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springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

July 9, 2012
5:07 PM

Post #9199568

Ok the new thread is up and running for July and August. I hope all your broms are doing well over winter, ours up north are going great guns in the winter sun, it's the best time of year for us.

Here is one from in the brom house yesterday in the rain. An assortment of neos and good mix of colour.

We came from here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1258272/

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 9, 2012
11:47 PM

Post #9199926

Look how my newest baby Pimmento hasnt got the pattern like its mother and all of the other babies shes had???
1st photo is mother 2nd is baby..

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 9, 2012
11:58 PM

Post #9199927

Wild Gossip pup.
Concentrica x Alba Marginata, past its best.
Treasure Chest is looking nice.

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 10, 2012
4:59 AM

Post #9200012

Hi everyone, still showers here in Brissie, some quite heavy ones tonight. I don’t think we saw the sun at all today and it’s pretty cold too.

Bree, nice pics. I love neo Pimiento, mine is just a pup … photo attached.

Tash, thanks for the new thread. Those are lovely broms in your pic too. Are the two in the centre front neo Raphael.

Nothing exciting happening here … $10 million lotto draw tonight … wouldn’t it be nice.

Bye for now, Shirley


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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 10, 2012
5:45 AM

Post #9200055

Hi everyone.
Springer99 thanks for kind words about some of my plants, there’s not much wrong with yours! Nice plants.
Breeindy I get the odd Pimento that throws a no var pup from time to time as well. I think that concentrica is Bill Morris var its a nice plant, I notice it has a bit of that white algae growing on the leaves, I get that on some of my Neo’s
(It in almost in every collection I’ve seen) how I treat it is to use vinegar mixed 50/50 with water and wipe the leaf with a soft cloth I keep a plastic non transparent jar full of the mix in the green house at all times.
I think Nev will be having withdrawal symptoms by now!!!!!!!!!!!!
cheers
1 neo Chirripo 2 Ae Mend

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 10, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9200637

Thanks for the advise, yeah my broms are under a palm tree as you can see by all the palm seeds in there middles, i hose them out every now and then but its been raining here so havent needed to water.
Aussie Dream, Prinsler and unknown.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 10, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #9200776

Thank you Tash for the new thread. And what beautiful broms to start the thread with, from all of you. Mike, that Chirripo is gorgeous!

My Pimiento was damaged by a cat, but it had a pup which I've detached and its looking good. The mother plant seems to be recovering now too.

Vr. Ospinae is coming along nicely.
Not one of my favourites, but this is Vr. Rubyae
Vr. Fosteriana x Red Chestnut


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springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

July 10, 2012
5:24 PM

Post #9200810

Morning everyone,
sorry Mike, I usually sign off with my name, I'm Tash, I live up north past Cairns. I've been seeing your photos and looks like you have some really nice ones. I see you are from Tannum Sands, so do you know the Loughrans? they have some nice broms and we have been lucky to acquire some of them into our collection.
Must agree, love your Chirripo, we are picking up a pup we've been waiting on this weekend so can't wait to grow it up.
Shirley those two in the front row are our first two Neo Dream Baby pups, one of my favorites and behind them are two of the unregistered "Down's" series starting to colour up nicely as well.
No worries t all about the new thread everyone, happy to help :)
Ok off to get ready to go out, catch up later on
Cheers Tash

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 11, 2012
12:10 AM

Post #9201184

VERY NICE! Heres my Vr. Ospinae, i didnt know they flower more than once and grow a new middle after each flowering.
And heres my Vr. Fosteriana x Red Chestnut.

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 11, 2012
12:49 AM

Post #9201198

If anyone wants a Lila pup i have a few, mother 1st pic.
What about a Decora pup.
I guess everyone has this green one but i can get any amount of this.
What about concentrica x heart music, pup pictured.
Ring Leader, pup pictured.
Swap me something or just pay the postage.

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 11, 2012
12:54 AM

Post #9201200

Anyone want a Sun Valley pup or
I have a pot of minis if someone wants one, fireball and crosses.

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perke_patch

July 11, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9201449

Breeindy that ospinae actually has a new pup in the centre and that is what flowers the next time. the pups of that vrisea come out of the centre of the plant and you almost have to destroy the plant to get the pups off or just leave them there and let them flower next time.

Tash thanks for the new thread. I know I've done it before but I just couldn't work out how to do it the other night. senior moment I think.

I have some pics of a new area I've created to display all my billbergias. I haven't got the camera near me to upload them tonight so I'll get it done tomorrow and post some pics for you all. Mike I love that billbergia of yours. Those pink ones with spots are lovely. sorry I can't identify it for you but check FCBS for catherine wilson, and the parents used in the cross to create her. I think one of them is your plant. otherwise post a pick on moon billbergia and I'm sure Russ Holzheimer or Val Honeywood will be able to identify it for you.

Off to bed again.Goodnight all.
Wendy

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 11, 2012
2:42 PM

Post #9201926

Thanks for that information Wendy, i was wondering why it just keeps flowering and growing a new head.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 11, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #9202042

I didn't know about the flowering habits of Ospinae either. Mine have never flowered, but I like the bunched up look of them in their pot.

Breeindy, you have some lovely broms there. Mine are a bit green now due to the lack of sunshine. They seem to be coping with the colder weather okay though. Some of the very latest ones I got are still holding their colour well, so its not all doom and gloom.

Karen

Neo. Hula Girl still holding her colour well.

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 12, 2012
5:36 AM

Post #9202435

Hi everyone
Thanks for the intro Tash and yes I know Sue & Goff they live about a kilometre down the road from me, do you live on the coast or part the way up the tablelands
The reason I ask is to enquire about your growing conditions and what sort of potting mix you use, do you use scoria or a pine bark based mix. I like to try and get a handle on what people are using in other parts of the country I don’t know many growers up your way. Neo Chirripo is one of my favourite Neo’s, one of the down sides of Chirripo is they often throw some dude pups (without a lot of colour a almost washed-out look) but when the dudes produce offsets they in turn can be stunners.
Thanks Wendy for the heads up on my noid Billy it dose look a bit like B amoena Var virids but the flower is the wrong colour my noid has a yellow stamen with purple sepals from memory it’s a large plant up to a meter in high, two weeks ago Val and Russ were up and I did not think to ask them!!!!! I will try moon billbergia.
Bree your plant is ospinae var Gruber and it’s not uncommon for them to throw pups right up top, expect a second pup next to the other, like most Patten Vriesea they are upper pupers and can be a real pain to remove with ospinae var Gruber they tend to pup at the apex after flowering, I’ve found that if you leave apex pup or pups get quite large almost full size then strip of the top leaves till you expose the base of the pups completely, remove them with a bit of mum attached they power on. Vr ospinae is a different plant its one of the few that don’t die after flowering but keeps growing and branching they can have quite a few flowers on at the same time.
Your N Hula Girl has nice colour Karen.



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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 12, 2012
6:24 AM

Post #9202482

Hello everyone, it’s still raining here and we are in for a few more rainy days it seems. Quite depressing really as I want to get back outside and finish off the new shade house.

Mike, those are beautiful plants as always.

Thanks Tash for the names of your lovely neos … a couple more to add to my wish list.

Bree, those are lovely broms too … I am really looking forward to receiving my new babies, thank you so much.

Karen, your neo Hula Girl looks gorgeous. I have a small one and it is colouring up nicely but it does not have the lovely colours that yours has.

My pics are Neo Old Love Letters and Neo Painted Delight.

Cheers, Shirley

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 12, 2012
3:36 PM

Post #9203065

Hello everone. Another grey day here. Today is my partner's birthday, and tomorrow is my youngest sister's birthday, so I am taking them both to lunch down by the bay. We do this every year. So cutting it short so I can go get ready. It's a good hour's drive and I expect to be away most of the day.

Have a great day .
Karen

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 12, 2012
3:37 PM

Post #9203067

bromalong- Thanks for that information! yes it is a ospinae gruberi, I dont think i could remove the pup, the plant just keeps getting a branching flower spike then growing a new head which eventually just looks like the mothers head again once the flower spikes been removed. I don't want to damage the mother so i just let it go, wonder if the mother will eventually die. It doesnt seem to be growing that much in size. I just love the colour changes in it.
These are seperate flowering...
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springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

July 12, 2012
8:56 PM

Post #9203448

Great info on here as usual :) So does Vr Tiger Tim do the same as ospinae Var Gruberi? We have Splenriet which does this, but we only got one pup on each of our two mothers after flowering so didn't attempt removing them, just let them take over as the new growing centre. I was told, if you tie the spike to the opposite side, you will often make it throw another pup or two on the opposite side, where the light gets in. It didn't happen for us though. Our Werauhia sanguinolenta rubra has finnished flowering and hopefully is setting some seeds, so I expect a pup to for to take over the growing centre on that one too.
Mike I live on the coast and yes we use quincan (scoria) as a growing medium with a bit of coir chunks in it and I'm thinking about adding charcoal as well. Someone else I know just up the range on the tablelands, (30 mins away) uses straight river gravel, nothing else and her broms are very nice. Our biggest problem up here is well... two fold... the mix often gets too dry and tempts you into moving to something that retains more moisture, but then we get the wet season and it rains for 3 months with high humidity and everything rots out if it's too wet. So going off other growers experience as I've only been growing for about 18 mths now, is that it's better to have a dry mix and water more, than have a wet mix and massive rot issues.
This does become frustrating in summer, as that's our wet season, and it's either stinking hot with close enough to 100% humidity or it pouring down. For the weeks when it doesn't rain and it's incredibly hot, even with lots of shadecloth the actual heat starts to burn and wreck the broms, so you end up having to water lightly every 2 hours during the day, especially the vrieseas to keep them happy. Summer is honestly a crappy time of year up here for broms, they end up under close to 100% shade cloth to save them from frying and even then some still fall victim.
Winter is awesome up here, doesn't usually get below 15 degrees, nothing stops growing, any extra shadecloth from summer comes down and the colours look amazing. LOVE Winter up here. By memory it's about November or early December that we have to put up extra layers of shadecloth inside the brom house and over gardens etc or you will come home to brown and crispy things only identifiable by the tag sticking out of the pot.
Well I hope everyone has a great weekend lined up, I don't think we are up to much, just a few things around home.
Cheers Tash

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 13, 2012
1:15 AM

Post #9203563

Hi all, more rain here today ...

Karen, hope you enjoyed your lunch and managed to keep dry.

Bree, love your Vr ospinae gruberi.

Mike, you mention stripping the top leaves of ospinae gruberi to expose the base of the pups and remove them with a bit of mum still attached. Is that the end of mum???

Tash, lovely neo … what is its’ name. For some reason I can’t enlarge the photo for a closer look.

I don’t think we are likely to get to any of the local markets this weekend and probably won’t get much done at home either. And worse still, it is expected to rain most of next week too … bugger !!!

Anyway, that's it from me for now, Shirley

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 13, 2012
3:39 AM

Post #9203577

Yeah i can't enlarge you pic either Tash. Looks awsome though.
Is that pic of your ospinae gruberi Shirley?
I put my Broms in straight coarse bark, the bark i use for my orchids as i buy it in large bags. Im lower than Tash so its not as hot here but we still hardly get a winter. I keep all my broms out in almost full sun and my orchids are just under shadecloth all year round.
Anyone know what this one is, i love it but cant see a tag and forget where i got it.

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 13, 2012
5:02 AM

Post #9203611

Hi again,

Yes Bree, that pic is my ospinae gruberi, only small but looking good. I can’t take too much credit for it though as I only recently got it from Wendy.

I am only guessing, but your NOID neo looks similar to my neo Manoa Beauty, pic attached.

Shirley



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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 13, 2012
12:14 PM

Post #9203985

yes you could be right i do have a Manoa Beauty but i thought this was it, maybe not.

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springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

July 13, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9204126

Morning everyone, yeah I'm not sure what happened to my post yesterday it all went stupid as I posted and wasn't sure if it even loaded. So I'm glad to see the writing worked, but yeah I can't enlarge the pic either, Dave's Garden must of had a freak out as I sent the post in. I'll re add the photo now and see if it works.
I'll put up a photo of our Manoa Beauty as well.
So the first one is Manoa Beauty, then I'll do two pics of the one I put up in my previous post, when we got it, and now. It's a variegated form of carolinae that Allan Ladd sent me to get me started into breeding variegated seedlings. He said striated plants like this one give the best chance of variegation and that it should serve me well. I was most grateful for all his advice and his generosity to send me this one. It must be getting closer to flowering I think.

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 13, 2012
5:47 PM

Post #9204348

Hi everyone,

Back at last thanks to advice from Tash and some computer “jiggling” by my son. Hopefully all the problems are past now and I can get on with doing what I like to do best, talking to friends about brom’s.

It’s good to see you all putting up regular posts and pictures and even when I couldn’t take part in the discussions I could still occasionally open up the forum page and look at the pics and read the comments; but it was very, very frustrating not to be able to participate.

I had a phone call from Colleen a day or two back and she’s grounded with a bad back, so I’m sure you’ll all join with me in sending Colleen a big get well soon wish.

Bree - I have to agree with the others, your plant certainly looks like ‘Manoa Beauty’ to me as well. I can’t be sure but your second plant could also be a ‘Manoa Beauty’ which has been grown with more light or possibly even an immature ‘Painted Desert’, a bit hard to be definite though.

Tash – That’s a great variegated plant you got from Allan and it does look like it will make a good transmitter but with the added benefit of great colour and shape as well; you've certainly done a great job of growing it, but don't show Allan or he might want it back!. Also, don’t forget the “old fart” when you have a bit of spare seed will you?

That’s about it from me now as I have my youngest son and his family here from Bali for a couple of weeks so I’d better make the most of it as we only see them once a year.

All the best, Nev.

A few pic's to finish with, 1st is one I got from Jen. Neo 'Bold Streak' x Mc Williamsii, 2nd, one of my favourites Neo 'Purple Star', 3rd is Vr 'Megan' and 4th and 5th are a side and top view of what I think is a very much underrated plant, Ae. Rakete

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 13, 2012
10:50 PM

Post #9204613

Yes i think you's are right the 1st one i posted is Manoa beauty and the 2nd is a uunamed one i got from a friend.
Lovely broms Nev. Glad your back. Heres my bold streak x Mcwilliamsii , not as nice as Nevs.

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 14, 2012
4:53 AM

Post #9204685

Evening all, we had the sun shining here for a while today but it’s raining again now. It’s supposed to fine up tomorrow but not for long unfortunately.

Tash, that variegated carolinae of yours is really lovely.

Nev, great to see you back at last. Hope your computer problems are over now. Enjoy your time with your son and his family while they are with you. Love that Vr Megan … very nice, and the Ae Rakete as well.

Colleen, get well soon … have you been overdoing it in the garden? Hope you make a quick recovery.

Bree, your unnamed neo is very pretty.

My pics tonight are neo Shelldance and neo Little Africa

Night all, Shirley



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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 15, 2012
12:45 AM

Post #9205563

Sorry i just have to post a picture of mine if i see someone post the same, i love comparing.
Shelldance...

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 15, 2012
12:45 AM

Post #9205564

Thanks for the heads up on your growing conditions Tash sounds like it’s a tough environment to grow broms in, down this way we have our own challenge’s our summers at times can get hotter because of the lack of rain days, we can get high 30’s with very low humidity for months some years then some years the wet sets in so I like your thinking re the dry mix. My mix is pine bark based with around 10% choir (the course kind) 10 to 15% charcoal and some polystyrene if I have it, that’s about my base for all my pottered Broms, I keep a close eye on the PH (6.5 is my aim)
Then refine that for the different types, course for the Aechmeas and Neo’s down to a finer mix for the Vrieseas .At least with quincan gravel not much chance of the plant being blown over by the wind but it must be a bugger moving box of them around no need to go to the gym!!!
Quincan is a bit hard on the pocket down this way, might have something to with the transport costs.
Shirley you ask if removing apex pup from Vr ospiae var gruberii will kill the mother the short answer is yes but you often get the odd pup before it heads off to the great compost heap (its heading there anyway) I like your N old loveletters & N painted delight my painted delight throws dud pups hoping to get a good soon to nice a plant to be with out.
Bree if leaving the apex pup on your Vr O var G works for you then that’s best (why fix it if its not broke) orchid bark would be a first class mix it has a pre set PH of 7 and is nice and chunky if I left my broms out in the summer sun I would lose 95% of them
Good to see you back Nev, that Vr Megan is a stunner is it one of yours!! The reason I ask is I was wondering how the paten leafed Vr performed down your way.
You haven’t seen Sue have you!!!! Must be into hiding,

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 15, 2012
3:40 AM

Post #9205600

Hi all, another weekend over and next to nothing done around the house or yard. Didn’t get to any of the markets either. Went shopping Saturday … should have been a quick trip but ended up being out most of the day. Didn’t buy any broms either though I did see a few at Bunnings which I would like, mostly vrieseas and alcantareas. The thing with Bunnings is they only give a species name, ie patterned leaf vriesea or hybrid vriesea etc.

Today we had our daughter and two granddaughters over. The girls potted up a few small succulents for me and helped me move a few pots around.

Bree, lovely colour in your neo shelldance.

Mike, what is the name of the neo in your last post ... very nice.

My pics are 1. Neo pink spider 2. Neo Susan Jan ? (not sure about this one)

Bye for now, Shirley



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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

July 15, 2012
4:24 AM

Post #9205615

Hi everyone. Sorry I've been AWOL but am starting to feel a bit better. Oh boy have I been down and out. The poor little ones haven't had much of a holiday but I will make it up to them when I can. They've been little troopers. Feeding the chooks and cats and galahs and dog and making their beds and wiping the dishes even making salads and turning the meat for me. Absolute treasures. Had friends coming and washing and folding clothes and shopping and taking me to the doctors and the physio. The boys were over-whelmed by how good my friends have been. You wouldn't expect them to even realise that but they did. No pics from me but I am thoroughly enjoying all of yours. Will be back in when I can. Colleen

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 15, 2012
5:18 AM

Post #9205650

bromalong- love that striped brom, what is it? and love them both shirley, pink spiders awsome.
Aechmea Fosters red ribbon...
A pup from a unnamed brom i have, love the colour...

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 15, 2012
2:19 PM

Post #9206192

Hi everyone. Colleen, sorry you have been so sick. Let's hope complete recovery is almost there.

I too have been loving the pics. Just gorgeous. None to show from me, but hopefully things will brighten up again in Spring, when the sun reaches the plants again. The cold is affecting a few, like a leaf burn, but nothing I can do. What will make it will do so, and what won't will do its own thing. I can't change the conditions here, unfortunately. Looking for a tiny ray of sunshine myself in the mornings to stand in is difficult. Its just that time of the year when the sun is too low, and doesn't reach us.

Not much going on here so will continue to read and post when I can.

Karen
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 15, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9206392

Hi everyone,

I’m still trying to catch up on all of the posts I haven’t yet read and I came across the pic of the Billbergia NOID from Mike.

Mike – I think I may have the same tall growing plant which was identified for me some time ago by a well known brom grower and international judge of many years. She said it is Billbergia ‘Kip’ and this identity was confirmed by two other Billbergia growers.

Although yours seems to have much brighter colours, this could purely be a result of growing in a warmer climate with better light. Unfortunately, although it’s mentioned in the BCR there are no images of it; all that’s recorded is that it’s a Grace Goode hybrid of a crossing between Oeser’s Bigeneric Hybrid x Bill. Catherine Wilson.

I’m attaching two old pic’s (non digital) of a couple of mine, however as it’s just coming into flower now, I will be able to get a better pic of the flowers which I will post when they open in a week or two.

Hi to everyone else, love all of the pictures, please keep them coming.

All the best, Nev.

1st pic is Billbergia Kip grown in high light and the second is grown in low light

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 16, 2012
4:57 AM

Post #9206797

Sorry folks the striped Neo is N Arzac (can't find it on the FCBS data base) but that was the name it was given to me as, its not a large plant, about 2/3 the size of N Amazing Grace Nev thanks for the heads up on my noid Billbergia, it looks a bit like your pic will have to compare it when in flower and might ask Margaret P she has a good handle on a lot of Grace Goode’s plants, its one of the few Billies that I keep.
Tash I would be interested to know your reason for the possible use of charcoal in your mix, and have you ever seen the root run on your friends plants the one who uses sand for her Broms.
Colleen its good to known you have friends when things are down hope your on the way up.
what dose everone else use for potting mix
cheers Mike
Neo White ice (pic is not to clear it was raining )

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 16, 2012
6:01 AM

Post #9206874

Hi everyone, a nice sunny day here today.

Colleen, good to hear you are on the mend.

Karen, do you have tall trees close to your home that block the winter sun. We get lovely sun on the back patio on winter mornings. We generally have brekky out there in winter and I love to sit out there with the sun on my back and read or do a crossword when I have the time.

Nev, your bill Kip in the first pic is very nice … love the colour.

Mike, love your neo White Ice, very pretty.

My pic is neo Marble Snow. I bought a couple of new broms today … I did say I wasn’t going to buy more, didn't I ??? Will attach pics tomorrow.

Bye for now, Shirley

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 16, 2012
5:56 PM

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Good morning everyone. The day seems to be undecided as to what it wants to do weatherwise, so its wait and see.

Hi Shirley. Yes there are huge gums and ironbarks down the back that keep the sun out until around midday, then I get some restricted light on the clothes line (strategically placed) for 3 hours, then back to darkness as the sun goes over the trees out front. It is too low atm to reach overhead like it does in summer.

Mike, I do love that neo. White Ice. Its beautiful.

Nev, glad to see you still popping in. Hope that computer is behaving now. Also hope you are enjoying your visitors while they are here.

Hi to anyone else popping in.
Have a lovely day.
Karen

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 17, 2012
5:44 AM

Post #9208388

Hi all, my new broms ...

1. alc extensa 2. neo mini, very black, no name supplied

Shirley


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olddude

olddude
Big Pine Key, FL
(Zone 11)

July 17, 2012
6:24 AM

Post #9208430

Bromalong (Mike) Is your Neo. White Ice the same as the BSI Ice White River ? http://registry.bsi.org/?genus=NEOREGELIA&id=4975#4975. I;ve yet to add any Marble Throat hybrids to my collection and this seems like a good plant to start with. I see Micheals has this Neo available.
Thanks in advance, Scott
bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 17, 2012
8:02 PM

Post #9209609

Hi Scott, Yes! That’s correct, the plant is Neo Ice white River sorry about that! The one thing I'll say, they do need good light, but not to much sun the lack of pigment in the centre can lead to sunburn, they are not a large plant and look better when kept compact and a little hungry and yes it's a nice plant to start the marble throat's off with
happy growing. mike
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 17, 2012
9:37 PM

Post #9209666

Hi everyone on the forum,

Sorry I haven't had much input for the past couple of weeks and I'm just back for a brief visit today while I'm making the most of my son and his family for the last few days of their visit.

Great pic's everyone and I have just a few comments, firstly on Mike's great looking plant he posted on July 15. First of all I was going to say it may have been one of the many variations of Amazing Grace but when Mike said it was only 2/3 the size of 'Amazing Grace' that sort of shot down my suggestion. Mike have you tried posting a pic on any of the international forums seeking an ID? I have done this previously on a couple of occasions for other members but as I don't know you very well I wouldn't do it without first asking your permission. If you would like me to pursue this avenue just give me the nod.

Shirley - I took the liberty of posting a pic of your beautiful black Neo. mini to try and get an ID for you. I may have a name in a day or so.

Sorry, I haven't had time to take any new pic's so I'll finish with some pic's of a few of my own Neo. crosses 1st. is Neo concentrica x [Charm x Cracker Jack], 2nd. Neo Bea Hanson x Rosea Striata, 3rd. Another Neo concentrica x [Charm x Cracker Jack], 4th Neo Painted Lady [sport] x Ferny Grove 5th. Neo Painted Lady [Sport] x Grace

All the best, Nev.

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 18, 2012
5:04 AM

Post #9209796

Hi all, another rainy day here today. It's supposed to fine up tomorrow ... I certainly hope so, I am so over this rain.

Nev, thanks for trying to ID my black mini neo. Those are nice neos in your pics. My pic tonight is Vr Splendens.

Hoping that we get a few nice sunny days ... the way it should be this time of year.

Bye for now, Shirley

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olddude
Big Pine Key, FL
(Zone 11)

July 18, 2012
6:16 AM

Post #9209891

Mike, thanks for taking the time to answer my question and for the extra culture info on Neo. Ice White River. I guess it's time to prepare an order form from Micheal's Bromeliads.
I'd like to thank everyone who participates in this thread. The Dave's Bromeliad Forum is pretty slow these days but all brom fans worldwide can find great brom chat here!
Take care all, Scott

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 18, 2012
2:29 PM

Post #9210423

I love Vr Splendens, heres mine... hehe! neally 9 mths old.

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SolMan
Croydon
Australia
(Zone 9a)

July 18, 2012
8:18 PM

Post #9210833

I have started to gather a few bromeliad's to start
My little collection.
I was in QLD just 2 weeks ago @ QLD Garden Expo
I returned with about 4 from there and was happy
I am a newbie to the bromeliad and love them
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 18, 2012
10:25 PM

Post #9210917

Hi everyone on the forum,

Just another quick visit again today.

DeadlyNight - Welcome to our friendly little forum. It's always good to see another lucky person discovering the amazing hobby of growing these wonderful plants. I'm sure you'll get many hours of enjoyment from this hobby and learn a lot by participating in this forum. Don't be afraid to ask questions as we all had to start sometime and the friendly people on here are only too happy to try and help.

Shirley – I’ve already had three responses about an ID on your mini (black) Neo. The first came from a well known hybridizer of Neo’s who comes from Hawaii who says: "Possibly Neo. Black Currant, Nev? Here's mine": (See attached pic of Lisa’s plant).

Referring to her picture on that forum, she goes on to say, "Despite the huge picture, it's a small plant (grows in a 5" pot). It's also not a very strong cv., at least for me".

Shirley, the colour isn’t as dark as yours but this could be due to growing conditions or variations in photography such as one pic taken with flash and the other without. Does the size sound similar to yours?

The second response is from a Qld. grower who says, "It could be Little Black. I have one and it is very black".
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The third response is from a bromeliad nurseryman in northern N.S.W. who says, " This one is not Neo. Little Black, I think this one is Neo. Royal Flush x Granada."

At this stage I’ve asked if the Qld and NSW responders could post pic’s so we will have to wait and see what eventuates.

Scott – Always nice to hear from people from the other side of the world so please keep in touch. We sometimes heard from another American, a lady called Kristi, but she hasn’t posted for a while, so if you’re watching Kristi, drop in and say “Good Day”.

Shirley – Great looking foliage colour on you ‘Splendens’ and the magnificent inflorescence they produce is an added bonus. It’s a fantastic plant as are its hybrids ‘Splendide’ and ‘Splendriet’; even though they are a bit cold sensitive.

Bree – That’s a great looking batch of babies and you’ve done really well, however don’t be “put off” by the initial slow rate of growth as once they get a bit of size they will start to “take off” especially with a bit of feeding. I grew hieroglyphica from seed and found them much slower than Aechmeas or Neoregelias to start with but the final outcome was well worth waiting for as they are another Vriesea with beautiful patterned foliage.

Finally a big “Hi” to anyone who’s on the sick list and Colleen, I hope your back is on the improve.

Sorry, I still haven't taken any new pic's as it’s raining down here so here's some more old pic's of some of my plants. 1st Vr Splendriet, 2nd Neo. concentrica x Painted Lady, 3rd. Neo. 'Black Currant' (See comment above, 4th. Neo ‘Camelot’ and 5th. Neo. ‘Orange Glow’ NOVAR. For those who don’t know it, Neo. ’Orange Glow’ is usually a variegated plant which occasionally will throw a pup without variegations; this is why the addition of NOVAR to the name, meaning that it’s still ‘Orange Glow’ but with NO VARiegation.

All the best, Nev.

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 19, 2012
4:45 AM

Post #9211012

Shirley gotta love that little mini neo I’ve seen some dark one’s but that take the cake (sure you did not air brush it!!!!)
Nev some of your concentrica cross’s are quite good my pick would be No 1(how large dose it get) as for posting
A pic of N Arzac on another forum I would be more that happy to find out what it might be one way or the other.
Well done Bree on your Vr splendens, paten leaf Vriesea can seem to take forever.
Scott thanks for the kind words, what else do you grow! It would be interesting to see what’s popular in your neck of the woods.
Deadly night I think your heading for trouble I started with a single Neo Morris henry hobbs, and now have over a thousand different buggers got to be mad!!!!!! cheers
1 Neo Break of Day 2 Neophythm Galactic Warrior



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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 19, 2012
5:35 AM

Post #9211061

Breeindy, love your little baby Vr Splendens. I have given some thought to growing from seed but I don’t think I have the patience.

DeadlyNight, welcome to the forum. You will soon find yourself totally addicted to broms like the rest of the forum members … but it’s a nice addiction and not as expensive as some LOL.

Nev, my little mini is just over 6” across. Thanks for going to the trouble of trying to ID it. Lovely Vr Splendens in your pic and your Neo concentrica x Painted Lady is a beauty.

Mike, I agree, it certainly is a lovely little neo, I have never seen one as black either and no air brushing applied !!! I am not sure how much light will be required to keep the colour though. Lovely Neophytum Galactic Warrior. Another one for my wish list.

Colleen, hope you are feeling better.

My pic tonight is Vr Big Red.

Cheers, Shirley


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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 19, 2012
5:15 PM

Post #9211812

Hi everyone,

Well the rain’s stopped and it’s a beautiful sunny morning with all of the local birds singing their heads off. I hope everyone who has been unwell is now on the improve and looking forward to spending more time among their brom’s.

Shirley – Another suggestion for your unnamed dark mini comes from a N.Z. grower who says: “Could be 'Tar Baby' Nev, though leaves may look a bit wide.”

Mike – Pretty well all of the plants from that cross are around the 12” - 18” diameter except for just two which were only about 6” across. You’ve posted pic’s of two of my favourite brom’s today and the ‘Break of Day’ in my opinion is one of the best small Neo’s going around and if you grow it in maximum light (I hang mine right up under the beige shade cloth) you can even get a nice golden yellow hue through the leaves, similar to Neo. ‘Jewellery Shop’.

I couldn’t agree more with what you told “Deadly Night”, but you omitted to say that it is a chronic disease called “bromeliaditis” for which there is no cure. One can only treat the “symptoms” which entails buying more and more brom’s at every opportunity and sticking rigidly to the brom growers’ saying of “there is always room for one more”.

Shirley – You say you have given some thought to growing some brom seed but doubt you have the patience. Let me just say that it’s really very simple, well worth the trouble, inexpensive to do and very exciting as you await the results. It’s well worth a try and if you send me your Email address I can send you some notes which describe a simple method of growing them. The same offer goes for anyone else who would like to have a go. Remember that old saying, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”.

Re. the light requirements to maintain the colour in your little “black” mini, it’s a bit hard to say; I have some plants of Neo ‘Midnight’ (previously called ‘Voodoo’) which if grown in very shady conditions will remain dark but as the light is increased, more and more green appears on the foliage. On the other hand I have a very dark burgundy coloured Neo which needs bright light (almost full sun) to maintain the dark colouring. I think it’s best to watch the foliage colour closely and if it starts to change you will need to keep changing the location until you find the right spot, really a case of” trial and error”.

