down I realised how large the Aechmea Caudata had become so decided it had to go too as I had more in another garden up the yard. I will transplant a nice apricot coloured Frangipani there from another area and it will shade the young seedlings in the summer but will drop its leaves in the autumn and wonít block the winter sun from the shade house. At present everything just looks a bloody awful mess and I still have to dig out the rest of the bananas. (I hope their roots donít go too deep).

Shirley, you got me all excited when I saw the small picture you posted and initially thought, ďwhat a wonderful colour for a Neo.Ē and then when I enlarged it (before I read what you had written) I was disappointed to see it wasnít a new coloured Neo. at all but an Echeveria.

Thatís about it from me now so I'll see if I can post any picís today without any further problems. First is Ae. Recurvata 'Benrathii' (which are all coming into flower now), Second is Edmundoa Lindenii Rosea also in flower at present, third is Ae. Recurvata 'Inkyí, Fourth is 2007 flowering of Vriesea Carinata and finally the nice dark Ae. Merlo.

All the best, Nev.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 23, 2012
12:18 AM

Post #9134615

Hi everyone. Not a lot happening here atm. Bit of rain this arvo. Nothing to jump up and down about though.

So many birds coming in and sitting in the trees under which are my bromeliads. What a mess! I hope we get enough rain to wash it all off.

Nothing new to photograph, so just a look at a few oldies.

Karen

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

May 23, 2012
12:24 AM

Post #9134619

I don't believe this. It just went again. I'll try just the pics. First one Neo Medusa tissue culture and the other two are John's SH. Colleen

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

May 23, 2012
12:25 AM

Post #9134620

Well blow me down. that worked. Colleen
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 23, 2012
3:55 AM

Post #9134670

Hehehe...Colleen, its got to work sometimes, I guess. I haven't had any problems (yet).

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

May 23, 2012
6:13 AM

Post #9134803

Hi everyone

Still having nice sunny days here even though rain was forecast for most of the week. We are heading north so I am hoping it doesnít rain around the Bundy area for a couple of weeks ... taking lots of warm clothes just in case. Did the grocery shopping today and hopefully we wonít forget to pack too many things.

Nice photos, as usual.

My pics are No 1 Ae forrest gem No 2 neo meyendorfii x fireball

Till tomorrow, Shirley

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perke_patch

May 23, 2012
6:34 AM

Post #9134828

hi everyone. well we are ready to go tomorrow. winnie is nearly all packed. last few things to go in tomorrow. Unfortunately my seeds ordered 2 weeks ago from BSI haven't arrived yet. maybe mailman will come before we leave and I can slap em in trays for Jen to look after for a couple weeks. If not it will be up to Jen to collect the mail and find the envelope from o/s. hopefully it will say bsi on it so Jen knows which one to open. LOL

Nev I love the look of your recurvata inky. nice dark one there. is that one of your hybrids? Mirlo is also nice and dark. love those black ones.

Like Shirley I hope we don't forget to take too much. We've been making lists for over a week so tomorrow we will check those lists and tick off what has been packed and what hasn't. I know we've packed too much stuff for just a couple weeks but I hate being left short. I've decided to cull the number of jeans I have packed so will do that in the morning. we have the table full with things we've thought of tonight. Have to pack up the laptop now ready to go on the table. Will catch up again tomorrow night from Hervey Bay.

Oh we had some really heavy rain today. the tanks are almost full again. we both got wet putting plants out for a drink so Jen will not need to water. In the morning we'll give the seeds a good water and put anything Jen needs to water onto the spa all together. I have put some seedlings down on the path for the rain today.

Night all. chat from Hervey Bay tomorrow night.
Wendy
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

May 23, 2012
2:25 PM

Post #9135491

t present, fourth is a clump of Bill Amoena, Pic 5 is Jacko waiting for his breakfast.

All the best, Nev.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 23, 2012
3:52 PM

Post #9135620

Shirley and Wendy, Bon voyage you merry travellers. Wish I could go too. Travel safe and keep well.

Nev, I am hoping to have your plant ready for the post by Monday. I could get down to the PO tomorrow but need to make sure it is dry before I pack it.

Pension day, which means running around day today. Rent and bills to pay, medicines to buy ... ain't life exciting?

Hope everyone has a great day.
Karen

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

May 24, 2012
4:43 AM

Post #9136252

Hi everyone

Wendy, hope your seed arrived before you left for Hervey Bay this morning. You know, getting wet in the rain while putting your plants out for a drink yesterday probably was not such a good idea after just getting over your virus. It looked like rain most of the day here today but we actually didnít get a drop. The forecast for tomorrow is rain Ö hope theyíre wrong.

We are pretty well packed up and ready to set off for Woodgate Beach tomorrow morning.

Nev, looks like the DG gremlins got to your post this morning. Guess itís not only Colleen theyíre picking on.

Karen, thanks for your well wishes. Hope you didnít do too much running around today Ö take care, keep well.

Hope everyone is in good health and not suffering too much from the cold weather.

We are taking the laptop away with us. I will try to keep in touch but it might be a few days between posts and I donít have any photos on the laptop.

Well, thatís all from me tonight, catch up soon. My pics are No 1 Neo Little Africa, No 2 Neo Hearts Music x Grace Darling, No 3 Vriesea Kiwi Dusk

cheers, Shirley

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

May 24, 2012
2:11 PM

Post #9136945

Hi everyone. Nev's having problems with DG or his computer too so don't know if he'll get here today. Enjoy your holidays Wendy and Shirley and I do hope that the weather is a lot better up there than down here. It is bitterly cold down here and rained all day yesterday. The Southerly wind can go as soon as it likes. Still I suppose while we're getting winds we're not getting frosts. The only thing I did outside yesterday was check the Galahs and chooks for food and water and raced back inside to the warm. The cats and dog were with me and didn't venture out unless they needed to. Ben still wanted to walk to get the boys from school though. Talk about icicles on the end of the nose. lol Well I do hope that the sun comes out today and warms everything up a bit. Here's a couple more pics of John's SH. Take care everyone. Colleen

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perke_patch

May 25, 2012
6:03 AM

Post #9137781

Hi all. Finally got the laptop to work. Turns out the idiot at the post office gave me a mobile recharge intsead of telstra turbo recharge. finally thought to count the number and yep 14 instead of 12. that's why it wouldn't work. so had to put recharge on visa to get up and running. Now I have to try to get the money back from the post office when we get back. Don't know anyone with telstra pre-paid mobile these days so can't offload it. ah well we'll cross that path when we get back.

Hope everyone's computers are working fine now and eveyone is well too. Shirley I do hope I don't get a relapse of the dreaded lurgy after getting wet putting plants out. At least with the rain down there the plants won't need to be watered by Jen while we are away. She still has a lot of seeds to water but at this time of year probably weekly spray is all they need. Alas the seeds from BSI in Netherlands didn't arrive before we left. Our son rang today though to say there was a card in the letter box saying a parcel to be collected from local PO so I asked him to collect it. Hopefully it is the seeds and he can put them in the fridge under our house for Jen to collect. She can have them as they will probably be useless by the time we get home so if she can get some growing good for her. I'm sure she will share a baby or 2 with me if she has success. LOL.

It's raining heavy up here at the moment and was most of the day too. Shirley hope you didn't have too much rain to drive through to get up here. We might move on a bit further tomorrow as nothing much happening here now that Dad's not around. We spent a bit of time with our son today while his family was at the show but it was too cold outside to really enjoy the visit too much. His broms are looking good though.

Karen, Colleen, Nev and everyone else, stay warm and dry and enjoy your time to relax a bit.

Think it is time for bed now so I'm off to have a quick shower and turn in. Night all.

Wendy

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

May 26, 2012
11:38 PM

Post #9140066

Hi all,

Nev, hope you get your computer up and running soon.

Colleen, weather is much improved today. The sun is shining but it's still very cold ... certainly not beach weather, though I dare say it's nowhere near as cold as where you live.

Wendy, good luck returning the prepaid mobile recharge.

We had light rain most of the day on Friday and it was overcast on Saturday. Today though it's sunny but not warm as there is a very chilly wind blowing. We had the diesel heater running for hours last night and I had my electric blanket on too ... I am such a sook when it comes to being cold. Hopefully, when the wind drops it will warm up.

Anyway, catch up again in a couple of days.

Shirley
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 27, 2012
5:16 PM

Post #9140927

Good morning. Wendy, hope your trip is going well. Where are you heading next?

Sure miss Nev and his pics. Hope that mean ole 'puter starts behaving again real soon.

The cold snap has been somewhat of a shock to some of my plants. But I can't see any damages showing, yet.
Lets hope there won't be any. Though it is freezing, I think they are a little protected by the trees.

Some running around to do this morning and will finish the day with a trip to the dentist. Such fun!
Hope everyone has a lovely day. Keep warm.
Karen
perke_patch

May 27, 2012
9:31 PM

Post #9141233

Hi Shirley and KAREN. seems that is all who are on here now. Shirley the first couple days up here were a shock ... so cold. But yesterday and today at Burrum Heads the weather has been warmer although windy. I think we lucked out with a site in the park. It was almost full when we got here with the a-vaners club here. not too many sites left. BUT we did pick the best of them as we are in full sun fairly early in the morning and the annex side is facing north so we get sun most of the day. I actually got sunburn on my legs yesterday sitting out there reading for a while. I had jeans on but the sun burns through them. Today is nice and sunny too. I spent all morning out there reading but came in to make a cuppa for lunch and thought I would check up on what was happening on here. have done a couple of jigsaws and a few games and read what everyone is doing. now ready to lie back out in the sun and read a bit more before Johnny comes back from fishing. OH and I have to walk to the shop to buy him a packet of chips as I ate his while reading this morning. how decadent was that x 3... reading, sunbathing and eating chips all at the same time LOL.

We thought we might move further north tomorrow as we can't get TV reception here. Have almost gone through our hoard of DVDs already. We actually watched the full collection of Mrs Bouqet on Keeping Up Appearances last 2 nights. Never laughed so much. so cleverly written that series.

Anyway better walk to the shops and back after making that trek to the loo block. worst thing about caravan parks. all sites should have an ensuite block. ah well. need the exercise to walk off the chips.

Keep warm everyone.
Wendy
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

May 28, 2012
3:30 PM

Post #9142237

I'm still here too Wendy. Hope both you and Shirley are enjoying your break and finding some sunshine. There's very little down here at the moment but when it does shine I'm outside to lap it up and try to thaw my body out a bit. It looks as though Nev is having lots of problems. I miss his cheery face here too Karen. All the broms are looking good still and they don't seem to mind what sort of weather we have. I have some seeds to plant so had better get myself into gear and get that done. My other seedlings seem to be sooooo slow, but they're still alive so I suppose that's a good sign. I have some great colour in some of the broms that i put up on the Reo. Must get back there and take some pics to show you. Have a great day and hope you're all well. Colleen

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 28, 2012
7:45 PM

Post #9142536

Hi everyone. Another grey day here. Hope some of you have sunshine, especially you, Wendy, on holidays and all. Actually, what you are doing sounds good to me. I can live without the TV, but do like to have music playing.

Shope Shirley is having a relaxing time too.

Colleen, sounds cold there. Hope you don't have dermatitis (like me). It is unfortunately the cold weather time that brings it on, and a constant battle to keep hands moisturized.

Hope everyone is well and happy and keeping warm.

Karen

Ae. Del Mar pup that I got from Rick Cairns a month or so ago.
A small Vriesea flower that is getting to be quite a nice little clump now.
NOID, could be neo. Smithii but ...
I had this growing out front, but I can't find it. Larger broms may have squeezed it out of existence.
A mini neo.


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perke_patch

May 29, 2012
3:44 AM

Post #9142749

Hi all. We had a couple of lovely warm sunny days but woke this morning to drizzle and clouds so moved on to Bagara. We're right on the water here but alas too much water from the sky. we had a brief patch of sunshine when we arrived so walked to the local takeaway to get some lunch. we came back and sat in the sun in the annex for a while so I took the washing over and put it in the machine, came back and set up the portable clothesline BUT by the time the washing was finished and ready to hang the rain had come back again. has been raining ever since. At least we have the parks TV connection so did watch the news tonight. Johnny is now watching a movie on TV so I still miss my regular TV programs. and FB is not cooperating tonight so I'm stuck with jigsaw puzzles again. More relaxing than struggling with FB so I"ll take that.

Tried to visit Russell Holzheimer today on the way through but he is also away on holiday. We'll pop in to see him next week on the way back home. should get some nice pups from him though.

Nothing much else to report from here except the seeds I was waiting on from Netherlands have still not come according to Jen so I fear they have been confiscated by customs. Perhaps they grew too much mould on the way here and they destroyed them. Ah well. It is a learning curve. I should have settled for just a couple of packets for first lot instead of being greedy and choosing 10 in order to get 2 more free plus free postage. Instead I get none hahaha. that'll teach me.

Night all.
Wendy
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

May 29, 2012
7:47 PM

Post #9144175

Hi everyone. First of all Nev has been in touch and says that he's having awful trouble with DG and FB so if anyone wants to get in touch with him then E-mail him. Anyone who hasn't got his E-mail address can let me know and I'll give it to you. He's well and has just sent me a wonderful recollection of his childhood memories to read. I think he missed his vocation and should have been an author. It's just fabulous. I have some new pics to put up to show you. The colour is great in some of the broms, but maybe not as good as you people up north, and I'm really enjoying their winter coats. Firstly is neo thunderbird x avalon, 2 is neo king's ransom. 3 is neo break of day, I won't try to put anymore up as I don't want it to disappear. Hope everyone is well and you people holidaying are enjoying the rest. Have a great day. Colleen

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 30, 2012
5:33 PM

Post #9145368

Good morning all. Lots of nice rain overnight, but the sun is out now, though still a lot of cloud around. Yesterday was very windy and there is quite a mess of sticks and leaves down the back yard to be cleaned up (sometime in the distant future).

Colleen, thank you for passing Nev's message along. I answered the Dmail and an Email, so he should get it ok one way or the other.

Wendy, hope the sun is shining for you today as well. Drive safe and thank you for keeping us posted.

Hope everyone is well and warm.
Karen

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

May 30, 2012
10:43 PM

Post #9145667

Hi everyone,

We are still at Woodgate Beach at the moment but heading off to Hervey Bay tomorrow. We had a couple of reasonably fine days but it has rained all day today. At least it gives me a chance to set up the laptop and check in with DG.

Karen, hope your trip to the dentist wasn't too unpleasant ... though it's never much fun and neither is dermatitis ... keep yourself warm. I know what you mean about the sticks lying around after a bit of wind, we have lots of eucalypts so lots and lots of sticks after a windy day. Karen, I love that mini neo in your last pic.

Wendy, we have a lovely site here in the park but it is in the shade most of the day unfortunately and it's been cold and windy. We went for a drive up to Norval Park (up towards 1770) yesterday and had a look around, then back to Bundy for lunch and some shopping. We haven't had much TV here, mostly only SBS though other people don't seem to have the same problem ... Oh well, some of the programmes on SBS are quite informative.

And Wendy, you never know, you may still get your seeds, don't give up yet.

Colleen, hope it's warming up for you. Those pics you posted are lovely, I love your neo break of day.

I know how frustrating it must be for Nev with his computer problems, having recently had the same trouble myself. Hope he's back on board soon.

I just heard on the radio that the rain is likely to stick around till Monday or Tuesday ... doesn't sound too good. Lots of reading and lots of munchies in order, I guess.

Catch up soon, Shirley


perke_patch

May 31, 2012
4:06 AM

Post #9145761

Hi everyone. We decided to stay where we are at Bagara with TV.

After our huge walk yesterday we went to bed last night and the leg muscles started twitching and throbbing. We had some very heavy rain through the night but woke up to very watery sunshine this morning. We took the chance and went for a good long walk again (not as far as yesterday) and came back before the rain started about 1pm. It has pretty much rained since then. When they said rain every day till the weekend we decided we would stay here where we have very good TV reception. We thought if we were going to be stuck inside during rain we would not take the chance of going somewhere without TV (just like Shirley said they have) . Shirley you could have dropped in to visit us yesterday although we may have been out walking LOL. There is some lovely people here that we have started talking to. turns out they are from Thornlands. They've been travelling around the country in their bus towing a 4x4 for over 2 years now though. They are staying here now for a couple months. I don't think I could stand being stuck in a confined van or bus with a hubby. they drive us nuts in a house when they are under foot during inclement weather. I found myself snapping at him today after just 1 day.

Jen tells me we have lots of leaves and branches down so when we do get home we will have some work to do to clean up. She has been watering the seeds and seedlings we have growing at home. Karen Jen is looking after your seedlings too that Nev sent up when you had your stay in hospital.

Next week we are visiting Russell Holzheimer after he gets back from his holiday this weekend. We'll see what he has for us. We thought we would also stop in on Cheryl & Emma Basic too on the way home. I think we'll leave it at just those 2 visits this time. We'll have a couple of other short trips this year instead of a big one so we'll call on others next time.
Ah well the rain has stopped so I might just take the time to run across for a shower before bed.
Night all.
Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

May 31, 2012
8:06 PM

Post #9147052

Hi everyone. Wet wet wet is the colour of the day. I saw the dietician today. It was not raining on the way there, but as soon as I walked out the door, it pelted down with wind behind it. The bus shelter was no shelter at all. Went well at the dietician. Numbers are down, weight is down, was all positive.

Shirley, for some reason I always seem to find sadistic dentists, and this new one is no exception. There aren't many in the area that I can get to so I don't have much choice. The nerves in my teeth are dying from neuropathy. Even doctors and dentists often think you only get neuropathy in the feet, but that isn't true. I have it in my feet, chest, and face (which includes the jaw and teeth). Some areas go numb, others become over sensitive. My mouth is in the very over sensitive stage.

