Thanks Chantell, Appreciate your praise! I am still watering, which is real strange for July in Fla. The heat is awful and dries out the "cups" in the bromeliads quickly! Will be away for 4 days or so...i have a great "house & pet sitter" that takes good care of the watering...i think she has her work cut out for her, as even the ponds are dropping every few days and need topping up! Amazing! Bless her diligence, as it is a bit of work keeping things watered lately! sue
Thanks georgia!! My house sitter did a great job while we were away..we are starting to get more rain, which lessens the work...i am seeing an amazing amount of butterflies this week?! Our zebra longwings, a lovely species of butterfly are everywhere!! sue
Hi Sue, lovely pictures. You have inspired me to add succulents to my Bromeliad garden! The sun is pretty strong here. I don't believe you have got your Broms out in the full sun! Do they recieve any shade at all?
How similar are dg names are and our real names? lol...the bed does get some afternoon shade..in spite of that..i occasionally get sun burn on the leaves of the broms...now our sun is traveling a different route, so there is more shade...Many of my succulent books that have outstanding garden photos come from New Zealand and Aust. so i know you can grow succulents fabulously in your country! Since the broms only really need water in their cups, you can keep the rest of the bed with succulents somewhat dry...i give and get (our summer rains) a lot of moisture, sometimes too much...that bed is on a slight grade to drain off excess water...try it...the variety of plant shapes, makes for an interesting garden...good luck! sue ps. some of those succulents are nestled in between the broms. in pots! This works very well, if they are not happy you can move them...or put some color where ever you want! Hope to see photos of your efforts..
This is a shady bit where I am growing Sansevieria to hide the pipe work to the pool. I have a couple of Small Broms in here. I buried them pot and all incase they didn't do well, but they have been there nearly 3 years now.
This pic is a garden outside of a Wholesale Nursery I visited recently. The Broms are HUGE. They are in full sun but seem to be quite Happy. I would love some of the large burgundy ones. If anyone out there has an ID for me, I'd appreciate it.
Wow, Sue, i would say you will have no trouble growing Broms where you live...i didn't realize "Spanish Moss" Tillandsia Usneoides...(i know i mangled that last word) grew in Australia? It is a bromeliad too...Are you sure those burgundy ones are broms? I know the yellowish ones are, as we have them in Fla. also...many large broms. can be grown in full sun..you just have to know which ones...your local plant nursery could help you? Great pics! sue
Where I am is quite sub tropical and gets quite humid during the spring/summer and autumn, making it an ideal temp for the Spanish moss. I bought a plastic bag of it off a man years ago and draped it here and there and now it's everywhere. I use it to disguise logs, poles, fences, wire e.t.c.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure the purple ones are Bromeliads. The Nursery specialised in Bromeliads for the big department stores, but I don't think they had their stock up on that one yet. They get alot of tissue culture from Asia to start the Bromeliads and to keep up the stock. (It's my dream job to work there!)
We have a little bit of rain at the moment, but when it clears enough I will take a pic of some of my Brom gardens, but mean while here is one I took a couple of weeks ago of an unidentified Brom in my Garden. (think its an Aechmea)
Lovely, sue, i think it is an aechmea too...but which one, i couldn't tell you! I have Aechmea "testudo" and the blooms are red, but similar to the bloom shape as yours...they are a bear to cut back, my arms and hands get all torn up when trying to contain them! Even wearing long sleeves and gloves...but they will grow where most things won't...
Tell me about it! I've done a bit of gardening for a lady with a large Bromeliad collection and always wear long sleeves and pants as it was very painful the first time I went. Quite alot of them have sharp edges eh? I've been able to get a nice collection going, but as yet don't have all the names. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to stumble accross one the same in a nursery, but it drives me insane when the lable says, "Bromeliad spp." Grrrr!