I’m still posting old pic’s of plants and hopefully they aren’t ones I’ve posted before. The first one today is Neoregelia ‘Mini-Con’ and as the name suggests, it looks just like a small compact version of Neo. concentrica and is only about 8” across. The second one is the ever popular Neo ‘Gold Fever’ which when grown in good light will repay you with bright colours. Third is a medium sized Vriesea called ‘Orange Sundae’ which stays in colour for some months and is just the right size to bring into the home for a bit of floral colour. Next is Neo. ‘Fairy Tale’ and finally Neo. ‘Orange Glow’ NOVAR. For those who don’t know it, Neo. ’Orange Glow’ is usually a variegated plant which occasionally will throw a pup without variegations; this is why the addition of NOVAR to the name, meaning that it’s still ‘Orange Glow’ but with NO VARiegation.

All the best, Nev.

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 20, 2012
4:57 AM

Post #9212146

Hi all, it has been a lovely day here today … finally. Another week nearly over.

We are planning on going to the local market tomorrow morning … hope to grab a bargain brom or two. Like Nev says … always room for one more.

I will attach a pic of my new babies, thanks to Breeindy. Clockwise from left (from memory) they are: Neo Decora, Neo Lila, Neo Ring Leader and neo Sun Valley, all potted up and looking good.

Till tomorrow, Shirley

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 20, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9212842

Hi everyone,

Well it’s overcast, very cold and looking like rain once again so not a very nice day after yesterday which was a "beaut".

My son and family are packing this morning as they fly out this afternoon to go back home to Bali. (I think they’ll appreciate the warm climate much more after having been here for nearly three weeks and really feeling the cold)

There’s not much to report on the brom. front this morning as I haven’t been down the yard among them in the last couple of days.

It looks like it’s just you and me today Shirley; I like the little Neo. haul you have posted; Neo. ‘Lila’ is the only one I have and it’s a beautiful Neo and certainly worth growing. Can you please post pic’s of the other three when they grow a bit and start to mature, as they display a bit of “promise” even at this early stage.

I don’t know where all of the others have got to. I know Colleen hurt her back and is probably still recovering but I’ve heard nothing of the other regulars like Sue, Tash, Jen and Wendy and Johnny, they all seem to have vanished into the ether once again. I hope their absence is due to being too busy and not because they are unwell, (maybe a “bromeliad monster” has got them!), anyway we miss you all so do drop in and let us know what’s happening.

I’ll just finish with a few more old pic’s once again; 1st is Neo ‘Apricot Nectar’, 2nd is Neo [Carcharodon x concentrica] x Self, 3rd is Neo ‘Broulee’, 4th is Neo ‘Garnish’ and 5th is Neo ‘Inferno’

All the best, Nev.

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 21, 2012
7:17 AM

Post #9213229

Looks like it's still just the two of us Nev. Hope your son and his family had a great holiday with you and a safe trip back home to Bali. You will no doubt miss them. Some nice neos in your pics, I especially like the second one (carcharodon x concentrica) x self and the fourth, Inferno.

I did buy a couple of broms this morning at the market … both of them NOIDs. It seems very few of the market sellers keep records but I thought they were lovely anyway. I will attach photos, the first is a mini neo and the second I think is a Nidularium.

Pretty windy here at the moment and a bit chilly and it’s getting late so I should head off to bed.

G’night, Shirley




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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 21, 2012
3:54 PM

Post #9213675

HI everyone,

Well the family has gone home again and we now have our house back. It was nice to have them home for a while and we look forward to it every year, but it’s still good to get our house back and run it just to suit ourselves (both “old farts”)

Shirley – They’re two nice looking little plants you picked up yesterday. It’s a bit early to say for sure but I think the Nid could be Nid. ‘Ruby Lee’ which when grown in good light (not full sun) will give beautiful colour.

As for sellers keeping records, I had an old friend who sold brom’s at the markets and although he had an extensive named collection, he never had names on the plants he sold, and when I asked him why, he said that 99% of buyers didn’t worry about a name anyway and if they really wanted to know they could ask and he could tell them so why go to the trouble of writing a name tag for 1% of your customers?

Still raining down here, there was a little window between the rain yesterday and I was able to get some pic’s of Bill. ‘Kip’ pup which was flowering prematurely which will hopefully help Mike in identifying his plant one way or the other. The other is Nid. ‘Ruby Lee’ just so Shirley can see what her pup may turn out like.

All the best, Nev.



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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 21, 2012
4:24 PM

Post #9213685

I have been missing out on some beautiful pics of broms, haven't I. Not a lot happening here with the darker days taking colour out of my broms and the cold burning some of the leaves. It leaves the plants very un-photogenic. Nice to come in and enjoy the ones posted here. Nev, you are showing some really lovely plants, as always.

Shirley, I get plants named or not because I like them. Nice to have the names, but NOID is fine by me too.

Hello everyone else. Hope you are having a really lovely weekend.
Karen

Anyone want some milkweed bugs?

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 22, 2012
6:20 AM

Post #9214156

Hi all, well Nev and Karen anyway. Where has everyone gone???

Nev, thanks for the pic of nid Ruby Lee. I really hope it is that one … lovely colour, very pretty. I hope the rain has gone and it’s warming up down your way. We have had a lovely weekend weatherwise.

Karen, that is a lot of bugs … hope they don’t bite !!!

My pics tonight are a couple of different hybrid vrieseas, probably Fosteriana

Till tomorrow, Shirley


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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 22, 2012
2:21 PM

Post #9214732

Im still here...
NEV can i use weak orchid fertilizer on my baby seedlings?
I think i may have another of them pups i sent shirley if you liked any of them. I could swap you for something.
My Ach. Orlandiana 'dark form'?

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 22, 2012
2:26 PM

Post #9214738

Hello all, Nev, Mike, the international visitors and all the ladies! sorry I've been AWOL. lots been happening. I finished my F-I-L house, came home for three days then off to Qld to deliver a bike, and catch up with a friend while there. I've also squeezed in a skylight in the kitchen in that time and have begun a renovation on the old fernery, which entails deconstruction of the overhead treated timber and removal of the green, holey, lichen covered shade cloth! Not to mention, I left my little tablet computer behind at my F-I-L's and it took a little bit over a week to get it sent back up to me, and I have no luck visiting DG in the big PC.
Anyway, here I am, and I must say I've really enjoyed seeing all the wonderful brom pics that everyone is sharing. I don't have any on uploaded or taken on this little contraption, but will look for some to shoot today. I also have to find the setting that shows the most realistic colours, as I can't get my hand in front of this camera, as well as holding it and getting the focus. I can still upload photos from my digital camera, if all else fails.
I commiserate with you Karen, as I have the exact same problem as you with the big gums and shade. I also have my clothesline strategically placed to get the 11am-2pm sun in winter. My brom house gets it a bit earlier, so I manage to keep some good colour in the Neos.
Colleen, I hope you are beginning to feel a bit of ease in your back by now, and am glad you have such good help from those around you.
Wendy, I hope all is well with you and Johnny? Or is your computer on the fritz?
Jen, where are you? I am sure you must have some nice pics to share? I am sorry I did not get to visit with you last week, but I promise I will get back up there as soon as I can!
Bree, you have been posting some good pics recently too. I hope you pop in more often and keep us amused with some more. I can't talk, as i can be very random! But I am going to try to be more regular with my DG visits.
Nev, glad you are back on board and doling out the advice again. That will ensure everyone is on the right track! heh heh. And such nice pickies too!
Tash, thanks for the new thread. I knew you'd have a nice shot to open with. I'll do the next one if I find a picture worthy of it, but also, if anyone else would like a go, don't hesitate, and either tash or myself can Dmail you with instructions.
Hi to Shirley and thanks for keeping Nev company! heh heh, and also welcome to DeadlyNight (rather scary name though) You will find our support group does nothing to discourage the addiction!
Sue

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 23, 2012
12:40 AM

Post #9215186

Hi everyone,

Well once again it looks like just Shirley, Karen and I – Where has everyone else gone? They can’t all be sick; most probably hibernating. I heard from Colleen yesterday and her back is gradually coming good so hopefully we’ll see more of her in the future, but what of the other regulars????????

The rain has stopped here, but there’s still that very, very, cold “cutting“ south west breeze coming from the snowfields and it certainly feels like ice. I saw snow and ice once and never want to see it again thanks; I personally don’t know what people see in it, and I’m strictly a “warm weather” man myself.

Shirley – Once again you’ve posted two nice plants and as you say probably Vr. fosteriana seedlings as there has been a lot of breeding going on with that particular plant and with Vrieseas in general. Jack Koning from Port Macquarie N.S.W. has been breeding some beautiful colours into his hybrids and I think his plants are up there with the world’s best.

I still haven’t got around to taking any new pic’s and I’m out all day today at various appointments and a brom society committee meeting so don’ expect to take any today either, so I guess it’s back once again to the old files. Just for a change I’ll post a few pic’s of the brom’s in my garden, and hope you like them.

All the best, Nev.

P.S. Just home from the meeting and still after three attempts to post pic’s DG won’t let me attach them so I’ll have to try again tomorrow.

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 23, 2012
4:51 AM

Post #9215260

Hi everyone,

Breeindy, good to see you’re still around. Love that Ae Orlandiana dark form … sensational colour.

Sue, good to see you back, sounds like you have been really busy. Hope to see some nice brom photos soon.

Nev, looks like you missed Breeindy and Sue’s posts earlier today. Sorry to hear it’s so cold down there but at least the rain has gone. I agree with you as far as being a ‘warm weather’ creature. As for snow … I have never seen snow but I dislike the cold and I am quite happy to get my ‘snow fix’ from photographs or TV programs.

My photos tonight are 1. Unnamed Cryptanthus and 2. Edmundoi lindenii

Bye for now, Shirley


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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 23, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9216060

Hi Shirley, I think your first Cryptanthus is bivattatus. I must admit, I find it very hard to see much variation in most of the Cryptanthus genus, and I also have trouble keeping them alive. They kick along, looking well for a couple of years, and then just collapse. Your other plant grows into quite a large one! I have the variegated form, which has taken awhile to look nice, but has some size on it now. I'll have to take a pic.
The weather is pretty ordinary here right now, but hopefully it will clear a little bit to make the day a little more pleasant.
My other photo is of xNeophytum 'Firecracker' and the third is Aechmea orlndiana with a Tillandsia streptophylla above. Its finished flowering, but it has a couple of pups growing to replace it. I am hoping for seed, but doesn't appear to be any swelling of the pods yet.
Sue

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

July 23, 2012
3:01 PM

Post #9216075

Hi everyone. Am starting to feel a bit better. Lovely pics everyone. I am so grateful that the broms are able to look after themselves and we've had some nice showers of rain so they're all okay. Colleen
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 23, 2012
4:20 PM

Post #9216185

Hi all. Colleen, so pleased you are recovering, but still be careful. Backs are so touchy, so make sure you build up the strength in it slowly before trying anything too adventurous.

Sue, that Firecracker is a lovely colour, very eyecatching. Hope all is well there with you.

Shirley, I have that cryptanthus too. It is sort of more brownish now but started out green. It has multiplied like crazy. I don't have a current pic, so will have to take some. But the pic below is it when I first planted it a couple of years ago.

Those milk weed bugs are still there. They don't seem to do anything, not even eat. I've read up on them, and from what I've read, there is no need to destroy them as they are harmless. Just the sheer numbers though is amazing. They are all over the fence and pot plants too in their hundreds.

Take care everyone
Karen


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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 23, 2012
6:55 PM

Post #9216382

Hi everyone,

Good to see the regulars back again, but still no Wendy or Jen, I hope they're not sick

Breeindy - I'll send you a D-Mail about the swap.

Sue - Good to see you back again and look forward to seeing more pic's from you. I'm happy to have a go at trying to start a new thread as long as you can send me some "simple instructions for idiots", I mean, if I stuff it up I can always call out for "help" can't I?

Shirley - Nice pic's!... I love the little Cryptanthus but unfortunately they're a plant I never have any luck with and as for your Edmundoa, well there are a few different forms of these (see http://fcbs.org/pictures.htm... and just tab down to "Photo Index" and then "Edmundoa" to see the different forms. Lucky you! What you have there is Edmundoa 'Alvim Seidel' which is albo-marginated and probably the best form of the lot.

Sue - That's a really nice plant of Neophytum 'Firecracker' but the name for the fist one puzzles me a bit as it doesn't look much like a Cryptanthus to me as it seems far too large.

Well I've been playing around with resizing the pic's and I'm going to again try and post the pic's I wasn't able to post yesterday so here goes.

All the best, Nev.

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shellharbour
Australia

July 23, 2012
7:03 PM

Post #9216389

Hi again everyone,

I've been having so much trouble trying to post the pic's I didn't read the last two entries.

Colleen - Glad to see you're back with us again and I can only echo Karen's advice of taking it easy and being careful as it doesn't take much to stir the back up again while it's still healing.

Karen - That's a nice basket of Cryptanthus you've posted. They're nice healthy looking plants but I'm surprised they look so good in a basket as I've always been told they like a much damper environment than they would be getting there. Maybe I've been listening to the wrong people and reading the wrong books!

I'll now post the final pic that I didn't post in the previous post, (must get in my quota of five you know)

All the best, Nev.

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

July 23, 2012
8:23 PM

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Hi again everyone. Am taking it very easy. Thanks for all the concern. Have just taken some pics in the SH. Nothing new just a different angle. All still looking good. Colleen

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 24, 2012
12:47 AM

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These are what i have to swap...Wild Gossip, Sun Valley, Ring Leader, Stars and Bars, Concentica x Heart Music.

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 24, 2012
12:50 AM

Post #9216549

this one was tagged MS hybrid and theres Old Love Letters.

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 24, 2012
12:52 AM

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This is the mother of Stars and Bars. You think thats what it really is?
Then the pup i have to swap.

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 24, 2012
5:44 AM

Post #9216658

Hi everyone,

Thanks Sue for the ID on the cryptanthus. Love your neophytum Firecracker.

Colleen, great to hear you are feeling better. You certainly have some lovely vrieseas. I have always favoured neos but vrieseas are catching up fast, there are so many really stunning hyrids around at the moment. Do you find they require more care than the neos.

Karen, my cryptanthus grows really well too and multiplies like mad. Must be a tough little fella as I have had it for years and at times I must admit it has suffered neglect.

Nev, thanks for the info on Edmundoa. Nics pics of your garden too.

Breeindy, those are great looking broms, especially Stars and Bars.

Has anyone heard from Wendy at all, hope everythings OK ??

My pics tonight are Vr Kiwi Dusk, Vr Kiwi Cream pup and my recently acquired Vr Kiwi Sunset pup.

Bye for now, Shirley


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perke_patch

July 24, 2012
6:52 AM

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Hi all.
I usually try to catch up on the reading but I've been awol for over a week. no reason. just over the computer and fb basically. I've just been reading then turning off and doing puzzles and watching TV. haven't even thought to switch over to dg. last few times I checked there was nothing happening. we've been busy mainly because our mentor Phyllis Hobbs fell and broke her hip so at first we were visiting her in hospital and now she is home someone has to help her up and down the stairs. she has a split level home so 3 different levels all with stairs between. any 1 level is not really suitable to live in but ... anyway first day she made it downstairs she couldn't get back up that night and had to spend the night in her lounge chair so early next morning I had to rush down there to help her back upstairs. Couldn't be done by just Sue and me so we had to phone ambos to help. we set up 2 rooms upstairs for her to live in now. when we visit we go upstairs to her sunroom/spare bedroom. otherwise she spend time in her bedroom with TV etc all set up for her up there. we have to help her up and down stairs for doctors appts though. always something to do.
Johnny has also been unwell with flu. his immune system doesn't provide any help for him to ward off these things so he picks up everything. any I can't make him rest and allow his body to heal. so I'm living with the mongrel bear from the eastern suburbs. just ask Jen. hahaha. not much getting done in the garden. we just potter around a bit but spend a lot of time downstairs where the sun comes in during winter. luckily the potting table is in a patch of sunshine most of the day.
Shirley those new NOID plants you posted picks of, I think the nidularium is tapestry. I thought your mini neo was actually vr guttata. it has the spots like that. is it a soft leaf or a harder neo type leaf? love all the other pics posted.
I have a lot of new plants and have lots of pictures but I haven't uploaded any for quite a few days. I'll try to find something new to post a pic of for you all. I recently added a lot of cryptanthas to my collection. one I really love is called wirley gig (see pic 1) there were 2 in the pot crowding each other so I split them and made 2 pots allowing them to both spread out and show their best shape. pic 2 is another one called goldie langdon.
I won't try to upload any more as it will probably crash and I'll lose it all.
I'll finish with saying welcome back Nev. we've all missed you and your coversations. welcome to all the new people from OS.
well time for bed again. can't wait for winter to be over. I also hate the cold.
Night all
Wendy

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 24, 2012
1:16 PM

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Hi everyone,

It’s good to see a lot of the regulars posting once again and I’m really enjoying all of the pictures.

Colleen – Pleased to hear you back is finally on the mend at last and at least you are now able to get out and around your plants, and as you say, it’s great that the brom’s can look after themselves when we’re not well.
I like the group pic’s of your Vrieseas, what’s the name of the plant on the left of Vr. Megan it’s quite nicely coloured?

Breeindy – That’s a nice lot of pic’s you’ve posted and I tried to send you a D-Mail to say which ones I would like to swap but got a message saying “due to the amount of “spam” being sent I would have to wait another 24 hours”. However I would be interested in swapping ‘Ring Leader’, ‘Stars and Bars’, Decora, Concentrica x ‘Heart’s Music’ and ‘Old Love Letters’. If you send me an email I can send you up my swap list.

Shirley - Nice pic’s of your “Kiwis”; there are some nice plants in that lot. I bought the same trio when they first became available but have found that the Kiwi ‘Cream’ is a bit “touchy” to grow down here.

The other two grow like weeds for me but I almost lost the Kiwi ‘Cream’. It put up a flower spike with about five flowers on it and more or less straight after all the leaves started dying. I had written it off and put it in an area of the garden with some old Neo “mums” and when I saw it again some months later it had a pup, so here’s hoping it does better this time around. I have heard from other growers that it can be a bit “fussy” with its requirements and does need lots of space and good air circulation so maybe my plant could have been a victim of overcrowding on the bench, because at that stage I was short of space.

Wendy – Thanks for the “welcome back” and it’s good to see you back and posting again. I don’t visit Face Book any more as I found it a bit boring and more of a “gossip column” than a brom site, but then that’s just my opinion and I know others who can’t live without it; all I can say is they lead pretty sad lives. Both times my computer crashed with viruses they were traced back to Face Book so now I’m staying well clear. I’m still getting email reminders that there is info I would be interested in, but I’m not willing to risk another “crash”. I do miss my brom friends though, but I don’t miss the gossip and sometimes “bitchiness”.

I’m glad to hear you are looking after your friend with the broken hip, it gives you a nice feeling when you help someone doesn’t it? Every time I pick up the news paper these days there’s always someone new who’s a “hero”. I personally think it’s the people like you and Johnny and thousands like you who are helping others that are the heroes, but they never seem to even get a mention because all the work they do is behind the scenes.
Sorry to hear Johnny has been unwell, these rotten flu bugs can be hard to shake even without a weakened immune system. I let my doctor talk me into “Flu Vax” this year and have been coughing and generally feeling “rotten” ever since and that’s five weeks ago and I’m now asking myself, is it really worth it?

Wendy, you mention Nid ‘Tapestry’, I don’t know that one and have never seen it nor can I find it on the BCR or the FCBS site, do you have a pic you could post?
They’re nice Crypts; I especially like the markings on the second one, very eye catching.

Now for a few pic’s to finish with. The other day I posted a pic of Nid Ruby Lee for Shirley, that old pic didn’t really do the plant justice so here’s a better one, second is Neo. ‘Sarmentosa’ x ‘Cracker Jack’, 3rd is Neo. ‘Midnight Moment’, 4th is a Neo ‘Thunderbid x Self seedling just starting to colour up and 5th is Neo ‘Watsonia’ which unfortunately was the victim of a falling twig from the Peppercorn Tree and as they used to say in the cartoons years ago, “That’s all folk”.

All the best, Nev.


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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 24, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #9217115

Nev- you have sent me your list before, ill pick a few off it and you let me know if you'd swap them, i just need a chance to look throught it.
I don't think i have anymore Decoras though. I'll dmail you. thanks!
Aztec

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 24, 2012
3:58 PM

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morning campers! does anyone remember that show? can't recall the name of it.
Nev, the first pic was Edmundoa lindenii variegata. I only ID'd the Crypt and mention the photo further down the post. I had Alvim seidel but hes living with someone else now. A much darker green plant, and huge! Your gardens are looking very neat and colourful. Are they recent pics or are you still delving into the older files! I must get out and take some too. Yesterdays pics were taken 10 minutes before posting, so maybe I'll go get a few now?
Wendy, I'm not sure, but I think Nid 'Tapestry' (thats your pet name for it isn't it?) might be a form of Nid 'Rubens' as it is very similar. Does your tapestry have long stolons?
Your golden crypt looks nice, and is at least a different colour than the usual. Say hi to Johnny for me, and hope he recovers fromhis cold before it drives you to distraction.
Karen, i have never seen those bugs before. I wonder what they find so appealing about the plant they are on?
Colleen, your collection is looking great. It must be one of the biggest in SA by now? heh heh . Or at least its on its way to being the biggest.
Bree, I think your stars and bars is probably correct. I had one and didn't find it to be all that eye catching, so sold it on. Theres only so much room and I prefer the brighter and better marked ones. I must admit, I never fully matured it, but it was close, and still didn't seem to appeal to me.
So, my first pic is Vriesea ospinae, finally blooming!
second pic is my bromeliad bird in the shadehouse
third pic is Portea kermesina almost fully in bloom
and the forth is a rather large flowering Guzmania, which I think is G. 'Optima' ?
Sue

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 24, 2012
11:11 PM

Post #9217665

After another painful session at the dentist, I'm feeling a bit "off" today. The needles don't work on that tooth. I wonder why.

The first pic is that same cryptanthus I posted above, only now a couple of years old.
Next is Crypt. Fosteranus
3rd is a pink noid that is turning green from the lack of sun
4th is a tiny crypt nicely coloured pinks.

Happy days
Karen

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 25, 2012
2:44 AM

Post #9217702

Ok so i have a few pictures of when my adult Broms flowered and there now neally had it and i cant tell which was which. Which is Ring Leader, Purple Surprise and Tiger?
Ok ive worked out 1 is a Gespacho pup 2 is a Tiger pup 3 is Tiger mature, 4 is Gespacho mature and 5 is Ring Leader.

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 25, 2012
3:35 AM

Post #9217710

Hello everyone,

Wendy, good to hear from you, was beginning to wonder if something was amiss. Johnny needs to be really careful and take it easy after having the flu. We know two people with the ‘flu’ bug, both have been hospitalised and are still really sick. You will have to hogtie him and make him rest especially with a dodgy immune system. You should slow down a bit too or you may end up crook as well.

And thanks for the info on my new NOIDs. I reckon the one I thought was a mini neo is vr Guttata as you said. It does have nice soft leaves and no bitey bits.

Nev, nice pics again.

Sue, that’s a good looking Vr Ospinae. I have had one for quite a while but it has never done very well and doesn’t appear to be growing at all.

Karen, nice crypts, I like the stripey one in the second pic (Fosteranus) and the pink NOID too.

Bree, do you know the names of the neos in the fourth and fifth pics you posted?

I'm just about running out of photos again … time to buy some new broms !!!

Anyway, tonight’s pics are Neo Hearts Misic x Grace Darling and yet another NOID neo.

Bye, Shirley

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

July 25, 2012
3:54 AM

Post #9217715

Hi all. Great pics everyone. Am getting stronger everyday thanks everyone. Nev the Vriesea is Vr "snows of manuakea X speckles. Sue, I think I still have a way to go to beat some of the collectors. One person has 2 SHs in Renmark just up the road so I would say that he has more than me and another woman who got in touch with me from Adelaide said she has 1500 so I'm only a beginner I think. Still very cold here and I don't think the sun showed it's face today. Have a great night everyone. Colleen

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perke_patch

July 25, 2012
6:43 AM

Post #9217853

Hi everyone.
Karen the crypt in the 4th pic (pink outline) is marion oppenheimer. I have 2 forms of that one a small and a larger form.
Shirley if you want to try growing from seed I have some from aechmea tillandsiodies. it is a grassy type plant that is a fast grower. we have a good clump now and there always seems to be one of them flowering at all times. I think from the day I got it I have been collecting seed from it. I could break the clump up but I've put down 2 lots of seed now in a tray of 1inch seedling squares. I'll just pot up each square as is instead of thinning out 1x1. the way they are growing I think they will be full sized in a year. Emily is even growing some. she collects the purple seed pods and even squeezes them into the sieve and puts them in the sun to dry out. she knows exactly what to do. we found the sieve full of seed after she'd gone. lucky she left a little pile of the outer shells so I knew what they were. anyhow let me know if you want to try some.
Colleen I'm glad your back is getting better now. They can be so unpredictable can't they? the most simple movement and you can drop to the floor unable to move. you know vacuuming is the hardest task on backs? that's what I was told when I did my back. the physio showed me how to do that job with the least amount of pressure on the back. you have to bend the knees and move the body back and forth from the knees not from the hips. easier not to do it so maybe a job for the boys LOL. I'd imagine making the bed is another hard one too.
I'm into the pitcairnias now. for such a plain looking grassy plant they can have some stunning infloresences that last and last. good showy plant. I've just placed an order for 46 packets of seed tonight. some are for Jen and some for Andrew but at least half are pitcairnias for me. I'm hooked. So between tillandsias, cryptanthus and now pitcairnias I'm pretty busy although not much to do for any of those really. they can be left to clump up.
Anyhow time for bed once again.
Night all
Wendy
Pics are some new additions to the billbergias 1 is medowie gift and 2 satin supreme. 3. dark ladd

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 25, 2012
5:05 PM

Post #9218658

Shirley im pretty sure my 4th and 5th pictures are Gespacho and Ring Leader(which i gave you).

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 25, 2012
5:15 PM

Post #9218684

Nev- im pretty sure this is my Concentrica x Hearts Music, Ring Leader, Stars and Bars and Old Love Letters

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 25, 2012
7:16 PM

Post #9218811

Hello on a grey but dry day.

Wendy, I knew you had given me the name marion oppenheimer before and it is on file. I was just too lazy to look it up. I took all those pics yesterday. So thank you again. And I agree, both of you should be taking it easy . This is not the season to be jolly, or to work too hard.

Had a wander among my broms this morning, and none look too hard done by, just some colour lost and a bit of leaf burn here and there. Could be much worse considering the neglect.

Some lovely neos here today too. For colour, they are truly amazing plants.

Karen
perke_patch

July 26, 2012
4:32 AM

Post #9219055

hi everyone. we had a lovely day today trying to catch a feed of whiting for tea. unfortunately we tried everwhere we could think of but only caught 1 keeper and lots of littles. however there was a professional fishing crew over there towing 6 boats o nets so the area is constantly thoroughly raped of anything that moves. there is so much green zone out there that the few spots left over are not enough to sustain pros and recreational fisherman as well. there must have been 15 - 20 different boats all in a small area playing musical boats drifting down and motoring back up the front again. not sure if anyone else was catching. we did see lots of dolphins and turtles so it was nice in the warm watery sun until the cloud covered up late this afternoon and the surface chopped up a bit. until then it was like gliding on a glass surface.

anyway we didn't do anything in the yard this morning other than collect a bit more vrisea seed before it blew everywhere. it was vr angela x forrest so should be some very nice babies in that lot. tomorrow is my first day in a new walking group so I must be off to bed early to build up my energy hahahah.

I took some new photos today to upload for you all tonight but alas I'm on the big computer so I could prnt out a couple of things and didn't remember that I can't upload pics on here, so I'll have to keep them for when the laptop is turned on to download and save to a memory stick. don't you hate technology. can never have everything working perfectly can we?

Pic 1 is nid tapestry, pic 2 is vulcan and pic 3 is ruby lee

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 26, 2012
6:29 AM

Post #9219167

Hi everyone, just a quick post tonight … it’s been a long day.

Colleen, pleased to hear you are feeling better.

Wendy, I wouldn’t mind trying some of your seed. I reckon if 7 year old Emily can do it, I can probably do it too … mind you, the seed will have to come with instructions (for dummies). And since you are now into pitcairnias, tillandsias and cryptanthus, I would be happy to take some of your neos and vrieseas off your hands. Just thinking of you, of course, and saving you some time and effort in looking after them all. Lovely billbergias in your pics too, it’s just that the angle’s a bit rough on the neck. Also, sounds like you had a nice relaxing day today even if you didn’t get too many fish. Hope Johnny is feeling better.

Breeindy, thanks for the ID on your brom pics.

Karen, good to hear your broms are not doing too badly. At least we seem to be over the worst of the winter. I for one, am really looking forward to Spring.

Well, that's it for me, G'night
Shirley

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 26, 2012
2:03 PM

Post #9219643

good morning. Birds are singing, no wind is raging, and we had a drop of rain overnight to wash the dust off. The fernery renovation is going well, and I have a whole day to devote to it today. I am a bit tired though, as I couldn't sleep last night, for ideas, and woke early ith the same ideas fighting in my head, so I am up and about to make ANOTHER list and prepare some more drawings and plans. I have decided to ask the experts about my ideas on irrigation, as it has always been a bit hit and miss in the past, and while I have the opportunity to start again, I might as well get it right!
Anyway...Wendy, sounds like you had a nice day out even though the fish were scarce. Seems to be the way of it now. I can't see alot of difference in your Tapestry and Vulcan, is it in the flower? Vulcan looks alot my Rubens. I must go look them up and see if they are in the registry?
Karen, I too am happy about the way the broms can look after themselves. Of all the plants I have, they are the least time consuming. That means for you, no guilt if you can't get to thm momentarily!
Shirley, what a nice eclectic mix of plants there! I even spotted the Kale! I hope your day was a good long one, and not a disastrous long one? Its a bit hard to tell through the written word. I hope today is not so long for you:) Spring will be welcome here too, but I must admit, I am enjoying the respite from the vigorous growth in spring and summer, and the weeds have slowed somewhat, which gives me time to do other chores, and the garden is looking quite nice. I must go look in my old DG diary and see what pictures I have in there. Much will be out of date now!
Hi Nev, Colleen, Mike, Bree and anyone else looking in.
Sue
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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 26, 2012
2:17 PM

Post #9219656

oh Leos so cute, is it a staffy?
Camelot Nev sent me.
Pot of Gold.
Treasure Chest is looking really nice and shiny red.
Maona Beauty and an unknown one which looks like Maona Beauty but redder in colour. As you can see i like reds. hehe!

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 26, 2012
4:38 PM

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Bree, I love the reds too. The brighter the colour, the more I'm drawn to the plant. Again, lovely neo's there.

Sue, good luck with the irrigation plans. Does pay to get expert advice, but one has to wonder about the "experts" sometimes. Goodness, Leo almost gets dwarfed by those Alcantareas.

Shirley, hope your day goes well and that you got a good night's sleep last night.

Wendy, I do love those nids. They have such lovely colour to them. I have Tapestry and Ruby Lee which are 2 of the best I've seen, but I must admit, I haven't seen many nids around.

Hello Colleen, Nev, and everyone else who pops in.
Karen
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 26, 2012
8:15 PM

Post #9219977

Hi everyone,

Only a short visit today as I'm feeling a bit crook after picking up a gut bug two days ago and have already lost 1.5kg. I know I need to loose some weight but I could think of better ways to do it. It makes you so weak all I want to do is sit around and do nothing.

Anyway I contacted Jack Koning a "brom friend" of mine who is a Vriesea breeder from Port Macquarie and he has kindly given me permission to post pic's of some of his beautiful Vriesea hybrids. These ones are all named after ladies and I'm sure you'll all enjoy them.