Jen, if you read this, thank you for looking after my seedlings from Nev. I could probably pick them up over the weekend but would have to check with Barry. Not sure if he's made other plans.

Wendy, sad that the weather is not behaving for you. I do hope it rains itself out very soon so you can enjoy some sun and warmth.

Hi Colleen, and Nev, if you can get in to read the posts. And everyone else who pops in. No pics today. All I have outside is half drowned broms.

Karen


works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 2, 2012
2:39 AM

Post #9148598

Hi everyone,

just a quick post tonight. It rained all night last night, the ground in the park is so waterlogged and soggy. It looked good this morning for about 10 minutes, just long enough for me to put on a load of washing, then down it came and has continued to rain most of the day.

Wendy, we are at the Australiana Top Tourist Park at Hervey Bay if you get back this way before Friday when we plan to head for home ... that is unless it keeps raining in which case it might be sooner. Like you said, it gets a bit hard to take being stuck in the van in the rain with hubby (and a wet dog).

Hoping to get to the market tomorrow morning but I reckon it will be a washout for sure.

We do have TV reception here but I can't watch it during the day, just feel too cooped up and want to get outside. I have taken to eating lots of chips and chockies (and tim tams too) ... blame it on the rain :-)

Anyway, bye for now, fingers crossed for a fine day tomorrow.

Shirley





DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 2, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9149529

Wendy and Shirley, all I can say is, darned weather. I hear it is supposed to get a bit worse, then will start clearing for the week ahead. So hope you still get some exploration time in your final week. Hard enough to be stuck indoors in a house in this weather, let alone cramped space (with a wet dog). Lets hope it really does start clearing tomorrow for you. Fingers crossed.

Karen
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

June 2, 2012
5:20 PM

Post #9149551

Hi everyone. Looks like Nev is still AWOL. Wendy and Shirley so sorry to hear about your weather. Maybe Wendy did relent and have some of those gums. One thing is you'll all be happy to get back home. I have some more pics to put up for you to have a look at. Sun is shining here but it's a bit chilly. The heater's still on and my hands are freezing. Ae Burgundy, Ae Black Beauty, Neo Princess Di and Ae Painted Lady AMc x Rosea Striata. Have a great day Colleen

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 4, 2012
3:36 AM

Post #9151185

Hi everyone,

We finally had a nice sunny day today after 4 inches of rain on Monday night and rain all day yesterday. The park grounds are an absolute quagmire but it was lovely to see the sun today and hopefully the rain has gone for a few days.

Colleen, those are lovely pics, hope it warms up for you.

Karen, looking good for the week ahead.

Not sure where Wendy is at the moment, but no doubt they got a similar downpour to what we got here in Hervey Bay, hope she and Johnny didn't get too wet.

Anyway, that's it for tonight, back soon ...

Shirley


DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 4, 2012
4:18 PM

Post #9152299

Shirley, and Wendy too, I am so glad you finally got some sunshine. Looks good now until Friday (so they say). Enjoy it while its there.

Wind is up again today. Seems its either wet or windy lately. Quite cold with it too. Seeping into my poor old bones. But not freezing, not really.

Cat got among the pigeons again yesterday and knocked over some brom pots. Really, enough is enough. Tried the lemon peel, but it just waits on the other side of the fence now and still kills the birds in my yard. So went and got a cat trap from the pound. I do really hope this will solve the problem if it will get into the trap. I can't find the owner of the cat, but it is obviously well cared for. Leaving it to roam though is illegal, so maybe if they have to pay a princely sum and get a good lecture from the pound before they get their cat back, it might solve the problem. So many birds dead though before I did anything about it. I feel dreadful, but had hoped to find the owner before it got this far.

Well, had better get moving before the day disappears. Hope everyone is well.
Karen
perke_patch

June 6, 2012
6:05 AM

Post #9154319

Hi everyone.
We chucked it in today and headed for home early. We had planned to come home tomorrow. We had even paid for the night tonight in the park we were in in Tin Can Bay. Johnny just wanted to catch a fish so we came back to Tin Can for him but too much fresh water so nothing there to catch. Anyway when they said that big wind was on the way up from south we decided to just head for home.
Shirley we were in Bagara for nearly a week and seemed to get rain each night but mornings were mostly sunny or at least just cloudy then the rain would come in some time in afternoons. One day it was 1pm and other days more like 4pm before rain. Some days rain threatened but didn't fall till after dark so all up we had good weather.
We went to see Russell Holzheimer north or Bundaberg when we left Bundy area on Monday. Got some nice billbergias and a couple of neos. He also kindly shared a lot of cryptanthus with me. Haven't many cryps yet so my collection has grown quickly thanks to Russ LOL. We then headed for Childers to stay with some friends Murray & Adela, who have 70 acres there. We were so jealous with all those acres to themselves. Johnny really loved all the quaint buildings Murray has erected. We had a campfire bbq in his log kitchen then went over and threw a few matches into his bonfire. Of course we had some drinks to keep warm. We loved our 2 days with them and would have loved to stay longer. In hindsight we should have stayed there till tomorrow. Anyway we can always go back for a few nights another time.
We're off to Wardell in NSW on Friday to see Ross Little to get some seedlings he wants to sell. I'll get a few for Jen to say thanks for looking after the seedlings for us.
So tired after a holiday so I'm off to bed now. Night all.
Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 7, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9156116

Good morning. Wendy, they say the winds aren't going to be too bad here. I hope not anyway. Have a safe trip home.

Nev asked me to say hello to everyone. His computer is getting worse and it may be a little while before he's back with us, but says he misses us all.

I went driving yesterday for the first time in a long time (any real distance from home, that is). Would you believe, I got caught up in that police blockade at Browns Plains, the road rage/shooting event that was all over the news last night. It was insane, how many police cars were there. I mean, how much man power, vehicle power, helicopter power, gun power, and all the equipment they use does it take to catch one male person? I think they do it for the exercise and excitement because stalking women and kids in cars after shopping must get a bit boring. I am not "down" on our police men and women, but the people in charge of them make them do the most trivial and thankless chores.

Keep warm and well.
Karen
perke_patch

June 8, 2012
3:47 AM

Post #9156673

Hi Karen. Seems just you and me at the moment. Gee we miss Nev don't we?

We are home again now. we went down to pick up the latest batch of totem rings that came back from chroming. We now have them bundled up ready to sell. Today we went for a drive down to Ballina and back with some nice new broms. Wish we had taken more money and the ute so we could have brought back even more. But we'll go back again. We planned to pot all our new babies tomorrow but I just heard that our old brom mentor Phyllis Hobbs has had a fall and probably broken her hip. So tomorrow morning I'll be going up to PA Hospital to see how she is.

We are hoping to see the girls tomorrow. Gee we've missed those precious little ones even though we were only gone for 2 weeks. I spoke to both of them several times while we were away. Even 1yo Rylee has a chat on the phone now. She is so cute.

We've decided to go all out and have a new annex made for the winnebago. we really needed the sides on the canopy to protect all the things in there during all the rain we had up north. We heard that a friend with a big caravan only paid $2,700 for her annex and it was at least x2 the size of what we need. We've allowed $2000 for a new one. I was going to phone around tomorrow morning to see if there was someone close to us who could make one for us.

Ah well. I might be off to bed again now. Still tired after our holiday. I think I need a holiday to recover from our holiday. LOL. Night all.
Wendy

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 8, 2012
7:38 AM

Post #9156871

Hi Karen & Wendy

We arrived back home late this arvo after a very rainy two weeks at Woodgate Beach and Hervey Bay. We did finally get a few nice days this week though it was raining again in Hervey Bay when we left this morning.

Wendy, you might be better off going into the Caravan & Camping show at the Ekka grounds to look for your new annexe. We had planned to go but found out there is no parking available this year because of the renovation work going on there. Just donít feel up to the hassle of catching the train in so we have decided to give it a miss this year.

Lots of catch up work to do at home over the next couple of days and I believe we are in for more rain in Brisbane Ö canít wait for that.

I agree with you Wendy, I feel like I need a holiday to recover from ours too. I was very naughty while we were away and ate lots of very bad stuff (chockies and chips etc etc) and will need to diet for the next couple of weeks.

Michael had a couple of mishaps while we were away (nothing serious, fortunately) and we bought a few broms back from Hervey Bay as well. However, itís late and I might leave the details until tomorrow.

Itís great to get away but itís always good to get home.

Bye for now, Shirley


DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 8, 2012
3:31 PM

Post #9157418

Hey, great you are all back, safe and sound. Back to a grey day by the looks of it out there. Wouldn't mind a shower to wet the plants but really dont' need the heavy rains or any more wind.

Wendy, let us know when you are settled, and we'll come down and get the seedlings from Nev, and see you new 'babies'. Monday is a public holiday so that would be a good day but it can be next weekend or the one after, what suits you.

Nothing new here, so have a great day everyone.

Karen

Tillandsia Exserta...

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 9, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #9157917

Hi Karen,

Looks like you and me today. We have had a really busy day, grocery shopping, watering the pot plants, trying to get everything back in order. Still quite a bit of washing to catch up with Ö just canít get motivated Ö still in holiday mode. Not the best of holidays though, so much rain and very cold.

Michael somehow managed to get a bacterial infection under the nail bed of his right thumb which became very red and swollen and very painful too. It took nearly a week and two doctors visits, a course of antibiotics and painkillers before it settled. He knocked it about every three minutes which didnít help either. Then he got a Ďmaní cold and lived on strepsils for several days because of a very sore throat and a couple of days later he broke a tooth. In spite of all the bad weather and other mishaps, we still enjoyed the break away.

We got some lovely broms in Hervey Bay and I have taken some photos which I havenít downloaded yet but will post some over the next couple of days.

We had a phone call earlier tonight from 9 year old granddaughter to tell us she had just returned from the hospital on crutches and with a cast on her foot after fracturing her ankle this afternoon playing soccer with neighbourhood kids in the street. We will see her tomorrow to give her a big hug Ö Iím sure thatíll help !!! She did mention that an iPod of some kind would make her feel better but sheís going to have to settle for a hug.

Anyway, hope everyone else is well and Nevís computer starts behaving itself and heís back with us again soon.

Till tomorrow, Shirley


DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 9, 2012
11:15 PM

Post #9158812

Hi Shirley, and anyone else who pops in. Glad to see you holiday makers home and safe, but Shirley, sounds like a few problems there. Every time I have to have antibiotics, a tooth or two is affected and off to the dentist. Glad you got some new broms too, and looking forward to the pics. I hope your grand daughter heals quickly and well. Ankles can be a devil sometimes (a bit like backs).

Well, got a cat trap last week from the pound but haven't caught the cat yet. It sprung the trap from behind at one stage, after pushing the covering aside, so methinks someone has tried to catch this one before, and it knows how the trap works. I have to return the trap on Tuesday, but will try again when the weather is a bit more settled. Meanwhile another bird has gone down. Looking at the remains, I think it was a grey butcher bird.

Hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend. Can't do much else in this weather.

Karen

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 10, 2012
6:48 AM

Post #9158986

Hi all,

Another miserable rainy day here again today Ö looking forward to some sunshine next week.

Karen, I hope you get that wretched cat, itís so annoying when the owners donít act responsibly and they allow their pets to roam the neighbourhood and kill the wildlife.

Very little happening here at the moment, still canít get myself motivated, oh well !!!

Pics of two of my new broms, 1. aechmea ho-jo ro-jo and 2. billbergia Muriel waterman

Bye for now, Shirley


*** I have incorrectly identified the aechmea in pic 1. as hojo rojo, it should be Hoja Roja ... thanks Nev










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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 10, 2012
4:24 PM

Post #9159607

Good morning everyone. Shirley, those are good looking plants there. I have always loved Muriel Waterman, and was lucky to get a pup from Nev not long ago.

Its heavy cloud cover here, but apart from bits of showers, not much happening. We are supposed to get those gale force winds today. So far, just a nippy breeze.

Today is the last day with the cat trap, and I can't see the cat hanging round in this weather (or the birds either). Will have to wait for better weather, then try again. Disappointing, because more birds could die in the meantime. I don't understand why an obviously well fed cat so savagely kills and eats so many birds. He must eat them, as there isn't much left but an odd wing and lots of feathers.

Pic 2 is Neo. Red Waif, a mini mini, and Pic 3 is Neo. Pheasant, a mini.

Keep warm.
Karen

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 10, 2012
5:37 PM

Post #9159696

Hi all,

Just a quick post this morning. Nev managed to get a few minutes from his computer this morning and sent a D-mail to let me know the correct name for the aechmea pic I posted last night is Hoja Roja (not Hojo Rojo, which is the name printed on the tag). No wonder we miss him so much.

He asked me to say gíday to everyone and let you all know that he is missing his daily chats on the forum. He also gave me his e-mail address and if you donít have it or if he doesnít have yours, let me know and I will D-mail it to you so he can keep in touch with everyone, even if he canít post.

I should have told him thatís just not good enough, we need his knowledge and expertise and he will just have to get that bloody computer up and running and get back to his daily posts.

Karen, those minis are lovely, especially neo pheasant, must put that one on my wish list.

Anyway, thatís it for now, Iíll hopefully get back later.

Shirley

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 11, 2012
5:17 AM

Post #9160170


Hellloooo, is anyone out there!!!
perke_patch

June 11, 2012
6:40 AM

Post #9160301

Hi Karen & Shirley
I don't think we've stopped since we got home. New pups still haven't all been potted. Phyllis Hobbs, our mentor who got us into broms fell on Wednesday afternoon and broke her hip. Her daughter didn't ring an ambulance or doctor until Thursday and then just phoned the doctor and left a message for him to phone back as her mum had had a fall. He didn't phone back not thinking it was serious but then on the way home thought he better just pop in and check. He immediately called an ambulance and Phyllis was taken to PA Hospital. I took her daugther up to see her on Friday and was there when doctors checked her and told her what they were going to do. I was really concerned that Phylllis wouldn't make it through the surgery. They discovered heart problems as well as renal and under normal conditions wouldn't even consider surgery in those conditions however the hip had to be repaired. They were concerned and Phyllis chose DNR orders with no intervention including oxygen or fluid so I really thought it was all over for her. But she is a plucky old lady and pulled through quite well and was back on the ward Sunday afternoon. They were getting her up to walk today but I haven't heard how she went.
We've also had both girls here this weekend. Rylee was sick all night and slept between Pa and me. She had such a temp on and off all night and would wake up crying. she just cuddled one of us all night like a little koala clinging. We didn't get much sleep. Luckily her parents came and got her Sunday morning but Emily stayed one more night. We took her home this morning and called in to RNA on the way back.
Shirley there was lots of parking in side streets today being a public holiday. We actually spoke to several groups about an annex and we have one lot coming here to measure up and quote on Wednesday afternoon. all the others wanted us to bring the van to them. We'll see what price we'll be up for when they come. We're going to ask if we can get a special price for cash with no receipt. We also bought a new kitchen set up with table for BBQ and a sink with a lid so bench space. It all folds up into a carry bag. Johnny lugged it around the RNA ground the whole time so pretty light. We got a few other little things too so happy with our day.
It was so cold when we got home even though it was only 3pm we came straight upstairs and didn't pot. BUT I did bring everything upstairs and put the new seeds down. Yes the BSI seed finally showed up. They had a lovely trip. Apparently somehow they made it to Redlands PO but was redirected to Jess at her mums place in Toowoomba then sent to Dayboro. Chris rang us when we were away the last week to ask why I sent them to Jess so I told him to put them in the fridge and I would worry about them when we got back. It was a mystery how they got to Dayboro until I saw them today with the Aust Post redirection label. Idiots. Anyway seeds are now sitting near the heater hopefully germinating with the heat. We also bought a heated seed tray which is downstairs with vriesea seed in them. hopefully that will make them grow quickly too.
I'm off to bed now as soon as I have a shower. I'm still tired from our disturbed sleep.
Night all
wendy
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

June 12, 2012
12:47 AM

Post #9161656

Hi everyone. Boy has it been cold here. Sunday morning it was still 0C at 10am. brrr. I have found another couple of brom addicts here. They have 2 shade tunnels full, so might be worth going to look. It will be nice to talk brom talk face to face. I bet he has green shade cloth though. I saw one of his Neo predator at the nursery for sale. Well, my 4 pups have more colour. When I go to see them I will take some of my pups and see what he says. Might be able to swap for something. Glad that you're back home safely Wendy and Shirley. Sorry that the weather didn't do the right thing for you. Still you did get away for a few days rest from the menial jobs. I do hope that Nev gets his computer fixed soon. Here's a couple of pics. Neo red planet and neo camelot. Have a great evening. Colleen

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 12, 2012
5:38 AM

Post #9161804

Hi all,

Today started out looking good here but we got more rain this afternoon. I am so looking forward to a nice fine day.

Wendy, we considered going to the caravan & camping show on Monday but didnít feel like dodging the rain. We will probably go to the free one in Oct-Nov. Hope you get quoted a good price for your annexe. Itís good to hear your seeds finally turned up.

Colleen, 0 degrees Ö are you kidding. If it gets below about 8 degrees here, I am ready to hibernate. I donít think I could bear to live any further south (or west for that matter). Thatís a lovely neo Camelot, do your broms suffer any damage from the cold?

We are still in catch up mode after our two weeks away and we have lots on this week so there wonít be much done at home till next week at least. Will attach a couple of pics Ė

pic 1. Neo carolinae (albo) x carcharodon, pic 2. Neo blue thing, pic 3. Ďkennyí kookaburra on the back patio Ö unfortunately he leaves his calling card all over the place for me to clean up.