This Bromeliad I suspect is a Bilbergia. It is quite large with a narrow vase and is slow growing. This is the first time it has flowered since moving here and replanting it 6 years ago! Maybe it will reproduce a bit faster now that it has flowered.
hi Ashley, Your climate would be perfect for them, as that is my zone too! They are not fussy about soil,(hard clay wouldn't be too great!) since they are "air plants"..in fact i plant them under oak trees where not much likes to grow except weeds! The big thing is they cannot be planted in constantly moist or wet areas, as their roots will rot! They do love a "mulchy", oak leaf compost soil. or wood chips. (any commercial ground coverings,).lots of organic matter. I have huge colonies, in all areas of my yard, some of the prickly ones are getting way too invasive! The beds i have pictured have a slight slope so water drains off...of course i always keep water in their cups! They are so easy to grow...you will find them spreading quickly! Good luck! sue
Thanks plantmover, i don't think they would stand up to your frosts and freezes, unless you could protect them (greenhouse)...the most colorful ones are the neoregelia's...and they are the ones that are most prone to frost damage and cold temps! thank you for the nice words! sue
Hi Sue, (been awhile) Just a question on your broms. Are they mostly Neoregelias?
I have been collecting since I last posted and am in the midst of potting up pups off the little bright red Neo's. I have also procured an Aechmea blanchettiana and have plans for a dry climate garden, with built up beads of sandy soil with pockets for the bromeliads.
We are having a very wet summer, which the broms are loving, but I've had to put the succulents under cover as they are starting to go to mush! I'm going to plan the beds that the taller plants will protect the smaller succulents from direct rain, but allow them the afternoon sun, and the broms will go according to shade tolerance, which I will work out by moving them around in pots to begin with.
So, I will get you some photos as soon as it begins, but it won't be until this rain finally gives up.
I just love your garden and it has really inspired me to make a show of all the lovely broms I have, instead of putting them up the back under the trees where they are covered with leaves and bark! (although, they doo love it!)
Those are beautiful Sue. Wish I could saunter over and help you plant and design. Wouldn't it be fun to really be able to visit each others gardens? Show us what it looks like when you get them moved into their homes. I love to look at peoples pictures.
Hi Chantell, Sue and Cindy! I have been away seeing my 86 yr. old mom, so i am now getting back to my mail! Sue, you have been busy! those look wonderful! I have mostly neo's as i love their colors, and variety..I am constantly pulling oak leaves out of the cups of the broms! We are having our big leaf drop now. They are looking fine, but not as colorful as they will be with our spring approaching..we need the stronger sunshine..as our sun climbs, more light will color them up! Your garden will look great when you get it together! Looking forward to more pics! sue
Wow !! Sue, it all looks great!! your yard is lovely, looks much better groomed than mine! hey, where's the "roos?"...hee, hee...i guess you don't want any of them munching on your super collection!! You have a real variety...alot of money there! I have some of the Petropolitanias...they are everywhere, as i move clumps of them...you have some nice neos...that will get even brighter in your summer...great job lady!! sue
Thanks Sue, Roo's? They're everywhere! We have a fence and dogs so that keeps them out. I don't know that they'd eat Broms, but my dogs do! They especially like what I think is a Nidularium. It has much softer leaves than the rest and must taste good, because they won't leave it alone! I will have to take it out of its current position and put it somewhere more protected. (Either that or tie up the darn dogs!)
I am really looking forward to the Neos colouring up and bought one called n. kautskyii which is supposed to go a very bright yellow/gold with red splotches! Can't wait!
I have managed to pick up my broms at bargain prices by doing my homework and approaching people in the know! I'm looking forward to being able to sell some on as they produce kiki's, but must remember to always keep a couple of kiki's growing for myself!
The other Sue
oh sue!!! i absolutely love the photo! i was kidding...i didn't know they came to the "burbs"!! AMAZING!!!!! Thanks for posting that fabulous photo!! My husband who lived in Australia (Melbourne) as a young child, asked me to ask you is it a red or a gray? From the size he says it looks like a red? That was so neat!!! I am amazed you could get so close to it?! sue
Theres hundreds of them around our area. I think they are Greys. This one was rather big, but not fully grown yet, so he wasn't too bothered, but I had never attempted to get close to one before and was surprised. (only did it because theres a fence between us) We have bus loads of tourists going through every day Roo spotting! So I guess the roos are used to peple trying to get close, especially those with a camera. You do have to be carefulll, becuase they can/will attack you if its breeding season or you look at them the wrong way!