1 is Aussie Beauty 'Debbie', 2 is Aussie Beauty 'Julia', 3 is Aussie Beauty 'Eden', 4 is Aussie Beauty 'Kerry' and 5 is 'Melissa Dilling'

All the best, Nev.

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 27, 2012
7:07 AM

Post #9220265

Hello everyone, just a quick one tonight … I meant to post earlier.

The wind is blowing here tonight and it’s quite cool. We got a storm this arvo out of the blue and a little bit of rain.

Sue, I had to move quite a few of my broms out of the shadehouse while Michael does a bit of paving in there. They are scattered around the place, some of them sharing space with my succulents. The move was supposed to be only for a couple of days … but … hopefully, I will get them back where they belong soon. Apart from being rather untidy, they are not getting enough light where they are at the moment.

My day was a long one (literally) as a result of an early morning start and a late night finish … nothing disastrous … just lots to fit in. Much the same today … I really need to get an early night.

Bree, nice brom pics.

Karen, a good night’s sleep sounds great … will have to try that LOL !!!

Nev, hope you are feeling better. Those are gorgeous vrieseas, love No 5 ‘Melissa Dilling’. I’m very partial to the ‘pinkish’ vrieseas.

Does anyone know the name of the bill in my photo.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 27, 2012
2:02 PM

Post #9220695


Hello again
Hi Bree, Yes Leo is one of a pair of Staffys. we have mother and Son. I don't know why Lily missed out on the photo, because usually where there is one, there is the other. Your red broms are gorgeous. I have a Treasure Chest looking lovely at the moment too, an inheritance from Leisa.
Karen, the 'so called' irrigation expert was a disappointment. He talked over me very rapidly when I was trying to explain the set up, then told me to use what has worked in the past, so I ended up with micro jets again. I just thought there might have been a ore efficient way to get water to the benches, as I try not to water the aisles, which encourages weeds. Anyway, it is installed, but I haven't turned it on yet. I also put taps in each section so I can adjust them individually, and I haven't't added the micro jets to one section untill I see how it works on the others. I discovered the hair dryer makes putting the fittings together much easier, just direct the heat at the pipe for a few moments then push the fittings in.
I am attaching most of the shade cloth today, and then removing the old timber. I left them up so I had something to stand on while attaching the cloth.
Nev, sorry to hear you are under the weather. just go with it and do nothing. Rest and fluids! Thanks for the pics of Jacks Vrieseas, and if any of you get down near Port, try to go and see him, as there is so much variety, and Jack is very happy to share his knowledge in bromeliads and their breeding.
Shirley, glad to hear your long day was exactly that and not something more sinister. We had a bit of a storm last night, I wonder if it was the same one travelling south? looks to be a nice day again, so fingers crossed. The Glenreagh timber fest is on today, so Hopefully they will get good weather. I quite liked your mix of pots, and didn't think they looked untidy at all. I've just recently started to mix my collections, and now have orchids, succulents and bonsais together in the one area. I'm afraid I don't know what your Billy might be, but it has nice spots! I have a few and one or two might be similar, but they can have such different coloring when grown differently.
I'd better get up and start my day. Happy gardening weekend everyone, and get well nev!
Sue
pic is cleared out fernery

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

July 27, 2012
5:38 PM

Post #9220876

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all fit and well. Still not 100% myself yet so just a few more of Jack’s pic’s today.

All the best, Nev.

1 is ‘Southern Cross’, 2 is ‘Yellow Moon’, 3 is ‘Michelle Cameron’, 4 is ‘Lemon Sorbet’ and 5 is ‘Kakadu Sunrise’

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 29, 2012
12:30 AM

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Hi Nev, sorry you're still not on top of the world, lets hope you get well very soon. thanks for the pics. V. 'Yellow Moon' would be my favourite. I keep telling Jack I like those yellow ones, but I don't think its easy to get yellows in them.
I finished the fernery renovations yesterday, and now just need to fit out with benches and a little bit more gravel, and then my sales area is all ready to go. Then I just have to fill it! Its a bit cold to propagate anything much, but there are a few simple plants I can get going, such as succulents. I am looking forward to the return of the warmer weather so I can do a few cuttings of this and that.
Anyway, today I did a bit of cleaning up, putting away tools and storing all the timber from the old fernery, for use to build bridges over a few mucky spots in the yard (maybe I'll start them next week...not)
I'll leave you with a couple of pics of the new bunker
Sue

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

July 29, 2012
1:06 AM

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Hi everyone no I hadn't forgotten about this site but have been a bit busy. Thanks Nev for the close up pic’s of bill Kip I'm not convinced that my plant is the same as yours will need to compare flowers, (growing conditions might explain the difference in colour but not the sliver banding on the underside of the leaf) have posted another pic of said plant, I hope Everone is doing well to many post to catch up on, some very nice plants have been posted by all some of Koning’s vriesea’s are real stunners.
your right about the yellow vriesea's Sue hard to come by, nice green house as well
1 bill noid 2 Neo fire ball and freinds Cheers

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 29, 2012
1:17 AM

Post #9222072

Hi all, I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. It has been soooo cold here the last couple of days and it’s probably worse for those of you who live further south.

Nev and Colleen (and anyone else who is crook) hope things are looking up for you.

Nev, more gorgeous vrieseas … LOVE ‘EM.

Sue, your fernery looks great … is that white shadecloth ?

I guess everyone is busy watching the Olympics … so I’ll look for some green and gold broms to post.

Bye for now, Shirley


Neo Jewellery shop pup / ae blanchetiana


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perke_patch

July 29, 2012
4:03 AM

Post #9222101

Hi everyone. facebook is playing up again. last night I gave up on it and turned the computer off before I thought about dg. anyway I sat in my office with my feet up and watched a heap of episodes of mastershef right up to the finale. I enjoyed sitting with my feet up doing nothing but watch tv. it was 1:30 by the time I got into bed. LOL

anyway I've given up on fb and back on the laptop. I've done a bit of uploading of photos and named them, organised into folders by genera etc. I still have to update my spreadsheet with all the new plants over the last 4 or 5 months. yep I'm that far behind in updating. I don't think I'll even try to update the pups taken off in that time. I haven't even been recording them in the notebook. only entering newbies but even that makes quite a few pages of names to be entered. I want to try to pull the plants together again so all the same one are in the same place. might even make dedicated areas like under the stairs which is a bit darker would make a good nidularium area. but then again in summer the sun can come through the stairs so not so dark then. hmm what to do.

the pics are 2 of the pitcairnias I got from Ross Little.1 is flammea and 2 is smithiorum. this should show you why I have taken to them. flowers can last for a long long time too.

Nev hope you feel better soon. Johnny is not well again. flu made a come back after our day of fishing. propably would have been better if I'd taken my shoes off and got my feet wet instead of him. he even spent most of today sleeping so that should tell you how unwell he is. And apparently Jen is also unwell with the flu. not even up to coming to the phone apparently although I haven't tried to phone. if she feels like Johnny she is probably resting up and napping.
Wendy

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perke_patch

July 29, 2012
4:34 AM

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the kids visited yesterday and I have to share with you the argument we had with Emily. Rylee was playing with a bucket of blocks which included the magnetic letters. she pulled out an E and we said that was E for Emily. Em came back with E was not for Emily, M is for Emily. we couldn't convince her that her name starts with E. she finally said to Pa. "listen the first sound you hear is M for Mlee"

By the way Shirley, Emily is 4 1/5 not 7. She is going to daycare 2 days a week and they are obviously learning about initial sounds at the moment for spelling words.

Sue love the new shadehouse. will make a very good sales area. you amaze me the things you take on and manage to complete ... renovating a house, demolishing and rebuilding a shadehouse. you are so clever. would you like to go to Hervey Bay and do the yard up at my parents house so it can go on the market? Don't know when Johnny will be able to get there to do it. Between infusions and hospital visits we can't seem to get there to do it.

Better be off to bed as an early start in the morning for clinic at 9am at PAH. Night all
Wendy

Pics are the fosterellas we have flowering at the moment. these are old pics of them but same as the ones now. 1 is elata and 2 is spectabilis.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 29, 2012
2:58 PM

Post #9222739


Good morning. A brisk 7 degrees here this morning. Think I'l stay indoors till 9am when the sun gets a bit of warmth in it!
Nice to see you back Mike, and don't those fireball look lush! I've had some in the garden for yonks and they haven't done much of anything. B. 'kip' looks gorgeous. Of course, I know nothing about it, but I can see why you would keep that in your collection!
Shirley, its beige/biscuit coloured cloth, and until you asked, I didn't realise how white it looks in the photos. The old cloth was green, and as its in a shady spot most of he winter, I wanted to get more light in there. Possibly, I might have to put a extra layer up in the middle of summer, but I am thinking that as there is so much height, I might just keep a couple of large palms and ferns in there to put shade over the plants that might need it.
Hello Wendy, sorry to hear Johnny is still crook, and Jen too. I thought she had been a bit quiet around the traps. Give her a hug for me (when she is better). I was thinking about your stairway problem. Could you attach shade cloth on the underside of the stairs for summer? I love your pitcairnias, but my P. flammea is completely different. I'll have to send Ross a pic and ask what I've got. I do like the P. smithorium.It looks like a little one, is it? I also have fosterella spectabilis, and had fosterella albicans, which eventually rotted, but not before setting seed in every pot around it! I must go and pick a few out and pot them up, but I'll never be able to label them until I am certain! I'm afraid I can't help out in Hervey Bay, although a working holiday doesn't sound too bad right now. I imagine it would be a bit warmer there? I have plenty here to keep me busy though, and yes, the travel plans are still on the go, just can't live in limbo forever, wondering what to do, so am going on with life as usual, which involves doing things to suit myself! heh heh
Anyway, it is coffee time for me, so I'd better get my feet on the floor and start my day!
I hope all you unwell people stay warm and well rested and hopefully you will be back with us soon?
No new pics today, but I shall try and find something new to snap one or two of later.
Sue

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 30, 2012
5:11 AM

Post #9223316

Hi everyone, looks like a lot of people on the sick list … Nev, Colleen, Johnny, Jen … hope you all get better soon. Karen has been very quiet too, hope she is not crook as well.

Wendy, not sure why I thought that Emily is 7 years old rather than 4 … sorry ‘bout that. She is a very smart little girl. Hope Johnny’s hospital visit went well too.

Sue, I agree that it starts to warm up around 9.00 am, which is why I like to stay in bed till then. No wonder we never get anything done !!! I would love to be able to get things done around here as quickly as you do, but early starts have no appeal at all, especially in winter.

My pic tonight is Bill Pink Champagne

Bye for now, Shirley


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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 30, 2012
2:01 PM

Post #9223879

Morning Shirley, looks like its just us? I'm with you, 9am when I can, but sometimes I just have to get up to get things done. Today I am setting up benches in the bunker. Hubby drove me into town and we picked up half a pallet of besser blocks and sheets of mesh, so I will be putting them in place. I made a little map when I was designing the whole thing, so I know exactly where they go, and will have to cut a few in half to fit. Then I have to organise the plants in there, according to light requirements and pricing. I haven't worked that out yet, and had a hard time getting to sleep for thinking about it.
I love your B. 'Pink Champagne'! I got the same one a couple of years ago, and boy has it been slow. It was an old mum and pup, and now is two old mums and a pup, but hopefully one of the mums will throw another one or two in spring, as I'd like to see it in a clump.
I didn't take the promised photos yesterday either (slapping my own hand) I got busy moving river rocks from one place to another. Its been an ongoing job in winter, for the last three years? I should have put them in the right place the first time! I am keeping any flat ones I find, to embed in concrete pavers at a later stage.
Anyway, hope all the poor flu sufferers are feeling better today? Best wishes for you all.
I will try and find something to take a nice pic of today
Sue

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 30, 2012
2:54 PM

Post #9223934

Im here to...
doesnt take long for my Broms to colour, heres my Alcantarea imperialis rubra i got not long ago. Photos when i got it and now.

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

July 30, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9223937

Aussie Dream?
Prinsler?

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

July 30, 2012
7:59 PM

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Hi everyone. I'm still around, but have had Barry here for a few days, getting him to help with some chores that are too much for one person alone. Has been great getting it done. Managed to get my miniature peach tree out of its old split pot and into a new one with new soil. Its already showing new shoots so it was now or never. The other one has had flowers already. OK not brom stuff, but haven't done anything with my broms except spray the tillandsia wall with foliage fertilizer.

Nearlly 1pm and its up to 14C in my house. Better watch it or I might get too hot, hey. Hope all bad backs, shoulders, and flu sufferers are on the mend. Anything like that really takes it out of you, so rest up until fully recovered. Wendy, so sorry Johnny isn't recovering quickly. Will say a little prayer for healing for him.

Thanks everyone for the pretty pics. Such lovely sunshine out there, somewhere beyond the trees. Might get in the car and go find a warm spot. Take care.
Karen

Just love the stripes in this - neo. Heart's Music X Grace Darling.


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perke_patch

July 31, 2012
6:49 AM

Post #9224620

Hi everyone. nice to see all the posts.
I've spent hours tonight uploading all the pics off my camera onto the big computer. I bought a usb media card reader today so I don't have todownload to laptop, name, transfer to USB stick, move to big computer to upload and file in folders. now I can just put in the memory card and they are there on the computer. I had to name them all and file them tonight. didn't realise how often I photograph the same plants.
Pic 1 is the ae macroclamys when it started flowering back in February. I'll get a pic of the flower tomorrow as it is still looking quite nice nearly 6 months later. isn't that one worth the wait. I love aechmeas for that reason. you really get bang for your bucks ... worth the wait.
Pic 2 is cryptanthas marble green, a Margaret Paterson hybrid. it is a rabid pupper so I have a few potted up now and mum is just spitting out lots more.
Pic 3 is cryp wirley gig. I love the way this one twists and wirls. I was lucky to get a pot with 2 big plants in it so I already have 2 pots now. just waiting for some pups.

not game to upload more pics as it will proably crash. By the way Jen has been buying us plants on one of the fb forums. she gets a bit of energy and gets on the computer for an hour or so then has a bit more rest then back to check fb again. one lady has been posting pics on the forum of plants available for sale and Jen has been asking for pups for both of us so as soon as Jen is up to it I can see we'll be going back to Ipswich to pick them up. LOL

Anyway I'm off t bed now. hope these pics will upload.
Night
Wendy

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

July 31, 2012
2:22 PM

Post #9225128

good morning, glad to see a bit of action here! I'm also glad you all put photos up, because I STILL didn't get around to taking any! Today maybe? I spent a bit of time arranging besser blocks and mesh yesterday and started putting the plants back in. Some are a bit neglected and need tidying up and repotting, but its still a little cool for that kind of thing yet. According to the internet weather widget, its 5 degrees here, but that must be in town as it doesn't feel THAT cold here!
Bree, I'm not sure of the ID in your pics, but they are all lovely looking plants. Alc, imperialis rubra starts to show its best colours in winter, and if you liquid fertilise it in spring and summer, you will get very fast growth too.
Karen, aren't you lucky to get a helper. I hoe your peach tree does well? I had one that fruited every year, but the dogs were onto it and usually denuded the tree a day before the fruit was ready. Last year they ate the fruit when it was hard and green. maybe i should feed them more? Anyway, the tree is gone now, due to over watering with too much rain, so they'll have to content themselves with strawberries and mulberries this year.
Wendy, the Aechmea flower sure is a stunner. I'm glad to hear Jen is feeling better. Retail therapy obviously helps! I can't wait to see what you get. I haven't been collecting for ages now, but I actually feel like looking for something new! Its nice to have a bit of the passion returning.
Anyway, must get up and about...and feed those hungry pooches.
Hi nev, Hope today is the day when you feel up to getting into DG and back to your usual self.
Heloo to everyone else peeping in.
Sue

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

July 31, 2012
10:39 PM

Post #9225627

Hi everyone, a big ‘get well soon’ to anyone who’s feeling out of sorts.

Sue, certainly sounds like you keep busy, wish I had your energy … and the motivation too. I must remember to take the advice you gave Bree and liquid fertilise my Alc Imperialis Rubra in spring and summer to get fast growth. I guess the same would apply to Alc Silver Plum and Alc Extensor as well.

Bree, that colour looks great. Do they keep good colour thru the summer as well.

Karen, I love neo Hearts Music x Grace Darling too. Mine has 3 pups coming along nicely at the moment, I will post a pic.

Wendy, hope you and Jen get some lovely broms when you go to Ipswich.

Well, that’s it for me for today, bye for now, Shirley


First pic is neo Hearts Music x Grace Darling, second pic is neo Nelson ?





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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 1, 2012
1:53 AM

Post #9225647

Heres my Nelson..i didnt know Nelson is Pitch Black x Pitch Black.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 1, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #9226194

Hi Shirley, not sure about being full of energy, but I do find it hard to stop and relax. It can be a pain, literally, as my back muscle are weak and it doesn't take much to leave me sore, but once I get my teeth into a good project, I keep going until its done...usually.
Liquid fertiliser for all Alcs is great. You will lose some of the winter colour as the weather warms, and also when fertilising, the plant will become more green. Just a normal fert, like thrive or something, made up at half strength and applied fortnightly is sufficient, and is better than giving them nothing. Of course, if you are short of room, don't fertilise, and they will take much longer to get big!
crikey, that N. 'Nelson' has wide leaves. Is it a big plant?
I did a quick wander around the garden with the camera yesterday afternoon,and the sun was quite low, so it was a little hard to get any good photos, but I think I managed a few
first is a Neo that I believe is 'Sunday Best'?
Second is a little unnamed Neo, but he's nice and dark, a bit on the purple side.
third is Vriesea phillipo coburgii
fourth is the underside of Alc. 'Silver Plum'
And last is a bloom on Oncidium 'Sharry baby' which smells like chocolate. Yummmmm
Sue

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 1, 2012
1:37 PM

Post #9226205

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't been "pulling my weight" on this site recently, but I just haven't been up to it. I've still been admiring all of the pic's though.

Sue - I like your new shade house, you certainly don't muck around once you set your mind to do something, I could certainly use your expertise around this yard at present as I just can't get motivated and still feel so weak.

Just a couple more of Jack's Vrieseas to finish: 1: Bullion ‘Green Gold’, 2: Bushranger, 3: Bushranger ‘Most Wanted’, 4: Bushranger ‘Stand and Deliver’, 5: Comboyne Plateau

All the best, Nev.


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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 2, 2012
6:05 AM

Post #9226865

Hello everyone, very cold here the past couple of days … down to 4 degrees this morning and I had to get up early too. I have been cold all day other than for about 10 minutes I spent in the sun early this morning. Too bloody cold for me.

Bree, you certainly have great colour in your broms, your neo Nelson looks quite different to mine, they don’t even look like the same plant. I haven’t had mine long so maybe it will colour up more given better light.

Sue, thanks for the info on fertilizing Alcs. As for neo Nelson, I wouldn’t say it is a big plant, maybe medium sized and not a lot of leaves. If I get a chance tomorrow I will measure it across its widest point. Love that little unnamed neo in your second pic … rather fancy the really dark neos and your Sunday Best is another for my wish list.

Nev, hope you’re feeling better. I feel a bit fluey today myself … maybe just tired, hope so anyway. Again lovely vrieseas … wish I could take my pick … would be very difficult to pick just one though.

My pics tonight are bill Tarantella and neo Fiesta ?

Bye for now Shirley


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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 2, 2012
1:01 PM

Post #9227298

Shirley- yes my broms keep there colour in summer as well, there all in pretty much full sun so they colour quickly but there is some broms i cant keep that need shade, which i dont have in my yard.
I could be wrong but i dont think your Nelson is Nelson, its awsome though, i like it better than mine. How big is it?
Heres pics of the Nelsons on the brom society international

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 2, 2012
2:11 PM

Post #9227360

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone's fit and well. Seems like I'm going to live after all, although still a bit weak after "Mr Gastro" paid me a visit.

I have so much work to do around the yard that it's difficult to know where to start so I think I'll just compile a list of jobs to be done and list them in order of priority and start at No 1 and hopefully work through them.

I still haven't taken any new pic's so a few old file shots today, just to keep the pic's coming.

1 is Ae Blanchetiana x Eurycorymbus a very large plant which takes up quite a lot of the garden. 2 is Edmundoa Lindenii 'Rosea', 3 is Vr. Fosteriana (Large Form) this plant is almost 5' across and still growing, 4 and 5 are a couple of shots taken just after a shower of rain freshened everything up.

All the best, Nev.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 2, 2012
2:32 PM

Post #9227379

Glad to see you up and about after your visit from Mr 'G', Nev. I wish I did live closer, as I would gladly offer help in your yard, and could probably make some room there! heh heh. The weather over the last few years has really held me back from alot of projects, and just a few days of sunshine makes a difference to how much I can knock over, especially when I've been stewing on said projects for so long.
Shirley,I hope you are not coming down with the flu. Keep warm! I do like Bill. 'Tarantula'. Its one i hovered over alot when shopping on Ebay, but I've never seen one in real life. I have Neo. 'Fiesta' also, and I grew alot of seedlings from it, but they have all turned out to be rather wishy washy, so have been relegated to the garden to see if the pups are any better, otherwise, 'MULCH'.
Today is looking a little overcast, which would be right, as I was going to weed spray the drive ways, fertilise the orchid, pest spray the shade houses and bindii spray the lawn. Unless it clears up by ten, and the wind doesn't pick up, I'll have to find something else to do.
Nev, I can't believe how big your V. fosteriana is getting! All your plants look so happy. I think I have seedlings of the Blanchy x Eury? They are doing quite well, and are almost ready to go into the garden, as soon as the coll weather is passed.
Anyway, better go recharge the computer as it has informed me there is only 4% battery left. Darn it, no card games for me this morning!
Have a good day everyone.
Sue
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 2, 2012
4:54 PM

Post #9227517

Hi everyone. I guess my being very quiet lately is Natures way of trying to tell me something's wrong. Again. This time a huge abscess on my tooth. Face is swollen so all the wrinkles have flattened out. Tried my first food in 3 days this morning, some boiled egg. Hope I can keep it down. Painkillers are making me feel so sick. Hopefully, the antibiotics are finally starting to kick in so I won't have to take so many painkillers.

Take care
Karen

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 3, 2012
5:30 AM

Post #9227935

Hi everyone, still very cold here, so hard to get out of bed of a morning.

Bree, I am not sure of the name, I was told it was Nelson but like you say, it’s very different to the pics on the brom registry. It measures approx. 35-40 cm across.

Nev, good to hear you’re going to make it but you should take it easy till you recover fully.

Sue, don’t think it’s the flu I’ve got … just a bit of a head cold, bit achey and a sniffle … think I’ll live. It’s keeping warm that’s a bit hard to do at the moment ... can’t believe how cold it is. Thanks for the correct spelling of bill tarantula, though I couldn’t find it on the registry. As for neo Fiesta, when I first got mine it had a lot better colour than it has now. It went quite green and is only just starting to get back some of its former colour. I’ll post a pic of it when I purchased it … it was lovely and hopefully will be again one of these days. Do you really mulch your broms Sue, don’t think I could bear to do that, even if they were a bit ordinary. Have to admit to being a bit obsessive about my plants, even have to pot up the cuttings when I prune … guess that’s why I have so many plants. Mind you, I’m always on the lookout for more.

Karen, sorry to hear you have been crook, get well soon.

Have a good weekend everyone. Shirley

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 4, 2012
3:19 AM

Post #9229001

Hellloooo ... I know it's COLD but is everybody hibernating ???

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

August 4, 2012
4:34 AM

Post #9229025

Gee sounds like everyone’s bit crook, hope it was not a computer virus spread by Dave’s garden! I’ve been off the net so maybe that why I haven’t been hit yet famous last words, Hope everyone gets better quickly. And as for it being cold down south it’s been cold up here as well!!! Mornings have been down to 4 degrees. But the days have not been to bad low 20’s I’m helping a mate to refurbishing an industrial shed which is the reason for my not posting much on this site it’s a big job, so I will not be able to pop in as often. Sue sounds like your busy doing your own constriction work I’m about to in large one of my green houses as well (when I get time) they get away from you these Broms don’t they.
1 is Neo Kahala Dawn 2 edmoundoa lindinii 3 Alcantarea Tarawera .Cheers

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

August 4, 2012
4:39 AM

Post #9229028

Hi Shirley nice Vr is it Speckles I like the green mixed in with the snake skin patten
perke_patch

August 4, 2012
7:02 AM

Post #9229143

Hi everyone
Mike I've never heard of alc tarawera. if you ever get a spare grass pup please let me know. I'd love to give that one a go. It looks like a nice red one. We put down seeds of edmundoa lindenii years ago before we realised we wouln't get variegated seedlings from it. they are getting very big now ... probably full grown almost. I'll try to remember to get a pic tomorrow and post it so you can see. they are looking really nice now so we may sell a few if anyone is interested in them at our sale.

We were going to have a sale next weekend until we hear the weather forcast. Westerly winds arrive on Friday so temps will plumet and winds will blow. anyone would think it is ekka time. oh yeh it is next week. westerlies are just on time. anyway our carport is open to the westerlies which will wistle through under the house and out the back so if we went ahead with the sale we'd have nowhere to hide from them. With Jen and Johnny both recovering from the flu I wouldn't like to see them victims of that cold wind so best postpone for a week. We've started setting up already too. If anyone turns up early we'll be ready for them. We had one group turn up today to see what we had. they got a few and said they'd be back next week. Johnny sold my vr racinae that I was waiting for a seed pod to pop so I could grow some. Gone now. I'll have to wait for next one to set seed.

We are starting to pick seed off a really special clone of nova at the moment. Very big with nice fat leaves. I've put down 1/3 of a seed pod which filled a large square plastic container. They go a long way don't they? I have 3 seed pods now so that means 8 more containers at least. don't know where we would put them when they growup.

Shirley is that vrisea one of ours? looks familiar. That fiesta looks a nice plant. We have sunday best and I think that one pups quite well. not like some of the other sunday's.
Pic 1 is ae macroclamys back in February when it started to flower and pic 2 is the other day. still looks OK after 6 months.

Best be off to bed now.

Night everyone.

Wendy

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 4, 2012
10:20 PM

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Hello bromaholics.
What a gorgeous day! Thats the only reason I haven't been in, just too busy enjoying the sunshine in the garden.
Sorry shirley, i didn't even realise you hadn't spelled tarantula correctly. I knew exactly who you meant though. I haven't looked at the registry for a long time. I wonder where it comes from? Yes, i am serious about mulch. Actually, i just bin the broms that stay a bronzy green. i grow them fairly hard, so if they are going to colour, I should have seen something by now, but on the advice of a wise man, I am hanging onto a few seedlings to see what the pups are like,as apparently they can be slightly different, and hopefully an improvement. I used to keep all my prunings to propagate from too, and hence having plant sales, but i am alot more selective now, as somethings don't sell well, and it gets expensive and time consuming looking after too many of something, for too long.
Gee Karen, you just don't get a break eh? I hope you manage to keep your food down, and that the swelling goes and takes the wrinkles with it! heh heh. get well soon and take care of yourself!
Hi Mike, sounds like you are busy, busy too? Our temps are similar to yours. 7 this morning and 21 through the day, which is lovely if you find a protected spot. I went to an undercover market this morning and the wind was howling through there, it was freezing. then i went to the open air one at the beach, not a breath of wind and gloriously warm. No, I didn't buy plants. I got honey, avocados and a couple of books. We will forgive you for not being in as much, just as long as you always post stunning photos as you do. I guess Alc. 'Tarawera' is a Kiwi hybrid? Tarawera being a place of volcanic activity over there. Put me on the list after Wendy. I did get seed for Alc. 'Red Ensign' another Kiwi hybrid, but they all deteriorated after germination, along with another batch of kiwi seed. I'm suss that they may have been treated?
Wendy, I put down seed from a variegated Edmundoa lindenii also, and they are huge. Of course, none are variegated and hopefully some will flower soon so i can move them on to make more room. I hope your next sale is a nice warm balmy day! And when those vriesea gigantea seedlings get too big, just send them down here for safe keeping eh?
Well, it looks like the sun is just about to drop behind the trees, and a cool breeze is picking up, so time to head indoors and close up the house for the evening. I noticed my time on Dg is set wrong too, and must still be daylight savings time, so I'm an hour ahead I think?
talk again tomorrow probably.
Sue
pic one is Neoregelia 'Turn About'
Pic two is Neo. 'Break Of day' in a clump

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

August 5, 2012
3:32 AM

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Hi everyone, Sue you are right on the money (again) Alc Tarawera is a kiwi vini colour it could be a long wait for a pup so far it's had no hair pups and it is starting to flower, sorry Wendy might have to see if I can pollinate the thing a bit like silver plum.
I had a conversation over the phone with Nev and we spoke about P.H and potting mix, as well as many other things!!!!!! So will post a little information on why I use dolomite to sweeten my mix this was from a talk I gave to a garden club,
P H and Brom mix.
In almost every publication about bromeliad cultivation I have read I’m told that they are acid lovers (sounds like the 60’s generation) this might be true about broms, but, I’ve yet to come across anything definitive about what is the optimal pH balance the mix should be? I’m sure its out there but to date I haven’t come across it!
From my own observation and experimentation I have come to the conclusion that a pH of 6 to 6.5 gives me my best results.
Heres an easy reference guide to pH, I clipped from the web.
pH is a measure of the acidity and alkalinity of the soil using a scale from 1 to 14; where 7 is neutral, less than 7 is acid and greater than 7 is alkaline. Fresh, clean water is neutral with a pH of 7, lemon juice is very acid with a pH of 2.6 and baking soda is very alkaline with a pH of 8.5. It is important to remember that pH is a logarithmic scale, so the difference between a pH of 7 and a pH of 6 is ten times the acidity, between 7 and 5 is a 100 times the acidity and between 7 and 4 is a 1000 times the acidity so it is obvious that this will have a major impact on the ability of plants to grow. pH is used as an indicator of the availability of other nutrients in the soil but only hydrogen ions are actually measured.
I use a simple pH test kit where you use a liquid indicator mixed with a sample of what your testing, and a powder highlighter, each test kit comes with a colour card then you match the colour on the card to your test sample that gives you a pH level. Most brom growers I know use pine bark as a base for their potting mix! If you test fresh pine bark you will find it to have a pH of around 3.5 to 4.
At that level I believe it to be almost toxic for your plant, it might survive, but I don’t think it will thrive! I use dolomite to raise the pH of my pine bark, I mix a nitrogen’s fertilizer (I know broms do not like a high level of nitrogen fertilizer) with dolomite mix it with the pine bark then add water by the end of four weeks the nitrogen is used up and the pH would have gone up, how much of each do you use! That’s something your going to have to play around with but as a thumbnail guide, one to one and a half kilos of dolomite per cubic metre of pine bark should lift the pH by one unit and a hand full of fertilizer. Now of cause this is not science but only what I have been experimenting with, {you know what science is? its an idea that’s tested and tried, put through trials and retested, its like the ten scientist in a room arguing about whether its raining or not so agree to test the theory! so half of them go outside, and when they come back they are drenched, after much debate they form a consensus that there’s a 50% probability that it’s raining and that’s science)
bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

August 5, 2012
3:54 AM

Post #9229993

now a couple of pic's
1 Vr Lucky Len
2 VrElifi Nathasa

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bromalong
tannum sands QLD
Australia

August 5, 2012
4:00 AM

Post #9229996

and Vr Nova
2 is grandkids with a couple of Queensland geen mulberries

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perke_patch

August 5, 2012
5:12 AM

Post #9230022

hi all. have a shocking headache tonight and aching body all over. sneezing and sniffling so I hope I'm not getting that flu. I'm off to have a warm bath and off to bed early.
Night all
Wendy
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 5, 2012
2:09 PM

Post #9230567

Good morning. Sorry you are not well Wends, You don't need to pop in at all if you are feeling that bad. Hope its not the flu and you recover shortly.
Mike, what a pity there's not hair pups! I'll be satisfied with a seedling if you have success with pollination. Heh heh. Cheeky eh? Thanks for the info on pH. I was advised to always put a handful of dolomite in the mix, when making up a barrow full (about 80 litres of media) I don't have a resting (composting) period, but I rarely use all the mix at once, so guess it has a bit of time to use the nitrogen. I was using the choir orchid mix, which has fert added, but began using the pine bark chips last summer. I usually add a bit of fert to the mix on potting as well, either at the root zone (vrieseas and green leaved broms) or to the surface, (newly potted neos) I haven't taken notes, but most seem to do OK. I will pay a bit more attention to it this spring, and might get my ingredients on the go now, to give them a resting period before I go about potting any new pups, and up sizing others. The timing on your post is very good. The photos of the vrieseas are stunning. I haven't heard of V. 'Elifi Nathasa' before. Those mulberries? Jack fruit?
supposed to be another picture postcard day here, although the predicted 12 degrees this morning is off by -7 degrees! Darn it! I couldn't understand why they thought we would get 12 degrees anyway, and figured it had to be a misprint. Mind you, 5 degrees is the temps taken in town, and its probably more like 7 here I'd reckon.
Coffee time
Photo one is a small Vriesea labelled 'Golden Thread' from Leisas collection
Photo two is Vreisea carinata grown in high light.