Bye for now, Shirley


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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 12, 2012
4:00 PM

Post #9162633

Good morning all. Well, I was just saying on another forum how nice it is to see the sun, but it suddenly disappeared again. Hopefully, it will be out tomorrow for a few days.

Wendy, sounds like you need a holiday now to recover from your holiday. It has been so cold. I notice a few of my neo's have been affected. Its a shame, as they don't look so good with the brown marks. Not a lot I can do. They are not fully protected as I try to keep them where they will get some sun when its available. The tree they are under is deciduous, so the cold air does get down onto them.

Colleen, I love those 2. Very colourful.

Shirley, nice ones there too. But the kookaburra wins the show. They are very good at training humans to do their bidding just by sitting there, looking pathetically helpless and hungry. It usually works though. Barry has a family that visit him and he gets quite concerned if they miss a few days.

Some pics you've already seen, but always worth showing again as they change colours with age.

Have a great week.
Karen

1. Neo Chilli verde
2. I got this a Neo. Barbarian, but there have been doubts cast on its identity.

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perke_patch

June 13, 2012
4:31 AM

Post #9163218

hi everyone. we got our visit today from the awning man. Unfortunately our awning is too old to simply replace the canvas so we are up for a whole new awning. Good news is it will be easier to put out. It's still only 3.5K for the whole new annex including a new awning and wind skirt for under the van.

We have had a very busy week since we got home. don't feel like we've had a break at all. We have finished potting our new pups but I haven't taken pics of newbies yet. when I take the pics I have to post the pics for Ross Little to identify what they are. labels only showed the batch code eg AQ3. A couple even got through without him writing the labels so will have to get that fixed.

Anyway I must go to watch the state of origin now. looks like its getting good.

Night all, Wendy

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 13, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9163273

Hi everyone,

It was shopping day today so we didnít get much of a chance to get out in the sunshine. Hopefully, the next few days will be nice and fine. Thanks to a couple of windy days, we have lots of sticks to pick up and a few larger branches too.

Wendy, looks like Origin game 3 will be a good one. Would love to see the Maroons make it 7 in a row Ö QUEENSLANDER !!! Apologies to Nev and any other NSW residents or Blues fans.

I will attach some photos that I took (with permission of the owner) of the one acre property at Hervey Bay where I purchased my new broms ... very impressive.

Bye for now, Shirley



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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

June 13, 2012
2:37 PM

Post #9163918

heres my new carcharodon tiger, its pretty small yet though.

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 14, 2012
5:53 AM

Post #9164595

Hi everyone,

It is so quiet on the forum without Nev ... everyone else seems to have disappeared.

Breeindy, great to see you back, love your new carcharodon tiger.

I will attach a couple more of the photos I took of the Hervey Bay brom garden.

Bye for now, Shirley

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 15, 2012
5:33 AM

Post #9165945

Hi everyone,

have a good weekend

Shirley


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perke_patch

June 15, 2012
6:38 AM

Post #9166005

Hi. I'm still here but where is Karen??? hope she is not ill again.

Shirley, did you find Ray & Jenny's place in Hervey Bay? in Raward Street near the football field???? we go there all the time. when we are going up to see our son we often phone them to see what they want from our collection then we get to pick from theirs. We also take stuff up to our son who also collects them and often has sales in Hervey Bay. He's on Elizabeth Street on the way to the airport.

I still haven't taken pics of our new plants. I must get to it. I did some pupping today after we got back from the hospital. Doc was happy with Johnny and wasn't even concerned that we hadn't been to see the cardiac doc yet. Johnny said he hasn't had to use his spray for months so doc wasn't concerned. THEN... you guessed it ... tonight he had the worst angina attack he has ever had. he thought it was the real thing but the spray eased it and left him with a headache all night. I guess we better chase up that cardiac appointment. I'm certainly not dropping his medication like doc told us to do today. don't want a flare up again.

Anyway I hope Karen is OK and her heart is behaving itselft too. It is so quiet in here isn't it? I checked in the other night and no new postings since the last one the day before so I went back to fb. I've actually turned computer off a couple times and watched a movie ... really watched not just glancing every now and then. If you get the chance watch The Zookeeper. It is so funny and worth the giggle or 2.

Anyway I might log off now and have a shower and off to bed. Night all.
Wendy

Pics are 3 of my till capitatas ... marron, peach and red. hope they load

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

June 15, 2012
12:54 PM

Post #9166494

Hi everyone,

Iím back again but I donít know for how long as the old computer is doing some funny things. For example I can only ďhalfĒ get into Face Book and I mean half. I only get half of the page showing. The other day when I opened it up I could get it all again but no pictures, only little boxes with a red cross in the corner, yesterday I couldnít get into it at all. And when it was sort of working I still couldnít get into the Brom Site that Tash started for us all so it looks like its signed me out of that and all of the other ďBrom PlanetĒ sites.

Anyway itís good to be back again and be able to see what you all have been up to. I havenít been able to read all the posts since I last visited but I see the regulars are still here although I see Colleenís hasnít been back since the 12th when she said the temp. was zero degrees C so she may be frozen by now. I hope she thaws out soon though because we'll miss her.

It seems like the weather wasnít too kind to Shirley and Wendy when they went on holidays. I would have thought going north you would have had nice weather but it seems some of our wet weather found its way up north to spoil everything for you. Anyway if itís any consolation it was no better down here either.

Shirley Ė Were those last picís of the Vrieseas from the garden at Hervey Bay as well? Thereís some nice Vr. Fosterianas in the first one, they look a lot like my supposed ďRed ChestnutĒ but thereís so many ďlook alikesĒ around now you wouldnít know as its been selfed so many times itís hard to say what a true Red Chestnut is and whatís not now.

The shot of the three (what look like) Vr Splendriet reminded me to tell you what happened to mine. A few years back we had a very cold winter and my three plants of Vr. Splendriet suffered terrible cold damage and I thought I was going to lose them. They looked a bit ordinary for a long, long time and then they finally started to pup and this time it was multiple pups, not just the usual one like they had done previously. I guess itís the same old story with all bromís, when they are stressed or damaged badly they make that extra effort to re-establish themselves so they donít become extinct. Well suffice to say they grew well and produced multiple flower spikes as well and Iíve never seen them look better before or since (see pic).

Wendy Ė Iíve said before Iím not a Tillandsia person but the colours in the ones you have posted are magnificent, especially the first one and if I was to start growing them I think after what youíve just posted, Til. Capitata would be where I would start.

Iíll finish with a few picís, firstly the Vr. Splendriet I mentioned above followed by four seedlings from a batch of XNiduregelia ĎSomething Specialí seedlings (I suspect crossed by insects with a Neoregelia), even though the experts say that seed from bi-generics is sterile??????????

All the best, Nev.

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shellharbour
Australia

June 15, 2012
12:59 PM

Post #9166498

Hi again,

I forgot to say about the xNiduregelia seedlings above , the plant in pic 4 and all of the others like it were only about half the size of the other three shown above which were all the size of the mother (xNiduregelia Something Special), these others all looked more like small/medium sized Neoregelias.

All the best, Nev.
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

June 15, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9166649

Hoorah Great to see you Nev. Hi everyone. Still cold here. Not very much going on in the SH but lots of pruning and cutting back in the garden. I filled the big garbage bin yesterday then took it up the back and tipped it into the tank to rot down. If I get one bin full cut every day it won't take too long. The roses are the worst to do and I usually end up with lots of scratches from them. Gee Wendy I do hope Johnny is feeling better. Say G'day from me and all the best. Karen I hope you're not unwell again too. Maybe she's having computer problems too. Shirley have you rested up again now after your holiday? Sometimes I feel like I just should have stayed home. With the 2 boys to organise it's a bit hectic to go away and all the chooks and galahs and cats and the dog. Just as well the broms don't take much to look after isn't it? Well I'd better see what pics I can show you and get myself another cuppa and get ready for the boys to get up. Have a great day everyone and it is so good to have you back Nev. Hoorah. Colleen

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barmera
Australia

June 15, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9166650

Hoorah Great to see you Nev. Hi everyone. Still cold here. Not very much going on in the SH but lots of pruning and cutting back in the garden. I filled the big garbage bin yesterday then took it up the back and tipped it into the tank to rot down. If I get one bin full cut every day it won't take too long. The roses are the worst to do and I usually end up with lots of scratches from them. Gee Wendy I do hope Johnny is feeling better. Say G'day from me and all the best. Karen I hope you're not unwell again too. Maybe she's having computer problems too. Shirley have you rested up again now after your holiday? Sometimes I feel like I just should have stayed home. With the 2 boys to organise it's a bit hectic to go away and all the chooks and galahs and cats and the dog. Just as well the broms don't take much to look after isn't it? Well I'd better see what pics I can show you and get myself another cuppa and get ready for the boys to get up. Have a great day everyone and it is so good to have you back Nev. Hoorah. Colleen

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 16, 2012
3:29 AM

Post #9167203

Hello everyone. Nev, great to see you back, and I sure hope you get to stay this time.

Thanks for thinking of me, but I have been well. In fact, very well, as it happens. Been scrubbing walls, windows, floors, moving furniture, and feeling "normal", something I haven't been for the last couple of years. A magic pill, an enzyme by the name of serrapeptase is the secret. A natural enzyme from the silkworm. Sadly the poor silkwork has to lose its life to get the enzyme, but for chronically ill people, I think the silkworm should be made a demi god. Its claim to fame is that it eats inflammation. Ugh! But good news for blocked arteries (a condition caused by inflammation, not cholesterol), arthritis, cysts, blah blah blah, but not to overlook the frozen shoulder. Mine became inflamed again with the cold wet weather, and I was so depressed with the pain and inability to use my arm. The serrapeptase acts like an anti-inflammatory but without the damaging side effects. The pain reduced almost immediately. After 2 days, I could breathe more easily (after 2 years being unable to draw a decent breath), and the energy!!! I can't begin to tell you. But I've had to reduce the dose as I was awake all night.

Wendy, I'll let you know how it goes, but I honestly think its worth looking at for John, and you too. Its used In Europe by doctors but you know what our Aussie doctors are like when it comes to natural remedies. Or anyone with arthritis might like to read about it.

So I've been too energised to sit at the computer, that's all.

This brom has green upper and red underneath leaves, but I spotted the sun shining through them and loved the look. Of course, the camera can't capture to glow of it, but to give you some idea...

Karen

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 16, 2012
5:59 AM

Post #9167314

Hi all,

Great to see everyone is back ... it has been sooo quiet lately.

Wendy, yes we found Ray and Jenny in Hervey Bay Ö lovely people. I hope Johnny is OK and doesnít have any more attacks.

Nev, great that youíre back again, you were really missed. Yes, those vrieseas in my pics were from the garden at Hervey Bay. From memory, the plants in the first pic are vriesea Red Chestnut. Your vriesea Splendriet is lovely too. Thanks for the info on xNiduregelia ĎSomething Specialí.

Colleen, weíve only been back home for a week but already I feel like Ďwhat holiday?í Hope the weather warms up a bit for you soon. Those are lovely little Cryptanthus in your second pic.

Karen, glad to hear you are not ill. I wish I had your energy Ö perhaps I need some of those magic enzyme pills to motivate me. Just make sure you donít over do it.

Anyway, itís getting late so Iíll finish for now.

Shirley


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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

June 16, 2012
2:26 PM

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Hi everyone,

Yes itís good to be back also, and thanks for the ďwelcome backĒ especially the ďdoubleĒwelcome back from Colleen, I really appreciate it... Colleen Ė Tell us a bit about your Crypanthus methods of culture. I didnít think you would be able to grow them down there with it being so cold in the winter, or do you take them to bed with you of a night? Whatever you do they look great! The albo-marginated Neo is nice too, whatís its name? As a question following the picís I showed of Something Special hybrids yesterday, wasnít it you who got some from me as well, and if so what are they starting to look like, or are they still too young?

Karen Ė Gee thatís great news about your new medication. I know a lot of our GPís are against natural therapies, but Iím fortunate as I have a doctor Iíve had for thirty five years who thinks everything has a place in medicine. He went to China to learn acupuncture as he reckoned the Chinese had been using it successfully for thousands of years so there must be something good in it and heís really quite good at it. Often he will refer patients to chiropractors as well if he thinks it will help and he often recommends natural products from the health food shop especially fish oil and krill. So itís good to have a doctor with an open mind, however having said all of that, you really must make sure that the new medication wonít interact with other medication you are taking, just to be on the safe side. Finally could you send me all the details as I need a truck load of it as I can barely walk at present with the cold aggravating my arthritis.

I love your pic of the sun shining through the foliage of the Neo. Itís very artistic. I found that if you have a plant of the common old Neo spectabilis (that people donít seem to want to grow any more) and grow it up high so you can view it from below, the colours in that are great also, especially with the sun behind it.

Shirley Ė Regarding the xNiduregelia I wrote about, I still have many more to yet reach maturity, but so far the majority of them are looking more like small/medium Neoís than anything else, and although the shape isnít much to write home about, the cup colours in some are really quite attractive. The ones that do take on the size and shape of the ĎSomething Specialí parent have all up until now produced better (more in the orangey shades) colour than the mother plant.

I like the pic of your Neo ĎMauve Starí, I havenít seen it before. I have ĎPurple Starí and ĎPink Starí both of which are nice clear colours but unfortunately donít have any of the nice variegations like your ĎMauve Starí.

I spent most of yesterday in the cold garage re-potting (long overdue for re-potting) seedlings. They were the ďtail endersĒ of a mix of two different Ae. Blanchetianas and some plants of Ae. Eurycorymbus, Ae. Emmerichiae, Ae. Forest Fire, Ae.Blanchetiana x Leptantha and a bigeneric, X Portemea ĎLuis Ariza Juliaí x Self. It was all seed which originally came from USA via a friend and they are all going to be large plants like Blanchetiana.

Unfortunately I donít have the space for them but as they were in 3Ē pots which needed re-potting three years ago and didnít get done, I just had to do them as some of them were 18Ē-24Ē high and kept falling over in their tiny 3Ē pots and looked ridiculous. What Iím going to do with them I donít know as I canít post them as the postage would cost too much and no one around here wants large plants like this as space is a problem in collections for everyone. So I might see if I can sell them to a ďLandscaperĒ and maybe get rid of them this way and if not, theyíll go over to the Illawarra Light Railway Museum garden with all of my other off-casts.

A just as a change of pace Iíll finish with a few picís from an article written by my ďbrom friendĒ Chanin Thurot from Thailand, who I thank for giving me his permission to use his article and pictures to share with fellow "brom lovers". Regardless of what the DG copyright says these are all Chaninís pictures and are of a few picís of the Cryptanthus parents he uses as well as some of his many seedling showing the variation in colours possible with hybrids. The first two pic's are of plants named firstly after Lisa Vinzant a well know hybridizer from Hawaii and secondly after her husband Ken. The remainder are of a mixrure of his seedlings.

All the best, Nev.

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

June 16, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #9168104

Hi everyone. Karen you be very careful with those tablets. By the sound of them they have got you on a high, and you might be in trouble trying to get off them. I always worry if they're compatible with other doctor prescribed tablets. I never fool around with my tablets and always make sure that I take them exactly as prescribed. I am glad that you're feeling so much better though. Nev the first pic above is "Raphael" and the Crypthanthus are in an aquarium without the lid. The reason that I put them in there was I think Wendy said that they like to have a soggy bottom so I thought they would do fine in there. I put spagnum in the bottom and then just put them in and they haven't looked back. I also have one in a glass jar with a lid and it looks good too. They weren't doing very much just in a pot in the SH so I thought that i wouldn't have anything to lose. Karen that is a great pic of your plant. I know what you mean about the camera not doing them justice. What I see, you don't usually see in my pic. Will have to find a couple more pics to put up. Everyone have a great day. Colleen ps. Nev this is a pic of "unknown seedling" that you sent me. Have you got a name now please?

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 16, 2012
10:06 PM

Post #9168277

Hi. Nev, that first crypt is fabulous. A real stunner.

Shirley, I love Mauve Star. I have one but don't know if it is Mauve Star or just something very similar.

Colleen, I know what you mean. I see a great picture in my mind, but maybe I need new glasses, because the camera sees something else entirely.

The Serrapeptase, or Serratiopepidase, is something you should read about first, as not everyone will be convinced. I personally found the recommended dose a bit too high, and am starting on half the dose, and will build up slowly until I feel "normal" again. Pneumonia is mentioned as a rare side effect. Personally, I've found that anything that cleans out the lungs does have a risk of pneumonia attached, and more often the liver gets painfully overloaded if toxins are released too quickly. Both conditions can be dangerous, but both are rare. Trouble is, I've experienced both, so am very wary of toxic overload. That's why I think the lower dose is safer so that the system cleans out more gently. However, if anything develops, I'll let you know. This is just a short page outlining the uses found for this enzyme.

http://www.naturalnews.com/033498_SerratioPeptidase_inflammation.html

This link shows more the negative side effects, and these seem to be rare. I recommend reading up on the enzymes uses and effects, and get a positive picture as well, as I personally think it is worth an informed trial. This is a very personal choice, but I've always been one to explore alternative therapies where possible. The only restrictions have been financial.

http://www.raysahelian.com/serrapeptase.html

Got me a new NOID from the markets this morning. Wasn't much there at all today. Maybe the cold mornings are keeping stall holders away, though it was a beautiful warm sunny day today, even a bit on the dusty side.

Karen





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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

June 17, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #9169044

Hi everyone,

Well you wouldnít believe it would you? After all the trouble Iíve had with DG now my bloody emailís gone on the ďblinkĒ. Will these computer problems never end? Iím beginning to think all of this trouble is coming from Face Book because when my Hotmail account was infected, I had an email telling me I had caught the infection from Face book and they had frozen my account. When I registered with GMX I see they also have a link to Face Book built into their system, and given that Iím currently still having problems with Face Book I must say it does make me suspicious there may be a connection with it and the other problems Iím experiencing.

