Sunday, January 12, 2014

Thinning out the herd

The bromeliad herd that is, yes the time has come to face the overpopulation of bromeliads in my small urban garden.  My wife does not like them, I will admit that I have too many, and they are partially responsible for the over population of mosquitoes in my garden.  

My bromeliads did not get the memo about the one child policy at the DragonFly Garden.  Most of the plants will have two to three pups and that’s how I ended up with a garden mostly populated by bromeliads.  I try to find new homes with neighbors and friends, but is getting harder to place all the new comers, I could throw them in the garbage but that goes against my gardening genes.

 Did you know that Spanish moss is a bromeliad.

Fireballs are great for ground cover; this bromeliad was my first, a gift from my dad, and it is responsible for my obsession.  I use it anywhere I need to cover a bold spot, and at the bottom of tree trunks, the colors vary from red to green depending on the amount of sun it gets.

 Aechmea Blachetiana is a popular bromeliad with gardeners in South Florida, the blooms are spectacular and last from three to four months.  The leaves have deadly spikes, so I will need a hazmat suit before I work on this one.


Sujata said...

Love your collection! Wish I was close enough to take some off your hands!

Elizabeth Hart said...

This post reminds me of the very first house we ever bought in Miami - well before I knew anything about gardening. One section of the yard had dozens and dozens of bromeliads and someone had told me they made great hiding places for bugs so I pulled everyone up and trashed them. The previous owner was so disgusted with me and it wasn't long before I understood why. As an avid gardener now, I'll never forget that.

Yours are just beautiful!

Stiletto ElsieXie said...

I love how you make use of your bromeliad. I think its so lovely so please do not cull them. You were right in following your gardening instincts.