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 5, 2012
2:49 PM

Post #9230610

bromalong- love your Vreiseas and are they Jak fruit? what do they taste like?

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 5, 2012
8:14 PM

Post #9231002

hi everyone,
love all the photos and the info, I have never tested the PH of my mikx...hmmmm but then we don't use pine bark... but still it would be interesting to check what it is. Thanks for the info Mike.
Yeah I'll join the que on that Alc Tarawera too, lol. Hmmmm can I ask, do you happen to know where I could buy one or are they quite rare over here? I just looked it up in the registry and wow, it really grows into an awesome Alc doesn't it? Very nice.

Ok before I forget, will anyone be interested in a few Werauhia sanguinolenta Rubra seeds in the not too distant future? If you are, let me know as mine has flowered and is setting seed.

I am always chasing seed, I would love to get hold of some nice Foliage Vriesea seed if anyone has any to spare/sell. Also Alc seed, and... I am just trying my hand at Tillandsia seed too, quite different to grow. I have never been to interested in Tills, but have found a little bit of an interest in them just lately, probably cause they take up so little space, lol. I got my first fairly big one the other week, well not huge, but one of them itty bitty teeny weeny ones, lol. It was given to me by another brom grower who doesn't know what it's called, but it came as an old flowered mum with a small pup growing out the side, the mum is about a foot tall and one of those stiff types of Tills. So anyway I've had it for a couple of months and have the pup off it now, just need to mount it on a piece of timber. Haven't thrown the mum in case she manages another pup, but I don't know if Tills do that or not, lol. Plus I'm not sure if the flower might set a bit of seed or if it's well beyond that, no idea.

Nev all my seeds from you are doing so very well, I have had a bit of a hit and miss learning curve with seed growing, I have tried a few different methods, killed a lot of seeds/seedlings and learned a lot. All those poor vrieseas I killed off in the process, dohhh! But I have my method that works best so far for me, so I'm not mucking with it anymore! LOL

I wanted to share a photo of a seedling that I got from Nev quite a while ago. He was so kind as to send me up some little seedlings, sadly a few of them died (sorry Nev) but I have done quite well with the rest. One in particular was struggling, lagging behind the rest and I thought, ohhh nooo, I'm going to loose another one. So I looked after it carefully and kind of babied that one along. Low and behold it started to show a bit of variegation... and then a bit more and a now it's just a stunning wee thing. Still just a little fella and lagging behind, as you would expect with a Variegate, but it's healthy and I think it's just the cutest thing.
My only question Nev, is what does Neo Thunderbird look like? No photo in the registry, and no one seems to have one to show me, lol. I have no idea what this little baby will grow up to look like, but I think it is just fantastic.
Nev... Long live the hybridiser!!!!!
Also Wendy, you sent me some little seedlings too when I first started into seeds too, and they are looking great as well, much further advanced than any other seedlings I have as they were quite big when you sent them, well you know, inch leaf was a couple of inches long and of that size to have their own pots. They now have leaves that resemble neos and not green grass, lol. Many thanks to you as well, it is wonderful watching them grow and change shape. I'll have to get some photos of them too.
But for now, here is Nev's little wonder... I think it's just too cool.

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 6, 2012
5:09 AM

Post #9231194

Hello all, hope everyone who’s crook is on the mend. It’s still so cold here in the mornings and evenings but nice days, except for a rather cool, rather strong breeze this arvo.

Mike and Wendy, the vriesea in my last post is one that I got from the markets, unnamed, so I don’t really know what it is but it is a nice one, hey. I bought a really nice one at Sunday’s market, it’s Vr Tiger Tim x Ospinae Gruberi … I’ll attach a pic ... love it.

Sue, I like your Vr Golden Thread … very nice.

Wendy, sounds like you are coming down with the dreaded flu. Hope you’re feeling better tonight. I’m still not 100% but trying to stay on top of it. A nice hot bath and an early night sounds good too.

Nev, Karen, Colleen, Johnny … get better soon too.

Till tomorrow, Shirley



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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 6, 2012
2:14 PM

Post #9231967

good morning all.
Hi Tash, lucky you to get a variegated seedling! Wheres mine, Nev? heh heh. I have a few of Nevs thunderbird seedlings, so i will take a pic of a couple today. They are similar in shape to Little prince, but a rich, burgundy colour. I agree with you about the tills. I was never much into them, but they take up hardly any room, and you don't need pots or soil for most of them. They are quite easy to grow from seed too, just very slow, much like Vrieseas. Good luck with your old Mum throwing another pup. I'm not sure if they are up to it either? If it sets seed, it seems to take an awfully long time to mature. It seems that Tillandsias have all the time in the world?
I'm with you Shirley, in hoping that all the sickies are on the mend? Your V. ospinae Gruberi looks like a good one. I wish we had markets that sell decent ones around here!
Another cool start this morning, but promising to be another sunny day, so I have made ANOTHER list of jobs to do. I can't wait to get out there, but i really have to do a spot of housework, as I usually leave it for rainy days and I'm happy to say its quite messy now!
I'll leave you with a couple of pics from my friends garden, taken yesterday
Sue
picture one is a Richard Harper Vriesea
Picture two is Vriesea 'Rafael'
Picture three is Neo. 'Chilli Verdi'
Picture four is a group of colourful minis, sorry about the angle!


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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 6, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9232037

Lovely sue, is that a pot of Sarracenias i see near chilli verdi?
perke_patch

August 6, 2012
11:26 PM

Post #9232586

hi all.
well we've had a very unusual couple of days. apart from being sick in bed today of course. but yesterday. we actually saved a neighbours life. yes litterally. as soon as it was over I promptly had to lie down out on the verandah and didn't know if I was going to be sick or pass out. ambos thought they were going to have another patient. I've never seen so much blood and apparently arterial blood is thick and chunky not fine liquid like we usually see. John our neighbour was cleaning out his fishtank and when he walked outside to tip the water out along the fence he slipped and fell, smashing the tank and cutting his wrist. Because I hadn't felt well all day we had gone upstairs at lunchtime and we were relaxing watching TV. But Johnny had decided to go down and splash some water around. If not John would have bled to death as he passed out after dialling 000. Lucky Johnny saw what happened and called out to me that he was going over to check if he was alright. he thought a broken wrist till he saw the blood. I had gone out on the verandah to watch and Johnny raced back out to yell for me to get over there quick. I had to dial 000 again and talk to them to relay what had happened. Luckily they had dispatched an ambulance as they heard Johnny when he walked in and said "Oh f... John what have you done?" he got him to sit down and grabbed a towel to wrap around the arm but nothing we did would stop it spraying. Luckily the ambos didn't take too long and even they couldn't stop the blood. I had to ring 000 again to ask for "ICU care code 1 for uncontrolled bleed". The ICU paramedics made it from PA Hospital to Wello Pt in 15 mins. that's a feat believe me. Anyway I was ok while they were giving me jobs to do like writing down what they told me to record etc. as soon as there was nothing to do I started feeling queezy and had to sit in the hallway (only place with clean floor). That didn't work and I had to go outside. then the ICU paramedics arrived and I was busy again heating up blankets in our dryer. as fast as I heated one and took it over I took the cool one back to heat it so it was hectic.
Now I've realised it is time to update my first aid skills as in hindsight there was so many things I didn't do right and should have done differently. I guess if I was felling 100% to start with it may have been different. But if skills are current I think they would come naturally no matter how ill you feel.
Oh and after 4 hours of micro surgery last night to reattach the radial artery and 2 tendons in his wrist he came home this afternoon bearing a huge bunch of flowers for us to say thanks. can't believe he is out already.

Anyway nothing to report in the brom garden other than 1 out of 3 packets of seed arrived yesterday but no sign of other 2 and now I was too sick today to do anything with them. and I picked my first ripe pod of billbergia seed from a cross I did. only problem was the writing on the iceblock stick faded and I can't remember what pollen I put on it. Will just have to wait and see. Anyways I squeezed the seed out on sieve to dry out and I will attend to them in a couple days.

Sleep time again now. Oh and Jen is still terribly ill with that flu. Shirley thankful to say mine was just a headcold but today I have that tummy bug really bad. I guess it was coming on yesterday and that's why I didn't eat at all yesterday. couldn't after our eventful afternoon anyway. so today I just stayed in bed close to the toilet. hopefully it will be all over tomorrow or next day.

Nap time now. Bye again.
Wendy
Pic 1 is bill cv hayley's gold from Catlans
Pic 2 & 3 are both cv of moon tiger form Catlans but pic 2 is definately the better one although pic 3 has an almost black throat so not too bad.

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 7, 2012
6:10 AM

Post #9232768

Hello all, another lovely sunny day today.

Sue, I know what you mean about the housework. There was a time when I was so particular about the housekeeping but these days I have to admit to being pretty slack. Like you, I can’t wait to get outside of a morning. I look around the house at all the things that need doing and figure it will all still be there tomorrow and maybe I’ll do something about it then … maybe not !!

Wendy, hope you’re fully recovered by now, from both your tummy bug and from the emergency that took place next door. What an ordeal with your neighbour, good on you for helping out and staying calm. He is a lucky man, I’m pretty sure if I saw that much blood I would pass out … I doubt that I would be able to help at all.

It’s getting late so I might head off to bed,
’night all, Shirley

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 7, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9233341

Wow, wendy! What a bit of excitement. I think you did really well. I faint at the first sign of blood and would be no good in any emergency situation where there is a bleed involved. Your neighbour is a lucky man. What did he do with the poor homeless fish?
Bree, I hadn't noticed that little pot and you could be right. They would be pretty small. I grew a batch from seed a year or so ago, but I killed them by letting them dry out. I have a couple of mature ones in the pond that flower every year, so maybe I'll have another go this year?
Shirley, I actually did a bit of housework yesterday! Just the floors and a general pickup and it made a difference, until hubby got home in the evening and clumped through the house in his work boots! I could throttle him! I love Vriesea glutinosa. Have you flowered one yet? Its like V. splendens a bit. And how good are all the grass pups you get at the bottom!
I really didn't do alot outside, except to pot up a couple of palms that needed it, and I have a plan to start preparing plants for sale in spring, so have pots to clean, and will begin to fertilise lightly and keep my eyes out for scale and caterpillars e.t.c.
I am also about to make some more pavers, with rocks pushed into them, to continue to path from the back door to the clothesline. Hubby will help me build a bridge at some later stage, but while the weather is dry, its perfect for doing the ground work.
Tash, I forgot to get the pics of Thunderbird, but will try to remember today. If I go and look at them, i will remember, but no promises (today) although I will do it eventually.
Pic one is the pathway
pic two is a plant Leisa gave me, labelled as Carolinae tricolour, but its not?
pic three is Neo. 'De Rolph'
pic four is V. 'Kiwi Sunset' and 'Cream' and some fosterianas
pic five is one from Wendy which I think was ID'd recently as something other than what I thought, but I'll have to go chck again. It was Aechmea seideliana I think?
Sue


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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 8, 2012
12:10 AM

Post #9233817

Sue i have heaps of sarracenias if you want me to post you some after winter when i divide all mine. I grow them in my brom garden also, sitting in kitty litter trays of water. Yes you cant let them dry out. I just lower the water in winter as they can rot and keep it full in summer.
My Carcharodon 'tiger' pup.
V.white bands and Orlandiana

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 8, 2012
5:31 AM

Post #9233928

Sue, I just can’t believe the amount of work you take on … making your own pavers WOW and they look great too. I love neo DeRolf, it’s one I haven’t got yet but one that I must add to my ever growing collection.

Bree, I bought a sad little sarracenia today. It was heavily reduced and in dire need of some TLC so I just had to buy it and hopefully, I can save it. Do you have yours in full sun thru the summer months?

Has anyone heard from Nev, Colleen or Karen.

Well, might call it a night, till tomorrow, Shirley


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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 8, 2012
5:51 AM

Post #9233957

Shirly your sarracenia is sad because its winter. As long its in a peat moss/sand mix(no fertiliser) and sitting in shallow water it'll grow healthy new pitchers very fast(you can almost watch them grow) as soon as winters over. They look there worst now and only get better through out the other times of the year.
Yes i have mine in full sun all year.
marbled throat, a mini. See the ant on the flower.


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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 8, 2012
1:45 PM

Post #9234576

Good morning all lookers and lurkers!
Bree, thank you for your kind offer. I think I am right for water plants though, as the couple of pots in the pond could do with a revamp and declump. I get those little dewey fly catcher plants popping up in there too. Do you have them? All three plants that you have pictured are amongst my favourite.
Shirley, I made those pavers a few years back, so am going to continue along with them. I made one yesterday, but made it a bit thicker, as it was hard to judge how much concrete to use. Basically, one bag per 400-500mm2 paver, then push in flat rocks. I was making an odd shaped one, and used two bags, but 1 and a half would have been sufficient. I guess I just learned another lesson? I don't think it will matter too much, but I'm not sure if I should attempt to move it and dig out a little of the soil to make it sit lower. I'll wait until I take the frame work off then decide.
Its looking a bit dull and overcast outside, but hopefully it will clear up when the sun rises. I had plans to do a little bit of watering. I have been doing a smidgen of weeding in the vege patch most afternoons, and am halfway thinking of going into the spring garden comp this year. I think about it every year, but get stressed trying to get the whole shebang tidy at once, but this year, I almost feel on top of it. I think I have another couple of weeks to enter, so I'll wait and see how i feel then. All it takes is a good storm, a flood or some other disaster and all the hard work goes to waste, and spring is a fickle time around here
Nothing brommy going on for me. Still too cool for potting. I DID take a pic of Neo. 'Thunderbird' as promised, so bear with me and I'll load it... there, the first pic is three N. 'Thunderbird' seedlings, which are actually a bit richer in colour than the picture shows
The second picture is the new paver, made that shape to direct you around the corner.
the third pic is the bunker all tidied and with its shelving.
Hello to all our missing contributors. Lets hope you are all too busy, or experiencing computer probs, rather than being too unwell to correspond.
have a happy thursday all.
Sue


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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 8, 2012
8:55 PM

Post #9235113

sue- droseras (sundews)? yes i have a few of them but alot of them die down in winter and you need to reseed them. And dionaeas (venus flytraps) bulbs have to be stored and replanted each year and im to impatient. ha!. I have a lot of Nepenthes though(the hanging pitcher plants) but mostly sarracenias.
perke_patch

August 9, 2012
2:24 AM

Post #9235206

shirley, i'll save you a derolf for next time you come down if you want one.
i'm off to bed early. no energy at all today and still unable to eat.

Wendy

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 9, 2012
6:35 AM

Post #9235413

Hi everyone, the wind is really blowing here tonight. Westerlies were predicted for tomorrow … guess they’re a little early, and it’s going to get really cold too. Definitely not my type of weather.

Bree, thanks for the info on the sarracenia.

Sue, those are nice neos and your ‘bunker’ looks good too.

Wendy, sorry to hear you are still crook … maybe it’s time to visit your Dr, don’t leave it till it gets a real hold on you. And, yes please, hold a neo deRolf for me. Is your sale going to be next week … perhaps I can D-mail you a wish list. Hope you’re feeling better tomorrow and that goes for all the other forum members who are on the sick list too.

Cheers, Shirley

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 9, 2012
2:30 PM

Post #9235913

Good morning everyone. I hope that all are back on board soon! Nev, you've gone AWOl again! Colleen, hows your back? Karen, hope nothing is keeping you away. Mike, well I know you're busy and Tash, I put that pic of Thunderbird on for you, so you have to drop in. Jen, sorry to hear you've been unwell again. I hope it doesn't spoil your weekend?
Bree, thanks for the name on those Sundews. they must self seed, as I looked in the pond yesterday and there are still a couple there, looking perfectly ok. The Sarracenias are looking shabby, so I cut the old stems off. Is that the right thing to do? or should they die back naturally to feed the next generation? I've never tried Venus Fly Traps, but always thought they were a bit tricky. Its too tempting to tickle the traps to see them close, and then the plant is half dead!
Wendy, I agree with Shirley. Get to the doctors or chemist and get some relief. It sounds like yous have had a really nasty cold and flu strain doing the rounds.
shirley, it was supposed to rain here yesterday, but it managed about three drops and moved on, and today looks pretty special so far! Will try to get washing done and lawns mowed in case thats the last of the fine weather, but really, I feel quite on top of things. I DID enter the comp! heh heh, and now the pressures on! Nah. I don't care about winning, but it will be nice to show off my hard work. I'm just going to go through the different garden areas and do a general tidy up so that when the time comes for judging, theres not to much to do. I am also going to put out some colourful broms in the garden the day before the comp. I'd do it now, but they would get smashed by gum branches e.t.c in the next few weeks. I know other entrants go and buy a couple of hundred dollars worth of instant colour annuals in the days leading up to the judging, so I don't feel I am cheating, as at least I have grown these plants myself. Anyway, Shirley, I hope the winds aren't too severe and you have no damage, and can keep warm.
I'd best begin my day. Its a little earlier than usual of late, but I have alot to do!
Have a happy gardening/bromeliad weekend all, and think of me if you find something special to buy? heh heh. I could be AWOL myself, as I have a busy weekend lined up, but will drop in if time allows.
Sue
pic one is Nidularium 'Ra Ru'
pic two is vriesea 'Little chief'
pic three is Vriesea 'White Cloud', a gift from Jen some time back. Its quite small, and looks almost as if the white colouring is variegation.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 9, 2012
2:35 PM

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I forgot to mention your Neo. 'Pin Stripe' Shirley. I notice you have a question mark on that one? I think its right. Its always hard to tell when the plants are grown under different light conditions. I have that one too, but its in fairly high light and is quite pink.
Sue

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 9, 2012
3:50 PM

Post #9236007

yes sue some sundews do self seed. Yes i cut off the old sarracenia pitches to make room for the new to sprout up. If you keep shutting the venus flytraps they do die as it takes alot of energy to shut and open them traps. Thats how most people kill them and as they die down in winter people think theyve killed them and chuck them away but they will shoot back up when it warms up. There rhiazomes lay dormant if not kept to wet over winter as they can rot when cold.
Yes shirly id say thats pinstripe also.
Heres a stripy pup i have. Concentrica x Hearts music, anyone know what the spotches are on it, too much sun? or are they ment to be there.

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perke_patch

August 10, 2012
3:02 AM

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Hi everyone.
I had such a bad night last night. hardly got any sleep between wind gusts, windows rattling and at least 8 mad dashes for the bathroom. Another 2 kg disappeared overnight and I am now below the recommended weight for a woman my height and age. Long time since I could say I was underweight instead of over. hahahaha.

Anyway lips felt dry and cracked this morning so I thought I'd better go to the docs befor I dehydrated too much. Turns out I have food poisoning ... probably a chicken bought from our local IGA last Sunday which was the first day I felt unwell. I'm now on a massive antibiotic for 3 days and he said it will probably make me dizzy so be careful and limit driving. Hope we are all better by next weekend when we have our sale.

I think after my night last night an early one is needed tonight. I'll just watch BH&G and then off to bed.

Wendy

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 10, 2012
5:39 AM

Post #9236473

Hi all, blowing a gale here and very cold. It’s making a real mess around the yard with sticks, twigs, leaves and some larger branches too off the eucalypts, all over the place … plenty of cleaning up to do after it dies down.

Sue, good on you for entering the Garden Comp and good luck, hope you do well.

Bree, very pretty little neo. I think the splotches look good … whatever they are.

Wendy, glad to hear you visited the Dr. And just as well you did, food poisoning is pretty serious and won’t clear up without medication. Hope you’re better soon.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Shirley


A couple of neo pups, Bob & Grace and Kahala Dawn


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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 10, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #9237073

Hi everyone,

Yes it’s me, back again. I’ve once more had computer troubles this time it was with Windows; I just couldn’t open it and the message said it had been closed to protect my computer. It also gave a couple of options I could try, but I don’t know how I was supposed to try them when I couldn’t even open it. Finally the message said that if the problem couldn’t be solved I should consult a technician or words to that effect. So off to the "computer doctor" I went, I told him what it was doing and he said he didn’t think it was too serious and even if he had to clean any viruses, take everything off, reinstall windows and re-load everything it would be less than $100 dollars.

Well I rang yesterday to find out the good and the bad news and was told the hard drive was “stuffed”. He said he could put in a second hand hard drive which was guaranteed for 12 months and the cost would be $99 as he had originally told me he would fix it for under $100 or he could put in a new hard drive for a couple of hundred more and that would only be guaranteed for twelve months also. The third option was to buy a new computer which as far as I’m concerned is financially definitely not an option, so I’ve taken a chance and gone for the second hand one.

I’m still using my wife’s computer so I’ll keep this brief as I have a lot of cleaning up to do today after the gale force winds we copped yesterday. Pots all over the yard and I don’t know what else as I haven’t been out yet this morning, but I know there were trees down in the street and a couple of homes in the area lost roofs, so it was a bit more than a westerly breeze, which hopefully is now starting to abate.

I’ve just quickly browsed the recent posts and I must congratulate everyone on all the great pic’s. There is just one comment I’d like to make and that is about a couple of plants firstly Shirley’s Neo. ‘Heart’s Music’ x ‘Grace Darling’ and secondly Breeindy’s Neo concentrica x ‘Heart’s Music’. All I would like to say is that there are many “radial red” plants now doing the circuit which are so very similar, that it’s hard to tell the difference between them; plants such as Neo.‘Stripey’, Neo ‘Pin Stripe’, Neo Rosea Striata, Neo. Rosa Delight, Neo. Rosa Deluxe, and I have a number of half grown seedlings which are from Neo. Painted Lady x Rosea Striata which all look similar as well. (I’ll take some pic’s to post when the wind stops).

Regarding Breeindy’s question about the blotches on her plant,some of these plants which have concentrica in the breeding often have these blotches as do some plants of concentrica. Also it often occurs with Rosea Striata, and I expect it will also happen with some of the plants from that line of breeding. It seems to be more pronounced when these plants are grown under strong light and to a lesser degree when grown in low light. I don’t think it’s a fault but an heredity thing from the parents, especially if Neo. concentrica is in the breedling line somewhere in the past.

I’d just like to finish with a big “Get Well Soon” to anyone who is still sick, and to post a few pic’s of some of these Neo. “look-a- likes”, Firstly Neo ‘Rosea Striata’ grown in low light, Second a Rosea Striata "pup" grown in strong light and finally a cross of mine which is Neo. Bea Hanson x Rosea Striata, grown in medium/strong light.

All the best, Nev.

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springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 10, 2012
3:35 PM

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Good morning everyone, it's a lovely morning here and we'll be off out into the yard soon to get some things done.
Thanks for the Thunderbird pic Sue, non of that colour coming out on mine yet, it will be interesting to see if that little vaiegates develops that colour. You bunker house is looking fantastic :)
Wendy, I hope the antibiotics kick in quickly, that's terrible how sick you have been, and about you neighbour...wow, so lucky you guys were there to help.
Love all the photos, so nice to see them all each time I check in.
Poor Nev has computer issues again...it had to go to the dr to get fixed, so hopefully he'll be back online with us soon.
Oh I picked up another Alc Silver Plum on Thursday from Big W when I was down in Cairns, good big size but a bit green, on top, but it will colour up in my climate pretty quickly. I know Olive usually supplies a lot of Big W's stuff, but looks like these were from Dilling's, as it was their pots, mix and tags I think.
Well I had better get motivated I guess, I'll try to get some photos to add soon :)
perke_patch

August 11, 2012
5:04 AM

Post #9237488

Hi everyone
The good news is the antibiotics worked very quickly. First one mid afternoon yesterday and I was able to have soup for tea and kept it. no problems last night. I woke up this morning feeling very well so when Jen rang I said I could go with her to a friends, who is having a sale and always offers us first pic of her plants. We didn't go until about lunchtime and I was already looking for a sit down then. I did a bit of potting this morning before she came and set up a couple of tables for our sale next weekend. So after a while at Sylvias house I started feeling off again and Jen said I went quite pale but didn't feel that bad. Tummy started to hurt a bit. I've worked out that I require small lots of liquids often to satisfy the tummy as once I'd had a yoghurt and cuppa tummy was fine. So I'm improving but I need to rest a lot.

Tash your silver plum could have come from Olive who got a lot of silver plums from Dillings when they came to brisbane for the last sale. what is left over after the sale is sold on rather than cart them back home. I saw a heap of their sps at Olive's last time we were over there. Our Bunnings and Big W don't seem to have much these days. We're lucky we can go to Olive's and buy direct or to any of the other places we have around here.

Nev it's good to see you back on again although we have communicated by email. Nev have you spoken to Kay recently? I only found out tonight about her hubby having a stroke. so sad for her. Hope things get better soon for her. My problems are nothing compared to hers.

Had to share a pic of a billbergia that has flowered for the first time for me. it is a species called eipperi. It is cold sensitive so I had it growing in the corner of the fence up high where it gets maximum afternoon sunshine. I love the way this one flowers. so different to other billbergias.

Pics: billbergia eipperi

Night all. bed is calling.
Wendy

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 11, 2012
5:11 AM

Post #9237503

Hi everyone,
Nev, great to see you back again. computers … don’t you love ‘em. Gee, sounds like the wind was really strong to blow roofs off houses in your street. And I’m complaining about a few branches, sticks and leaves. It was still windy this morning but died down this arvo, so I ‘m hoping it’s blown itself out.

Tash, I have seen some really nice broms in Big W lately which have come from Olives … very tempting. Looking forward to seeing your photos. And I’m with you in hoping Wendy is on the mend quickly.

Well, that’s it for tonight, bye for now, Shirley

Pic is neo Hula Girl pup …



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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 11, 2012
5:22 AM

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Wendy, we must have been posting at the same time ... my post took forever to appear, even timed out once. So good to hear that you're on the mend, though it will probably take a while to get back on your feet after being so crook.

What are the chances of us coming over on Friday to check out what you have for sale. Weekend traffic is such a pain, especially coming from the other side of the city. And I get the best of the bargains before the crowd arrives on the weekend.

Talk to you soon, Shirley
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 11, 2012
2:42 PM

Post #9238079

Good morning campers. How is everyone today? On the men I hope?
Good to see you back nev, and I hope the fix for the computer works out well.
Bree, thanks for the info on the water/carnivorous plants. I haven't really looked into them before.
Shirley, i spoke too soon when i said we had a lovely start to the day, because the winds picked up around 9 and the day deteriorated rapidly, but nothing like you poor folks down near Sydney. I hope the weather clears soon and the tidy up is not too strenuous. Your Neo. 'Hula Girl' should be a stunner if photo I've seen are anything to go by. Keep us up on that one.
Wendy, sorry to hear you copped a dose of poisoning. Did Johnny get it too? I hope the spot of shopping helped move it on a bit. You and Jen have such a good network of brom sellers to shop from, I am green with envy! Your Billy certainly has a nice flower, but how unfortunate that it is cold tender.
Tash, thanks for your kind words. And lucky you for having anything worthwhile in your bunnings store. We have a few Neo. 'Zoe's in ours, and some blister packs from collectors corner with spanish moss, orchids, Tillandsias and Neo. 'Fireball' for about $6, and just the usual assortment of table top Guzmanias from a ;local wholesale brom grower. I bought a Tillandsia last week, and don't mind paying $6 as there is no postage on top, like if I was buying through Ebay, which is sometimes the only way to shop for broms when not much else is available here. I might have to save some dollars and visit Peter soon. Getting itchy brom feet!
Things to do and places to go, I will catch up again tomorrow.
Sue
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 11, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #9238093

Hi everyone,

It's still pretty windy down here although it's abating slightly, but still not good for trying to take pic's.

Wendy I don't know who you mean by "Kay" as I don't know anyone by that name so I think you're mixing me up with someone else, unless it was someone I accepted as a friend when I was previously on Face Book as I used to get a lot of people wanting to be friends and I just accepted them simply because of the fact that they were all brom growers.

Wendy I love the Bill. flower, it looks somewhat similar to Foster's Striate as it too seems to flower in a clump also, but sadly like all Bill's, only short lived.

A big "cheerio" to Colleen and anyone else who is on the sick list and I also send my sympathy to anyone having computer problems like I had recently, they really are a “King Sized” pain in the "bum".

Wendy I read with interest what you wrote about your neighbour and his severe bleed. I wish I could have been there to help and I'm amazed when you say the Ambo's had trouble stopping it. Years ago when I first started into industrial ambulance work we all had to learn all of the main pressure points (a point where an artery crosses a bone) and we were told in the case of severe life threatening bleeds we could press firmly on these points which would compress the artery between our thumb and the bone to temporarily stop the bleeding beyond that point until we could get control with a dressing firmly bandaged in place. Unfortunately they don't teach these pressure points in first aid classes any more as they are too busy just teaching the basics very quickly and getting the money for the course fee. However it's a very simple. quick and effective method for immediately stopping life threatening bleeding which I used successfully numerous times in heavy industry, and in my opinion should never have been dropped from the training courses. (Sorry, here I go beating my drum again).

I've heard on the grape vine that all Big W stores from Cairns to Coffs Harbour will be getting in some nice foliage vrieseas within the next few weeks. This info. came from a friend who was at a Tillandsia Conference in Victoria and was talking to the grower who supplies these stores, so probably worth keeping your eyes open.

Shirley – Your Hula Girl pup looks interesting; it's not a plant I'm familiar with and it doesn't appear to be registered so I can't find a pic of an adult plant either so if anyone has a pic of a mature plant, could you please post it.

I'll finish with pic's of a few Ae Mary Brett x Ae. Gamosepala seedlings (unfortunately after the Honey Eaters had had a feed and pollinated most of the flowers). These plants turned out nothing like I had expected and obviously Gamosepala is much more dominant as a parent then is Mary Brett.

All the best Nev.