Colleen Ė Iím looking at the pic of your unnamed seedling I sent you. Your inflorescence has a week or longer to mature and flower so can you post another pic when the flowers open please? All I know is the seed parent was an unnamed Aechmea which had similar shaped flowers to Ae Gamosepala but the colours were different, being a very pale creamy pink with pale green petals.

However, looking at the colours of the flowers on some of the seedlings from the same cross I have recently flowered it looks very much like Ae. gamosepala may have been the ďpollen parentĒ and insects or Honey Eaters were the culprits responsible for the pollination. I currently have another fifteen plants with flowers coming up so Iíll have a better idea when they all flower. The couple I have already flowered were on a shorter more upright inflorescence than gamosepala and the colours of the flowers although similar to gamosepala, were more intense.

Karen - Iíve already read a fair bit on the web about the ďSerrapeptaseĒ and Iíll certainly check out the sites you have suggested. But just to be on the safe side, when my wife went shopping yesterday morning I asked her to drop into our family Chemist and enquire about the suitability of me taking the medication you described in your post yesterday. He did know all about it and in fact sells it, but he told her that he wouldnít recommend me taking it with the other medicine Iím currently taking (especially the Warfarin) and because I have a stomach ulcer he strongly advised against buying it until Iíd spoken to my doctor about it.

Now I donít like to ďburst your bubbleĒ and I really appeciate you informing us about it and the dramatic results you had with it, but I'm well aware of what works for one person wonít necessarily work for another, and likewise medicine affects different people in many different ways especially when you are taking a variety of tablets for different problems. Interaction between various medicines is a very complex topic and is different for everyone; this is why we have doctors to prescribe our medicines so they can first be aware of any interaction problems before prescribing.

As for our chemist (of thirty years), well although he is a very knowledgeable man with years of experience with medicines, I suspect in this "age of litigation", he and all the other chemists are probably advised by the Pharmacy Guild to always err on the side of caution when advising patients on what is safe and what is not and although I respect him a lot, he may well have just been ďcovering his bumĒ so to speak.

Iím very pleased you are getting relief from it and I certainly hope my doctor says I can safely give it a go, as Iím going Ďround the twist with the pain from my arthritis since I was taken off the anti-inflammatory treatment I was on due to interaction with my blood pressure medication. However Iíll repeat what I said yesterday and suggest you still ask your doctor about possible interaction problems between that and what you are currently taking and hopefully in your case there wonít be a problem and you can continue to take it with the great relief you are getting.

Now back to bromís and a few picís I took around the yard yesterday, firstly one of my favourite Billbergias; Bill. ĎCurly Topí, 2nd is Neo. ĎPink Sensationí, 3rd is a little Orthophytum sucrei, 4th is one of my seedlings; Neo ĎBea Hansoní x Neo ĎRosea Striataí and finally Neo. ĎFairy Dustí

All the best, Nev.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 17, 2012
9:23 PM

Post #9169492

Nev, I totally agree with all you said. I have to stop taking it for a while as it is also a natural blood thinner. I also have to stop taking the Co Plavix for a while too, as I am having some dental work done. This morning I just had a filling done, but my gum bled like crazy and he couldn't finish the job. The two links I put up showed two very different sides to the enzyme, and I personally think people need to be fully informed about anything they take so they can make their own decisions to whether or not they'll take it. Like you, I'm on a lot of medications, and it took a week to have all the research done on each one used with the enzyme. The only contra indication was the CoPlavix, and this has already proven to be a problem.

I am getting a bud on one of my bill. noids. Looking forward to seeing it.

Karen

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 18, 2012
6:12 AM

Post #9169742

Hello everyone,

Another nice sunny day here in Brissie today but very cold tonight, though probably nowhere near as cold as it is further south.

Colleen, hope it has warmed up in Barmera.

Nev, sounds like you need a new computer. Fingers crossed you donít have any more trouble with DG.

Karen, hope you donít have any more trouble with your teeth.

Anyway, big day planned for tomorrow and an early start so Iíll finish up for now.

Till tomorrow, Shirley


Pic 1. Is my xNiduregelia ĎSomething Specialí pup, Pic 2. Is vriesea ĎHighway Beautyí, Pic 3 is vriesea Hierogliphica x Red Chestnut



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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

June 18, 2012
6:30 PM

Post #9170751

Hi everyone. Looks like Nev is AWOL again. Shirley I love the Vr. Highway Beauty. I still haven't been out to check my X Nidularium "something special" pups. Had better do that. I've just been to do a bit of shopping now washing and cleaning up so will get to it when I can. It hasn't warmed up here but we did have a lovely shower of rain last night. That always brightens everything up. It's still overcast but no wind so not too bad. Had a visit from the people from Renmark yesterday. Can you get a different "strain" of brom. eg Neo. Raphael that doesn't go red in the centre? I thought that Raphael was Raphael, if it doesn't look the same then it's something else. Anyway had better get into this work. Hope you're all well and have a great day. Colleen
perke_patch

June 19, 2012
5:28 AM

Post #9171248

Hi everyone. I was going to bed and suddenly thought I better check DG. Didn't realise I hadn't checked in for a few days. It took me a while to catch up.
Nev good to see you back up and writing again. we really missed you and all your pics. I'll have to fin all my xniduregulars tomorrow and see what they look like. We have some of your nice big seedlings here too Nev. We potted them up into big pots a while back and have been heavily feeding them to speed up growth so they are getting quite big now. Looking good too. I have some up the back where they get a bit of sunshine and some down in the shadehouse too. Oh and some down near the back of the house getting good pure morning sunlight. handling all situations and still growing well.

Those crypts in the fishtank are looking really good. I'm glad I was able to give some good advice. I have all my crypts growing with saucers to supply a regular dose of water on demand. they are all looking really good too. will post some pics soon.
I'm so tired now I think I'm off to bed now. will post some pics tomorrow night. Oh and we are getting our new awning fitted tomorrow and they'll measure up for the new annex to go on it. so a bit of excitement for us.

Night all

Wendy

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 19, 2012
5:40 AM

Post #9171264

Hi all,

Lets hope Nev isn't having more computer problems, we really miss his cheery posts and Wendy hasn't posted for a few days either ... miss them both.

Colleen, I just don't seem to have time to do the housework lately. All I want to do is get outside and play with my plants. Of course, I have way too many and the days have been lovely till about 4.00 pm when it cools off quickly and starts to get dark. I am so easily distracted as well and totally lacking in motivation when it comes to house cleaning!!!

I bought a vriesea at Bunnings today (unnamed, other than 'patterned leaf vriesea' which doesn't help much). I think it is probably fosteriana. I will post a pic tomorrow. My pics tonight are of two of my neo minis, the first is neo hazel mac, the second is a NOID. If anyone can give it a name, that would be great.

Bye for now, Shirley

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 19, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9171893

Hi everyone. Shirley, can't help with the name, but both are cuties. It is a great time of year to be outdoors in the garden. I know my house is way too cold to sit inside without the expense of running heaters. Outdoors I can be doing stuff that soon warms me up.

Wendy, I do hope John is feeling much better now. Must try to get down soon, but the next few weeks are full on with medical stuff, and it leaves me just wanting to curl up at home when its like this. Will give you a call beforehand when we are up to it.

Hi Colleen. Hope you are keeping warm there. I shouldn't complain about the cold. It's still 9C here and I know most of you will be much colder than that. Yes, poor Nev is having a hard time with that computer. When they decide to go, they do a good job of it. Bit like cars in that way.

I am going to fill the wheelbarrow with yet another load of pruned debris and get it up the front so the garden waste man can collect it on Friday. I get him to call once a month but I could fill the bag up weekly if I wanted to. A couple of years worth of rubbish that Barry has built up down the back. I can't see to train this guy right.

Hi to anyone else popping in.
Karen

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 20, 2012
5:13 AM

Post #9172494

Hi everyone,

Just a very quick post tonight as I have a bit of a headache and sore throat ... probably just sinus but think I'll get an early night.

Attached pics are of the vriesea 'patterned leaf hybrid' I bought at Bunnings yesterday. Can anyone give it a name please.

Bye for now, Shirley


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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 20, 2012
9:02 PM

Post #9173691

Shirley, that's a nice one. Do take care. Rest and keep very warm. You don't want any of those bugs that are starting to come out of the woodwork now.

Got a nice box of goodies from Nev yesterday. Haven't had time to pot them up yet but will do so soon.

Early wake up this morning as I had a hospital appt and an ECG. Went OK. Just a new doctor who doesn't like what the old doctors are doing so is going to change all the medications again. Just got them all sorted out and got rid of those causing bad side effects, now start again. Is it really worth it?

Hope everyone is fine. It is really too cold for decent garden chatter. Think I'll go hibernate with the plants.

Take care
Karen

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 21, 2012
4:01 AM

Post #9173885

Hi all,

Feeling better tonight even though I had a busy day. I finally got around to giving all my pots a dose of Seasol today ... hope they appreciate it!! We have been having such lovely days lately, itís very hard to stay in the house when itís so nice outdoors.

Karen, lucky you, with your box of goodies from Nev. Looks like he is having computer problems again though. Good to hear your hospital visit went well and hopefully youíll get your medications sorted quickly.

Couple of pics to finish up Ö Pic 1 is neo ĎTeds Roseí Pic 2 is neo ĎGee Whizí

Shirley




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perke_patch

June 21, 2012
6:02 AM

Post #9173984

Hi all.
I'm still here. used the big computer last night as I wanted to print something out and guess what. I had so much trouble with it. It can't be dying as it is not that old. However my son did use it last weekend to download some free software for his playstation or PS3 or whatever it's called. anyhow it seems all my settings have been changed and others loaded. I deleted a couple of strange programs and reset my favourites but the computer is running so slow. anyway I gave up last night without checking everything I usually check including emails, forums etc.

I went to visit Phyllis again today and took her some food. She really doesn't like the food at the PA Hospital. says it all tastes the same just different colours. She says all soups taste exactaly the same but the colours are different eg green for pea soup, orange for pumpkin etc. but they all taste same. anyhow she really really enjoyed her pork roast and veges. She is walking a bit but I think hip surgery will be hard to get over at 82 yo. She'll be there for at least 6 - 10 weeks.

Shirley hope you don't get any lurgeys going around. stay well and stay warm everyone. I agree Karen it is warmer outside than inside. We're lucky we have a potting table set up on north side of house where it is a suntrap so nice and warm. I pot
the plants and sit them in the sun coming in on the pavers. we're getting quite a few there so will have to start putting them up the back. we also have seed popping so have been putting down seed to grow and storing heaps in the fridge for later. will have seedlings to share soon I'm sure.

Lucky you Colleen have another parcel from Nev. I must admit I haven't had anything from him for a while... not since the saundersii seedlings. wonder what he's got now? hope his body is not misbehaving too much on him. I feel for him sitting in his cold carport potting while I'm standing in nice warm sunshine doing the same thing. Karen I've been pupping all my large tank tillandsias this week and have so many I'll have to start selling some soon. Johnny has put lots of them up the trees too. we now have secunda, tricolour, juncea, fasiculata, and others up high.

Ah that time of night again. I'm off to bed now.
Night all
Wendy

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 23, 2012
3:19 AM

Post #9176841

Hi everyone,

I have had one of those days today Ö you know, the ones when everything goes wrong and disaster is everywhere. And it seems my memory has become so poor lately, half the time I have no idea what I am doing, or supposed to be doing Ö confusion reigns supreme!!!

Wendy, glad to see you are still here. Hope your computer and printer are now working OK.

I bought some new broms today at the market and decided to spray them before adding them to the rest of my collection. Being new to brom growing and learning the hard way not to use white oil, I took a growerís advice and purchased Amgrow Insect & Mite, which is apparently the same as Rogor (which I'm told isnít being produced any more).

I removed the bottle from the packaging and before opening it, read the directions. Luckily, I noticed the small print on the bottom of the label ... expiry date August 2012, DOM - Sept 2004 Ö almost 8 years old and I bought this just last week. It will be going back next week for replacement. There was nothing on the outside of the packaging indicating the expiry date.

I am rather reluctant to use chemical sprays, mainly because I am afraid of killing my lovely broms.

Anyway, I had also bought some Confidor systemic concentrate in a little tube and decided I would try that instead. I had turned on the hose to fill my spray pump bottle when my neighbour came to visit. I went to open the gate and threw the hose into the garden. After chatting for 40 minutes, we got a few drops of rain and she left to go home. I decided not to bother with the spraying and went inside.

Some 3 hours later Michael asked if I had a tap on as the house pump was running. Initially, I said No, then thought I had better check, only to find the hose still running in the garden. Had it been water from our bore it wouldnít have mattered so much but it was our precious rain water. So, I am hoping we get the rain that is predicted for next week Ö Iíll really be in the poo if we run short of water.

Then, I went out in the dark (barefoot, of course) to see how much water had flooded the garden and near broke my little toe when I stubbed it on the retaining wall.

Anyway, enough of that. I do have a question ?? Should I use these sprays at the recommended strength for ornamentals and is it OK to use it on vrieseas and guzmanias as well as neos. Is there anything I should not spray and also do I spray the undersides of the leaves as well as the top. Any advice re spraying would be much appreciated ... please.

I will finish up tonight with pics of a couple more of my unnamed broms, the first a vriesea, the second a guzmania. If anyone can name either one, please do. Many thanks

Shirley




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perke_patch

June 23, 2012
5:11 AM

Post #9176905

H Shirley. Johnny sprays both tops and undersdes of all broms. the scale seems to like the undersides and I guess the top is where the grasshoppers will land. I can't remember the strength that he makes up his rogor. he keeps saying I need to learn in case he gets sick and can't do it. I should write it down just in case. Rogor was taken off the shelves for a while because the box used to have a pic of vegetables on it and they decided it was not suitable to use on food plants. anyway it was hard to find for a while but I thought was now reboxed and back on the shelves. We always seem to have a couple of bottles here ready to be used. whenever we see some we grab a couple. anyway we should get some rain tonight as Johnny sprayed today. I usually rains and washes it off on him. so fingers crossed we get some rain.

Jen & I went to Gold Coast Brom and Succulent society meeting today. We bought a couple of things each. they seem to have a good sales tables and their catering is excellent but alas no gluten free items for me. will have to take my own. Not sure yet if we wll sign up or not. Easier to get there on Saturday than into the city on Thursday evening. Their year starts in Sept so almost time to join for full year.

a lot of billbergias starting to flower at moment including the fosters striata just starting to come. will look just lke this pic soon.

I'm off to bed now.
Night all.
Wendy

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 23, 2012
5:01 PM

Post #9177651

Hi everyone. I am being slack, and not spending any time in the garden. Going for walks in the parks with my camera, looking for birds, is my current fetish.

No news to report. Hope everyone is feeling great.

Karen

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 24, 2012
5:07 AM

Post #9178109

Hi all,

it's just not the same without Nev, is it?

We had a few spots of rain here today, just enough to be a nuisance but not enough to be of any real use. Managed to pull a few weeds out of the front garden this morning with the help of two visiting granddaughters.

I have a dentist appointment tomorrow ... not looking forward to that at all.

Wendy, thanks for the info on the bug sprays. I haven't got around to doing mine yet but will have to soon. Nice billbergia in the pic.

Karen, enjoy your walks in the park and your bird watching.

I might finish up early and go read all the goss in the Sunday Mail.

Bye for now, Shirley

perke_patch

June 24, 2012
5:38 AM

Post #9178138

Hi all. My laptop is not wanting to accept the i key, so if any message is mispelled please excuse.

Karen hope you get your brom mojo back soon. the birds are nice to watch but we do it from our own balcony as we feed them.
Shirley we had some sprinkles late ths afternoon but after seeing the weather report one of us has to go outside now to remove the newly potted plants from the solid trays we put the pots into as the rain will fill the trays up and the broms won't like swimmng all night. I put them n a tray and water them so they can soak for a little while and have a good water before gong down the back. we weren't expecting rain though.

We're off to Ballina again tomorrow to see Ross Little. Jen insisted on going so we're taking her. I'll go with Jen while Johnny and a friend Andrew will follow in the ute to bring home all the plants hahahaha. Don't know what we will get but better to be prepared with a ute right???? Jen and I also went to the Gold Coast brom meeting yesterday but we were very good and only got a couple of pups each. I think it is a better brom group especially seeing meetings are day not night and Carrara exit 74 is easier to get to than driving into the city at night. Don't know when we will go again but their new year starts in September so mght join for a year then. we'll see.

Off to bed now.
Night all
Wendy
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

June 24, 2012
3:14 PM

Post #9178928

Hi everyone - Well at long last Iím finally back, but for how long I donít know. A young computer ďGuruĒ who I know and is just setting himself up in a part-time business said he could look at my old computer free of charge and tell me what was wrong with it. He has cleaned out some bugs but says itís long past retiring age and needs ďtossingĒ. I told him I was also long past retiring age and no bugger was ďtossingĒ me so he could go and take a running jump at himself. At least he didnít charge me for his advice or what he did and he was laughing when he left so I couldnít have insulted him too much.

Iíll pass this bit of info on as a matter of interest to you all (especially Tash if she still reads these posts) and perhaps you will understand why I wonít be on Face Book anymore. When my original Hot Mail account died, I had a message from administration to say it had been badly infected and had been cleaned, and that the viruses had been traced back to Face Book. (I still canít use that email account but thatís another story).

