With the water shortage, I am gradually changing to succulents wherever a water-guzzler needs replacing. I found TROPIFLORA, here in Sarasota. (On Tallevast, between 301 and I-75.)
Frankly, I was not prepared for the expanse and breadth of their nursery. They have only about twenty acres, and much of it is under cover.
We were looking for succulents, but their bromeliads and orchids were spectacular, and most enticing. We could not ignore the tremendous order they had set aside for shipment to Singapore. Some of those plants are magnificent !!!
We managed to gather a few specimens -- and would have taken more if we had the space. They are gorgeous!
They are having a thing they call a FESTIVAL, April 3-5. They promise food and drinks -- but just wandering through their nursery would be treat enough. We'll try to get there.
Yes, I am still here - LOL! I won't be going anywhere unless something forces me to - ie my grandbabies move away - I will have to follow, OF COURSE! I decided, after talking to a neighbor who has gardened here for 50 years, not to put any of my succulents in the ground.
Hey Kay, I have some of those Americana Agave. I got a couple plants from a freecycler, one is getting pretty big now. She keeps sending roots underground out into the pathway. Low and behold pups appear. I have to dig them and move them or share, otherwise they get trampled by me and if I sidestep and let them grow, they do have some sharp spikes on the tips of the blades.
You should come down sometime take some plants home that are proven to live in our zone.