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springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 11, 2012
4:37 PM

Post #9238214

Morning everyone, glad you are feeling better Wendy. Sue you gave me a good giggle just now when I read your post, ha ha ha ha ha ha, re read your first line... the last sentence, oh "Woo" would of had a field day with that comment on Facebook, lol.
Ok giggle over, kind of, lol.
Well we pulled the garden to bits again yesterday, cut out some big Golden Canes and cut all the little suckers out that come up every couple of months, they drive me nuts.
We also moved the little seedling hot house and took it's plastic back off and put it's shade cloth cover on instead and hopefully it can stay where it is now, all year around... we'll see. A lot more light now gets into the garden by the brom house, so we'll have to watch it for burn, as the sun's intensity up here is really starting to build up again already. Daughter had interschool sports competitions on Friday and came home sunburnt. So yes Summer is on it's way for sure.
We always have to put cloth up over summer anyway, but usually not for another 3 months yet, but with the missing palms now, we'll just have to watch it.
Oh and I was excited to see my Neo Macho X Skotak's Tiger is coming into flower, yipeee. But... right now, nothing else is... so that could end up being a right fizzer! I will be collecting it's pollen though to use later, but i have no pollen stored at the moment, I was so hoping my striated neo would be in flower at the same time, but sadly, no. Dam.
Well it's a very cool morning here in the tropics today, but the sun is starting to warm it all up. So it will be back out into the garden soon and get some more things done. It's all looking so much better. Still need a load of mulch, been needing it for ages, but just can't afford it right now and the free stuff you periodically from the dump... well it was terrible last time, so not sure we'll do that again.
Ok well have a great day everyone, talk soon,
Tash

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 12, 2012
5:11 AM

Post #9238670

Hi everyone ... some of my favourites -

1 neo Manoa Beauty 2 neo Camelot 3 neo Megan

Catch up tomorrow,
Shirley

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 12, 2012
3:32 PM

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Morning all, you can get off the men now! heh heh. You are right, Tash, Woo would have had a field day! I hope you don't get too much sun in with the golden cane trim. I'm going to clean mine up soon too, but might wait until after the comp. I'll get any other things done first, and if I have time I might tackle it. There are about 12 large clumps to clean up! I'll go check around and see if any of my Neos are starting to flower, and maybe I'll have some pollen you'd like. Will message you on FB if anything comes up.
Nev, I think Russ sells Hula girl on EBay, and has a nice picture as the gallery pic. Thats the only place I have seen it before, and always thought it would be a nice one to own. Its windy here still, and overcast. I'm not sure if its safe to go out and pick up branches, so I'll leave it awhile, and also leave the pots that are down, as they will only blow over again.
I hope we get those foliage vrieseas in our Big W, but it will probably be V. gigantea or fosteriana, which I have in my collection already. It seems that only the usual varieties turn up in department stores.
I have an Aechmea coming into flower that you sent up. It was one you said the Bower birds had stolen the label from. Once the flower is up I'll send you a pic. It has the pointed foliage like Mary Brett, so it might be the same as the one in your pic?
morning Shirley. You must have the same taste in Neos, as me? I have Neo. 'Camelot' and a Neo. olens x 'Manoa Beauty' which I have been told resembles Neo. 'Gold Fever'. Nice photos there for us. I'm not familiar with N. 'Megan' but I have a couple of similar ones, without an ID, that might be just that. I guess I can start there first.
I was in Sydney over the weekend, and was pleased to see the hotel I stayed at had Vriesea 'Splenreit' in large pots in the foyer and restaurant, so I got my brom fix. We went on a harbour cruise with dinner, and despite the rolling seas and bitter, wet winds, it was great. We partied with the younger ones till the wee hours and then paid for it the next day, with a seven hour drive home! Luckily, I didn't drink, so was tired, but clear headed. Sydney is very scarey at night, with groups of young men everywhere, and some of them are very heavily tattooed about the face, as well as carrying an aggressive attitude with them. I don't think
I would go there again at night, and wonder that tourists go there at night at all? Maybe there are worse places?
Anyway, things to do. I hope everyone starts the week feeling better than the week past.
Sue

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 13, 2012
5:55 AM

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Hi all, where is everyone, hope you are all busy and not crook.

Sue, guess it’s just you and me tonight. There has been some nice broms at our local Big W stores lately and also at Bunnings. We also have several stall holders selling nice broms at the markets. Your harbour cruise sounds like fun, though not so sure about the rolling seas and bitter, wet winds, reckon I could do without that.

We did a bit of a clean up in the gardens today. Took out 5 dwarf date palms. They looked good when they were small but they’re rather untidy when they grow larger. They also have lethal spines and I don’t know how many times we got spiked getting them out and into the trailer and off to the dump. Anyway, all done now. We also cut back a few things that had grown too big and it looks a lot better now. Hoping to get around to repotting a few of the larger broms tomorrow.

Nothing much else happening here at the moment so I’ll call it a night. Will add pics of a couple more of my favourites. First one is neo Painted Delight, the second is a neo NOID.
Bye for now, Shirley




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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 13, 2012
2:42 PM

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Morning Shirley, sounds like you had a painful, busy time in the garden. I have dwarf date palms that I grew from seed, and I sell them on occasion. I like them, but haven't planted one, due to having looked after them many time in others gardens, and knowing what a pain they are to clean up! I do like them though, but so slow growing also.
I think you Neo. NOID is n N. 'Marble Throat' hybrid. Maybe N. 'Marble Snow' or something along those lines? I love your painted delight too. I have a baby one that is growing nicely.
The rolling seas weren't much of a problem for me, on the cruise, but a few unlucky souls were feeling a bit green toward the end. It was well protected inside, from the cold and wet winds, and the lights and views in the harbour were great. The food was also excellent.
I was having a look at Nevs NOID Aechmea, but the flower still isn't right out yet, but I came across one of the A. nudicaulis seedlings in flower, so I took a picture of it instead.
The wind died down yesterday so I had the opportunity to clear up all the sticks and branches and load up the bonfire. I am going to clean up another section of garden today, nothing to strenuous, and them do a bit more on my pathway. I managed to lift the big paver with a movers trolley, so I am excavating a bit deeper so the paver will sit lower, and then I'll make another one. I hope the fine weather lasts a little longer. I actually enjoy watering all the plants and its an opportunity to do a health check on them, and also to begin the fertiliser regime now that its warming up a smidgen.
Another few weeks and it will be potting pup time!
photo one is nevs nudicaulis seedling
photo two is seedling I grew from N. 'satsuma' crossed wth N. 'Prinsler' but it could well be a selfing. It is a larger plant though
photo three is Billbergia 'Estrella' from Jen. Isn't the colour just awesome? I'll have to keep an eye on that flower
photo four is supposed to be Billbergia 'Catherine Wilson' but I'm not sure that it is.
I hope everyone is back soon, not that I mind just talking with Shirley, but I want to see more pics! Have a great day everyone.
Sue

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Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 13, 2012
2:44 PM

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Morning Shirley, sounds like you had a painful, busy time in the garden. I have dwarf date palms that I grew from seed, and I sell them on occasion. I like them, but haven't planted one, due to having looked after them many time in others gardens, and knowing what a pain they are to clean up! I do like them though, but so slow growing also.
I think you Neo. NOID is n N. 'Marble Throat' hybrid. Maybe N. 'Marble Snow' or something along those lines? I love your painted delight too. I have a baby one that is growing nicely.
The rolling seas weren't much of a problem for me, on the cruise, but a few unlucky souls were feeling a bit green toward the end. It was well protected inside, from the cold and wet winds, and the lights and views in the harbour were great. The food was also excellent.
I was having a look at Nevs NOID Aechmea, but the flower still isn't right out yet, but I came across one of the A. nudicaulis seedlings in flower, so I took a picture of it instead.
The wind died down yesterday so I had the opportunity to clear up all the sticks and branches and load up the bonfire. I am going to clean up another section of garden today, nothing to strenuous, and then do a bit more on my pathway. I managed to lift the big paver with a movers trolley, so I am excavating a bit deeper so the paver will sit lower, and then I'll make another one. I hope the fine weather lasts a little longer. I actually enjoy watering all the plants and its an opportunity to do a health check on them, and also to begin the fertiliser regime now that its warming up a smidgen.
Another few weeks and it will be potting pup time!
photo one is nevs nudicaulis seedling
photo two is seedling I grew from N. 'satsuma' crossed wth N. 'Prinsler' but it could well be a selfing. It is a larger plant though
photo three is Billbergia 'Estrella' from Jen. Isn't the colour just awesome? I'll have to keep an eye on that flower
photo four is supposed to be Billbergia 'Catherine Wilson' but I'm not sure that it is.
I hope everyone is back soon, not that I mind just talking with Shirley, but I want to see more pics! Have a great day everyone.
Sue

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 13, 2012
2:46 PM

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oh wow, double trouble! you get to look at my pics twice. heh heh. usually I lose posts, but today DG gave me an extra . It doesn't make up for all the ones i've lost though!

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 14, 2012
6:08 AM

Post #9240980

Hi Sue, looks like just you and me again. Wonder if Nev is having more computer problems. Haven’t heard from Colleen, Karen, Breeindy or Mike for quite a while. Wendy is probably busy getting ready for her sale.

Anyway, like you, we did a bit of a stick pick up today so we can mow. The grass hasn’t grown but the weeds still come though despite the cold.

Love the colour of your Bill Estrella … beautiful.

I will attach pics of a couple more of my favourites … neos Purple Star and Pimiento.

Bye for now, Shirley




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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 14, 2012
2:04 PM

Post #9241508

morning Shirley, only us again? I saw a comment from Wendy on FB, so she is alive at least. I haven't heard from any of the others though. Maybe we are boring them? heh heh.
Your two Neos are beautiful. Those are two I don't have. I was after pemiento for ages, but I had N. 'Fosperior Perfection' and thought the two looked similar enough that I could live with just the one. Unfortunately I haven't got 'Perfection' anymore either, but it gives me something to look out or if I get a chance to go brom shopping. I think they are alot cheaper now than when I initially started collecting?
I know what you mean about the weeds. I got the bindii sprayed last week, and I think I can see a little bit of wilting going on. Its not fast enough though! I'll have to practise patience.
I got another paver made, and will pick up some more cement to finish the job before any bad weather comes our way. Now all I need is a big load of mulch to throw down around under the gums for a bit of a tidy. I can get fresh wood chip from a tree feller, so might get it delivered and let it sit for a few weeks, maybe with a bit of lime and fertiliser to break it down a bit? I still have a heap of branches on the western side of the property to pick up, but Hubby will help this weekend, as we will use the ute to transfer them across the yard to the bonfire heap.
Photo one is Vriesea saundersi coming into flower
photo two is Tillandsia fasciculata magnifica on top, and a freebie one flowering on the side, which I think, might be T. juncea?
Sue

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

August 14, 2012
2:49 PM

Post #9241555

Hi Sue and Shirley. Sorry I haven't been in but slowly getting there. Good on you for entering the garden comp. Sue. Best of luck. What do you win. A trailer load of brom potting mix would be good. lol Colleen

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 14, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9241559

Hi everyone, I'm back at last and hopefully no more computer problems. Without going into too much detail, the hard drive in my computer was stuffed and as I couldn't afford a new computer or a new hard drive, the computer doctor installed a second hand one and gave me a full twelve months warranty (which is all I could get on a new one anyway) and at present everything is working great.

I've very much missed the friendly chat from this forum but I've just been able to flick through the pic's although I haven't had time to read all of the posts.

Sue – That Ae. nudicaulis seedling looks a bit different to some I have already flowered. When I mentioned on another forum that I was sowing seed from my Nudicaulis, all of the experts said that they would all be “selfings” as that particular nudicaulis always “selfed”, however some of the ones I have flowered so far have definitely taken on some of the traits of Gamosepala, so even the "experts" don't know everything!

Knowing just how fast Ae. Gamosepala grows and the fact that insects seems to pollinate it with anything that's going, I suspect that it may well have been the pollen parent in some of the cases with this nudicaulis cross as the flowers have a touch of gamosepala about them. Also the growth habit is different from a nudicaulis in as much they don't have the “thumb print” at the base of each leaf. As well a this, they seems to be very fast growing with three and four pups not being unusual, so perhaps I may have created some “monsters” that will take over the earth????? … Ain't hybridizing fun?

I really like the pic of the beautiful Bill 'Estrella' you posted and I must contact Jen to see if she has a spare pup she would like to sell/swap. Does anyone know how she is and if she's over the bug she had? I also communicated with Colleen and she is still having a lot of trouble with her back and still needs help around the house, but she says she has great neighbours and the two boys have also been a big help as well, so hopefully she'll be back on the forum soon.

I'm going to be visiting just briefly for the next couple of weeks as I have heaps of work to do preparing plants for our annual spring show, but I will have a lot of pic's to share with you all when it's over, but for now unfortunately it's still some old file pic's. 1 is Ae. 'Cylindrata', 2 is Ae. 'Ensign', 3 is Ae. Fasciata 'Rubra', 4 is Ae. 'Mirlo' and 5 is Ae. Recurvata 'Blushing Pineapple'

All the best, Nev.

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 15, 2012
1:01 AM

Post #9241977

Im here! Ive been looking at all of your wonderful broms but ive already posted most of mine, waiting on a few to come in the mail so photos to come.
Sue i think i have a Pimmento i could swap you for something if you'd like.

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perke_patch

August 15, 2012
4:21 AM

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Hi all.
we've been busy setting up for a sale this weekend. we've had to put it off the last 2 weekends due to illness first in Johnny and Jen and then my tummy bug. The antibiotics worked a treat and I am fine and eating again. Turns out our son Chris had identical symptoms to mine so I think it was a bug we both got from Emily who brought it home from her daycare.

I was thinking I'll have to ask Jen for one of those billbergias you posted Sue but I might have to get in line behind Nev. hahaha.
I went to show Johnny my billbergia hallelujah F2 seedlings this morning to show him how they were growing. I had a tea in one hand and picked up the round tub of seedlings. Not sure what happened but I think the lid let go of the tray anyway I think I nearly caught it but somehow Johnny wore both the tea and the seedlings. He had seedling mix in his tea and his mouth. I think we found all the little babies and I had to pot them up even though they weren't quite ready for that step. So I have 7 nice hallelujah F2 seedlings potted up now.

Nev I also potted up some seedlings of carcharadon x concentrica x self. I think the seed came from you???? they really needed to be potted up as they were quite thick. It was one of my test trays that had 2 sections so I used spaghnum moss in one side and coirpeat in the other and sowed equal seed in each side. I think the coirpeat was the best result. they had very good roots and some had several inches of roots while the ones in spaghnum were nice sized plants but not a root in sight. I'll see how they grow now. Just thought I didn't keep the two groups separated so I won't know which one the came from??? why didn't I think of that???

Nev I 've posted pics of our hula girl. shirley's is a pup of ours. The plant also gets a lovely pink flush in the centre during flowering but I don't seem to have a pic of the flush. This is one of my favourite neos along with megan which shirley posted.

Shirley I'll see you on Friday morning for presales. LOL. although you will not be the first. We had a couple here today and they went away $400 poorer but they have to come back with a trailer to haul their purchases away. They got 6 lovely big alcantareas. Johnny had just brought them out onto the back lawn to clean up and hose before putting them out the front. They saw them and took the lot of them. I think we now have just 2 to put out. Johnny had to dig into his reserves. We'll have to go buy some more and pot them up and push along to grow quickly.

Jen is feeling a bit better now and even went back to work last Wednesday but by lunchtime she knew she had made a mistake as talking brings on coughing fits so she was off again for rest of week. So she has now taken 3 weeks long service leave to give her time to get over it properly. She was here today for a little while and had a cuppa with us but after talking for a while she was coughing a fare bit so still lingering. Johnny is the same. I think I had the best ... no not realy. I wouldn't with that bug on anyone. On my worst night I actually thought about dying and all the lists I needed to get done to help Darren process our wills. Can't remember ever being that sick before. Good side is I can now take off my size 12 jeans without unzipping so have to wear a belt. I'm NOT buying a smaller size. I'll just have fun eating for awhile. LOL

I think bed will be calling soon. Pic 1 & 2 are hula girl and Pic 3 is our vr white windows from JK and a PT hybrid of ospinae v gruberi x Chesters clone of tiger tim.
Night all
Wendy

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 15, 2012
6:10 AM

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Hi everyone, glad to see some of the regulars posting again.

Sue, I think we will be spending part of next weekend picking up branches too. We had them all cleaned up yesterday and then the wind came up again today and the stick monster blew in and threw them all around the place again.

Colleen, Nev and Bree, good to have you back. Colleen, hope you are well on the road to recovery. Nev, good luck with your annual spring show. Bree, looking forward to seeing pics of your new broms. Nice pics everyone.

Wendy, sounds like your sale has got off to a good start. Good to hear that you, Jen and Johnny are feeling better now. I don’t think I have ever been sick enough to think I might croak. You will have to tell me how you push along your alcantareas to grow quickly. As to your weight loss, lucky you, I always seem to put on several kilos over winter and this year has been no different. Spring is coming, time to diet (again). Anyway, see you Friday morning.

Shirley

pic is neo Jaws

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 15, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9242649

Hi everyone – It's a nice day here today and if this is a sample of what the spring weather is going to be like, bring it on!

Breeindy – They're great pic's of Pimmento, it's a beautiful plant which is always very much in short supply down here; it seems everyone is after it and very few actually have it.

Wendy – It seems like this bloody stomach bug is travelling around quite a bit as I had it and a lot of people in our area have it as well and like you, I can trace mine back to my grandson who we suspect, picked it up at Day Care so it looks like Day Care and schools are the breeding grounds for all of these “bugs” which are brought home by these little “buggers”! As you say, it does cause you to lose weight, I lost 1.5 kg in just two days, but I could think of better ways to do it.

It's a pity someone didn't take a video of you and Johnny fertilizing your Hallelujah seedlings with tea the other morning Ha! Ha! You may have just discovered a new type of ferilizer, either that or a new taste sensation to go with you morning cup of tea.

The Neo. carcharadon x concentrica x self seed did come from me and I hope you have found (like I did) that they are very good growers. I'm really looking forward to seeing them when they eventually mature down the track, however yours will mature much quicker than mine so I hope you can post a few pic's when they do to help combat the anticipation of the “long wait”. That's interesting what you say about the sphagnum and Coir Peat as I would have thought the plants in sphag. would have a better root system than the ones in Coir Peat; oh well we live and learn don't we?

Hula Girl is certainly a nice looking plant and one I'll have to add to my ever increasing “Wish List” which seems to get longer by the day. It sounds like your brom customers who bought all of the Alcantareas must be doing a bit of Landscaping, either that or they have a very big yard. They are certainly nice plants but I only have a couple as I just don't have the space to grow them.

Shirley – Thanks for the “welcome back” and believe me I've really missed being here. That's a great looking plant you have posted a pic of, I wish I had a few of them as they would be great in our main display at our upcoming show. I don't show plants in the competition any more as I find my time is taken up cleaning up and preparing plants to put in the main display. I also put on a small “table top” display showing the “Life of a Neo” from seed to maturity. It's only a very basic little display, however it has surprisingly created a lot of interest from young children and they seem very interested and ask a lot of questions, so maybe they are the next generation of brom growers.

That's about it for today and I'll once again finish with a few file pic's. Firstly of a section of our main display at our 2009 show, the second pic is of Sharyn who along with David (top right in background) are the two people responsible for setting up our main display every year. Pic three is a great specimen of Deuterocohnia which won the Grand Champion that particular year and the last two pic's are of my little display showing the life cycle of a brom.

All the best, Nev.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 15, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9242651

Hi everyone. Just popping in to say hello to you all. Have been having blood pressure problems and having to take it very easy. The poor plants are not looking good with all the neglect they are getting, and I haven't taken any new pics lately. Nice to come in and try to catch up, and see all the beauties that have been posted while I've been being lazy.

Take care.
Karen
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 15, 2012
3:26 PM

Post #9242693

Good morning all. I had a slow internet connection this morning. Thanks Colleen, for the luck in the garden competition. A trailer load of potting mix would be awesome, but unlikely. I'm not in it to win it, but showing it off to interested people is always nice. I hope you get some relief from your back pain soon

Nev, I agree that the flower on the nudicaulis seedling, looks like its related to gamosepala. It has three pups already, so could well be the monster I need to take over in the back garden? I hope your computer continues to run well as I enjoy your contributions here.

Bree, I am happy to do a swap if you think I have anything you might like? Send me a Dmail and I can give you a list of any pups I have coming. I think alot of the neos are a bit small at present, but there might be something else ready. I will look today.

Wendy, glad to hear you are on the mend, also Jen. I hope your seedlings survive their dunk in the tea. Good luck with your sales. You seem to do very well with private appointments!


Shirley, I think the stick monster is due back in the next few days! Darn. I am into day three of a head cold today, so have to try and take it a bit slower today. So far so good as I'm not even out of bed yet! I made another paver yesterday and have about three more to do, then we will try and work out how to do the bridge.

Anyway, better start my day, maybe with a bit of watering? Then a neighbouring garden that needs tending while the owners are away
Photo is inside the bunker
Sue

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 16, 2012
4:02 AM

Post #9243191

Hi everyone, nice warm day here today too, and I couldn’t agree with you more, Nev, when you say Spring … bring it on. It’s good to hear that the kids show an interest in your Life of a Neo display.

Karen, hope you’re up and about soon.

Sue, sounds like your head cold hasn’t slowed you down at all. Good luck with your paver and bridge plans.

We are off to Wendy and Johnny’s tomorrow morning to see what goodies they have for sale. Always look forward to catching up with them and also to taking home my beautiful new acquisitions. I am sure I will have a few lovely new broms to show off on the forum.

While I was working around the garden yesterday I took some photos. Unfortunately I didn’t think to clean up the mess I had made before taking them so there’s a bit of stuff lying around that shouldn’t be there. Ah well, can’t think of everything.

Pics 1, 2 and 3 are various areas of the back garden. Pic 4 is a local resident.

That’s about it for me tonight, Shirley.


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perke_patch

August 16, 2012
6:59 AM

Post #9243313

Hi everyone.
Shirley your yard pics are looking good. we'll have to get to your place for a look one day when we take emily home.

Jen and I were going to go to the BSQ meeting tonight but we both had to back out this afternoon. I had my girls here all day while mum worked at the dentist up the road from here. she got the job as receptionist / dental assistant. she now has to study. wonder how long she will handle the traffic to get from dayboro to Wello Pt each day for work. anyway she is going to try for daycare over here for Rylee but wants to leave Emily in daycare at dayboro for now. We'll see.

We are expecting one of those dreaded phone calls at any moment from the nursing home. Not good at the moment. Another stroke last night and she is under palliative care team now. They asked if we wanted her moved to the main hospital but we said no. Another place could not look after her any better than she is getting now. So Johnny is going there daily and says she is worse each day he goes. She is shutting down so not long to go now. Hope Jen and I can handle things if anything happens this weekend.

The pics are 1. a group shot of neos peggy bailey, jaws and jaws too
2. neo peggy bailey
3. neo jaws
4. neo jaws too
There has been some discussion about whether peggy bailey is in fact jaws but I think they are totally different plants. the peggy baileys seem to get a pink flush from when just a young pup and retain that pink flush throughout. Jaws seems to stay pure white/green until a mature plant then get a flush. jaws too is a variegated version of other two which are both albomarginated. Jaws too does get a pink flush though but not as vibrant a colour as peggy bailey. I took group pics for comparison at different stages ie newly potted pups, half grown and then fully grown.

Night again
Wendy

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 16, 2012
2:31 PM

Post #9243847

morning all, sniffle, snuffle.
Shirley, your garden looks lovely, and how lucky are you to have that look out into the bush, nd KOALAS? I have only ever seen one in the wild, but you lot up there in Brissie seem to have plenty? I looked for the mess, but I couldn't find it. I think your garden looks very tidy. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Wendy, sorry to hear you m-i-l is going downhill. Like you say, moving her to somewhere else will not do her any better. I hope Johnny can enjoy the time he has left with her.
I'm sure your daughter will cope with the travel, especially as she is gaining more skills, which make it easier to get future positions, and possibly, higher pay?
I hope your sale goes well, and one day, ONE DAY, I will get there! I like the look of your Neo. 'Peggy Bailey', and the name belongs to one of our local, long time residents that I used to tend a rose garden for. Do you know where its from?
I didn't do gardening yesterday, as my nose was streaming, so I did the tissue plug thing! heh heh. I washed a heap of pots instead, and potted up a few xanadus, aloes and marigolds. Eclectic mix eh? I have plans to dig up a heap of Cycad seedlings that I turfed out when I thought they wouldn't germinate. Now theres a whole bunch of them under the trees, so might as well pot them up. I definitely don't feel up to doing anything strenuous today, so I'll take it easy and get all the little jobs done.
Colleen, I hope you're not getting too much of the terrible weather? It'd be a bit cool down your way too, eh Nev? It got hot here yesterday, and supposed to be 27 in Brisbane. No fires near you Queenslanders?
No pics today, but I did spot a Billbergia flower from the loo window this morning, so will go check it out. I might try some hybridising with Bills. Does anyone have any tips? I've never even seen seed on Billbergias.
Have a good day everyone.
Sue

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 17, 2012
12:29 AM

Post #9244275

BROMS I HAVE TO SWAP if anyones interested. Nev- you still want them ones you mentioned before?
Wild Gossip pup
Sun Valley pup
Ring Leader pup
This one is just tagged MS Hybrid

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 17, 2012
12:34 AM

Post #9244277

Stars and Bars pup
this is the Stars and Bars mother (most of the other mothers are pretty much had it now)
Concentrica x Hearts Music pup
Old Love Letters pup

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 17, 2012
12:38 AM

Post #9244278

Hi everyone – It was beautiful out in the yard this morning and I managed to get a bit more work done, but then the cold south westerly wind started up again and now it’s decidedly unpleasant so I’m back inside for the afternoon.

Karen – Nice to hear from you. I know just what a “pain in the bum” blood pressure can be when it decides to play up, anyway take it easy and remember all of the brom’s will still be there when it settles down again and you can get back out amongst them.

Sue – Talking about those Nudicaulis x seedlings, I have one that hasn’t flowered yet and it has seven pups on it. However when I looked at the history on the back of the label I see that it was one of the ones I was experimenting on with different fertilizers. What did I feed it I hear you ask? Just a double dose of good old Blood and Bone and I know this for sure by looking at the back of the label where I record the plant’s history. Usually I’m a bit light with fertilizers when I repot and just give 3” pots 1 gm., 4” pots 2.5 gm., 5.5” pots 5gm. This time I tried the 4” pot with a double dose (5gm.) and you can see the result in the first two pic’s, one from the front and one from the back of the plant. I’m just starting to catch up with my reading of posts while my computer was playing up and I notice you posted a pic of three Thunderbird seedlings on the 8th Aug. Were these from a cross you did or were they some you got from me when you visited? The reason I ask is there are a lot of similarities with some of the ones I now have which are about the same size. Yu “bunker” as you describe it is looking better with each pic you post, a good job well done.

Shirley – You say you didn’t clean up the mess before you took the pic’s; oh how I wish my yard was in a mess like yours, and how about your visitor? Does he/she visit very often? I think it’s just wonderful.

Wendy – I’m so sorry to hear that Johnny’s Mum isn’t too well and I really feel for the both of you as I know just what it’s like.

I really like the pic’s you have posted today, they’re great looking plants. I hadn’t heard of Neo ‘Peggy Bailey’ before now, but it’s easy to see how names get mixed up especially with variegated plants as they can look so different from year to year and from location to location, and it’s really hard to know what’s what.

Sue - About your question on Billbergia hybridization, I think Wendy would be the person to ask as she has had a bit of success getting seed from her plant. I have never yet been successful in obtaining seed and I sent in a question on this very topic to the Bromeliad Forum seeking some help. I’ll post the answers I got below as they might help you, especially the one from Lisa Vinzant who is a well-known hybridizer from Hawaii who has bred many Billbergia hybrids thirty eight of which are registered and can be seen on the BCR (http://botu07.bio.uu.nl/bcg/bcr/index.php).

WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

Hi everyone,
Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong in my attempts to pollinate Billbergias. Everything I read says they are one of the easiest plants to work with and yet I still can't get any of my attempts to take.
I have tried pollinating the flowers from 9.00am till 12 noon and everywhere in between, the reasons being I thought that any earlier and it may be too cold with present temperatures between 8-14 degrees C and any later the flowers may no longer be receptive, but not a single seed pod. There is heaps of pollen and I always wait until the stigma has the little drop of honey dew like fluid on it before I try. I have tried it with plants which are well known breeders with good track records but still no luck; so what am I doing wrong?
All of my attempts are done outside in a shade house, and I thought perhaps I should be bringing these plants inside to pollinate them but then I thought, pollination occurs outside naturally in nature so why shouldn't the same occur here. The flowers will start to die and the base starts to discolour and change shape but then it just shrivels up and dies off.
Thanks in advance
All the best, Nev.

Re: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

Hi Nev,
I've never tried pollinating Bills, but I've had plenty out in the garden for years and I've never noticed any berries. Strange?
Cheers, Paul


Re: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

Try earlier, before sun rise even. Bring the plant inside if you're worried about the temperature.

378

Re: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

Strange Nev. Maybe they're just shy? Kinda like when the Doc hands you the little jar and says "give me a sample". Can't go when the pressure's on. Give 'em some quality time alone.

Gonzer

Re: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

Sounds like you're doing everything right, Nev. You might try bringing them in the house, just in case they're getting wet or the cool temps are inhibiting them. Otherwise, I don't know what to suggest.
My earliest attempts at Bill pollination didn't produce anything either. At that point I wasn't emasculating them or going about it in any kind of a methodical way-- just brushing whatever was blooming against each other out of idle curiosity, the way newbies often do. In retrospect, it's a good thing none of them set up, although I'm not sure why they didn't. That experience led me to believe that they were difficult to hybridize, so I was a bit reluctant to try it again once I got more serious about the process. Once I did, however, I had much better results than the early experiments would have predicted. Of course it's never 100%, but based on what you've said, you should be seeing something.

Lisa

Re: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

Agree with Lisa, we have no trouble with Bills here, I pollinate around or between 10am and 12 but I don't know if that matters to much, after you have done your pollination Nev. go back to the flower about an hour later and re do it over, I did that on a plant I was having a problem with and got it, bit disappointing when you Nev are so into wanting to raise some seedlings and you miss out for a couple more years with those particular plants, good luck

Totarapete

Finally a few pic's to finish with, first and second, the front and back view of the Ae. Nudicaulis seedling I spoke of with the multiple pups, third Acanthostachys strobilacea flower, fourth Acanthostachys pitcainoides flower and finally Ae. Ornata flower.

All the best, Nev.

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 17, 2012
1:05 AM

Post #9244282

Saw a massive red brom in the nursery today and i can't remember what it was called but id know if i heard it. hehe! They wanted $150 and another nursery wanted 300 for the same plant. I want one but dont want to pay that much, im willing to get a smaller one and grow it, now to try looking it up so i can get one. Its the softer leaf broms, no spikes. It was like the ones in the photo i added. Can take full sun. Can anyone tell me the name? Found it...alcantarea imperialis rubra, anyone in Australia have any for sale?

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 17, 2012
1:15 AM

Post #9244284

My new broms...
Marmorata gold pup
what it should look like as an adult.
Pink River pup
Stout Fella pup
and adult.

