Hey everyone! This board has been kind of slow but I have a couple of blooms to share with you. The first is a first-time bloomer for me - Androlepis skinneri. I've had it about three or four years and I guess it finally got happy enough to bloom. It's just emerging so I'll try to post more photos as it grows. I love the way the white is tipped with pink. By the way, this is the most vicious bromeliad I own - not for the faint of heart!
Secondly, my Aechmea gamosepela are blooming all over the place. I have a clump in the front yard that gets full sun and a clump in the backyard that's in shade under an oak tree. They all bloom happily. This is probably my favorite bromeliad in that it's the one that first attracted me to bromeliads. They look like they should be growing on an alien planet! This is also a good first bromeliad for beginners; I find it to be a regular bloomer with little care needed.
Here's some shots from around the yard. I don't know the exact names of all these since I couldn't find their tags (and I didn't have gloves on to go exploring). So just for fun, here's some blooms and one of my favorite Neos!
My crypanthus just finished blooming. Guess it will make a pup or two. Last summer I went to the Chicago botanical gardens. One of the greenhouses had bromeliads and orchids. It was lovely. Am looking forward for the chance to go to Florida and visit some of the growers and shops. It must be Unimaginable.
A few more bloomers today. My Quesnelia testudo is getting started. Then, my Aechmea is just starting to put out its bloom. I believe this is Aechmea bromeliifolia but I lost the tag so I can't be sure.
I found another bromeliad coming into bloom today! I don't know why they've all decided to bloom, but I'm loving it. I'm not sure what the first picture is; it might be a smaller one of the bromeliad I showed above. The second and third pics are Aechmea serrata which I just purchased at a local plant festival.
First image is an almost open inflorence of Aechmea Bert. The second is of Neo. Olens grown in deep shade.
I just figured out how to take images with my Kindle Fire hd, so this is an experiment with uploading here.
A few more in bloom.
1. Neo. McWilliamsii is a Brazilian species described in 1969 by Lyman Bradford Smith.
2.Neo. Super Fireball is a Bullis hybrid from 2005 created by crossing 'Fireball' and compacta
3. Neo. Treasure Chest, a Grant Groves-P. Waters hybrid from 2003. Parents are 'Pink Sensation x 'Royal Burgundy
4. Neo. Bob and Grace is a R. Larnach hybrid, Meyendorffii x'Beefsteak' parents from 2000.
My. Georgeous. Is Bullis hybrid a hybrid named after someone. I may have a couple looking as though they are ready to begin blooming, but are not as advanced as yours above. I lost about four or more broms in the greenhouse this year.