I opened a new account with GMX and everything was going along great until a ďpop upĒ appeared one day offering a link to connect to Face Book, I didnít do anything with the link but just the same the very next morning my emails died again, so you can see why Iím suspicious of Face Book. I have another friend in Queensland who has had similar problems which were traced back to Face Book and his ďcomputer doctorĒ told him itís not uncommon to pick up bugs from Face Book as there are so many millions of people using it, that itís impossible to police and keep the bugs away. So from now on, no more Face Book for me which is a great pity as Tash had developed a great site with the Brom Buy and Sell site and Iím going to miss that as I enjoyed it and like the people on it.

I had a very sad week last week as my little dog of seventeen years ďClydeĒ had a stroke and had to be put to sleep. The vet said 17 was the equivalent to 102 years of a human so he had a very good long life. Boy do I miss him as he was always by my side where ever I went, when I was potting in the garage he was always there beside me in his old bed and when I was on the computer he was in the corner on his old chair. It just wonít ever be quite the same again as he was really one of the family and a great little companion. Itís pretty hard at present, but life must go on so Iím burying myself in all of the overdue re-potting to try and keep busy.

I canít tell you all how much Iíve missed the company of you all and our little chats each morning and hopefully the old computer will hang on for a bit longer so I can continue to communicate with at least this site and the Bromeliad Forum which until now hasnít given me any trouble.

I havenít been able to read any of the past posts as this is the first time Iíve been able to look at this site since my last post, although I could still use D-Mail which is strange and I contacted Colleen and told her what was going on so no doubt she told you all about my computer saga. Anyway Iím back now so down to business.

Wendy Ė You make me very jealous having a nice warm sunny spot in which to do your potting and as you said it is a bit cool for me potting in the garage on the southern side of the house and I found that with my feet on a concrete floor all day, my joints ached terribly. My wife came up with a solution when she found a very thick bit of polystyrene in the garden shed which had been packing from our new TV. That was just what the doctor ordered as it was about two inches thick and really stops the cold creeping out of the concrete and into my old joints.

Wendy I think it would be a good idea if you and Jen both join the brom society. Iíve never regretted joining ours and have met some wonderful friends, picked up some valuable tips as well as great plants from the sales table. Unfortunately the ladies seem to make the afternoon tea into a competition to see who can bake the best cakes and itís certainly no good for a fat old bugger like me who needs to lose weight.

When you go down to ďPine Grove NurseryĒ please say gooday to Ross for me. Heís a good bloke with lots of reasonably priced good plants and Iím sure youíll both come away very satisfied with your purchases.

Shirley Ė Be very careful of any sprays which are similar to Rogor as it was taken off the market because it was too dangerous on vegetables and if thatís the case itís too dangerous on us as well. Personally I very rarely use insecticides and when I do I never spray with them as you have no control over where the ďdriftĒ is going. If I need to use an insecticide or fungicide, I will stand the pot in a plastic carry bag like you get the shopping in, and wrap the top of the bag over the top of the potting mix and tie it firmly with the bag ďhandlesĒ. It needs to be firm enough so you can invert the pot and the mix wonít fall out.

I then mix up the insecticide or fungicide in a container of sufficient size and completely immerse the whole of the plant in it making sure that the leaves (top and bottom) as well as the base are completely saturated. (If it is a new plant Iíve brought in, I will take it out of the pot and wash any mix from the roots and immerse the total plant, roots and all.) By doing it this way you are assured the plant is getting a complete treatment and you arenít spraying poison around which could kill lizards, frogs or small birds.

** I always first put a drop or two of washing up detergent (not dish washer detergent) in the bottom of the container as it helps the insecticide be absorbed into the plant better.**

I always use Confidor as I find itís a great systemic insecticide which is at the lower end of the toxic scale as far as humans are concerned, nevertheless it is still a systemic insecticide so it can also be absorbed into your system as well as the plants if you donít wear protective clothing and wash well after use.

I always use any insecticides and fungicides at the manufacturerís recommended strengths on the rare occasions that I use them. I have safely used Confidor on all bromís, so it would be safe for you to use on your Neoís, Vrieseas and Guzmanias, but donít forget that any plant you treat with an insecticide or fungicide needs to be kept in the shade until it is thoroughly dry as it will sometimes scald if exposed to the sun. I usually keep mine under cover in the garage and even if it rains they wonít be affected.

Well thatís about it for today and once agin Iíd like to say how good it is to be back.

All the best, Nev.

R.I.P. ďCLYDEĒ

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

June 24, 2012
3:27 PM

Post #9178944

Hello everyone, sorry to hear it hasn't only been me with computer probs. I am operating from a new model, so will see how it goes. I've just spent the last hour reading the last brom thread and then this one. I loved Palm Bobs Puya pics, and wanted to say I have P. alpestris, venusta and miribalis, and that I am growing P. ferruguinea from seed. They are serrated on the leaves, so can be a bit bitey, and they prefer a dry sunny spot, which my garden is not! So I grow them in pots for drainage. I have flowered P. miribalis, but P. alpestris can take up to 10 years, and is still a small plant yet, so maybe will have to wait awhile.
I've enjoyed looking at all the pics too. I recently went to Townsville and walked around the Queens park garden and the Palmeatum, and spotted a few broms in the gardens there, very nice!
I haven't been doing much with my own plants and gardens as its all slowed down nicely for the cooler months. I have put a few tender broms, that usually mark with the cold, into the mini hot house, so I am interested to see how they do. I have some of those large blanchettiana and portea seedlings from Nev (previously mentioned) and have put them away also, as they marked last year. I have just the spot for them come spring!
I have one little point to bring to your attention. Please remember that this forum can be accessed world wide by anyone! It isn't wise to advertise your whereabouts or when you will be away from home. Also be carefull when you mention names, as information is passed on at an alarming rate, as I discovered once, many years ago, when I discussed a nursery I worked at, and the boss took me aside a few days later and chided me for having mentioned the nursery name online. It seems a friend of his reads daves garden, and had informed him. Personally, I ddn't see how free advertising was a problem? heh heh . Anyway, its food for thought?
well, lets post this and see if I'm still signed in. here goes.
Sue
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

June 24, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #9178948

yay, it worked.
Hello Nev, we must be posting at he same time.
I haven't had any rouble with face book, so can't comment on that one.
Sorry to hear about Clyde. Its like losing a child, and I'm sue you will feel the loss quite strongly for awhile. He had a good long life though eh? Must have been a toughy.
Anyway, the sun is shining, and I am going to take advantage of it and get some outdoor work done. I might take some pics later too, if I can find something worth the effort.
Sue

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 25, 2012
2:47 AM

Post #9179466

Hello everyone,

A very dull, rainy day here today and then a visit to the dentist as well, not the best of days. Rain predicted for the rest of the week too.

Wendy, I do hope you managed to fill the ute with new broms, lucky you, and Jen too.

Nev, so good to see you back. Lets hope you donít have any more trouble with that bloody computer. So sorry to hear about Clyde but 17 years is a terrific age for a dog and I am betting he had a great life with you too. No doubt you will miss him for quite a while.

Nev, thanks for your advice on insecticide sprays. I noticed some scale on a couple of broms I bought recently so I will have to treat them. Also, can I ask you which is the Bromeliad Forum you mention in your post that you belong to.

Sue, good to see you back too, it has been so quiet on the forum lately.

A couple of pics of broms I bought recently (both in need of a little TLC)


1. is bill Pyramadalis striata 2. Is ae Ensign




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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

June 25, 2012
4:11 AM

Post #9179523

Hi Sue good advice as always , haven't been on this forum for sometime so I thought I would just pop in and say hollow to anyone that might remember me.
Hi works4me (re your post June 20) I would be surprised if your vriesea isnít one of dunston's Fosterana dark form cheers Mike
1 Vr kiwi sunset
2 Ae harv's pride
3 neo groucho

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

June 25, 2012
4:58 AM

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Hi everyone. It's great to see everyone in here again. Even if we don't say much it's nice. Great to have you back again Nev and Sue. Did you get my Dmail the day before yesterday Nev. I was so chuffed that I just about told everyone. One of my brom friends here has just had a hip replacement and just got back home this morning. She says she's okay and doesn't think that she could be worse than she was. She could hardly move in the end, she waited so long to get it done that I reckon by next week she'll think that she can jump hurdles. I hope she doesn't try though. lol Mike, I love Ae. harv's pride. It's a beauty. I'm still trying to find the "something special seedlings Nev. They have to be there somewhere. I was thinking that maybe they have grown so much and I can't recognise them and they might be on the reo. I will keep looking as I know they are there somewhere. The weather is pretty cold here and not much happening in the SH but they are still retaining their colours pretty well. I'll see if I can find a pic for you all to have a look at. Good night. Colleen

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

June 25, 2012
2:44 PM

Post #9180601

Hello Mike! I was beginning to wonder if you were still alive? Its been a long time since you visited the forum. I must admit its been awhile for me too, as I usually have a bit of trouble with this site, but hoping that using the new contraption might solve the problem. How are all your broms and garden going? The pics are very nice.
I promised to take pics yesterday, but I didn't. I decided to wash down the veranda to prep it for oiling, and it took me all day! And of course, it looks gloomy today and I don't know if i'll get the oil on, or if it will rain! fingers crossed for me, ok?
Colleen, I have some of those something special seedlings too, and all look totally different. maybe i can find them for a photo shoot?
Shirley, I love A. 'Ensign' it is one of my favourite broms, and I like the whole orlandiana family actually. I'm sure you will be giving them the care they need.
I'd better go get my morning started and hope that the clouds part soon and let the sun in! the poor dogs are banned off the veranda while it is clean, and they are beside themselves
, not knowing what to do, as they usually live out there.
Anyway, I seem to be having no problems so far, with DG, so it looks like I may be able to commune more often.
Sue
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

June 25, 2012
2:58 PM

Post #9180618

Good morning everyone Ė Well it looks like winter is well and truly on the way this time as itís only 6 degrees here this morning and donít my old bones know it.

Well you wouldnít think it at my age, but Iím back to ďschoolĒ today; well in a way that is. Iím going to be taught how to prepare a Power Point Presentation which will be quite an achievement, as computers and I donít usually get along together too well. You may remember some time ago I mentioned that after giving a talk at one of our Bromeliad society meetings about growing bromeliad seed had written a small booklet on the topic as well. Well our society has just purchased a new projector which when used in conjunction with a laptop computer will be used to give presentations on various topics to members.

One of the members gave a short demo on how it works at the last meeting and it was suggested that I be the ďGuinea PigĒ and prepare a Power Point Presentation on the same topic as the booklet as there was a lot of interest in it at the time of writing. When I said the only power point I knew was the one you plugged the kettle into, our sales manager offered to show me how to prepare one of these presentations, so thatís where Iím off to today. By the way, if any more of the members on this site didnít see my offer of a copy of this little booklet previously, itís still available, (free) to anyone who would like one. All I need is your email address and Iíll send a copy as soon as my Emails are sorted out and working again.

Sue ĖSo good to see you back again. Itís always great to once again meet up with friends. It looks like youíre still signed in here and the new computer is behaving itself so hopefully we may hear more from you in the future, I hope so. The point you make about not mentioning personal information on here is a very good one and I know Iíve sometimes been guilty of it as with a small friendly group such as this we tend to think we are the only ones who can read what we write and forget the rest of the world is watching as well, a good example is a lot of the problems young kids are now experiencing worldwide which have often started with an innocent Face Book entry.

Shirley Ė What I wrote is what I do as far as insecticides are concerned and there are many more experienced growers than I who may well have other ideas, but then I was always probably a bit overcautious in most things person especially poisons. The bromeliad forum I visit daily and have done since it first started is simply called ďThe Bromeliad ForumĒ (It was originally called the ďBromeliad and Air Plant ForumĒ but the name has recently been changed). Originally I always visited the bromeliad section of the Garden Web Forums which is still operating but now with fewer members in the bromeliad section as they have mostly changed over to the new one or like me there are still a few of us on both. The reason the new forum was started was that although the Garden Web was a great site and a wonderful learning tool for bromeliad growers, it wasnít a dedicated bromeliad site. It was much like Daveís Garden and covered all aspects of other plants and gardening as well. With the new site, it is just about bromeliads and the members range in experience from the ďnewbiesĒ right through to the international professionals which is why itís so good. Everyone shares information and there are constantly good tips there from the experts who along with everyone else willingly answer questions and identify plants. To look at and/or join either of these sites, go to http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/bromeliad/ for the Garden Web forums or go to http://www.bromeliadforum.za.net/forum/index.php for the newer Bromeliad Forum which I find much better as itís much more user friendly once you get familiar with it.

Thatís a nice Ae Ensign you have there Shirley, itís always been a plant Iíve much admired, however also one Iíve never have any luck with as it always seems to just ďgo backwardsĒ down here. I donít know whether or not itís too cold in winter or maybe the local clone isnít a good one, who knows? Maybe I need to get a clone from another state and try again as Iíve tried the local one three times already. Are there any special tips associated with growing this plant? I donít have any problem growing the other orlandianas or the Reverse Ensign for that matter, just this one.
I suspect the plant you list as Bill. pyramidalis striata could be Bill. Fosterís striate (See Wendyís pic in recent post). I havenít seen a variegated Bill. pyramidalis except for Kyoto which is an albo-marginated plant and very different. However that doesnít mean one doesnít exist as plants sometimes mutate and produce a sport entirely different to the original. You may have something completely new and different there but we wonít know until it flowers so I hope you will post a pic as I will be interested to see it.

Mike Ė I havenít seen you on here before, but then Iím only a recent ďblow-inĒ and havenít been posting for long. I hope you stay around for a bit as itís pretty lonely being the only bloke here. I think the girls seem to frighten off the other blokes that have occasionally posted as they donít seem to stay around for long.

I love your three picís, all nice well grown plants, I have the Kiwi Sunset as well as Kiwi Dusk and Kiwi Cream, but they arenít grown as well as yours. Kiwi Cream put up a spindly looking flower spike and then the leaves all started to die, very disappointing. The other two grow well but I just donít seem to be able to get the colour in them that other growers do; do you have any cultural tips?

The Ae. Harvís Pride is a real "beaut" and beautifully grown as well. Do you live up north in the warmer climate? Iíd love to get one of these but fear the cold winter down here wouldnít agree with it. The Neo Groucho is certainly something different, is that one of Chester Skotakís (very pricey) hybrids? All nice plants Mike and I hope you stay around and share your picís with us.

Colleen Ė Iím a bit slack as I saw that I had a D-Mail yesterday and didnít get around to opening it but Iíll answer it today I promise. As for the ĎSomething Specialí seedlings, I seem to be finding more every time I sort out plants and the latest ones although still only about 6Ē high do have nice wide leaves, so fingers crossed for a good one amongst them. Your pic looks like a Neo. concentrica or hybrid from it. I bred quite a few of these with my fist cross and it looks very similar to some of those, was it one of the early pups I sent you with just a number on the name tag? If so let me know and Iíll find the name for you. Itís been a bit chilly here as well but Iím pleased to say, not as cold as it is down your way.

A few picís to finish with now firstly a little Orthophytum Sucrei, 2nd is Nid. Procerum ĎOrangeí 3rd is Nid. Procerum ĎTangerineí, 4th is one of my own seedlings Neo Bea Hanson x Rosea Striata and finally the beautiful Neo. Pink Sensation.

All the best, Nev.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 25, 2012
3:46 PM

Post #9180671

Hi everyone. Good to see Nev back, and Sue, and Mike too.
RIP Clyde. Dogs are the most loyal and loving people and they are seriously missed when they go.

Due to the lack of sun here, some of my broms are quickly losing their colour. Not a suprise, as it happened last year too. None seem to be affected by the cold yet, but really we haven't had real cold yet. August might bring some icy winds in from the snows. That will be a test for the plants.

Take care everyone.
Karen


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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

June 26, 2012
12:09 AM

Post #9181315


Hi everyone
Sue I havenít dropped of the planet yet and as for my plants they are going well (too well at times) Iíve tried to reduce the size of my collection gave away my Bills/Cryptanthus and the softer type Aechmeas but still the collection keeps on getting larger,(no hope is there ) Nev with the Ensign try growing it outdoors as an epiphyte they really do not like to be pot bound and when established on a tree tend to handle the weather extremes much better .Iíve seen Ensign growing west of here in frost zones on she oaks, they look a bit sorry for themselves in winter and then pick up nicely in summer .as for Neo Grocho at present it is over priced! But they will come down quite quickly in price, It is my understanding that a certain Brisbane supplier is going to release a heap from that grex to a supermarket chain cheers mike
Neo first prize and Johannas De Rolf
Aechmea Ensigh with alba pup, the pup will not last long with out mum

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 26, 2012
5:01 AM

Post #9181448

Hi everyone,

Mike, thanks for the ID on vriesea Fosteriana dark form. I love the colour in your Kiwi Sunset and Iíll have to get me one of those Ae harvís pride ... very nice. You certainly have some lovely broms, your Johannas De Rolf is just gorgeous. You mention the alba pup on the Ae Ensign wonít last long Ö I guess thatís because of itsí lack of colour. I remember reading somewhere that the first Ae Ensign pup is often the only one with good colour and each one after the first is more lacking in colour Ö donít know too much about them as I have only just purchased mine.

Nev, thanks for the info on the Bromeliad Forum. Havenít had a chance to look in on it yet. I would also like a copy of the little booklet you mention, please. Canít help with any tips for growing Ae Ensign though.

Karen, I have been feeling the cold here Ö must be warmer over your side of town LOL. At least weíre not as cold as Colleen must be Ö try to keep warm, Colleen.

Sue, I am quite new to growing broms and still have a lot to learn. I think the Ae Ensign is lovely too, even in itsí present neglected state. Maybe you could give both Nev and myself some growing tips.

Attached is a pic of my newly acquired neo carcharodon tiger. I will have to get it into more sun, not that weíve seen any here for a few days and the rain is said to continue for a week or more.