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perke_patch

August 17, 2012
4:09 AM

Post #9244315

Hi everyone.
Sue I am still have hit and miss with the billbergia crossing. Russ Holzheimer told me to always lick your finger and wet the (is it???) stamen then if possible just tickle 2 flowers together until your wet stamen is liberally covered with yellow pollen. It becomes clear when you have ripening pods as they become fat and green while others shrivel up and turn brown. Next thing is to identify when seed is ready to harvest. I was told to watch for when it changes colour and becomes squishy. Trial and error is the best way with this. It is obvious once you succeed the first time. I squeeze the seed onto a very fine sieve and run the tap over it then sit the whole lot in the sun to dry out. when dry they just scrape off the sieve and can be poured into envelope or straight onto potting medium. For bills I use a deep dish so I can allow them to grow bigger before potting. As I said I am still having hit and miss results and still trying to work out how to identify the crossed pods. Toothpicks tend to fall out so I have 1 plant with 3 sticks in pot showin what cross has been done but only 1 toothpick left. Will have to guess the cross for other pods.

Shirley good to see you here today. I am so sorry I wasn't able to sit and chat with you. I really wanted to and was looking forward to having a cuppa. I tried to get rid of other family first so we could sit and chat but they weren't intending to oblige us. It was about 1:30 when I got upstairs for a cuppa and bite to eat. anytime you want to come for a drive and a chat to get some of Johnny's vriseas give us call. better than waiting for sale and risk being interupted like today. Sorry Johnny couldn't hang around while you were here. They told us that the elderly often have one really good lucid day before giving up and when Johnny went there today with his brother and sister his mum was actually awake and able to talk. she still said a few strange things but they did have a good time with her. Wonder if this is the lucid day before the end??? She has been in a bit of a comatose state recently and getting worse. Ah well time will tell.

Olive wrote on the fb forum that peggy bailey came from peggy bailey in USA and Olive brought it back and called it PB after the hybridiser. She listed the cross but of course someone had to come back and state that BCR listed different parents and thought it was just a jaws. Olive said she could only state what her records said she brought back and named. anyway I believe they are different plants with different habits so I will not be changing labels any time soon. It took a long time to mature but now that it has it is spitting pups out. have a few now but still small. will establish them a bit more before thinking of selling. I think Shirley wanted one today so I'll have to put her name on one.

we better get an ealry night tonight and prepare for a big weekend.
Pic 1 is ae red ribbons which is flowering at the moment.
Pic 2 is one of our pendula aechmeas which are all flowering atm too.

Night all
Wendy

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 17, 2012
3:05 PM

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Good morning.
Bree, that some nice pups there. I have most of those, but I note you are after an Alc. imperialis rubra. They get that nice red/purple colour in the cold weather, and then green up a bit through summer. I have a few, from grass pups to quite large. i am happy to send you one, for a swap of something else in the future. Dmail me your Address and I'll get one off to you on Monday.
hey Nev, thanks for all the info on pollinating billbergias. I'm not sure that I will be able to bring them indoors, as some are in the ground, (not sure if they are still in their pots), but with the tips from you and Wendy, i might be lucky enough to have some success. I'll have a go at making labels that can be tied on, to avoid losing the details. I had the same problem with vrieseas, but tie the label around the stem, and have no probs now. neos are another that I have trouble keeping the labels in and finding the right pod. Any tips on that? The pups on that A. nudicaulis seedling are just amazing, Nev. i can't use any fertilisers that have blood and bone or manure in them, as my silly dogs would upend the pots to eat the stuff! I really miss scattering organic life pellets around the garden, as I used to get better health and vigour from it, than from the prill type fertilisers. I haven't flowered my Acanthostchys pitcairnioides yet, and yes, those were Thunderbird seedlings from you, in the pics. I like the Aechmea ornata flower. Its alot like A. pineliana?
Thanks for the Billbergia tips also wendy. I kinda figured they'd ripen along the lines of Aechmeas. Is there any such thing as a cross between an Aechmea and a billbergia? I am having trouble accessing the bromeliad database and photo index. I guess you will be busy with your sale again today, Wendy? good luck with that. Our Aechmeas are flowering too, and i was out taking pics of Fosters favourite yesterday. My Red ribbons only had three pups after its good flowering last year, so i've removed them and will repot in better soil. The basket was beginning to rot anyway. So no flower on them this year.
I've begun tidying up in leisas garden. Its not too bad up there, just removing the leaves and sticks and old, dead Mums. I'm also re-writing any faded labels, although some have gone entirely. I did write a list when I first took possession of them, so i will have to go back through it and try to identify what's there. Sigh! I'v e ordered a load of mulch, which will come in the next two weeks, so I should have it all tidied by then and ready to top up.
Todays job is to top up the gravel in the bunker. I've roped hubby in for this one, as shovelling gravel is beyond me! But I'm good at direction! heh heh
photo one is Aechmea 'Fosters favourite'
Photo two is an orchid flowering in leisas garden this morning. i think its a cattleya?
Photo three is the Billbergia flower i spotted from the window (no ID)
Photo four is neo. 'Sam Smith' in Leisas garden. Its a small grower.
Sue

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 17, 2012
3:13 PM

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Hi everyone,

I promise I won't stay long today as I probably over-stayed my welcome yesterday with all of the info about the Bill. hybridizing.

Breeindy - I think a price of $150-$300 is a very steep for Alcantarea imperialis rubra, it's not like it's a first release or anything as it's been around for a while now and I'm sure you'll do much, much better than that price if you shop around.

Although I don't know Mamorata Gold, I do know Pink River and it will grow into a beautiful brom which I'm sure you will be very pleased with. I don't know 'Stout Fella" either but judging by the last pic it's one of the much sort after yellow coloured brom's which looks good in any collection, so congratulations on a good selection.

Wendy - It looks like it's up to you and Sue in the Bill. hybridizing stakes and I will look forward to seeing pic's of the new babies.

The second pic of the pendula aechmea you posted looks very much like one of mine which is only a small plant (about 8" high) and is called Ae Racinae 'Jungle Jewel'. I find it a quite attractive plant but unfortunately a bit cold sensitive.

All the best, Nev.

splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 17, 2012
11:58 PM

Post #9245337

Hi Sue - We must have both been typing at the same time that's why I didn't answer your questions in my previous post.

First question - Identifying pollinated flowers on Neoregelias - Most of the expert Neo hybridizers cut a small triangular section from a thin white name tag and write the name of the pollen parent in code (The full identity is kept in a note book or on the computer). Once the flower has been pollinated, the pointy end of this tag is pushed down into the flower. As the flower dies, it closes around the tag and holds it in place. (see pic)

Second question - As for crossing a Billbergia with an Aechmea, yes it can be done and each resulting bi-generic plant is called a X Billmea. There are only about half a dozen or so registered and most have Ae Recurvata as the pollen parent, although fasciata has been used on one occasion.

All the best, Nev.

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 18, 2012
5:52 AM

Post #9245449

Hi everyone, rather windy here today … good drying weather. Still a nice warm, sunny day though.

Wendy, it’s nice to hear that Johnny’s mum had a good day when he and his brother and sister went to visit. It’s a really stressful time and I hope you are both holding up OK.

We will have to arrange a time to come and visit when we can have a bit of a chat and I really like the idea of getting hold of some of Johnny’s vrieseas :o) Very happy with the broms we got on Friday. I hope your sale continues to go well. I must try to remember to take photos tomorrow of my neo Peggy Bailey, neo Jaws, neo Jaws Too and another which is just tagged neo Carolinae x Carcharadon. As I mentioned to you, my neo Peggy Bailey looks quite different but I really love it.

Nev, we get quite a lot of koalas here and wallabies too. The koalas get very noisy in Sept-Oct … mating season … and even if we don’t see them during the day, we can hear them at night. We know we are very privileged to have them visit and we love to see them.

Sue, we have the same problem with our dog. If he sniffs manure or fertilizer (even fish emulsion) he will attempt to eat it and too bad for any plant that happens to be in the way.

Anyway, we have to get up early in the morning as we want to go to the markets. It gets so crowded it’s almost like sideshow alley at the Ekka. There are always lots of lovely plants for sale and the early bird gets the brom !!!

Bye for now, Shirley

Tonights pics are both neo pups 1. Is neo Aztec 2. neo Gladiator


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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 19, 2012
5:30 AM

Post #9246299

Hi again, hope everyone has had a nice weekend.

We went to the markets this morning but I only got one brom and I don’t know what it is … I will post a pic of it tomorrow in the hope that someone can ID it for me. Hope someone else is looking in by then :o)

Bye for now, Shirley

Attached pics are 1 Group shot, 2 Neo Peggy Bailey, 3 Neo Jaws, 4 Neo Jaws Too, 5 Neo Carolinae x Carcharadon

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 19, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9246872

good morning all. I had a sick day yesterday, but nice to come in and see the photos. Shirley, where did you get your N. 'Barbarian'? Have you seen the mature plant? Supposed to be stunning! Lucky you. N. 'Aztec' is also a very bright one in the garden eh?
I went to a bromeliad sale, advertised in our local area. It was the garden of a lady who used to have a stall at the markets here, but like me, has had better success lately, doing them from home, without the hassle of packing and unpacking. Her garden was awesome. Huge big trees with broms all around and hanging/growing in them. It was a very mature garden, and alot of the broms were Aechmeas, and alot in flower. We had a great time walking around, getting the grand tour, and I saw a few broms I had never seen before. I bought one guzmania, but am waiting to get an ID on it. It was a very nice time and I was pleasantly surprised by it all. The sale plants were spread around and you kind of walked amongst it all which was lovely. There were quite alot of flowering guzmanias and the like, but unfortunately for us both, not much there that took my fancy. I hope she enjoyed giving us the tour and a chat, as much as we did, as I hate to take up someones time and not spend much, especially since she has spent plenty at past sales of mine.
Oh, and I forgot to take a camera, and only had my phone to use. The photos aren't too bad, but don't capture the atmosphere at all! I will get them onto the computer tonight.
Thanks for the tips on the labels, Nev. I have tried the pointy ones in Neos before, but they still come loose when trying to get the pods out. I'd better go check the Billbergias and see where they are up to with flowering.
Sue

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 20, 2012
5:09 AM

Post #9247281

Hi Sue, looks like you and me again. Hope you are feeling better now. You asked where I got my neo Barbarian … did you mean Gladiator. I do have neo Barbarian, which I bought at the market recently. My neo Gladiator I bought on eBay a while back. I have seen pictures of the mature plant and it looks very impressive.

Looking forward to seeing your photos from the brom garden you visited.

I purchased only one brom at Sundays’ market, a large and rather tatty looking one but I think it is very pretty and it also had a couple of large pups. I don’t know what it is but I think it’s most likely a nidularium. If anyone can ID it for me that would be great. I will attach a pic.

Hope everyone is keeping well. Bye for now, Shirley

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perke_patch

August 20, 2012
6:38 AM

Post #9247391

Hi Shirley. your nidularium looks like longiflorum. that is one of our favourites as you get a good 5 or 6 months of colour out of it. it can grow to a good size when given a good sized pot to grow into. It is a good one for growing in a deeply shaded spot or in filtered sunlight. we've grown in both equally as well. they sell well. we had a couple of big ones out on the weekend and simply clipped a photo to one. that was enough to sell both.

Well I'm off to bed now. after our big weekend we took our money down to Wardell today and replenished our stock of alcantareas while we could. apparently Ross has almost sold them all. lucky he told us that someone came to buy them and was coming back for more so if we wanted more we better get down asap to get them. we got a ute full. we have to repot them tomorrow and remove grass pups in the process. then we'll let them grow on a bit before selling them. that's an amazing place to go to and we always find something special there. I got a tillandsia emilie today. wait till Emily comes and sees a plant with her name. I'll have to point out to her that it starts with E for Emilie as she has suddenly decided its M for Emily as that is the initial sound. Guess daycare mum is talking about initial sounds with them but she's mixed her up with that one.

Off to bed now. Night everyone.
Wendy
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 20, 2012
2:37 PM

Post #9248024

Good morning, sorry Shirley, I don't know why I thought you said barbarian. Maybe I had something else on my mind? My head has been a little out of sorts, so I'll blame that! I've not got N. 'Gladiator' either, and am now thoroughly confused and will have to look them both up.
Your Nidularium looks lovely, and if it has a heap of pups, will make a nice colony rather quickly, where ever you put it. I like the ones that send the pups out on a longer stolon, which gives them a bit of space to grow, as the ones that pup close in, seem to look very crowded as the pups grow.
Gee Wendy, I wish you would let us know when you go to Ross'. I'd love to come up and catch up with you, Johnny and Ross, while having a good look around. Maybe I'll have to do my own trip, with neighbour in tow.
Still didn't get the pics on from the garden I visited, but will try to remember tonight. I should never have put them on the other PC, as this is the one I use now days.
Its looks as though there was a tiny drop of rain last night. It might be enough to keep the dust down. I have hopes to get out and rake up more sticks from the brom gardens, to get them ready for mulching in the next week or two. No rush, luckily.
I hope everyone is feeling well today?
Sue

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 21, 2012
5:09 AM

Post #9248616

Wendy, thanks for the ID on my nidularium. Hope you got all your alcantareas repotted. Did you get a few different ones … what types ?? I have a few now but the nicest ones are alc Imperialis Rubra, alc Silver Plum and alc Extensa. I saw an alc Heloisae recently which I liked as well. I’m sure Emily will be thrilled to know there is a tillandsia named after her.

Sue, still no sign of rain here. I think it has been something like 28 days now without rain. The days have been really nice but it is starting to get a tad dusty.

I did a bit of repotting today and some watering. Still have lots to do in the gardens before it gets too hot … just never enough time (or energy).

Anyway, that’s it for me tonight. Shirley


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perke_patch

August 21, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #9248694

Hi Shirley and Sue. Seems it is just you two mostly. most of the alcants we got are extensa. they are big ones for a very good price but someone from Sydney has got involved and Ross told me that the guy has been up with a huge trailer and taken one load back already and was to come back for the rest of them. seeing we sold so many over the weekend we thought we should get back to get some more before this guy gets back to take all the rest. so we beat him to it and got them all. No not really we did leave some behind (but not many) there will be no more for a long time. we just have to grow them on a bit now. We also got a bunch of the alc grace goode. which I think may be a clone of geniculata??? anyway the pots are full of grass pups around the big one so we have to take those off and pot them too. No we haven't done any of them yet. We are still getting the loose pups potted. and to day I visited Phyllis as she has had another fall but didn't break anything this time. she is getting around better now though and dying to get over for a brom fix very soon. We'll have to organise something soon.

For those of you who are not on the fb forums there was a bit of an altercation tonight. I thought it was a bit funny the way some chose to interpret comments as attack and attacked back. anyway I thought it was funny watching rand reading.

Sue we got up yesterday morning and suddenly decided to go. no planning involved just action. we love going down there though so we should organise another visit and catch up. don't know when we'll need some more though. there was seed flying everywhere down there yesterday but nothing I really wanted to grow. There were a lot of dykia coming into flower though so a lot of seed ripening soon.

Must be off to bed again. Night all
Wendy

springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 21, 2012
2:49 PM

Post #9249248

Hi Everyone, how's the weather down south, it's a bit gloomy up here and has been rather cool and overcast all week, and is raining today, nice for a change.
Everything is growing nicely in the brom house at the moment and gee some of our new seedlings are really powering right along. I think we finally have our seedling mix right for our climate and they are just loving it. It's only taken 18 months and killing a lot of seeds to get it right, ha ha ha.
Love all the pics that everyone has been putting up, I do follow along, just often don't get enough time to comment, but I do generally read the forum each day.
I was only just reading a thing on Billbergia breeding the other day and someone else explained how it does seem quite difficult to get seed and that the success rate is quite low, so I think you are not alone Sue :) Hubby has tried a couple of Bills the other week, so see if he has any luck. Does anyone know how long they take to set seed if they are going too?
Wendy, glad you think it was so funny. It was supposed to be a nice friendly discussion but there is always someones who has to degrade it to something else. (It was a good discussion until that point.) I don't care what you or anyone else says, the comment I quoted back at the person, was uncalled for. I did have my facts right. And, I don't know why you even felt the need to mention it on here? Just for gossip?
Ohhh and Shirley I so wish we had koala's up here like that. Just a beautiful photo.
Well I had better get some bits and pieces done, hope you all have a good day with your broms :)
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 22, 2012
12:20 AM

Post #9249674

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't been pulling my weight here on the forum lately, it seems it's just been Wendy, Sue and Shirley keeping things going. However it’s almost show time down here and there's just so much to do to get ready for our important annual event. I have to clean up plants for the main display as well as getting all my sale plants ready for the sales table. I'm also going to do a small display on the life of a Neo (from seed to maturity) like I did previously. It's a bit of a pain getting it all sorted out but there was lot of interest shown by young children the first year I did it and even more last year, so I guess we have to keep the young ones interested, as they are the growers of the future. I might even put a couple of plants on the exhibition tables myself this year as two of our members who usually show won't be here and I expect we will be a bit down on table entries and someone needs to help fill the void.

Good to see you dropping in again Tash, but sorry to hear there was a bit of an argument on the Face Book site which is a pity as It’s a great little site and well run; and any troublesome people were always jumped on pretty quickly and kept in order. I really enjoyed it when I used to visit however I don’t visit it any more as I was told by three different “computer doctors” that all my computer problems were traced back to Face Book (I don’t know what part of Face Book) so I don’t visit any more. I still can’t close my account as the “gremlins” got in and changed my password also so I couldn’t open anything even if I wanted to, and now my daughter tells me I have three accounts so I don’t know how that happened either (maybe the Gremlins again) and I still get email messages to say that “so and so” has sent me a message or someone else has posted a new pic and I have no way of contacting these people to say I am no longer on the site. I don’t know what they will think of me for not answering them but after very expensive computer repairs I’m now very cautious about anything to do with Face Book. I find I can still sometimes spend a little time on here and the Brom Forums and they don’t seem to give me any problems so I think I’ll just stick with those ones.

Still no new pic’s to post, so I’ll just have to say that’s it for today, but I’ll try and contribute more when I have a bit more spare time.

All the best, Nev.
perke_patch

August 22, 2012
7:05 AM

Post #9249854

Hi everyone
Nice to catch up again. Tash I mentioned the issue on here just to show the ones not using fb any more that political issues are still arising and to show them that they are either best out of it or what they are missing depending on their outlook. I just find it funny how a simple matter can turn some into agro little demons I guess. Who would think a certain comment can push a button for someone while it means nothng ot others. that's all it was to me and i hope it didn't upset you too much. I try not to get involved in all that type of stuff but sometimes I do get a chuckle out of some comments. Guess it's the wierd humour coming out of me. Is that what I'm trying to say???? not sure if that's it exactly. anyhow hopefully it's all over and can be forgotten now. (at least till the next comment and I'm sure there will be a next one for someone as that is the nature of people) that's all I'm saying on this.

Lucky you getting some rain too Tash. wish we could get some down here. they are bleating about the longest dry spell in Brisbane for a while again. They'll be panicking again soon and talking about new dams. No that was Anna wasn't it and Campbell doesn't spend money at all. scrap that dam talk. Anyway we went out to Johnny's sisters place this afternoon and their house tanks are emply. I couldn't even flush the toilet until they turned the pump on to pump water up from the shed tank. Oh how we rely on that piped water. I forget that some people only have their tanks. ours are down to half full so we do need a shower to top them up again but we only use them to water the plants and we know we can use the house water if we run out in the tanks. Different to relying on it for everything.

I relented yesterday and bought a size smaller jeans as I was sick of wearing baggy ones with a belt. still haven't put all that weight back on after my sick week. I only got those strech ones so even if I put some back on they should still stretch to get them on. I swore I wouldn't do it but I did. so now the wardrobe has from 10s to 16s. hope you all don't get that tummy bug that Nev and I had. It is not a pleasant one. A lot of people are telling me they had it too so fingers crossed you all dip out on that one. I actually remember thinking how sick do you have to get to die so it was bad.

I must tell you Nev, I walked past our orlandiana rainbow last week and some very fat purple berries caught my eye so I just had to collect the 3 that were there. since then I think I've collected another 4 or 5. Do you think we will get anything worth while from that seed? I am still trying to get it cleaned and dried. The sticky stuff on aechmea seed is persistant and takes a lot of washing doesn't it? I'll try to get it planted tomorrow. Oh and our other 2 envelopes of seed arrived so Jen will also have some seed to sow. Eric G also sent an extra packet of alcant imperialis seed so I guess instead of going halves in that seed Jen and I will have a packet each. BUT after 5 weeks in transit we'll have to see how much actually grows. I'm still waiting for some of the last seed that went travelling with Aust Post, to shoot something out. Some have lots of seed growing but others are still just bare little tubs.

I'm having a bit more success now with billbergia seed and have a few ripening pods. It is fairly obvious rather quickly if any are going to grow nice and plump. Just compare size and colour of empty ones against ripening ones. Note the colour and when you see the fat ones change colour and also get soft and squishy the seed is ready to harvest. If you feel the pod while fat and green it will be rather solid. when colour changes it does get soft and squishy.

That time again so I better be off to bed now.
Night to you all.
Wendy

weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 22, 2012
2:34 PM

Post #9250328

Morning all, had a day off dg yesterday. I had things to do in the morning and decided to get out of bed early! heh heh. Should be doing that today also, but here I am.
Shirley, I have Alc. heloisae. I love it. It is getting really red tips in the winter sun. I will snap a picture today. Its dusty here too, which, if anyone has been to my place, is quite unusual. The swamp is still too soft to mow though. I actually watered a few broms in the garden yesterday evening, mostly guzmanias and Vrieseas. It was so warm here yesterday, I wore shorts! And no fire last night, so Spring is on its way. The comp is in about 4 weeks, but all the flowers in my garden will be gone then, Azaleas, Kalanchoes and Arctotis all look good now. Luckily there are enough Cordylines and crotons to add a bit of colour, not to mention the broms.
Tash, I'm glad you finally got the seedlings up and away. It must have been annoying to lose so many in the beginning! I had a go at pollinating some Billbergias yesterday, just selfing them, as most are hybrids anyway, and should throw a variety of seedlings I'm guessing they will be quite quick to mature (seed) as the flower is so short lived. I've never seen seed on billbergia, but assumed they'dform much the same as Aechmeas. I am watching A. chantinii for seed, as it haslots of fat pods, but none have changed colour yet. I also have A. 'Dark Goddess' that has fat pods, but no colour. Fingers crossed.
Nev, good luck with your show entries and the sale. I am sure your 'life of a bromeliad' display will go down a treat. At least children are welcome in your neck of the woods. I hear tell that a particular society up north isn't so tolerant. Silly eh? Best to stay off FB for you, by the sound of it. I've never had trouble, touch wood, but find I don't have the same experience on the brom forums there, that I can get here. This is where it all started for me, and I've made great mates from here, so I'm hanging in.
Well, I'd better make an effort to get up and do stuff.
first, a couple of pics.
pic one is B. Catherine Wilson with lots of pollen
pic two is Arctotis amongst some N. Hannibal Lector' and N. 'Break Of Day'

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August 23, 2012
3:41 AM

Post #9250860

what a busy day on DG. one entry. quick read tonight. That b. catherine wilson has some lovely colour Sue and the garden shot is full of lovely colour too. you should do well in the gardening comp. I hope you get some ripe seed from your crossings. I picked some purple pods from Jen's chantinii today but there was no seed in them when I squeezed them. maybe not ripe enough. I also showed Jen when the seed on her vinicolor was ready to pick. We got a couple to bring home and Jen got a couple with lots more almost ready to split into 3 parts. Hope we get some nice striped vinicolor like Glynn got.

We also got our seed brom Netherlands finally. Only took 5 weeks. hope we get some to grow. Both Jen and I picked some billbergia seeds and I chose lots of tillandsia seed. we also got an extra packet of imperialis lansedt blue so instead of Jen and I sharing a packet we have one each. we'll have lots of those in a couple years.

I'm sick of the computer these days so i might just log off and watch a bit of TV only there's crap on. maybe I'll pick a movie to get into. otherwise I'll do another jigsaw and waste a few hours. maybe an iceblock too. won't be long and I will not fit into those size 10 jeans. hahaha

Night to all my friends
Wendy

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 23, 2012
6:06 AM

Post #9250982

Hi everyone, still no rain here in Brissie … I think it’s something like 34 days now without rain, something of a record apparently.

Tash, glad to hear you have your seedling mix right and everything’s powering along. I am tempted to try growing from seed but I really don’t think I have the patience … no, I absolutely KNOW I don’t have the patience.

Nev, good luck with your entries in the Annual Spring Show. Can’t wait to see the pics.

Wendy, what a skite you are :o) size 10 jeans … lucky you. I have gained about 5 kg over winter and am finding my clothes getting rather tight, just so unfair. And totally agree with you that there is utter crap on TV lately. Can’t stand watching those reality shows and there is very little else on.

We are fortunate to have a bore supplying good water to supplement our rain water, though I like to use the rain water on the broms and potted plants. I use bore water on the gardens if they need a drink.

Sue, I had a day off DG yesterday too. Just as well Nev, Wendy and Tash called in. Lovely pic of your garden … don’t forget to post a pic of your Alc Heloisae, I will definitely have to get myself one.

I did myself an injury today trying to move a very large dragon tree (dracaena draco) in a very large terracotta pot. It was way too heavy to lift so I attempted to drag it and am suffering considerable lower back pain as a result. Hopefully the wheat pack I have been using tonight will help.

Well, that’s it for me, might have an early night, Shirley

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 23, 2012
1:51 PM

Post #9251438

Morning everyone. What a beautiful day we had yesterday, 27 degrees and sunshine! Yes, it is getting dusty, but so nice not to wear the gumboots nd be on the look out for leeches!Thanks for the compliments on the garden. A lot of work has gone in there over the years, i can tell you!
Wendy, sounds like you had a good score with the Alc seed of both types. Is Jen still not well enough to drop in? I'd love to see a pic of her vinicolour, and wonder did she get one of it in flower? Did I miss that somewhere?
Shirley, I'm pretty sure I've gained a couple of kilos this winter too! The loose jeans are now a good fit! I'm not game to get on the scales. Now that the weather is warmer and drier, I might start doing the walk around the block a bit more. Its only when I walk outside, I get side tracked in the garden.
I forgot the pic of A.heloisae, as I had some visitors arrive yesterday afternoon, so I was busy doing a potato bake and salads, and running around picking up and putting stuff away. Sometimes i need visitors for a bit of motivation. I will get one later today, when the sun is on it, as thats when it looks its best.
I hope your back has eased up somewhat. I am a long time sufferer of a weak back, and have to constantly think about what I am doing, and how I am doing it. I have a pair of movers trolleys, so there is always one handy when ever I need to move something. I've had to give up gardening for work because of it, and only garden for myself now. It also makes it hard to consider other types of work, as alot of what I am interested in, requires lifting of some sort. Anyway, i hope your injury is nothing serious and make sure you take care of it properly. Your Vriesea 'Galaxy' is only a baby and I'm sure will grow to look absolutely stunning. Lucky you!I attempted to get some photos off my computer last night, but had no luck. I think I need a different connection. The photos really aren't that good, so I'm not going to bother, but I am sure I will visit the brom ladies garden again in the future, so I'll get more then.
meanwhile
photo one is azaleas, Alcs, kalanchoes and my laundry tub
photo two is the laundry tub. I got the idea from a photo in facebook. Do you think I should paint the outside of the tub?

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perke_patch

August 24, 2012
6:15 AM

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Hi everyone.

Sue I love the plates in the tub. looks amazing. not sure about painting it... maybe a white??? nah go the colourful maybe.

Shirley, glad you like that vr galaxy. it is one from Jen. lucky she brought her plants around on the Wednesday instead of leaving it till last day. I've been potting up some minis this week. never thought about doing it before but last weekend minis were the things that were going. It's lucky Jen brought a lot around. I then went looking for any I had to put out on Sunday as not many left. So next time there will be a lot ready to go.

Jen and I are off to the Gold Coast Brom Society meeting tomorrow morning. Jen is OK now as long as she doesn't talk too much. the tickle still happens after lots of talking. it was probably hard for her last weekend with all the people to talk to but she made it. not sure why she isn't coming on here. I'll check tomorrow to see if she still reads DG or not.

We looked at a Honda CRV 4x4 as Johnny is having problems with his knees and it is hard to climb up out of the small car. anyhow one of his reasons for not taking it was that we had to sell our car privately. Anyhow we could have sold it 3 times over yesterday. So now instead of finding the full price for the CRV we only have to find the difference after we swap our car plus cash difference. We'll be able to do that out of our cash in the bank. so we'll have to plan a brom trip to make use of the room we'll have next week when we pick it up. till then Jen will have to drive us. LOL

I'm off to bed soon so I can get up for our GC excursion. Peter Tristram is one of the speakers so it should be interesting.

Night all
Wendy
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 24, 2012
2:08 PM

Post #9252421

good morning. Just you and I Wendy? I think I will paint that tub, but only have the house colours to choose from, unless I buy paint specifically for it. Maybe just tidy it up with a cream?
Not sure really. My other choices would be brunswick green or manor red.
The days are just beautiful, although the temps were pretty hot yesterday, but this morning is a bit cooler. We've decided to give the cars a clean, which is a waste of time really, with all the roadworks around here, but its a good opportunity to check them over. We used to do it every weekend when we lived in suburbia. Wash the cars and mow the lawns and still have half a day to play! Around here the yard can take all week...all year!
My mulch arrived yesterday, so its sitting in the driveway composting for the next week or so, and I've bought a sack of dynamic lifter to spread before I mulch. I'm also going to apply dolomite to try and keep the acidity down. I'll have to water it well before and after, to try and keep the smell down, as the dogs will be rooting around in the mulch trying to eat the fertiliser! Anyway, thats a week away at least. Hubby and I will try and tackle the bridge this weekend , or next. I only have a few more pavers to make and then we are up to the hard bit.
Shirley, I took a pic of Alc. heloisae on my phone, so I will work out how to get it here and put it on, or, i could just take another this afternoon on my usual camera.
Hubby has just bought me breakfast in bed, so I am off!
Bree, will email you tonight.
Sue
photo one is Alc. extensa with V. tuerkheimii behind
photo two is a succulent in flower

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 24, 2012
2:59 PM

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Hi everyone – Well while you all wait for a drop of rain up north, we are in the same situation down here; just a few spots just to torment us and then just more wind.

I’d just like to add my “two bobs worth” to the comments about the Face Book Brom forums, like any of the other brom forums, the problem is not the forum, but with a very small minority of "stirrers" on them. Someone just makes a comment and then someone comes back with a “smart arsed” answer and it just seems to escalate from there. Unfortunately these people seem to get their kicks from spoiling it for others; it’s always been the case and I don’t imagine it will ever be any different. The best way to stop these people is to just ignore what they say and don’t respond, because if you answer them someone else will then come in with their bit and the whole thing gets out of hand and we finish up with a slanging match which has nothing to do with brom’s anyway!

Wendy – It’s interesting to hear what you have to say about the Ae.Orlandiana Rainbow; if you didn’t pollinate it who did, and with what? What other Aechmeas did you have in flower at the same time or maybe insects just crossed it with itself. It will be interesting to see what the seed produces, and if you have a couple of spare capsules, you could send them down south so I can see as well.

What I do with seed like this that is hard to clean, I just squeeze it onto a sheet of photo copy paper, fold it up and let it dry for a few days, after that they are easily scraped off, but I still reckon the best way is to squeeze it straight from the pod onto the growing medium, I know it’s messy and awkward but there’s less chance of contamination because while ever the seed is in the capsule it’s clean and non-contaminated by external fungi etc.

Sue - I like the pic’s of your garden, you just seems to have that “magic touch” something I very much lack. I especially like what you’ve done with the old laundry tub and the hand pump (that certainly brings back boyhood memories). I personally wouldn’t paint it, leave it as it is and maintain that little bit of what things were like in the past.

It’s interesting to hear what you say about the Ae. Chantinii pods; if they do eventually ripen, I’d really appreciate a little seed if you can spare some as we have a very hard time growing Ae Chantinii down here with the cold, and I’d like to see if growing them from seed makes them more cold tolerant like it does with some of the other types. I’ve also given a few Billbergias another go again this year in the hope of getting a bit of seed, so far so good with a couple, as they haven’t withered up and died like previous ones did (yet)

Shirley – You should know better than to try and move heavy things like large pots, it’s far better to wait until someone else comes along to help as it’s not going to go anywhere.
I like the pic of your vriesea, it has very interesting markings and I’ll be interested in seeing them again when it matures. There are three very interesting and different pictures of it on the BCR http://botu07.bio.uu.nl/bcg/bcr/index.php?genus=VRIESEA&id=8611#8611 just to give you an idea of what you will be getting.

Well that’s about it from me this morning as I have a “Brom Workshop” to go to today. We are using this one to show a lot of the newer members how to clean up plants in preparation for exhibiting at the show and pointing out the things that judges’ look for. We have been having a very good showing at our monthly point score from the novice growers and we are hopeful of persuading them to continue it on and exhibit in our annual show as well. They are all very keen but some just need a “little push” to get them to enter in the show. I always tell them it’s not really about winning prizes but more about showing these beautiful plants for everyone to enjoy.

I’ll just finish with a few pic’s; No.1 is a very old Neo hybrid of Neo ‘Sarmentosa’ x ‘Chloristicha’ No. 2 is an interesting plant of Neo ‘Orange Flush’ - Every year it produces two pups one is plain and one is variegated (the old mother was in the centre but is now long gone), 3, 4 and 5 show three different clones of Nidularium ‘Procerum’ (orange) each one a little different.

All the best, Nev.

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 24, 2012
6:43 PM

Post #9252707

V. Galaxy looks great when mature and love your Alc. extensa Sue. I just got this Alc. called Silver Plum(1st two pics)...
and i got Neo. Rosella, Red River and Martin.

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 24, 2012
10:19 PM

Post #9252866

Hi Breeindy,

I just couldn't help myself, I had to comment on the fact that you got yourself a Neo 'Rosella'. It's a beautiful little plant and a firm favourite of mine ever since I was lucky enough to pick up a prize in the show with it a few years back.

All the best, Nev.

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breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 24, 2012
10:33 PM

Post #9252870

Thats very nice Nev, congratulations.
I really wanted the Red River and thought i may as well get the other two as well. You know how you cant just buy i brom. hehe!
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 25, 2012
3:07 AM

Post #9252906

That's a lovely well formed plant, Nev. Very nice indeed. And Sue, love the tubs. I love the old, used look on those sorts of things, even some "rust" colour or copper daubs? Or both with black streaks? Moss green? Oh dear, stop me someone, please.

Hello everyone. I'm still pottering around but not a lot happening here. Nice to pop in and see all your pics though. I have a few new pups on some of my plants which is exciting, and at least 2 budding up to flower, ones I haven't seen before. Did anyone see the Australian Gardening show tonight? I really enjoyed seeing the last segment showing the Catlans gardens.

Must get the camera out and see what is worth taking more pics of down the back. With the coming of Spring, I can feel my plant love stirring again.

Karen

works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 25, 2012
6:00 AM

Post #9252988

Hi everyone, hope you are all having a good weekend.

Sue, I know exactly what you mean by getting side tracked in the garden … it happens to me all the time. I agree with Nev on not painting the laundry tub, I like the au naturale look as well. Good luck with your bridge building … and you got breakfast in bed … lucky you. Is that succulent an aeonium ‘velour’

Wendy, hope you and Jen enjoy your Brom Society meeting. And good luck with your new Honda CRV too.

Nev, those are nice pics of Vr Galaxy on the BCR, I especially like the albo marginated one. And yes, I do know better than try to move heavy things by myself but I didn’t ask Michael for help ‘cos he has a bad back !!! Mine is actually not too bad today … I have been using the wheat pack and that helps. I have been seeing a physiotherapist a couple of times a week for a painful right hip and have another appt on Monday so will have to have her work on the back injury too. Your neo ‘Rosella’ is a beauty.

Bree, I can relate to what you said about how you can’t buy just one brom … it’s to save postage, right :o) … that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Karen, yes, we saw the abc gardening show tonight about the Catlans gardens. We rarely get down as far as Jacobs Well but certainly looks like it would be worth the trip … maybe one day !!

We did a rather severe pruning (more of a massacre really) in the front garden today. Mind you, when I say we, my part was directing and supervision only. It looks a bit sad at the moment but in a couple of weeks it will start to take off and look so much better.

Hope to get to the market in the morning … need another brom fix.

Bye for now, Shirley


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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 25, 2012
2:28 PM

Post #9253488

woot-woot, look at all the chatter in here! Nice to see everyone dropping in.
I have listened to your advice and think I will save myself the trouble and leave the laundry tubs 'as is'. There are hippeastrium bulbs planted in front, which will eventually hide the front of it when they get their new foliage, but not in time for the comp I think? I wish the judging was this week as there is quite a bit of colour there now, which will probably be gone in a week or so. nevermind.
Nev, if I am successful with any of the Billies and the chantinii, I will certainly send you some seed to try, as you seem to have the magic touch with growing them on. I put all the Aechmea seedlings (from you) that showed cold damage last year, into the hot house for winter, and you should see how lush and green they look! I will be putting them into the garden in morning sun, very soon, but hope they don't burn because they are so tender looking. Maybe I'll give them a spell in a bright spot in the shade house for a couple of weeks first? I think they are blanchettiana varieties, and the Portea Luiz something or other? I would have to check the label. I took a couple of photos of the nudicaulis flower and the bower bird seedling too, which i will post at the bottom. I wish we had a society here in Coffs, where we coud find out about showing plants e.t.c. I am going out with the Coffs garden club this week, to see some of the previous winning gardens, which should give me an idea on what the judges like.
Bree, love your new plants. My favourite is N. 'Running Red River'. I love 'Silver Plum'too, but wish it would get grass pups. It will be a long time before i can get seed to grow more! I had N. 'Rosella' but who knows where it is now! I have sold a few things on that I wish I hadn't, but I can always get them again, and it gives me something to shop for!
Karen, nice to see you back. i hope you are well and rested? I didn't see the gardening show, so will have to find the ABC online and see if I can watch it. I love going to the catlans, such good bargains to be had, and lovely people. I am glad you are beginning to feel the joys of spring, there's nothing quite like it eh? I hope you find something to take a pic of for us.
Shirley, I'd like to do a massacre in my garden too, but it would leave it a bit ugly for the comp, so I'll have to do my big prune a bit later than usual. There's nothing that is too out of control, as I have been snipping all winter, but a couple of wattles need cutting back to let some light in on the plantings beneath. I took the pics of Alc. heloisae for you so here goes.
the first pic is Alc. heloisae from above
the second pic is showing her side by side with Alc. imperialis rubra o show size
the third pic is Nevs nudicaulis seedling in flower, which reminds me of A.'Nivea' so I'd say gamosepala in there, Nev?
pic four is the bower bird seedling, which has definitely got gamosepala in it!
pic five is Aechmea recurvata 'Blush' coming into flower
Sue

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 26, 2012
6:45 AM

Post #9254122

Hi everyone, though it looks like you and me again, Sue.

I love the pics of your Alc heloisae, very nice. I did manage to get hold of one today but it’s a bit shabby looking. I am sure that, with a little TLC, it will come good. I will attach a pic. I got a couple of small broms at the market as well, neither of them named, which is a shame.

It was rather warm today though a cold start to the morning … guess Spring is well and truly on the way.

Hope everyone had a good weekend, bye for now, Shirley


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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 26, 2012
6:48 AM

Post #9254126

Has anyone else noticed how much quicker DG is to load photos since the format changed ??
perke_patch

August 26, 2012
6:55 AM

Post #9254141

love all the pics everyone. We had a great time yesterday at the society meeting. peter tristram's talk was so good with slide shows. lots of the pics looked familiar as I have been to his place with Sue and Belinda. Got some lovely plants from him and other GC growers too. Prices seem to be cheaper at GC as the sellers are all older couples. The BSQ is too full of commercial growers and prices reflect their prices so we are going to join the GC one next month which is the start of their year.

Anyway I picked a few of PT's plants at the start and at cuppa time I was talking to Peter and said if a certain couple plants were still there at the end I would take them just so he didn't have to pack them to take home again. So he said give me $20 now and you can have them. I quickly peeled off $20 and passed it over as I think from memory those plants were marked at $30 or $35 so it was a good price. Then at the end when he started packing up grabbed a great white ($40) and a mac rolf $20 or $30 (can't remember) and said I would save him taking them home for a good price and he said $50 and it was a deal. so I got some really good plants. He showed us some of his seedlings coming on. he has the knack of picking unusual pairs to cross and they seem to work well. he is also doing some good variegated crosses. he thought if Chester can do it and he has the same parent plants then why can't he produce the same type of plants. So he set about it and has some nice stuff coming on.

I'll take pics tomorrow of the new plants I got from him as I still have to pot them up. We also drove up past Ipswich today to deliver our spa to it's new home. tomorrow we will start turning the area into a new seedlings area. we have some shelves to put up in there. we decided to go with free standing shelving so we can drop plastic blinds for winter. we will play around with how to set them out over the next few weeks. I'll take some pics to share of before and after (if I remember in the morning)

Anyway off to bed now. Night all
Wendy
splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 27, 2012
12:40 AM

Post #9254975

Hi everyone - Well I've been flat out like a toe counter in a centipede factory. We had our workshop last Saturday and now I have to get plants ready for our monthly meeting next Saturday as well as preparing plants for exhibition and sales at our annual show the weekend after, so it’s head down and bum up.

Has anyone heard from Colleen? It seems this back injury is hanging on for a lot longer than she originally thought it would. I can just imagine the difficulty she’s having trying to look after two young boys on her own with a crook back. However now the warm weather is coming it should make it a bit more comfortable for her.

Anyway get well soon Colleen and also anyone else who’s on the sick list.

Sue - These Nudicaulis seedlings that all the experts said would just be “selfings” are certainly proving them all wrong aren’t they? They seem to all have the Nudicaulis scapes and upright inflorescence and the Gamosepala flowers; and as you say, the ones with the white flowers do look a bit like Ae Nivea.

So far I’ve had varied flower colours right through from white, pale blue, deep blue/purple, mauve and purple petals, combined with the main body of the flowers which have been pale pink, apricot, tangerine, coral, deep lolly pink and magenta; so quite a cross section of colour. That’s what makes hybridizing and fiddling with seeds so interesting, you never know what you’re going to get.

Today I was looking at a couple of Bill’s I pollinated a few weeks ago and they still look like they might be making seed pods. Does anyone know how long they take before they are ripe? What about you Wendy, how long did yours take to ripen?

It’s easy to tell that spring is almost here, all of the Ae. recurvatas are starting to show some colour. The ones in my yard with the most colour are the ones growing in what’s left of the old Peppercorn Tree which had to be half cut down because it was dying. I had previously grown some recurvata pups on a couple of branches, but since the top half of the tree has gone they are getting unrestricted sun and are really starting to colour up nicely and in a week or two they should be a mass of bright orange.

Well that’s about all I have time for today so I’ll finish with a few pic’s which D.G. has got all out of order somehow. Pic 5 is Neo ‘Mesmerize’ a nice hybrid by Rob Smythe of Townsville, Pic 1 is Neo ‘Burgundy Moss’ which is unregistered so I have no idea who made it, Pic 2 is Neo ‘Rosatina’ x concentrica; one of the larger Neo’s with a diameter of about 22”, Pic 3 is one of the many clones of Neo Correia-araujoi which is a bit bigger still and pic 4 (a not very good shot) of the top of what’s left of my old Peppercorn Tree which is the home for a few Ae. Recurvatas.

All the best, Nev.

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 27, 2012
5:53 AM

Post #9255147

Hi all,

Wendy, looking forward to seeing pics of your new plants, sounds like you got some bargains.

Nev, sounds like you are keeping very busy. Your neo Mesmerize is very nice and I like the way you have Ae recurvatas growing on the Peppercorn tree. And as you said, we all hope Colleen is well again soon.

Nothing much happening here, so, bye for now, Shirley


pics are Ae Orlandianas Ensign and Reverse Ensign

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perke_patch

August 27, 2012
6:21 AM

Post #9255191

he all. Nev I collected some more pods from orlandiana rainbow and washed and dried them for you. I also noticed that the orlandiana snowflake which is mounted on a branch up to right of rainbow also had some purple pods looking from the ground so I had to get the ladder and have a look. I collected quite a few pods and also washed and dried them. I just remember though that the sieve full of seed is still sitting on top of a large neo down under the tree. now I hope it doesn't rain tonight or the wind blow too much to blow them down and spill our seed. So I don't know if the two orlandianas pollinated each other or if it was any of the many aechmeas in the same area. the macroclamys was flowering in that same garden a while back as well as bert, echidna, comata and possibly even recurvata so could have been anything. I'm looking forward to seeing what we get from them Nev. I'll pack them up and get them in the post for you soon. did you still want a pup of hula girl also? I can make a small parcel up. what other pups did you want?

In regard to the billbergia seed pods, I was told to watch for a change of colour on the pod. you will notice the change when it happens and the seed pod also goes soft and squishy. I found if it was ready it came away easily if not it wanted to hang on if you know what I mean.

I took photos today of the spa area before Johnny started on it. The wall is all done and the floor has been cleaned ready for oiling tomorrow morning. then we'll organise our trolleys and shelves etc. I'd say another couple days and we'll be ready to set out our seedlings. I'll get progress shots as we go.

I'm babysitting in the morning so I need to get some sleep so I'll say goodnight now. talk again tomorrow.

Wendy

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 27, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9255927

Heres mine Shirley. Reverse i think. Its the difference just the spines?

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 27, 2012
11:57 PM

Post #9256524

Hello. Spring is definitely in the air. Even we are chattering more than usual. Love it!

Got some pics but nothing new. Hope they look alright.

Karen

Billbergia Rocky Road is a big favourite of mine. This is actually the pup from my original plant.
Blanchetiana with new pup. Exciting stuff :)
Years ago I moved this plant and just dumped it (no pot) on an old rusty iron chair. It has loved it there and clumped up beautifully.
Vr. Angela budding up for the first time. This is still my original plant.
and Vr. Hieroglyphica recovered from an extreme bout of sunburn a couple of years ago. I am pleased it came along so well.



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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 28, 2012
12:17 AM

Post #9256528

Hi everyone – Another nice day here again today and just when I thought “you beaut”, I’ll get a bit of work done and knock over a few more of those jobs for our show, I twisted my bloody knee and am now hobbling around like a cripple, so it looks like I’ll catch up on a bit of computer work I’ve been putting off instead.

Shirley – I love the two plants you posted pic’s of and Ensign is one of my all-time favorites. I’ve tried to grow it here for years with no luck. After three attempts I finally suspected it may just be a clone which didn’t like my conditions, as all of the plants I had tried were all from the same clone which was the only available in our local area. I had never had a problem growing other types of Ae orlandianas, just this particular Ensign. So I sent out an S.O.S. to a couple of my northern brom growing friends to see if I could get a different clone and bingo! I got two, one from northern NSW and the other from Queensland.

At this stage they are both growing extremely well under the same conditions where my other one wouldn’t grow. So the moral of the story is, if at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up. Try and source a plant from a different area and see if that makes a difference; it did for me.

Breeindy – I’ve never taken much notice of the spines as I’ve been too busy just trying to grow it; however the difference between the Ensign and the Ensign Reverse is just that, they are reversed; Ensign has white leaf margins and a greenish centre area while the reverse Ensign has green leaf margins with the creamy white centre area. I still like Ensign the best though as it gets much more colour (at least down here anyway)

Wendy – I’m looking forward to receiving the seed and quite frankly I don’t really care who or what pollinated them with what; they should be very interesting given the plants you had in flower at the time, but I must make a list of them too so we have an idea of who the other parent may have been.

I would certainly like a pup of Neo. ‘Hula Girl’ if you have one to spare and also one of Ae. Macroclamys if you have one. Send me a D Mail and tell me what would you like in exchange?

I’ve just harvested a few more seed pods from some (small) Neo. crosses I did using Neo ‘Small World’, Neo ‘Cheery Day’ and Neo ‘Break of Day’ as the seed parents and the offspring could be quite an interesting mixture.

There was quite a bit of seed so anyone wanting a bit, just let me know and I’ll send you some. I can’t guarantee the viability though as I haven’t even sown mine yet so you just have to take your chances.

Karen – I don’t know Bill. ‘Rocky Road’, but it certainly has nice colour. The pic of the plant on the chair looks a bit like one we grow down here called Neo ‘Stormy Forest’ and it just proves the old theory that brom’s do better growing “on” something rather than “in” something. As for Vr. Angela, well it can still hold its own against the best of them when it’s grown in good light, still a beautiful vriesea, and Vr. hieroglyphica, well it just keeps on going and going and is a beautiful “eye catching” plant.

I meant to tell you all that I heard from Colleen and she’s watching in occasionally and her back is gradually coming good. She also says that the two young grandsons have been really good and helping a lot, so isn’t that great?

That will do me for today and I’ll finish with a few more pic’s hopefully in the right order this time. The first is Nidularium ‘Litmus’ and if you look very closely you can just see a hint of blue starting on the edge of the scapes. Pic 2 is a Billbergia seedling from Bill. Hallelujah x Strawberry (not my cross unfortunately), Pic 3 is my Bill. Hallelujah very much in need of tidying up or even divided (I haven’t decided yet) Pic 4 and 5 are very similar and are two seedlings colouring up for the first time from a cross between Neo. Concentrica x ‘Burgundy Beauty’ (unreg.) and are obviously both showing the Neo. concentrica colouring combined with the smaller size of the Burgundy Beauty.

All the best, Nev.

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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 28, 2012
12:29 AM

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Oooops!!

Nev made a "boo boo".

When you read what I wrote about Nidularium ‘Litmus’ I said "if you look very closely you can just see a hint of blue starting on the edge of the scapes". I don't know what I was thinking about at the time but I should have said "if you look very closely you can just see a hint of blue starting on the edge of the bracts"

If you check a brom. "glossary" you will see that a "bract" is: " a leaflike plant part, sometimes brightly coloured and located below a flower or on the stalk of a flower cluster".

A "scape" on the other hand is "the stem of the inflorescence, usually extending beyond the leaves".

Sorry about that.

All the best, Nev.
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 28, 2012
1:17 AM

Post #9256534

hello all, just a quick drop in. I have had a rello drop in unexpectedly and am finding it hard to get a moment to drop by. I love all the pictures and Karens chair bromeliads look great.
Wendy, it sounds like you got a fw nice plants at some really great prices. I look forward to some photos of the spa area and the new plants sometime.
Nev, I didn't pick up on the scape/bracts mix up. But I knew what you meant! Nice colour in those last two Neos too. Sorry to hear about your knee. Geeze, you should be more careful! heh heh.
Sorry to hear you are still suffering Colleen. Are you getting any treatment? I hope you are up and about soon, what with spring coming on.
Shirley, I've noticed how much quicker it is to load photos, and they also appear before I post, so I can see I have picked the right one.
Well, I went and looked at the champion gardens from last years comp, and there is no way my WHOLE yard could be that tidy all at once. My place is a continual work in progress, with a half finished project around every corner and a new one beginning. I like it anyway, and I think thats what counts. I've got one more paver to make, and the bridge was built on sat/sun, and just needs oiling. I will have to wait until the rello and her dogs have moved on though, as I need to clean the paw prints off first! They have had a ball running around and making full use of the yard.
I'll leave you with a pic of where it was up to on sunday afternoon
Sue

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perke_patch

August 28, 2012
3:23 AM

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hi everyone. Nev I have done up a packet of rainbow seeds for you as well as a packet of snowflake. I've already put down a tray of each and can't wait to see what we get from them. I think I've almost harvested every pod on them both now. the ordinary orlandiana had no fertile pods so something in that garden really took the liking of the birds I think. I'll climb up and check the rainbow in the front yard to see if they also found that one. I've attached pics of rainbow and snowflake in pic 1 & 3.

Pic 2 is the spa area after it was cleared out and floor swept clean

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perke_patch

August 28, 2012
3:52 AM

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I'm so glad we get to preview our pics as I noticed that pic 3 of spa area uploaded quicker than the snowflake so I was able to change the pic numbers.

Pic 1 here is of the new seedling area with the floor oiled and the back wall done in tin on bottom to block those cold & blowy SE winds and shadecloth on top half for air and sunshine. on the north side we've left the open balistrades on bottom with shadecloth on top half. The rainwater tanks are other side of that wall. there will be a bit of pure early morning sunshine coming through that open parts to warm the seedlings in early mornings. Pic 2 shows the older area with tin on right and the old spa area on left part. now the spa area is just a continuation of the older area.

Pic 3 & 4 are new vriseas from the GC brom meeting. Pic 3 is vr red chestnut x hunter. I know how big this one may grow know how big hunter is. it is already a good size so can imagine what it will become. Pic 4 is gulz x ingrid. I liked the vertical striping and lovely pink tips. looks like it will be really good.

I just had to include Pic 5 which is one of John Catlans hybrids. I love it as it is so deep dark red and it flowering at present. It is vr platynema x red chestnut x suckei. the picture doesn't show the deep rich colour but it will give you an idea. It is also a good size against some of the other vriseas around it. I really like it and hope Johnny will try some crosses using it.

Sue I love your bridge. Is that going to be a permanent water feature under it or just an overflow dry creek bed.

That will do me for tonight. I did babysitting duties today but it was only Rylee (1yo) so had a nice rest and read a new magazine once she went down for a sleep. Tomorrow we pick up our new car but have to collect cash to pay for it as that is what the man wants. had to ring the bank today to make sure they would have it ready for me. don't want that counted out in front of everyone in the building.

Night all
Wendy

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August 28, 2012
3:52 AM

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wow isn't this loading so quick tonight. I love it.
bromishy
Townsville
Australia

August 28, 2012
4:08 AM

Post #9256562

Hello Everyone!

I just discovered this wonderful website and I am thrilled to bits. I really enjoyed reading everyone's threads and looking at everyones beautiful brom' photo's, so much so that I decided to register and introduce myself.

Hi my names Trish from Nth Qld, I am a keen gardener and my favourite plants happen to be Bromeliads simply because of their amazing colours / patterns that constantly amaze me, along with their easy upkeep and the wonderful pups they constantly produce.

I collect a bit of everything, but my two favourites are Neo's and Vriesea's.

I will upload a couple of photo's on the weekend.

Until then, I look forward to speaking to you all soon.

Happy gardening!

Trish :)



works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 28, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #9256704

Hi everyone, great to see so many regulars posting and a warm welcome to Trish too.

Trish, you will find the members of this forum very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I joined the forum at the begining of the year and have found everyone to be friendly and supportive and very generous with their advice. I started collecting broms about a year ago and very quickly became addicted to them, my favourites, like yours, are neos and vrieseas. My collection is quite small compared to many of the other forum members but I'm working on it :o)

Karen, great that your Vr Hieroglyphica has recovered so well after burning. My vr Hiero is the only vriesea I have had any problems with. It was one of the first I purchased and has grown very little and always looks rather poorly. I even repotted it, added a little fertilizer … don’t know what else I can do. Perhaps like Nev's Ensign, it's just not a good specimen and maybe I should get another.

Nev, I hope your knee is not too painful and doesn’t stop you from organising your spring show. Good to hear you are having better luck with your Ae Ensign and glad to hear Colleen is recovering.

Sue, your bridge looks good. I think we need you at our place ... you really get things done, as do Wendy and Johnny. We seem to take forever to get things completed.

Wendy, love the pics of your Rainbow and Snowflake. Are the aechmeas as slow growing as neos ?? Love your new vrieseas too. You will no doubt recognise my pic tonight … one of your babies, neo Bruiser … gorgeous.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 28, 2012
5:21 PM

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Hello again. A bit cool this morning. Who turned off the heater?

Trish, a big warm welcome to you. Looking forward to chatting and seeing your pics.

Nev, I really like that cross between Neo. Concentrica x ‘Burgundy Beauty. I have always like those colours, but steered away from bigger plants. That this is a smaller plant really adds to its appeal, IMO.

Wow, Wendy, you have been busy. I remember you saying something about the spa going. Looks great. Congrats on the new car too.

Sue, love the little bridge and look forward to seeing it finished.

Hello Colleen. Hope you continue to take it easy and heal properly. Can't do much without a healthy back. Did Pat tell you we visited her at the craft shop? Wonderful place to visit. We'll be going back for more goodies.

Shirley, I got my Hieroglyphica as a very tiny pup, so maybe it grew into the conditions I have here. It doesn't seem to be a fast grower though getting sunburnt knocked it back a lot. I actually didn't think it would survive as every leaf was burned to a crisp.

A few more current pics of my plants.

Karen

Neo. Enchantment, still a young plant but colouring up nicely.
An unnamed mini neo.
Another noid, but one of my favourites.
Yet another unknown but I like this one too.
Neo. Buccaneer. No sign of this one pupping yet. Maybe soon. I like this one in a clump.










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springer99

springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 28, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9257548

Hi Everyone, how are you all going, loving all the photos as usual :)

A big Welcome to Trish, I'm sure like Shirley said you will find this a wonderful forum and with loads of great information. Quite a few of us started right here, including me :) I'm up North past Cairns, so it's nice to have another North Queenslander on here :)

Sue that little bridge and water way looks amazing, you are so lucky to have a property to do that kind of thing on. I hope you don't cop the kind of flooding you had last time though :)
The new seedling area looks good Wendy and looks like you picked up a couple of nice Vrieseas.
Everyones Aechmea orlandiana's look good, we have the normal one, Rainbow and Reverse Ensign. Still never got the real Ensign, lol.
Wow Nev that clump on Bill. Hallelujah is pretty cool. I was only looking at our Hallelujah the other day and I was surprised how the pup looks quite different to the mum. I have noticed so many crosses are done with Hallelujah yet it seems to be quite a variable grower itself. Mine has taken a long time to give a pup it seems, (it probably hasn't in all honesty I'm just being impatient, lol) cause I would love to see it as a nice big clump. I'll find a pic.
Nothing much else happening, haven't brought anything new in a while, just a big Alc bunnings the other day. Before that I think the latest acquisitions were Vriesea Super Nova and Snows Of Manua Kea, both just babies.

Well pic one is Bill Hallelujah and the 2nd pic is just a quick snap in the brom house the other day.

Have a great day everyone
Tash

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ianperry

August 29, 2012
2:08 AM

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Hi everyone. What an eyeopener this page is.
I live in Mackay and started collecting broms in March last year and if it is different , I want it or at least have done. I have bought some duds and some good ones. The wet season played havok with some and crown rot took some. I love Cryptanthus with their variety of colours and spreading habit. I am also an experimenter and have recently started growing from seeds.I started Acanthrostaccys strobilla on24June and they are now 2" high, I have also started some Aechmea who knows which one and they are 1" tall. I am in the process of potting them on into1.5" seed trays. I tried starting Alacantrea regina alba syn vresia regina alba on the same day and they are just germinating. Yesterday I tried some Portea seed pods and found some germinated inside the pods. Sheesh what am I going to do with all these seedlings. I think I am painting myself into a corner. I don't really know what i am doing but it is working and I'll just keep at it and enjoy the rewards. Have a good one. Ian
bromishy
Townsville
Australia

August 29, 2012
3:36 AM

Post #9257892

Hi All

Thanks everyone for your kind words of welcome!

Welcome Ian, like you I just discovered this wonderful forum (yesterday).

I could not wait to get home from work today, run around the yard quickly to say hello to my Brom's, get back inside and make myself a tea and quickly log on to check todays threads and look at everyones beautiful welcome messages and Brom' photos :) This is the first time I have ever been part of a forum and if I had know it was this much fun I would have joined yonks ago. I can thing of anything nicer than meeting a group of people as addicted to brom's as I am.

My husband understands my addiction with broms' as he has a similar addition for orchids and we like nothing better than pottering around the garden together, and although brom's and orchids are considered companion plants he sometimes calls my broms' bottom feeders which I don’t like :( He has pretty much taken over my nursery to the point where I have had to move most of my brom's out into our garden, lucky for the brom's they have plenty of beautiful trees and shrubs to hide amongst and they are all doing really well as their colours are much more vibrant and they are pupping more. My Vrieseas on the other hand I am still holding with kids gloves, they all live in our large entertainment area which is well lit and well ventilated, but unfortunately I am slowly running out of room and have had to move a couple outdoors much to my horror, my husband keeps telling me they will be ok but I miss having them so close where I can keep a closer eye on them :(

I have some wonderful news to share with everyone - I am "Mother Brom" for the First Time to one of my Vrieseas where I discovered a pup on my Milky Way x Platynema. I am very pleased because I have only had the brom for an approx. 2months and she has not flowered yet, so I think this is great progress? When the pup gets big enough I will share a proud photo.

Anyway, I know I promised to send through some pic's this weekend but this forum got the better of me so please find attached a few photos of my following babies (I call all my brom's my babies):

Photo No. 1 - Neo. Sam Smith (this one happily lives with my Vriesea's).
Photo No. 2 - Vr. White Bands.
Photo No. 3 - Vr. Fosteriena Seideliena Rubra

I better leave it here; my husband’s hitting me up for a cup of tea and I would not mind one also :)

Until I thread next time, take care everyone, I look forward to chatting with you all again soon.

Trish

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works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 29, 2012
6:12 AM

Post #9257986

Hi all, still no rain here in Brissie … think it’s been 40 days now, gardens are starting to look at bit dry, shrubs and trees beginning to look wilted, some losing foliage. I should get out and water but every day the weather bureau predicts rain or storms and I let it go another day. Possible storm tomorrow and/or Friday is today’s forecast.

Hi Karen, love your unnamed mini in the second pic. I think your noid in pic 3 looks like neo Mauve Star, I will post a pic of mine and also neo Enchantment, a favourite of mine too.

Tash, your brom house is looking great and lovely colour in your bill Hallelujah.

Ian, welcome to the forum. I am way too impatient to start growing broms from seed, I am often tempted but … well, actually I have tried a couple of times but wasn’t successful. Lucky you with all those seedlings, you must be doing something right. I am sure you will hit it off with Nev, who is always looking for another male to join the forum as he feels outnumbered by the ladies … so he says :o)

Gee Trish, I reckon I would be reclaiming the nursery or at least part of it, especially for your lovely vrieseas. Better still, if hubby wants to use that one for his orchids, if I were you, I would be insisting that he build you a new one, but I don’t want to start any domestics, LOL.

Nev, hope you knee is improving.

It’s getting late so I’ll catch up tomorrow.