Thatís about it for me tonight, goodnight all

Shirley


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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

June 26, 2012
5:36 AM

Post #9181489

Hi all. Just about bed time for me so just a quick hello. You should have seen the fog here this morning, Like the proverbial "pea soup" and every tree and plant was dripping even the plants that are under the carport at the moment were dripping. Every time I have to go outside I have to put my coat on and zip it right up otherwise I freeze. It's nice in here though with the AC going. I don't want to think about the power bill though. Lovely plants Mike. I haven't any plants coming at the moment. Nev has been a bit slack and not sent me any. lol A bit cool here at the moment I think but then again it could be just as cool where Nev is. I wish we could all get together for a good old chinwag face to face. What a racket and the tea and coffee would have to be made in urns. If anyone is ever coming this way please look me up, I would love to meet you. Well, I had better get some sleep. See you all tomorrow. Colleen

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

June 26, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9182343

good morning all, well, you must have uncrossed your fingers, because it started pouring here at about 7pm last night, and it hasn't stopped! I managed to get the veranda oiled by midday, so hopefully that was long enough for it to dry out before the rain came. I'm supposed to do another coat, but who knows when that will be, and meanwhile, the yard will be a quagmire and the dogs will be charging up and down with wet muddy feet, unless I keep them fenced off.
Anway, back to broms! I quickly walked around yesterday to get a few pics, and will have a go at uploading them on the new computer, but will resize them first. I also don't know how good the quality will be, as I didn't take them on my usual camera, so I have a feeling the colours will be a bit off.
Shirley, like Mike says, A. 'Ensign' prefers to be grown as an epiphyte, so tied to a trunk or log. I grow mine in coir mix, in a small pot, with a hanger and keep it out of the rain in winter. It gets morning sun which keeps it a nice tubby shape without burning the white parts of the foliage. I have had numerous pups and all have been well marked. Colleen has two of them. How have they done down there Colleen? I did think they would be cold tender, and was concerned when I sent them so far south, but I did warn Colleen of this.
Mike, interesting what you say about the Groucho grex going to a supermarket chain. I have my suspicions who that would be, and in fact i bought Groucho there a couple of years ago. That will really bring the price down eh? I paid a pretty penny for it, but it does pup well, and I made my money back, as well as swapping a couple for other things. I no longer have the plant (got carried away cleaning out the collection) but I know where I can get one if I want one again, so all is not lost. I think Neo. 'First Prize' has had a name change, but I can't recall what it is. Also, please assure Nev, that it wasn't us women that chased you away! It seems it has always been a bit dominated with the ladies around here.
And nev, you love it! heh heh. I hope you had fun learning about power point presentations. I made one once, just to try it out, but never went any further with it. I imagine it would be a useful tool when giving demos or informative talks. I'm sure you will interface with the programme ok? heh heh
I haven't bought a bromeliad in ages. The last one was a pot of green Billbergia 'Hallelujah' with about 5 plants for $10. I couldn't resist, and especially knowing they will colour up in the right light.
Well, I don't know what I will get up to today with the crappy weather, but I'll start with uploading a pic and then having some breakky. I hope everyone is having a happy time today
the first photo is a plant that I think Mike may have given to Leisa some time back. Everyone comments on it. It has lost a bit of colour with less sun, and it is quite a small plant. Any ideas Mike?
The second photo is Portea kermesina coming into flower
the third is Tillandsia somnians coming into flower.
Sue

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 26, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #9182568

Good morning. So wet here. We needed it, but maybe not quite so much.

Sue, that first brom is so beautiful. I love that one.

Colleen, you don't need rain with fog like that.

Shirley, I think they said that tomorrow was to be the coldest snap here in 4 years. We've been down to zero before, but I don't think it is expected to that low here. Maybe in other areas, perhaps.

Mike, the alba pup would be a great hit if it would grow. That one is pretty. I haven't actually seen Ae. Ensign, but have seen Reverse Ensign. Don't have them myself though. I do have Groucho. I paid $30 for mine, but have heard others say they paid $50. So it is on its way down. I just couldn't wait any longer.

The cat was chasing a poor bird and damaged my Neo. Pemiento. Luckily I had recently taken the pup off it, and I'm sure the mom will be ok, just she won't look so good.

Hi to everyone. Hope no one is too wet and cold.
Take care.
Karen

1. A pic for Nev of the flower of the noid soft leaf green plant.
2. I love bill. Rocky Road

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

June 26, 2012
6:33 PM

Post #9182655

Hi everyone Ė Well I survived my day at ďcomputer schoolĒ yesterday and didnít get the cane once. I now have a good idea of the basic operation about setting up a ďPower PointĒ presentation and I imagine I will pick up how to use the many other functions of the programme as I go along, so all in all a day not wasted as I thought it would have been.

Shirley Ė First up a bit more info about the Bill. ĎFosterís Striateí which I didnít know until a friend pointed it out to me. It was previously known as Bill. pyramidalis var. striata until the name was changed to ĎFosterís striateí. Derek Butcher explains all about it in the BCR and ends the article with: (ĎFosterís Striateí This replaces the old Billbergia pyramidalis var. striata). If you want to read the whole history about it go to: http://botu07.bio.uu.nl/bcg/bcr/index.php?genus=BILLBERGIA&id=847#847

Youíre more than welcome to a copy of the booklet but you need to send me a D-Mail with your Email address and as soon as I can get to a computer with email Iíll send it to you.

As you say with your Carcharodon ĎTigerí (or as itís now called 'Skotakís Tigerí see: http://botu07.bio.uu.nl/bcg/bcr/index.php?genus=NEOREGELIA&id=7492#7492) it needs more light. I have mine growing in the open and only move it away from summer sun from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm during the hot summer months. I find that any less light than that it reverts to green with the darker markings and loses that beautiful tiger colouring.

Karen Ė I couldnít agree more with you about dogs, I got my first one when I was three and have always had one ever since. I dare say Iíll be getting another one soon, but not just yet. I hope youíre keeping warm and your plants are all doing well in this cooler time of the year.

Thankís for the pic of the NOID, I suspected it was either a Vriesea or a Guzmania and it obviously is a Guzzie.

Mike Ė Thatís a great specimen of Johannis ĎDe Rolfí, itís certainly a beautiful plant. What is the name of the Neo. below it in the bottom left corner? Neo ĎFirst Prizeí I havenít seen before around here either and thatís another one to add to my never ending ďWish ListĒ.

Isnít the albino Ensign beautiful? What a pity it doesnít have just a little bit of green so you could develop a new cultivar. I donít know much about genetics but Iím sure I read somewhere that they have to have a bit of visible green colouring to survive when removed from the mother plant. So I guess you just have to take lots of picís from every angle including underneath the leaves as well and just enjoy it while you can. Also thanks for the tip on growing Ensign. First I want to get a couple of plants that are from a different source than where I previously got them and Iíll try mounting one on a tree and with the other Iíll try Sue's way with the coir. I had given this some thought previously as I have had great success with other Aechmeas growing in coir chunks in undersized pots and hanging up.

Colleen Ė I donít think Iíd like to have a ďpea superĒ down here. Itís bad enough when we sometimes get the ocean fogs. Itís really very ďeerieĒ and everything seems so quiet and muffled and we can only see the tops of the Norfolk Island Pines above it in the next street; a most unnatural feeling.

I must say that bloke called ďNevĒ has been a bit slack in sending plants lately, and itís just not you Colleen. Iíve just have a lot of other things of a higher priority to attend to at present but I will get around to sending them (and besides you donít want them down there yet while itís still so cold anyway).

Sue Ė You say you think Ensign may be a bit ďcold tenderĒ and youíre absolutely right as I know for a fact that the cold marks it down here unless itís under cover, so I donít know how Colleen would go as she gets colder weather than I. I must say you did well with your $10 purchase of Hallelujah. Itís one of the all time great Billís and you never have any trouble selling it when itís grown properly.

I canít help you with a name for your little Neo. But itís certainly and ďeye catcherĒ both in shape and colour.

A few pic's to finish with: 1st Bill. 'Curly Top', 2nd Neo. Aussie Dream 'Glorious', 3rd Neo. 'Lovely Lady', 4th. Neo (Sarmentosa x Cracker Jack) and 5th Neo 'Fairy Dust'

Thatís about it for now, all the best, Nev.

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 27, 2012
2:50 AM

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Hi everyone, itís still raining here in Brissie, seems like thereís no end in sight and itís very cold too.

Colleen, we had a really thick fog here a week or so ago though I have to admit it had cleared by the time we got up ... have been sleeping late with it being so cold and dark. I agree with you that it would be great if we could all meet and have a good chat.

Mike, I will certainly keep my eyes open for a neo Groucho at a reasonable price. Maybe you could D-mail me the name of the supermarket chain Ö please.

Sue, I also bought a pot of green bill ĎHallelujahí recently at the market. They were selling for $8.00 and there were some nicely coloured ones when we first arrived but I decided to wait till we were ready to leave to grab one. We werenít there long but when I went back the only one he had left was lacking in colour but still a nice looking plant in a pot of three. I will attach a photo. If it ever stops raining here, I will place it in good light to colour up.

Karen, I think it feels so much colder because of the rain, it just makes it so miserable. I feel a bit sorry for all the mums with it being school holidays and such awful weather. I love your bill Rocky Road.

Nev, thanks for the info about Bill ĎFosterís Striateí Ö I have amended the name tag. Thanks too for the link to neo ĎSkotakís Tigerí on the BCR. And I have added neo ĎLovely Ladyí to my wish list.

We havenít heard from Wendy for a few days, she must be still unloading the ute load of broms LOL.

Now my printer has decided to behave badly after working like a dream for a couple of years. One of the inks ran out and I replaced it, then it went all pink, then blue. So I replaced all 5 of the inks (and they are quite expensive), only to find it still wouldnít work properly. Donít know if itís faulty ink as it working perfectly before the new ink went in but I donít feel like paying another $50.00 for ink as I think the printer was less than $100.00 new so itís looking like a new printer.

Anyway, thatís it till tomorrow, cheers Shirley




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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

June 27, 2012
4:31 AM

Post #9183003

Bromalong-love all them Broms in your 2 photos.
bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

June 27, 2012
2:28 PM

Post #9183732

Hi everyone, Sue the little Neo is one of Margaret Patersonís Neo Jacqui (Sue I read about Leisa passing in an back issue of BS.Q and my blood ran cold it was a big shock and when I seen your post about the brom garden you started with her plants I was quite touched, and think it is most fitting. You are a nice person! In the next couple of months or so I believe that I will be driving passed on my way to the gong and was wondering if its right to contribute some of my own plants?)
Shirley you are on the right track about the lack of pigment in the albo Ensign as for the first pup being the only good one, not to sure about that! I find as they pup push the fertilizer into them (I would normally preach a very soft approach with fert on
that sort of Aechmea) as for growing tips gee thatís a hard one everyoneís growing environment is unique /potting mix, light, water, air movement, temperature and the list only gets bigger. So I think itís best to stick to basics, look at the root system mostly hold fast not a great feeder system so potting mix if pot grown must be of the courser type and free draining with a PH around 6.5 fill the pot to the top and plant shallow (with other types of Broms its best to leave 15% or so free board between the mix and the top rim of the pot) they need plenty of and light and donít mind a weak solution of foliage fert (Iím a great lover of condys crystals one of the reasons I use condys is because of the Potassium/ Potassium is a key nutrient in the plants tolerance to stresses such as cold/hot temperatures, drought, wear and pest problems. Potassium acts as catalysts for many of the enzymatic processes in the plant that are necessary for plant growth to take place.) How much do you use? I turn the water a dark pink. It is also an exhalent biocide; Iíve rated on long enough about that for now.
Nev Iíve seen you on some of the other forums and had intended contacting you. As I intend to be down your way in a couple of months, and wouldnít mind seeing what grows around your part of the world. I think you know a mate of mine Pat W.He lives only a 10 Ks from me. As for the plant in the bottom left its one of my seedlings neoís not named. As for playing around with the alba ensign they come along from time to time the best Iíve done is two years before I discarded it It was white with an under tone of pink so now Iím going to leave it hook up to mum but I donít hold much hope.
Karen Iím one of the people that too much for N Groucho I couldnít wait either.
Colleen itís a little cold up here as well but not as cold or wet as down your way hope it warms up for you Cheers Mike

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

June 27, 2012
2:31 PM

Post #9183736

first pic is Vr mambo then Ae orlandeand light and dark form
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

June 27, 2012
2:37 PM

Post #9183743

Wet, miserable morning all! Heh heh. yuck outside! Think I'll just stay in bed today. I have a cold anyway, so it will be good for me.
Shirley, my printer died yesterday too! First the colour cartridge played up, and then the black one ran out (which I replaced) then it started eating paper, and now its definitely kaput! I saw some wireless ones for sale at the PO in town, for $79, Canon brand, I think? If I remember right, they were print, copy and scan devices, so I'll check them out.
Good to hear I'm not the only one to pick up a cheap pot of Hallelujah! I could sell my two potfulls a million times over, when I have a sale, but I can't bring myself to divide them up, as they look so good just as they are. One of them is flowering, infact, a bit slower than the rest.
Love your pics Nev. I had curly tops, but think that one went to Colleen also? I do have Tim Plowman as an inheritance from leisa, and haven't yet worked out what the difference is? both quesnelia marmorata cultivars I think? Congratulations on your success at enjoying the power point process. heres hoping the more you practise the better you lie it, as I am sure you could do some amazing things with the knowledge you have on bromeliads.
Karen, yes definitely guzmania in your picture. Is it a small plant? If so, it could be G. lingulata Minor. Although, there are ALOT of guzmania hybrids, as they have been imported from Holland for the nursery trade for years, and have flooded the big department store chains for some time now. Always a lovely plant though, and I am not adverse to buying them when I see a pretty one. they do quite well in my garden too.
How is you collection going Bree? Did you finish your garden? The one you psted a pic of sometime back? We woud love to see some pics.
I do hope the sun is shining somewhere, for someone, and that we all keep warm and dry. Waving to you Colleen, hoping you are warm and dry too!
first photo is from Leisas garden. I think this Neo might be 'Downs Autumn' which isn't registered, but I believe there are quite a few in the 'Downs' series
picture two is also one of Leisas called 'Aurora' and its a mini. My photos are appearing to be a bit pinker than they are, and Aurora is actually black, while Downs Autumn is a darker purple in the centre.
Sue

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

June 27, 2012
2:49 PM

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Mike, we posted at the same time. You are always welcome to stop in, and any additions to Leisas garden will be most appreciated. I am actually going to do a bit of a tidy up in her home garden next month, as a favour to her hubby, and I know Leisa would appreciate knowing it wasn't going to pot! Jen and I removed most of the broms last year, but left her hubby with the basics and tried to make it low maintenance, but he has mentioned the remaining broms look a bit shabby, so suspect there is a bit of dead leafing to be done e.t.c. Hopefully its not too bad? She was actually quite crook that time we all met at the BSQ, but she was an expert and keeping Mum about it. Poor old Leisa. I think we all miss her.
I was quite interested in the info about the condys chrystals, as i bought some once, and don't know why, so if there is a use for them, that would be good. So, you use it as a tonic?
The photos are lovely, and the pinkish orlandiana is a beauty. I have found that dropping a grain of nutricote down between the bottom leaves on the orlandianas does no harm, and it could be coincidence, but they pup well?
anyway, thanks for the ID on the little brom. I'll write up a label and get up there if the rain has a break.
Sue
bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

June 27, 2012
7:37 PM

Post #9184114

hi Sue just a little heads up on the use of condys and broms, It's Potassium Permarganate and is taken up quite quickly by plants (I use it on sorts of other plants even in the vegie garden) back to Broms a mate purchased a Vr son of tiger tim from E bay when it arrived it stank, leaves were falling off the sell had removed the pup and had broken off the heel (the seller refunded the cost but thats another story) so what to do I cleaned off all the rotting bits and suss leaves soked it in condys for a few hours air dried over night then potted it on that was 4 months ago the plant has new leaves and is well rooted and looks like it will power on.Much the same thing happened to another chap down the road had removed 6 pups from Vr cracker jack, he hold me they were for sale so i was off like shot only to find the plants were in the same condition the heels snaped off, two were passed it, the rest got the condys treatment. 3 are doing well !
I used choir and soke it in condys,spray my seedlings with it and spray all my large vriesea and important plants to help them over winter. this is not to say it be all and end all or that you should use it .

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perke_patch

June 28, 2012
3:59 AM

Post #9184344

Hi everyone. Nice to see all the old regulars back and posting lots. Good to hear from Mike (from up around Gladstone way Nev) as well as Sue and Nev. Welcome back everyone. Took me a while to catch up on all the posts. Love all the pics. As I was reading I kept thinking I'll say something about that pic and that pic etc but now that I am at the bottom I can't remember what I was going to comment on and what I was going to say.

Ah well. I haven't been here as both my computers have been playing up. The laptop slowed down and starting giving me a few problems so I went back to the big computer in the office and it is so bad now that I can't open anything. I ended up sitting there with the laptop on my knee using both at the same time. Eventually I gave up and turned it off. If someone sends me an email with a document attached I have to go in to open it on the big computer as laptop doesn't have any office programs.

Speaking of office programs, Nev you will enjoy using powerpoint. I used it daily when I was a computer trainer. You can do some amazing things with powerpoint especially when you learn how to do the fancy transitions from one screen to the next. The good thing about it for training is you can create your presentation then use the notes section to write down what you want to say when they screen is up on the projector for all to see. The room can't see your notes section though. I used to print out the presentation with notes and use that for the presentation. If you ever need any help with creating presentations Nev just yell and I'll be happy to help. I am lucky that I own a couple of sets of Office so I have the licences to just reload it each time I buy a new computer. I think I have version 1997, 2007 and 2009. Anyway Nev you'll create some wonderful presentations and feel free to run them past me if you want.