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 29, 2012
2:03 PM

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Wow,newbies! yay! Hello Trish and Ian. Its nice to meet some fellow collectors and two at once is just awesome. Love your pictures,Trish, and laughed at your husbands description of broms as 'Bottom Feeders' It gave me a real chuckle. I'm sure we are all looking forward to pics of your broms and gardens, and Bree and i both like orchids too, so i am sure the rest of our forum wouldn't mind a pic or two of those either?
Ian, good on you for trying with seed. Acanthostachys strobilacea are one of the fastest broms I've grown from seed, and Aechmeas are quite fast too. I find the broms that have seed like dandelions (fluffy like the Alcantarea seeds) take quite a bit longer than the ones with seeds in a berry type. I hope you will show them off to us with photos? We LOVE photos!
Wendy, your seedling area looks like it will take no time to fill! Its a bit flash with the oiled timber floor! heh heh. I bet you're excited about the new car? The new bridge we made will mostly be a dry creek bed, as i don't want to give the mossies and leeches a new home! Hopefully it won't rain so heavily that it washes the rocks away, but in the past it has been quite heavy and I don't imagine it would have that much force. Time will tell.
Shirley, your Neo. 'bruiser' sounds like he could become a bit of a bully in your collection? heh heh. And I'm sure you are working quite well on expanding it too :). I tell you, I am about to run out of steam soon, so i'm making a last rush to get the last paver in, but looking out the window it looks quite bleak, and maybe we will get rain? I have been waiting for it, and have done a little bit of watering here and there. I think mother nature is trying to give me the chance to finish my project, but I got caught up with my visitor, as you do, so maybe she is sick of waiting and the farmers need her more? I think you should do some watering anyway, as it will prepare the ground for rain by wetting the surface, and allowing the rain water to soak in, instead of running off. thats my theory anyway. Besides, I find it very therapeutic to water the garden, how about you?
Karen, I have a little min Neo called 'Bucaneer' x johannis, which looks like yours. I've been trying to get a clump or years. It seems slow to grow, so i fertilised it, but then it gets lanky pups and loses colour, so I guess I should just leave it alone. I found a seed pod on it once and have managed to grow two seedlings from it, but so far both are larger than the parent, and plain green. If they don't start to impress me soon, they will be banished into the garden! I think your Vriesea heiroglyphica has done well to grow out all the damage. i find they respond well to regular liquid fertiliser at half strength, about every two weeks in spring/summer.
Hi Tash, your shadehouse pic is SOOOOO colourful. Your winter sun must be the best for Neos! I think the weather predictions for this year are for dry spells, so hopefully the flooding events are behind us for awhile. I am almost tempted to mulch the gardens that go under, but haven't quite convinced myself its safe to do so. I think all Billbergias are a bit slow to get started, and seem to do better in a clump. Maybe they need the energy produced by the extra stolons to grow faster? John Catlan recommends cutting through the stolons between mother and large pup, but leaving them in the pot, thus giving the mother energy to produce another pup. I am going to try it, as everyone wants a B. 'Hallelujah' and I don't want to divide my pots as I like the clump too much.
Nev must be busy with his sales plants, or maybe he can't hobble to the computer? I'm sure he will be thrilled to see new names (cause we can't really see faces eh?)
Hello to any lurkers looking in. Don't be shy.
Well, I'd better see if I've got any pics to share since i was here last
All I can find is a pic of one of last years winning gardens. Its just a small part of a lovely bush walk that had a few broms and Cliveas, ferns e.t.c in it. I visited them on monday, which was an eye opener, and made me realise I am not the competition type! heh heh.
Sue

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springer99
Queensland
Australia

August 29, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #9258491

Good morning everyone :)

LOL, so glad you are enjoying it Trish, yup I remember doing pretty much what you are, running in to see if there were any posts and it being one of the highlights to my day... kind of still is, lol. (Just have more places to check now, ha ha ha).
Lovely photos, well grown by the looks and a big yipeeee about the pup on MilkyWay X platynema, very exciting!

Ian a big welcome to you! I think you and I have probably been into broms for around the same period of time! he he he. We got our first few years ago, but we were not collectors then, they were just a couple of plants to go in the garden. It was about Feb or March last year that we became brom obsessed! It is amazing what you can collect in plants and knowledge in such a relatively short period of time. Good on you about the seeds, it's fun huh?

Well we did a big tip out on the neo's yesterday to try and find anything starting to flower, as I am still at a loss for what I am going to be able to cross my Mac Tiger. Well I am happy now, nothing too fantastic is in flower, but that's ok, i will store the pollen from Mac Tiger for when I have what I want in flower, but in the meantime I do have some coming in that should be good to use.
I was a bit disappointed to see my Jewellery Shop is flowering too, bugga, it was looking so nice! Oh well, that will mean pups soon I guess.

I mounted my first two Tills yesterday as well, so I thought that was pretty cleaver and I was happy with the results. One is just a tiny one, the other is quite big and grows into a big stiff Till, not one of them itty bitty ones, so one day I might get a name on it. When it flowers in years to come. A friend of mine was given two of them, both old mums with a pup on each, so he gave us one, and when the pup was big enough I took it off in the hope mum might throw another. My friend said he didn't think it would, but no harm in trying... well it is :)

Ok well, I hope you are all well, Spring is basically upon us
Cheers Tash

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 29, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #9258527

Welcome Trish heres my V. white bands.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 29, 2012
4:25 PM

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Good morning, and a big warm welcome to Ian. Glad to have you and Trish aboard. More pics to share, yummy! I love seeing what people have, and what they are doing with it. I'm not into growing seeds but I get very excited when a plant sends out new pups.

Tash, I love the tillandsias. Most of mine are on cork, but I'm always on the lookout for a more interesting backing for them, such as a piece of naturally sculpted wood.

Trish, I love the vrieseas, but that Sam Smith is a beauty. I don't see a lot of orange ones that I really like, though they are around, for sure.

Shirley, I can't wait until my neo. Enchantment pup fully colours. It is one I really like. Mauve Star is a lovely one too. I have a few minis that seem slow to propagate, but others that are clumping up nicely in a short time (comparatively).

Sue, I hope my Buccaneer performs. It is a more recent addition to my collection. I love visiting open gardens to see what creative people do. So many people only plant natives these days for easy maintenance. This is great for the wildlife, but its nice to see some exotics thriving here too.

Nev, sorry to learn about your knee. I hope you are recovering quickly. Bring on the warmer weather to ease all these aches and pains etc.

Bree, nice vr. White Bands there too.

Lets see what pics I can find for today. Take care.
Karen

Neo. Grace red USA
Neo. Gympie Lavender Lace
The tiny Neo. Chiquita Linda
Another favourite, Neo. Pheasant
Beautiful Neo. Sweet Dreams X Painted Desert














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splinter1804
shellharbour
Australia

August 29, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9258681

Hi everyone – Again just another quick visit today, but I just had to welcome our two new members Trish and Ian. It’s really great to see two new members joining our friendly little forum and I’m sure you both will get heaps of enjoyment from being with us. I have been on quite a few forums during the past few years as well as some of the Face Book bromeliad sites and I can honestly say that without a doubt, this is the friendliest forum of the whole lot with everyone going out of their way to help fellow members. I think what makes this forum different is that everyone realizes that that nobody knows everything we are all here to learn and help each other.

As Shirley says I’m especially pleased to see another male member joining us; although we have Mike who is very knowledgeable and pops in from time to time but we don’t see him nearly as often as we would like. I’m especially pleased to see that you, like a few of us here are trying your hand at growing brom’s from seed. I have been doing this for a few years now and can really recommend it as a most enjoyable and interesting part of brom growing and if you would like a little booklet I wrote on the subject, just send me a D-mail with your email address and I’ll send it to you (and that offer goes to anyone else who would like a copy)

A lot’s been happening here lately with Sue re-landscaping her garden, making stepping stones and building bridges; is there no end to this lady’s skills? However I can still see a lot of places to put brom’s in the last pic you posted Sue. Not to be left out of the building stakes, Wendy and Johnny are remodeling an area of their home to make a seedlings growing area which I’m sure will certainly get a workout!

Shirley – I like the pic of your Neo Bruiser (one I haven’t seen before) it’s a beautiful healthy looking well grown plant and thanks for sharing it with us.

Thanks also for the good wishes for my crook knee. It felt a bit better yesterday and I spent most of the afternoon removing dead leaves from the Vrieseas in the shade house and while I was doing this, guess what I discovered? The Spotted Honeyeaters have got babies once again in this same shade house.

When their babies left last year I put their old nest in an empty pot and hung it in a corner, but they didn’t seem interested in it this year and built a new nest on top of another plant. They only had one egg and we got a severe thunder storm one night and they left the nest not long after and it still has just the one old egg in it. Well yesterday when I noticed the mother watching me closely and then disappearing up into the corner and then I once again heard the sound of baby birds begging for food and there she was on the side of the empty pot feeding two babies (at least I think there was only two as I could only see two beaks popping over the edge. Anyway she continued to fly in and out all day feeding her babies and not taking any notice of me whatsoever so she mustn’t see me as a threat- Ain’t nature great?

Karen – What you say about your Vr. Hieroglyphica is very true, plants will adjust better to climatic condition when started off younger. I found I could never do any good with Vr hieroglyphica; they would grow but only just. That’s why I tried a batch from seed and they just grew and grew and I have sold all except one as I didn’t have the space for any more and it’s still powering along. As for those couple of pic’s of my concentrica x ‘Burgundy Beauty’ seedlings, what I find interesting is that at certain times of the day the colour seems to look different, especially late in the afternoon when they take on a definite bluish hue which I don’t seem to be able to capture with the camera.

You have posted another nice batch of pic’s and pic No. 4 looks very much like a plant I’ve had for a few years now and is called Neo ‘Lambert’s Pride’ x [‘Charm’ x ‘Cracker Jack’], it’s not one of my crosses and I originally bought it in Bunning’s with the usual generic label stating it was a “Bromeliad”, but it wasn’t until I re-potted it I found a label down in the pot with that name and that’s what I’ve chosen to call it ever since as I can see bits of both parents in it and expect the label is correct. I especially like your pic No.5 and although it’s one I don’t know it appeals to me as it’s something different to the norm. I also like the pic’s you posted in your recent post today, especially the radial red Neo Sweet Dreams X Painted Desert. There seems to be more and more radial reds popping up in seedlings lately, I know I’ve bred a few as well.

Tash – Wow! What an improvement good light will produce with Neoregelias and what I wouldn’t give to have a bit of your climate down here. That shot of the Neoregelia bench in your shade house is just a magnificent kaleidoscope of colour. I know Vrieseas are your first love, but you really do a fantastic job with the Neo’s as well, so keep up the good work and keep posting the pic’s of your plants. Your Till looks at home in its new mount as well, but be careful you don’t get roped into joining the “VOMIT” club. The radial red Neo’s a beaut, what is its name?

Ian – Like you, Acanthostachys strobilacea was in the first lots of seed I ever planted, and like you I found they grew very fast, unlike Vrieseas which were like Guzmanias and the slowest of the lot. I’ll just give you two bits of advice and first is to keep good records of what you cross and the second is to remember that little seedling eventually grow into big plants and you will very soon have a space problem like anyone else that grows seed. Ruthless “culling” is an unfortunate necessity and you will see by the few pic’s I’m posting today just how seedlings can take over if allowed.

Trish – Growing Brom’s and orchids in the same shade house can be a problem, I know as I originally grew both and sooner or later a choice between the two had to be made, however it’s even more complex in your case as you grow brom’s and hubby grows orchids so without staring a domestic just let me say that I’ve grown them both in shade houses and in the yard as well so there is possibly a chance for compromise; and they do go so well together with the water in the vases of the brom’s creating a good healthy environment with well-balanced humidity which the orchids seems to love also. Also I’d like to say that I’ve found that Vrieseas are just as tough as Neo’s and in some cases even tougher when it comes to standing up to weather extremes, at least that’s what I’ve found down here anyway. Also as regards to brom’s being “bottom feeders” I don’t really know what hubby means by that, as both orchids and brom’s will grow on trees and both will benefit from foliar feeding (top feeding) as well as fertilizer in the mix “bottom feeders”, so you see they do have a lot in common. Again like everyone else you have also posted some great pictures of nice plants and please keep up the good work.

Finally a big “Get Well” to Colleen and anyone else on the sick list and no doubt you are all getting enjoyment from all of the postings of late.

I’d better finish as I said it would only be a short visit today so just a few pic’s to encourage Ian in his seed growing endeavors. Pic 1 is where it all starts very innocently and then it grows to Pic’s 2 and 3. Pic 4 is a few of the Acanthostachys I grew from seed and just when you're wondering if you’ve done the right thing or not, out of a batch of your seedlings pops something like Pic 5 which makes it all worthwhile.

All the best, Nev.

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ianperry

August 30, 2012
12:28 AM

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Hi everyone, thanks for the welcome. So many beautiful bromeliacs and their plants as well. I have been collecting fom Mackay, Proserpine, Bowen, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Dalby. I have also bought plants online and I am technically challenged. I am hoping to extend my bush house and set aside a special area, vermin proof, just for my seed raising adventures. Succeed or not I win because I dared to try. I just went out to take a couple of happy snaps and I will see if I can work out how to post them.
This 1 of my crypthansus, possibly red and green, I might be safer calling it a NOID.
Have a good one
Ian

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brombirdie
Brisbane
Australia

August 30, 2012
3:05 AM

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Hi everybody, great to see so much activity and all the beautiful photos. I'm one of the lurkers. Especially nice to see some new faces. Welcome Ian and Trish. From the colour in the broms, it looks like Spring is definitely in the air. Just wish we'd get a bit of rain in Brissie.
Speaking of seedlings I had to pot up some of my babies from Nev today. They are looking great. Neo Thunderbird x self is eyecatching, dark red and very shiny. The Ursulaea macvaughii 's are almost a metre across and the Vr platynema variegata's are powering on. Thanks for the new seeds, Nev. They sound very interesting. Wendy's place is starting to look like yours. Seedlings everywhere! Goodness knows where they're all going to fit. Guess there's always the roof. Hope your knee is on the mend.
Sue, it's very exciting that you're entering the garden competition. Your garden is lovely and I think you've got a good chance of winning. You have so many quirky, eyecatching things around as well as the beautiful plants. Especially love your tub with the plates and flowers.
Shirley, sorry I missed you when you visited Wendy. The sale was very busy and it was great to meet so many nice brommies. Karen, it seems ages since we've caught up too. Tash, I don't know how you find time to do everything with a new baby. I love your Macho Tshirt. Very creative. Bree, Vr Whitebands is one of my favourites.
Haven't tried loading photos on here for a while so fingers crossed. Sue, you'll recognize the first one, your Vriesea Big Red and the 5th one, Pink Sensation (Plantation Pride). Shirley, no. 2 is the mum of your Vr. Galaxy. 3 is Jungle Jade and 4 is platynema variegata. Cheers Jen

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 30, 2012
6:32 AM

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Hi everyone,

WOW … great to see so many brom addicts on the forum the last few days.

Sue, I would probably find watering the garden therapeutic if I had more time to do it. We seem to be out every day doing really fun things … like dentist and doctors’ appointments, physiotherapy and acupuncture, to name a few. We seem to be falling apart at the seams lately and we never seem to get time to do the things we like to do. I did water all my pots and broms today and that takes hours. Truth is, I have way too many plants … and yet I still want more, more, more.

Tash, great pics, love neo Jewellery Shop. Mine got burnt a while back and I thought I might lose it but it has come back and looks quite good now.

Bree, vr White Bands is lovely too and another one that I don’t have. There are just so many absolutely beautiful vrieseas and needless to say I would love to get them all.

Karen, nice pics, as always. Are you keeping well at the moment.

Nev, I agree that Mother Nature is great. I noticed a couple of wallabies today at the back of the house and a tiny little head sticking out of mum’s pouch. Really makes you appreciate living away from suburbia. That’s certainly a lot of seedlings you have there. And dare I ask, what is the ‘VOMIT’ club ... I imagine the ‘T’ stands for till ... please explain !!!

Jen, great to see you back, hope you are over your flu bug. Love your vriesea pics. I have a vriesea which I purchased as ‘Big Red’ but it is quite different from yours. I will add a pic. Love the vr Galaxy I got from you. Your vr Jungle Jade and vr Pink Sensation are just gorgeous too. If ever you have a spare pup of either, I would love the buy them.

Just curious to know what size collections everyone has. I know Nev told me a while back he thought he had about 1500 and I know Wendy and Johnny’s collection is huge. I have a small collection by comparison, around 250 and wonder how many broms other forum members have.

Anyway, that’s it for me, bye for now

Shirley

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perke_patch

August 30, 2012
7:03 AM

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Hi everyone. Welcome Trish and Ian. Love all those pics from everyone especially that nice red/orange one in your first pic Trish. Love that colour. And Ian so glad there's another one of us trying the seed raising. Nev will have you an expert in no time. Sorry I didn't pop in last night now. don't know what I was doing that I didn't get to log on here. I think I got caught up watching something on TV in the office and the computer got forgotten. I know I turned it off before I turned TV off.

I spent this morning putting seedlings and seeds into the new area while Johnny went to see his mum. In between seedlings, I managed to do some baking. I made banana bread and berry muffins (both gluten free of course) Then while they were still warm we got visitors so we then spent ages sitting downstairs chatting, drinking tea and eating freshly baked goodies. Then this afternoon we were just going to make a cuppa and sit on the verandah for a rest and another couple of brom friends from Cooran popped in so we sat downstairs and had more tea and muffins. Lucky I baked hey. Anyway after a lot of walking around the yard and chatting etc we had a lovely day but not much achieved.

Oh I did plant a tray of Acanthostachys seed that someone had given me a few pods of. Wow those seeds were big when I popped them out and washed them. It was easy to plant one seed at a time and make sure they all had room to grow. I'm glad to hear they are quick growers. I can get them through the new seedling area and out into the yard before I run out of room hahahaha. As you all guessed I've managed to fill the new area. I'm emptying each of the plastic covered houses one at a time and washing the plastic covers to let in maximine light. I've been wanting to do that for a while now so the new area and 1 new plastic covered shelf gave me the space to do it.

Nev today I discovered that the area where the orlandiana rainbow and snowflake are has not got a bert full of ripe seed pods. it seems to be just that one overcrowed area where birds and insect hang out that has the cross pollination. the orlandianas in other areas of the yard have no ripe seeds. Oh and the macroclamys seem to be getting really fat pods so they are possibly with ripening seed too. seems to have been a lot of crossing happening in that area around the same time.

pic 1 is the new seedling are this morning after I started setting out all the seeds and seedlings. Sue the floor was what we put down for the spa and when we took it out the area that had been under the spa was a different shade to what was outside it. So we had to clean it and revarnish. Now the smell is making Johnny feel sick so this morning a bucket of strong & hot pine-o-cleen was poured all over it to neutralise the smell.

Pic 2 is Rylee this week when we babysat her and she tried her new motorbike I bought her. I had to walk around beside her pushing the pedal down to make it go. when the back couldn't take anymore she stood up to complain and actually made it go. won't be long and she'll get the hang of it. We will have both girls again on Monday night and all day Tuesday. Their mum got a job at Dreamworld and induction day is Tuesday. Hope she organised daycare quickly as Johnny doesn't want to be tied down every day. We love having them but both of them all day every day will quickly become a chore. Rylee on her own was easy the other day when mum had her interview. and Emily is no problem alone either as she loves to help us pot and work in the garden but 2 together always seems harder for some reason.

Pic 3 is the area which is producing all the ripe aechmea seed. the snowflake is on the end of the branch to the left of the tree. it seems to be sitting on the red gutter on the roof next door. This pic was taken last summer so some plants are in different spots now.

Pic 4 is a groups shot of our concentrica seedlings. I particularly like these three especially the top one which looks a lot like Alan Freemans hybrid called Narelle. I'll take some more pics of the seedlings tomorrow. we've potted out quite a few different ones now and pumped some fertiliser into them so they are really growing on now.
Bed is called again now so I'll lot off and have a shower. Goodnight all. hope everyone is getting some rain tonight. It's not looking promising for us here but we can still hope. Facebook is full of comments about the thunder and rain on the roof but not here unfortunately. If we don't get any we'll be buying water next week. Ah well.
Wendy

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perke_patch

August 30, 2012
7:11 AM

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Hi Shirley
You posted while I was typing so I'll fill you in on the vomit club. it stands for "very old men into tillandsias. The first time we heard it was from John Catlin so not sure if he first termed it or not. But it is often stated now so perhaps it is one of his sayings.

Night all
Wendy
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 30, 2012
2:04 PM

Post #9259578

good morning everyone. Geeze, its crowded in here! heh heh. move over Jen, let me squeeze in!
Lots of nice photos being shared. My favourites would be Tashs Neo. 'Jewellery Shop', Jens Vriesea 'Pink Sensation' and Karens Neo. 'Pheasant'
Glad to hear your knee is on the mend, Nev. and about that garden, its one of the local gardens that won the comp last year, but I agree, it could do with more broms!
Ian, I think you are doing exceptionally well, for someone who claims to be technically challenged. Now we know you can get your photos on, we expect great things from you! heh heh
Jen, you have got some great colour into those Vrieseas, your shadehouse must be in the perfect spot. Nice to see a couple of former babies doing so well. I don't think I ever had my Vriesea 'Pink Sensation' looking that good! Did I miss something? Where is Tashs Tshirt?
Shirley, sorry to hear you are falling apart! I hope you can keep it together for a while yet!
I'm not sure what size my collection is. I used to keep a record of every plant I purchased, and where it came from e.t.c. Since then I have sold a few, and gathered a couple more, but at he last count (a couple of years ago) it was around 200 varieties. I imagine, as individual plants, it could be 1000 or so? Not really sure, as there seems to be a bromeliad around every corner, and in every crevice these days! I've even taken to attaching them to trees!
well, almost finished with the bridge. The last paver will be ready to have the form work removed this afternoon, and meanwhile I'll keep adding the rock into the area, and then wash the bridge, ready for oiling. So one more day of sunshine if you don't mind, mother nature?
My picture today is another competition garden one, as I haven't taken any new ones this week.
sorry there are no broms in it. I guess they just need to be educated?
Sue

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 30, 2012
4:38 PM

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Sue, I enjoy seeing pics of other people's garden creations.

Wendy, like you, we didn't get enough rain to do any good. It just didn't last long enough. Thought I heard thunder. Mustn't have been overhead though. Seedling area looks great.

Shirley, my collection isn't very large, under 100 though I haven't counted. Until I find out what is happening with this rented house, there is no point getting more plants. Thanks for asking. Like most chronic illnesses, there are good days and bad ones, but mostly I am in between. I am just praying I don't get that dreaded flu. My week next week will be like you've described with appointments in all directions. Keep well.

Nice lot there Jen. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Ian, that looks like a nice crypt. Looking forward to seeing more.

Nev, glad to hear you are on the improve. What you say about capturing a plant's colours is so true. I've had some glowing at certain times of the day, but do you think my dumb camera can pick it up? No. Like that Gympie Lavender Lace (one I got from Jen) - It is such a beautiful plant, (well, I think so) the colours and texture are amazing, but the camera just doesn't pick up all of it. I got the red stripey one from Wendy, but I think she said it was someone else's seedling, not sure. It is beautiful and I'm very pleased with the colour in it.

Hello Colleen, and anyone else dropping in. Have a gread day.

Not sure what I've got left in the pic bin today. I'll go look.

Karen

Neo. Zoe, one Nev sent me.
A little spotty one from Wendy's. I have the name but can't find it quickly enough.
An aechmea budding up.
Possum holding two minis.
And Tillandsia Ionanthus.





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ianperry

August 31, 2012
3:29 AM

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Hi all, Just read through Nev's book again and this time it has got pictures. It is very close to what I have been doing. I got mould on my first attempt and painted each seed with vinegar. It killed the mould and had no harmful effects on the seedlings. I still don't understand why they got mouldy but some of the others have. I have also tried a dry mix of coco peat and seed raising mix, 50/50 and spray the seeds in with miltons baby bottle sterilizer tablets with reasonable success. The seeds are a little slower to germinate and need a weekly watering in.
I have at last count 300 different broms, but then I have had a few trips away and a few group meetings since then. I also have a heap of unnamed ones as well.I have to do a stocktake soon and check on my labeling system.The name tags keep either fading or dissapearing and I am not ready to engrave permanent name tags as yet.
I put some photos on my computer yesterday and the computer has them hidden from me at this moment. I will find them eventually.I remember the file name but cannot access it. Found some more instead.
Have a good one.
Ian
Black Magic 1 Macintosh2 NOID3 forgotten4 Ebb Tide.5

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perke_patch

August 31, 2012
5:57 AM

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Ian, I love your cryp taffeta. that is one I don't have yet. Only just started collecting crypts this year and have about 15 or 20 I think? I have one of Margaret Patterson's hybrids called marble green that looks similar to your 2nd pic of Macintosh but without that darker strip down the leaves. I'll post a pic for you.

pic 5 is a favourite of mine crypt wirley gig. I have 2 big sized ones cause I like them so much. not pups yet though
Pic 2 is another nice one called voodoo. It also looks a bit like your macintosh
Pic 3 is an oldie but a goodie called 'it'. It's one I've had for a long time so have several pots full of them.
Pic 4 is another favourite of mine calle Marion Oppenheimer. I have 2 clones of it... a small one and a slightly larger clone

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works4me

works4me
Brisbane
Australia

August 31, 2012
6:27 AM

Post #9260237

Hi all, we had just a very light sprinkle of rain last night, nothing since. We really need some more but a fine weekend would be nice. We had a lovely lunch today … fish and chips on the foreshore at Sandgate. It was very quiet, we had the place almost to ourselves. In a couple of weeks it will be so crowded as it’s a very popular spot, especially on weekends.

Wendy, Rylee looks very cute on her new motorbike, she has such lovely blue eyes. But, Dreamworld is a very, very long way from Dayboro isn’t it. Your concentrica seedlings look like winners, I personally like the one in the front on the left … with the yellowish colouring. How long ago would you have sown the seeds for these? Also, thanks for enlightening me on the “vomit club”

Sue, hope you got the extra day of sunshine you needed. Once you get your pavers and bridge finished, you’ll be able to take a bit of a rest … you must be just about exhausted, I know I would be.

Karen, cute possum.

Ian, I love your NOID crypt in pic 3 … stunning.

Hope everyone has a good weekend. My pic tonight is neo Tangerine, starting to colour up nicely.

Bye for now, Shirley

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bromishy
Townsville
Australia

August 31, 2012
8:14 AM

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Hi everyone (apologies in advance for the long thread)

It’s been a couple of days since I last threaded, had a huge week at work and when I got home today I decided to vacuum the entire house pretty much inside and out  and got stuck into some of the gardening that I was going to leave for tomorrow (could not help myself) I think I needed a bit of fresh air. Going to be spending the weekend in the garden as 30 more brom’s have arrived, also cleaning up the nursery first thing tomorrow and tending to my veggie patch later in the arvo, lots of nice yummy things growing at the moment – Chinese cabbage, lettuce, silverbeet, celery, capsicum, tomatoes, many herbs and also avocados, lemons and the Bowen Mango’s have started to bud.

Thanks everyone for your kind welcome and valuable advice. Pleased to hear the great feedback on my Neo’ Sam Smith, in the whole 6 months since first purchased it’s vibrant colour has held strong with no hint of green anywhere in sight and it lives very happily amongst my Vriesea’s, I dare not move it because it is doing so well and I love hovering over it in the morning with my cup of tea before heading to work.

Hi Shirley, thanks - yeah I plan to claim back a small portion of the nursery mainly for my smaller Vrieseas to give them a better head start (have a few in there at present), all my mature brom’s appear to be doing better since I relocated them to the outdoors and the Vriesea’s are really thriving in our entertainment area. I do still have my ferns, white and black bat plants, pitcher catchers and various cuttings still occupying the nursery which is great. Oh, and in answer to what size collection everyone has – I think I have just clocked over about 300Broms.

Hi Sue – thanks - glad to read you liked my brom’ pics. I will chat with hubby to see if he would like to share a couple of orchid pic’s with everyone, he has some really nice one’s flowering at the moment and the nursery is full of so much beautiful colour and the smells coming from some of them are intoxicating.

Hi Tash – thanks - I am still thrilled to bits on the discovery of my first Vriesea pup and even my husband with tickled pink when I showed him, we just did not know what to expect from them and this just gave us hope for all the other Vriesea’s we have as we have been madly collecting them without really knowing as much as we would like to about them, but never the less it just feels right so we have not stopped  Tash also loved your pic of Jewellery Shop – great size and colour, I have a much smaller version that’s a couple of months old but I’m yet to take a photo. You did a great job with Mounted Till, I brought one from the last Townsville Orchid Show and have it tied to our Mango Tree; it appears to be very happy there.

Hi Bree – thanks for the welcome; nice Vriesea White Bands, how great are the prominent marking, the white is just so white – amazing. I want to get more of this one because of how much it stands out in the crowd.

Hi Karen – thanks for the feedback on my Vriesea pic’s and Sam Smith. Great pic’s of all your Neo’s – such wonderful colours.

Hi Ian – thanks – great pic’s of all of your Crypthansus, I only have about 4 of these but I do not know what any of their names are because I have either been given them as a gift or picked them up at markets with no tag. They are so unusual looking and the ones I have appear to be doing fine.

H Jen – thanks for the welcome – loved your Vrieseas (my favourite), how amazing are the colours and leaf markings - unbelievable. I have attached a couple below that are doing really well.
Hi Wendy – thanks for the welcome – yeah I am really pleased with Neo’ Sam Smith. Loved all of your pic’s. Looking forward to seeing your seedling pic’s.

Hi Nev – last but not least – thank you so much for warm welcome and wonderful advice, glad to hear Vriesea’s are tougher than I thought they were; I will have no choice soon but to move some more of them out into the garden. Nev, I was totally blown away by all of your seedlings WOW your pictures are amazing and I could not believe how strong the little seedlings looked sitting so proud in all the trays they shared. How do you find the time to do everything? You are very dedicated and organised by the looks of things.

Well everyone I better get to bed its 1AM – Oops way past my bed time  I apologies if I have missed saying hello to anyone – Hello  or for any bad typos.

Have a great weekend everyone, look forward to chatting soon!

Trish

Pic. 1 – Aechmea Lue Odemanniana Rodco-Inverta (this was on its tag – oh my?).
Pic 2 – Canistram Triangulare.
Pic 3 – Vr. Hieroglyphica
Pic 4 – Neo. Amazing Grace
Pic 5 – Vr. Platynema Variegata x Uluru Sunset

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 31, 2012
1:31 PM

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good morning all.
Karen, thats a nice group of photos there. I hope you can stay clear of the flu, as it seems to be everywhere this year. Just going to the supermarket is a risk!
Hi Ian. Your Crypt. 'Black Magic' is very dark eh? Number three is a stunner. I'm afraid I am a bit of a Crypt snob, although I do have a couple. They don't grow well for me, even though I follow growers advice. I've had to winter them in the hot house this year, so maybe that will give them a head start now that we are in spring.
thats right, first of the month. I'll go start a new thread later.
Shirley, the weather held, he rocks are done and the last job is to oil the bridge, which is first up this morning, then its photo time. yes, I am exhausted, as i put in a bit more effort than usual to get it finished yesterday. I still have quite a bit to do to ready the garden for judging, so not much rest yet, but sitting in bed on the tablet, sipping a lemon and honey drink, with a wheat pack on my neck and shoulders is a lovely way to start the day. Your lunch date sounded lovely. Thats something my hubby and I would do too.
Trish, like you I got the vacuuming done yesterday, and when i go outside, I'm gone until dark! I've taken to writing a list of what needs doing and tackling one thing at a time, or else i am all over the shop! I also keep orchids in with my broms, and also pitcher plants, succulents, bonsai, staghorn ferns e.t.c. My orchids are beginning to flower too, and yes, the fragrance is gorgeous. Your Aechmeas spelling should be luedemanniana and yes it is 'Rodco' inverta. Its a great plant. (I have this one too) All your photos look stunning, and don't worry about your typos, we are all guilty of those! I have spell check, but a couple still manage to get through.
I'll BRB, but first will go and start a new thread for spring.
Sue

weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

August 31, 2012
1:39 PM

Post #9260697

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1277963/
Our new thread is ready and waiting for you, just click on the link.
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