As a few of you mentioned we did indeed go to see Ross Little on Monday. thank god we did as it was a cloudy cool day here in Brisbane and we dressed accordingly only to find it was sunny and warm down there and had to shed layers. we had a lovely day and could have spent longer down there but had to be home. It was so dark when we were only half way home. We were so tired when we got home and divied up our haul. I went with Jen in her car and Johnny and a friend Andrew went in our ute. We had the ute full and tarped up and even had loose pups and smaller plants in the back of Jen's car. Well worth the couple hours drive to see Ross. that is our 2nd trip down now and we want to go again so worth the trip for sure. It is amazing to see really good broms growing in wet and boggy natural bush down the back. Ross can just go down the back and cut pups off overgrown clumps growing on ground, in trees and everyone else you can think of. Biggest foliage vriseas, blanchetianas, aechmeas, alcants and tills in overgrown wild bush. That is not even talking about his shadehouses full of plants. Ross has been there for 5 years since he bought it after John Buchanan died and he is still trying to clean out all the overgrown shadehouses.

Anyway I'll have a reread and post again tomorrow. hope the laptop posts this spiel for me.

Wendy
perke_patch

June 28, 2012
5:13 AM

Post #9184394

just remembered something I was going to say.

Shirley we grow our carcharadon tigers in full sun or quite a bit of pure summer sun here to get the best colour. they handle sun along the fence in our front garden where they get middle of day sun in summer. the lady we got it from has it in middle of yard in full sun so they take quite a bit. At the moment that part of yard doesn't get sun at all but it is out in bright open daylight, not under shadecloth at all so a lot of colour has disappeared but as the sun moves back around they will get more and more sun again.

Mike loved your vrisea mambo and orlandianas. We don't have a straight mambo but will have to look out for one. Maybe we can come back up to tannum and pick one up. We planned to get to there recently when we went on a trip but with the rain we only went as far as Bagarra. should have gone that bit further but decided if we were stuck inside the van with rain we would at least have good TV reception if we stayed where we were. turned out we had good mornings and got a walk in then the rain came in afternoons sometimes early arvo and sometimes not till dark. We'll see you up there one day.

Wendy

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 28, 2012
5:39 AM

Post #9184415

Hi all, itís still raining here but we did see the sun for a couple of minutes today. Hopefully it will clear up in the next day or two. The broms are looking a bit drowned, hope they will be OK.

Nev asked me to pass on the message to everyone that his computer is playing up again so we wonít be hearing much from him for a bit. He can sometimes access the DG site to read the posts but canít post to the forum himself. He can receive and post D-mails though so he can be contacted in that way. Oh, and his email is not working either. Bloody computers !!!

Mike, thanks for the hints on growing Ae Ensign. And I might try the Condyís Crystals. Do you use it as a foliage spray only and how often would you use it Ö I donít want to overdose my broms. Love your Vr Mambo and the dark form Ae orlandiana too.

Wendy, sounds like you and Jen got a good haul of new broms ... youíll have to have another sale to make room for them. Thanks for the advice on the carcharodon tiger, I will certainly put it in a nice sunny spot as soon as this rain stops. At least the rain tank is probably full again. I am looking forward to getting outside again after being stuck indoors for most of the week.

Bye for now, Shirley
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

June 28, 2012
1:09 PM

Post #9185054

I'm with you Shirley! The rain has been keeping me indoors mostly also. Its gumboots weather for sure. The forecast says its supposed to clear for the weekend, so I guess we'll see?
Sorry to hear your computer probs are ongoing Nev. I think your recent advice to get anew machine is probably spot on! Its good to get a new one for internet surfing, and use your old one for office documents e.t.c and to store stuff on, which keeps the newer model uncluttered. Anyway, I hope you get it sorted soon
Thanks again Mike, for the info. It sounds as though it has good antiseptic qualities and could be worthwhile at propagation time. I don't fertilise anything t this time of year, but when the weather warms up, I'll be sure to use the condys Chrystal's. Glad you were able to save the Tiger Tim, as they can be quite exxy! Like Wendy, I will get up your way for a visit one day, but not quite at that stage where we can pack up and go yet
Wendy, I'm glad your trip to Pinegrove went well. There is such alot to look at there, but if you're buying in bulk, its well worth it, and it helps Ross to clear out a bit. It was very run down when he purchased the place, and my hats off to Ross and Helen for all the work they have done. I haven't been there for quite awhile, so I imagine they have continued to improve it. The bush walks are fun aren't they? I wish I lived a little bit closer, and I'd give them a hand now and then!
I wonder if the sun will come up through the clouds this morning? Wouldn't that be nice? I haven't any plans in the yard at the moment, but there are things I definitely need dry weather before i attempt!
Hope everyone has a warm day and I'll catch up again tomorrow, time permitting.
Sue
photo one is the sunny spot I harden the plants in over winter, and photo two is the freshly oiled veranda (one coat)

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

June 28, 2012
2:08 PM

Post #9185131

love Mambo mike! I also have Ae orlandeand light and dark forms, love them.

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

June 28, 2012
2:09 PM

Post #9185133

heres there pic.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

June 29, 2012
12:50 AM

Post #9185720

I think my last post didn't get through. I can't remember what I said. Sulking now. Never mind. Too nice a day to sulk.
Looks like everyone is brom mad at the moment. Fine way to be, says I. I'm not getting any new ones until I learn about what the government is going to do with me. Could be a bit of a wait though, so I could weaken...

Have a great weekend, and a fine sunny one too.
Karen
bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

June 29, 2012
3:24 AM

Post #9185751


Hi everyone I like your two Ae orlandeana's breeindy( I'm sorry its been so long I can't remember Your name!!! must have something to do with age )Sue I mostly use condys in winter, I think I might have mislead everyone That Vr mambo is not my plant I was only looking after it for a mate , Iím certain that mambo is not the correct name, itís certainly platynema var variegated cross with something any ideas ?
Shirley I use condys as a foliage spray or dip the pot, mix and all. I use it on tiny seedlings, to large plants and have never burned anything! to be on the safe side
Use only a little just turning the water a dark pink if the solution is a dark purple then its too strong. Wendy might see you next time youíre up, at least you got to Russellís place heís got some nice plants!!! Sue that plant was son of tiger tim even more exxy cheers

1 is nova 2 are tiger tim seedling



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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

June 29, 2012
3:29 AM

Post #9185757

wrong pic these are TTseedling the other one had nova abd TT in it

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

June 29, 2012
3:36 AM

Post #9185759

Hi everyone, we finally saw the sun today, so pleased Ö it really helps lift the mood and brighten everything. Nothing much planned for the weekend, might try to catch up on some yard work. Looks like the forecasters were right this time, Sue.

Karen, every now and then I decide that I am not buying any new plants (of any kind) but it rarely lasts more than a few days. Oh well !!!

Mike, thanks for the additional info on condys crystals. Love the tiger tim seedlings, how advanced are they?

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

Shirley
perke_patch

June 29, 2012
6:28 AM

Post #9185902

Hi all. Yes it was lovely to see the sun today after so much rain. I even got the washing dry on the line. Just got it in in time before showers again this afternoon. As usual while the tanks are overflowing Johnny decided to use pressure sprayer to clean outside the house so this time the back verandah got a scrub. Gee Sue I wish we had oiled ours instead of putting paint on it. The paint is always peeling and needing to be redone. However johnny likes to change the colour scheme now and then so our floors have been a few different shades now.

like all the rest of you I've been having trouble with my computers too so tonight I went to the computer control section and checked all recent software installations. I just went to the program list and asked it to sort by date of installation. There were 4 of them on 22 of this month but I know I haven't downloaded anything so I took the chance and deleted them. One was for supporting charities but they were american ones so it's a bit suss. Anyway computer is running well again now and speed has picked up and all so I'm sure one of those programs was the problem with mine. I think the weak link is the fb games. I wish I'd never started playing those. Might have to come back to just dg and forget fb but it is so good to chat to people all round the world about our common interest. I've even made friends overseas who send me seed from their plants so I do like that part of fb.

Mike next time we get up your way I will certainly get in touch with you. I still have your phone number recorded in my book and had intended to phone you if we got up there. We do love that caravan park at Tannum so will get back there for a holiday sooner or later. How busy is it up there now with the miners? We heard that they have taken over all the motels and cabins in the parks. At least we have our own van so as long as there is a spot to park we will be right.

Jen and I are babysitting seedlings for a friend who is on a camping trip up the Qld coast for a month. He is going windsurfing all the way to Cairns. He might bump into Migaloo along the way somewhere. LOL. anyway I don't envy him sharing the waves with crocks and things as he gets further north.

Karen your saundersii seedlings are still here safe and sound waiting for you to pick them up. I understand if you don't want to get them just at the moment though. They are happy with their siblings here for now. As soon as we get rid of that spa we can set up our seedling area and have lots of room. I've had to start potting up some of the seedlings that have grown a bit too big for the little take away containers. I'll have to post some pics soon.

Better be off to bed now so I'll wish you all goodnight.
Wendy
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

June 29, 2012
2:10 PM

Post #9186545

Morning...it looks as though its going to be a lovely day! the veranda dried yesterday so I will put the second coat on mid morning.
Mike, I might give my plants a splash of condys in the next watering, although with the rain we have been getting, that might be awhile. I had a nice V. ospinae gruberi that looked very Tiger Tim, but I let it go prematurely. Once again, I know where I can get one, and its nice to be able to put something on the want list. I did try to grow some seed from a gruberi, but nothing developed. Tiny little seed pods on them!
Karen and Shirley, I feel the same as you and try not to buy more plants, but on occasion, I just can't resist! I love bringing home a new plant! There is no hope for us...thank goodness.
Wendy, what are you going to do with your spa? Couldn't you make a nice water feature out of it? or use it to float bowls of seedlings in, while retaining the perfect temperature for growth? surely it would be good for bromeliads in someway? bromeliad soup?
Well, I'd better start my day by getting out of bed! I love the weekends!
Sue
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

June 30, 2012
2:20 PM

Post #9187797

gee, it looks like everyone else likes the weekend too, and all too busy to drop in? Lucky I'm back to give the punters something to read!
I got the second coat on the deck...yay! and another sunny day is arising, by the look of it. Todays chore is to get up on the roof and install a skylight over the kitchen...gulp! I hope we get that right before the next drop of rain!
I planted out a couple of big Aechmea blanchettianas yesterday, and hope they'll do ok. one has already flowered and has a couple of pups on it, and the other has yet to flower, and has a pup also. It will look nice when they have formed a good clump and several flower at once. I just hope its not too wet for them, although I did plant them in a mound. I also got hubby to cut down 4 mature frangianis that got too big. I offered them to a landscaper last winter, thinking he would be able to sell them or use them on a job, and although he showed interest, hes never come to get them, so chop, chop. I'll put them out on the kerb incase anyone wants to have a go at a large cutting. if they are staked when planted, they should grow, no problems. One is a smaller, pink one (sold to me as a red, but it flowered pink) so I'll keep that one and put it in a pot for now. Anyway, there is now space freed up for other things...bromeliads me thinks.
Anyway, can't sit around here all day! things to do.
Happy gardening sunday everyone.
Sue
bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 1, 2012
2:51 AM

Post #9188401

Sue it gets a bit tough up here in winter !!!!

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 1, 2012
2:56 AM

Post #9188403

We even have to hunt for our lunch

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 1, 2012
3:03 AM

Post #9188406

Well I supose I should stick with Broms

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 1, 2012
3:41 AM

Post #9188419

Hi all, another weekend over and another month gone by. Canít believe how quickly the weeks and months fly by.

Sue, hope your skylight installation went well.

We didnít manage to get to any of the markets this weekend, so no new broms to show off. We were thinking of heading up to Dayboro market but slept late. Maybe next month weíll check it out.

Wendy, I wish I could get motivated enough to do some exterior house cleaning. The screens are really grotty and the patio ceilings need cleaning Ö I look at them and think Ďone of these daysí !!!

Mike, those lychees look pretty good Ö

the prawns donít look too bad either Ö

and the broms, theyíre looking good too.

Is the fruit home grown. We have lychee trees but they donít get much attention and so they donít give us much in return.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed your lunch,

Shirley

perke_patch

July 1, 2012
3:56 AM

Post #9188426

Hi all.
Sue I hope your skylight went well. I'll look forward to the pic of the shiny new verandah floor. gee I wish we had polished floor on ours. too late now so we'll just paint it again.

couldn't make it to this site last night as we had the girls for a sleepover. Em is still here actually. We have to take her home to Dayboro tomorrow. We're taking some more big plants up for Chris to plant. We need the room LOL. Johnny took all the vrisea pups off and we have a foam box crammed full of them. He likes to let the cut end dry out before planting. We actually sold a few of them out of the box yesterday. A mate helped Johnny put new brake pads on the ute for next trip to Ross Little's so we let him have about 6 vrisea pups for the help. cheaper than paying the mechanic to do the job.

Mike did your pineapples have little flowers coming out of the fruit? I always wondered where you pollinate them and collect the seeds so I asked Ross last Monday when I saw that he had a pineapple on one of his plants. He showed me where the flowers come out and you wouldn't believe it but 2 days after we were there Ross went down the back and discovered flowers on the pineapple so he raced back to the house for the camera and took a pic and sent it to me. now I know so can't wait for our next pineapple to develop. I'm going to make some knew hybrids like Chester LOL.

Better put Emily to bed now. We're watching the movie Red Dog and she is falling asleep on Pa's knee.

Wendy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 1, 2012
5:52 PM

Post #9189149

Wendy, if you could do half as well as Chester, you'd be doing great. I look forward to seeing the ones you've got turn into something lovely as I'm sure some really will. We drove by your place yesterday but it looked all shut up so didn't disturb. Went down to see my sister at Thorneside and saw a pair of Ospreys making their nest on top of the mobile phone tower. Such magnificence. Will have to keep a check on them and see if we can watch the young ones learning how to fly.

Mike, what's the recipe using prawns, lychees, and pineapples? Sounds very tropical.

Ooh, Sue, I would love to put skylights in here. The main entrance and dining area is soooo dark. Not much point though.

Shirley, it was a beautiful day Sunday, but the morning was a bit cold, so good to have a sleep in.

Hi to everyone else looking in. Hope you all had a lovely weekend in the sunshine (hope you had sunshine). It was great having a sunny weekend for a change.

Looks like Nev's computer is down again. :(

Take care
Karen

Neo. Lucky Stripes
Osprey on mobile phone tower. They built a "basket" on the top so the birds could build their nest in it, right at the very top.

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 2, 2012
3:17 AM

Post #9189496

Hi everyone, BBBrrrrr Ö how cold is it. I really feel for anyone living further south. It has been so cold today and is going to be even colder here tomorrow. Might have to stay in bed till lunch time. I had planned to spray my broms today but decided it was too cold Ö the water is near freezing.

No news to pass on so thatís it for me tonight, I am going back out to the family room and the nice warm fire.

Bye for now, Shirley

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 2, 2012
1:24 PM

Post #9190207

good morning everyone. very cold overnight where I am at the moment. The skylight went up ok, but I didn't have enough of the silver flexi shaft to stretch between the ceiling and the roof, so will have to order a bit more and add it on. It was pretty cool when we cut the hole in the colourbond roof, nd there was sunlight in the kitchen for the first time ever. It will make a huge difference, as we always have to turn the light on when we're in there.This week, the challenge is to revamp a garden and paint some parts of an old house. I will try to show you some pics as we go.
There is a huge old pot of A. fasciata here, but its a bit cold for splitting and replanting it. Maybe I'll just get a better pot for it?
Mike, you lucky duck, having all that nice fresh produce. We have plenty of bananas at home, and the neighbourhood grows alot of citrus and avocados, as well as a local with honey, so we get some good stuff around here too, despite the winter. Its the rain that is the worst...way worse than the cold.
Nice pics there Shirley. Are they new/recent pur chases?
Hi Nev...big wave. I'm sure you are looking in. Good luck with getting back on soon
better get up and on the go. its forecast to change on thursday, so only two days to get outdoor work done!
Sue
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

July 2, 2012
1:55 PM

Post #9190248

Good morning all. Nev is really having problems but his son will be home soon so hopefully he with be back with us. Sue, I have several fasciata here but not one of them have given me a flower. I was wondering if I need to do something different with them? I have a few vr. that have sent up spikes. The light Orlandiana also. Which osmocote do I buy for broms? I want to put a few grains down into the leaves to try to make some more pups. I have had one pup from the dark Orlandiana but I'm waiting for another before i can give it to John. I haven't done too much out in the SH. It's too cold to venture outside for long. John did get me a trailer load of mushroom compost and pine chips so I really have no excuse for not doing anything. I think that maybe I'm doing what the bears do in Winter. hybinating. School holidays at the moment so may get out and do the pruning with maybe one helper at least. They had great fun camping. They had a huge bonfire and plenty of sleeping bags and doonas and clothes so never felt the cold much. It absolutely poured here Friday, and Saturday afternoon but they only got a few drops where they were so that was good. Have a great day everyone. I haven't taken any new pics but will get the Vr. flowers for you all to see soon. Colleen
perke_patch

July 3, 2012
4:45 AM

Post #9190913

Hi everyone. Well we really are cold here. Apparently Redlands got down to 1 degree this morning. Now that is bloody cold.

Karen our son lives in the units just below that phone tower with the osprey on it. Darren said when the babes see mum coming with food there's no hope of trying to sleep if he is on night shift. they make so much noise begging for the food. He watches them a lot as they grow and we get updates.

We had a lovely day with Catlans today. we didn't buy much but we spent a lot of time just chatting with John & Genny. They are going to come up for a drive and have morning tea with us one day. And John wants to check out Jen's vriseas too to see if he wants to use any pollen for breeding.

I'm off to bed again. It's tiring sitting and talking and I need my beauty sleep so I'll say goodnght.

Wendy

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 3, 2012
6:11 AM

Post #9191016

Hi everyone, still very chilly here Ö nice sunny days but still cool and nights are sooo cold.

Sue, we had a skylight installed in the kitchen a few years ago, one of the solar tube type which sounds like what you have ... best thing we ever did. Love it, lots of light without the heat of the older type skylights.

No Sue, yesterdayís pics are not recent purchases, in fact they are among the very first broms I ever bought. Itís just that I am running out of photos that I havenít used previously on DG and I am getting to the end of them. Guess Iíll either have to buy new broms or take new photos Ö think I prefer the new broms option, mind you, I donít need an excuse to get more.

Colleen, I donít envy you, it must be so cold there. Camping out Ö no way !!! I guess the kids donít feel the cold as much as us more mature.

Wendy, 1 degree, that IS cold.

Anyway, getting late so Iím off to bed. Bye for now,

Shirley

weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 3, 2012
1:10 PM

Post #9191573

good morning
Hello Colleen, good to hear you have some flowers to appreciate. As for your osmocote, I don't think it matters what type, but just put one of the little grains down between one leaf, or you will burn the plant. Most granular fertilisers suggest keeping it away from the base of the plant, so use it sparingly! My orlandianas only get one pup at a time, and don't seem to produce another until I remove the first one. I would wait until the weather arms up before removing the pup you have, or adding the fertiliser. I As for the fasciatas, I'm not sure why they are reluctant to flower, but I have heard that about the hybrids. You could try placing them in a plastic bag with a ripening apple or banana, and the gases might initiate flowering in 12-16 weeks. I haven't tried it myself, but have herd the advice before, and have a couple of plants I really should try it on. I don't blame you for hibernating. I wish I could, but there is always something to be done, it seems.
Wendy, one degree sounds extreme for a part of brisbane! Now we are into July, we only have about another 6-8 weeks of cool weather! Wahoo. I'm so envious that you have access to the Catlans. I wish I could get up there more often. There is not enough time in the day, or days in the week e.t.c.
Shirley, I understand about the pictures. I don't always have anything to take a pic of either. I don't have alot stored on this computer either, so none to fall back on, without going to the trouble of downloading them first.
Well, painted a veranda and started a garden make over yesterday, and am paying for it with an achey back today, but I still have more to do today, so might have to find a local chiro, masseuse or someone to fix me up when I'm finished. I am NOT going to let it stop me!
Hope your son gets there soon, Nev. I don't have the patience to write the detailed advise you so often give
Where did you go Mike? How about some more pics of some of your favourites?
Sue.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 3, 2012
4:46 PM

Post #9191839

Good morning all. We weren't as cold as you Wendy. A nice warm 4 degrees this morning. Wish I'd been able to go with you yesterday. Hospital is boring. Just sitting, waiting. Lucky I had a crossword to work on. Nothing new to report.

Hope everyone else is a bit warmer this morning. I have the heater on, but I need to get out and do some housework, so that will warm me up, and cheaper too.

Karen
bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 4, 2012
3:23 AM

Post #9192340

Good God who left the bloody fridge door open!!!!! Will someone down south please shut the thing?
Colleen, Sue is spot on about the use of granular fertiliser the idea is to use only one grain or prill per basal leaf you could do that with a few of the leaves but not all of them, but and do it when the weather warms up a bit, down your way I would think growth is slow. You could try the plastic bag and apple thing with your fasciata that does work, Aechmea Fasciata is not one of my favourite member of the brom family its been inbred more times than a Tasmanian woodsman, the first broms to come from the new world were annanus (pineapples) in the late 1490,s the next brom was Ae Fasciata since then they have been inbred/hybridised and tissue cultured so many times that its extremely hard to find a stable plant (that doesnít mean that I do not have any AF but I have turned a lot into mulch) Sue I am pleased to hear that you are able to get all that lovely produce, we have a very soft spot for avocados but our season has passed till after Christmas bummer!!!!!!!!! We have to buy them from the supermarket. Karen great shot of the osprey it would be something special to be able to overlook a nest of such magnificent birds
Gee Nev has some catching up to do.
1 neo shirly k
2 fasciata
3neo nelson

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 4, 2012
5:32 AM

Post #9192421

Hi everyone, still very cold here. Good to see a QUEENSLAND win in the State of Origin Ö but only just.

We have two granddaughters having a sleepover tonight, 7 year old and 10 year old sisters. They are at an age where they are no trouble at all and are already sound asleep after helping Pop get in the firewood this afternoon and crumbing the fish for tonightís dinner.

Mike, nice pics, especially neo Nelson. Can you tell me where you buy the Condyís Crystals please.

Think I might call it a night and crawl into a nice warm bed. Tonight's pic is another of my NOIDs.

Night all, Shirley


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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 4, 2012
6:06 AM

Post #9192448

Shirely; re condys the best place to buy it, is a feed or produce out let ,it's used in the treatment of live stock, if you get it from a supermarket/chemist you pay $10 plus for a 50gram vile if you half Kg its quite cheap ( I think I paid $18 for a one Kg bag and thats going to last me for years ) cheers
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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 4, 2012
1:43 PM

Post #9192986

Morning all, Karen, I hope your hospital visits are short and painless, and that you are managing to keep warm, It seems strange that you get colder morning temps than us? We have been below 5 degrees once in the last 10 years.
Mike, thanks for clarifying the fertiliser application. Its good that someone has got my back. Theres things you know instinctively, but don't think to put in instructions, which can lead to disaster. I love the pictures,so much colour in your Neoregelias.
Shirley, lucky you to have good grandkids. I hope you have a good time with them, and they with you.
I managed to paint the front of a house yesterday and have made a start on a garden revamp. The rain came last night, but its not light enough outside yet to see how today looks. Hopefully there will be some fine periods to get out there. Not sure I really enjoy working with wet dirt (mud). Boy, you really know when you've put in an effort! I could hardly move last night!
I put some before and after photos of the house, and the before photo of the garden. The last photo is where I am up to. I managed to gain another foot of pathway, as the edging has moved over the years. Its taking ages to lift all the scoria, which I am using elsewhere, and to also get as much of the onion weed out. I will put new weedmat down when its cleared out, then plant and mulch it. It should look great!
Sue

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 4, 2012
8:09 PM

Post #9193380

Hello everyone. The day is getting away from me. Had much to do this morning. All done now, can sit back and relax for a bit.

Can anyone put a name to this brom? It isn't all that fancy, but one I like with its splashy look.

Hospital visit went OK. Looks like I've got a whole lot of new medications to break in. They are so determined to put me on warfarin, and I am even more determined not to go on it. Am feeling heaps better all round anyway.

Mike, we might start taxing your knowledge about broms too. You seem to have some real lovelies there.

Karen

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 5, 2012
12:15 AM

Post #9193515

Hi Karen, your plant looks a bit like Neoregelia 'Noble decent' or a hybrid of an olens type anyway. Try it in more sun and it could go quite yellow with red leaf tips.
I'm glad your hospital visit went ok and that you are feeling better.
I finished the garden today, with a bit of help spreading the weedmat and shovelling the mulch.
heres before and after. I am very pleased with it. There is another one to do tomorrow if the rain stays away. We were lucky today with just the odd shower. I'd love to put broms in these gardens, but as the place is to be sold, I don't want to spare any! Selfish aren't I? I might still look at the A. fasciatas tomorrow and see if theres any way I can use them.
Where is everyone? I suppose the qlds are still celebrating. Anyone would think they had personally played the game! I didn't even watch it as footy is not my thing, but its been the hot topic on the radio and on facebook.
Hello Nev, i bet you were dying to tell karen what her plant was! heh heh. Theres some advantages to you not being able to post! I get to guess first.
Sue

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 5, 2012
4:46 AM

Post #9193600

Mike, thanks for the info on where to buy the condys. Those are lovely broms in your pic, love the one in the centre at the bottom of the pic and in the top right corner.

Karen, glad to hear your hospital visit went well, take care breaking in your new medications.

Sue, your new garden looks lovely Ö just wish I had your energy.

Well, rain is forecast for the next week or so, not looking forward to that. At least it will probably be a little warmer. Think I prefer the cold to the wet Ö never happy am I !!!

I havenít taken any new photos as yet Ö sadly, no new broms either.

Bye for now, Shirley

bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 5, 2012
4:53 AM

Post #9193602

Hi everyone Sue I think you are on the right track with Karen's noid I'd call it volcan x olens (not certain ) but yes more light.
Shirley I thing you noid is a pink form of Gee Wizz once again not cert, this is one of my plants that I had once before pink form of G W cheers

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springer99
Queensland
Australia

July 6, 2012
3:52 AM

Post #9194951

Hi everyone, just dropping in to say hi, I have been trying to read a long and catch up on things. Love everyone's photos and I laughed Shirley about your comment that you are running out of pics to share and might be a good excuse to buy more, lol.
Nice broms you have Mike and I see from your comments you have been around on here for quite a while :)
I'm not going to even try to comment on everything I have read, and most of it I have skim read but I will try to catch up and comment where I can again or at least read and keep up with it all. I hope Nev gets his computer sorted soon, might be time for Santa to bring a nice new laptop ;)
Hey Sue, how's about a new thread, your turn this time, ha ha ha
Nothing much to share, I'm kind of like Shirley, running out of things to show, lol. But we are planning to get some gardening done this weekend, so if we do I'll take some new photos and share them.
Cheers

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 6, 2012
5:33 AM

Post #9195005

Hi everyone, hoping for a fine day tomorrow so we can go to the market Ö maybe score a couple of new broms. I did take some photos today and I will post a couple of them each night until I run out and then hopefully take a few more to share with everyone.

Mike, thanks for the ID on my neo.

Tash, great to hear from you Ö itís been ages. Hope the dramas you were having with the broms in your shadehouse have been sorted.

We have been putting together another shadehouse. The original shadehouse refurb has been put on hold as it doesnít get enough sun for the broms, especially in winter as it is in shade from tall eucalypts in the park next door practically all day. We will look at it again in summer and we may be able to make better use of it then. This new one is smaller and will join on to one end of the back patio. It faces north east and we are using beige shadecloth so it will be nice and bright.

Think I might wait till itís complete before adding any pics. OK Ö just one Ö to show where we are at. Just the framework in place at the moment and still quite a bit to do. Looks a bit daggy right now as my broms are hiding under a temporary shadecloth cover attached to the patio till we get it finished. Progress has been rather slow thanks to lots of rain and various other hold ups but very pleased with the result so far.

Pics are 1. neo Canefire 2. neo High Hopes 3. new shadehouse

Bye for now Ö ave a good weekend !!

Shirley


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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 6, 2012
3:34 PM

Post #9195694

Hello everyone. Thanks for the ID suggestions on my noid plant. I will look up on the Olens line and see if anything looks the same. Hard though with hybrids, I know.

Looking good there, Shirley. The SH looks fairly large. I do like that first brom.

Hope you all have a fine weekend. They are predicting showers, but like Shirley, I would like to get to the markets tomorrow. Not going to slosh around in the wet though.

Karen

Lucky Stripes in flower again.


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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 8, 2012
3:38 AM

Post #9197449

Hi all, where has everyone gone ??

Karen, hope you managed to get to the markets. We went yesterday morning but there was a very disappointing turnout. Maybe it was the prediction of rain, maybe the school hols, donít know, but quite a few of the regular stall holders were missing. I have just thought Ö maybe they went along to the Garden Expo in Nambour. I would have loved to have been able to go ... maybe next year.

Anyway I managed to get a couple of neos and will attach pics. The first one is neo Barbarian Dark Form. The second one was missing itsí name tag, the seller told me the name, which I was familiar with and which I committed to memory. By the time I got home I had no idea so if anyone can enlighten me that would be great. Should have known better than trust my memory.

Anyway, hope everyone had a good weekend and will be back soon.

Shirley



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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 8, 2012
3:41 AM

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Oops, pressed send before adding the photos ...

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perke_patch

July 8, 2012
5:26 AM

Post #9197496

hi everyone.
sorry I haven't posted for a few nights. I do check the postings but don't always have time to respond. We're going to the produce tomorrow so may have to check if they have condies and how much I have to buy. perhaps if it is a big bag we might be able to split a bag between a few of us. I'll check tomorrow and get back to you all.

I just tried to start a new thread and I just can't work out how to do it. I know I've done one before but I can't work it out now. must be feeling blonde at the moment. looked at all tabs but nothing looked like where I had to be. Ah well, if someone else doesn't do it I'll have another look earlier tomorrow night. Maybe I'm just too tired to think properly now.

Sue I love your makeover. You just keep working and working don't you? fancy painted a house and redoing a garden for someone. good on you. I leave things like that to Johnny. He's talking about how I'll cope if anything happens to him so he must be feeling pretty yuk at the moment. I just emailed his immunologist tonight so we may have to go see him again soon instead of months away. I think we're still up in the air from that extra week between infusions.

I've got lots of new pics but laptop doesn't like posting too many at once. I'll use a new one tonight.
pic 1 is a new billbergia called medowie gift.
Pic 2 is a couple of large billbergias. one on right is amoena rubra grown in full sun. the one on left is out of Ross Little's front garden grown in deep shade.

I now have it in partial sun and it is colouring. I thought it might have been amoena rubra too with different colour because of shade but I'm not sure. johnny says they look different but look similar to me. can't remember if flowers had a difference. anyhow i like the big ones so I don't care if it doesn't have a name. We've been crossing pollen among all the flowering broms so I'm going to try some hybrids not necessarily to name and register.

I'm off to bed again. always seem to finish with that don't I.

Night everyone.
Wendy

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 8, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9197506

Hi Wendy, great to see you back. Those are nice billbergias in your pics. There is a Billbergia Meadowie Gift Beauty which I think might be one of Jens listed on eBay at the moment. If either of you has a spare one, I would be happy to take it off your hands ... must be nearing sale time again.

Jen, you have some very nice broms listed on eBay, that is, if I am not confusing your username with someone elses.

Did anyone manage to get to the Garden Expo this weekend ... would love to know how it went.

Bye for now, Shirley
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 9, 2012
12:42 AM

Post #9198519

Hi everyone. Wendy, so sorry John isn't feeling so great. Such a worry, isn't it.

I had a dental appointment today. Not they way I'd have liked to spend the day. Numbness is still trying to wear off.

So, a new week has begun. We got the first of the expected rain here this evening. Just a shower.

Karen
perke_patch

July 9, 2012
2:59 AM

Post #9198561

Hi Shirley. jen's username is bookbird on ebay. I haven't looked to see what she has listed. i know she has some billbergias that I haven't got yet. but I havea few now that she hasn't got either. I don't have a medowie gift beauty but I'll look itup on bcr. might have to look for one too.

Karen, I'm gald I don't have to go to the dentist. I'm trying to work up the courage to go back to the optometrist but I'm scared I might have to wear glasses again and I'm enjoying not wearing them. I find myself squinting to see things these days so should get them checked.

Shirley we went to Nambour but with Johnny being unwell we didn't stay there long. Just grabbed a gigas from Olive and a macho x tiger from another grower plus a couple of nepenthes and he's had enough so we left. We went to Mooloolaba and had lunch in a restaurant before heading home. Did you get to the Dayboro show? Emily went with mum on Saturday and her Aunties on Sunday.

It won't let me add a photo so I'm going to log off for the night.

Night all. see you all tomorrow night.
Wendy
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 9, 2012
4:07 AM

Post #9198592

sorry all, had a busy weekend. I'm still painting and cleaning, Its my F-I-Laws place. He passed away recently and we need to get it nice to sell it,but everyone else is busy, so that leaves little 'ol me! Its nearly done though.
I cant start a new thread as I don't have any brom pics, and we always need a stunning one to attract people to our thread. C'mon Tash, I know you have a good group photo to start a thread with, and you know how!
sorry so short, but need sleep. Hope everyone is feeling well, or better by tomorrow. will talk again soon.
bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 9, 2012
4:58 AM

Post #9198619

Hi everyone,
I've also been busy , I do'nt get on line every day and am quite slack !so thats my excuse,
can anyone ID this billie it's one of three I kept cheers

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tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 9, 2012
5:28 AM

Post #9198638

a few mixed Neos

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 9, 2012
5:52 AM

Post #9198671

Hi everyone,

Karen, we had a few drops of rain today though I expect weíll get more later in the week.

Wendy, guess I got it wrong, that isnít the eBay user name I thought was Jens. Sorry to hear Johnny was crook when you went to Nambour, hope you enjoyed your lunch at Mooloolaba. And no, we didnít get to the Dayboro show Ö maybe next year.

I guess Nev is still having computer problems and Colleen must be hibernating Ö donít blame her for that, it must be so cold where she lives.

WOW Mike, love those pics Ö you certainly have some lovely broms. I am so envious.

Thatís it for me tonight, night all

Shirley

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 9, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #9199453

very nice Bromalong and shirley, love old love letters also, its one of my favourites.
Ring Leader? i think. Does Ring Leader have purple flowers?

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springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

July 9, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9199569

ha ha ha, you're too funny Sue, no photos... pfftttt, you have great photos miss painter. lol.
I'll start a new thread now and link across to it... but... I reckon Mike, you'll have to learn how to have a go cause your photos are amazing!!! Mine are no where near as good as yours mate. I thought about pinching one of yours to start the new thread, lol, but couldn't be that cheeky ;)

Ok so we are off to the new thread here
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1270208/
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 10, 2012
5:01 PM

Post #9200781

Mike, your broms are superb!

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