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Jul 3, 2020 6:43 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Continuing from the June thread I finally witnessed the open flowers on XNeomea 'Exquisita' today.
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Jul 4, 2020 5:34 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Jul 4, 2020 5:25 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Amaryllis Enjoys or suffers hot summers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plumerias Orchids Foliage Fan
Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
Noticed today that Neoregelia 'Smithii' is in top coloration as it approaches the flowering stage.

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Jul 5, 2020 9:26 AM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
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Red, white and blue (and a bit of yellow) Billbergia 'Celebration' hit the date right on the button, blooming for the 4th.
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Jul 5, 2020 9:29 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Hurray! Fireworks that do not scare the dogs. Hurray!
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Jul 5, 2020 12:24 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Elaine, Great name for a Billbergia and timing, this sparkler is about to open too...I think it is B. Beadleman
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Jul 5, 2020 4:11 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Amaryllis Enjoys or suffers hot summers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plumerias Orchids Foliage Fan
Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
My Vreisea corcovadensis has produced her first stolonifeious pup. I look forward to many more pups it is known to produce.
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Jul 6, 2020 6:45 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Pretty but that one needs a new name, sounds too much like the "Chinese Flu." Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Jul 6, 2020 8:22 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Funny Alice Big Grin
Thought this one looked a bit like a firework...

This is xNEOPHYTUM 'Cosmic Blast' by Chester Skotak and Eloise Beach, I bought it from Eloise in late 2017. She is usually at the fall Meade Garden plant sale and Spring Leu Gardens plant sale.
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Jul 6, 2020 8:25 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Salvias Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Tender Perennials
Oh... and if you blow that pic up, you can see my B. Casa Blanca behind it, two whole stalks were chewed down by a Lubber grasshopper, which also chomped on the B. Sangre next to it, but I caught it before it damaged that one as much. Grumbling
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Jul 6, 2020 8:40 AM CST
Name: TT
MS Gulf Coast
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Hi Y'all! After taking pics of brom babes this weekend, I checked on them this am and spied surprise!


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Jul 6, 2020 11:12 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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TT, your plant is happy. Thumbs up
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Jul 6, 2020 11:53 AM CST
Name: TT
MS Gulf Coast
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I think recent rain, humidity, sun under tree makes it happy!

This is first bloom I have seen.
It makes me happy! Smiling
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Jul 10, 2020 4:55 PM CST
Name: TT
MS Gulf Coast
Bromeliad Composter Container Gardener
Circle of Life!

Those little flowers didn't last long!
Wish large flower pod had more flowers! So I will be happy I was able to see the flowers it did produce!
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Then looked at Ae Del Mar. I had seen 2 pups, then saw 3, today I spied 4, just wish for more!

I think I see a pattern, always want more! More blooms! More pups!

Guess I will learn to appreciate the ones I do have to enjoy! Smiling




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Jul 10, 2020 10:06 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
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TT, you might try putting some more water into the cup of your bloomer, there. Usually they produce a few new flowers each day for weeks. But the cup needs to have water in it to keep it going.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Jul 12, 2020 10:15 AM CST
Name: TT
MS Gulf Coast
Bromeliad Composter Container Gardener
Elaine, thanks for tip to refill cup with water! We had a few days of showers that probably helps blooms
After few days of no rain, they dry out quickly! I added water and am happy to see two more blooms!

Also saw a garden guest! Smiling

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Jul 18, 2020 6:22 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
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I've been watching this plant for a week now, and it's really got me puzzled. This is one of my many Billbergia pyramidalis 'Kyoto' and as you can see her sisters behind look pretty much normal, nice dark green leaves with white borders.

Anybody got an idea what's happening here? I've had these plants for at least 10 years, and none have ever had leaves that look like this.

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Jul 18, 2020 6:47 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Just a sport maybe and a really cool one at that.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Jul 19, 2020 5:52 AM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Amaryllis Enjoys or suffers hot summers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plumerias Orchids Foliage Fan
Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
Nice looking 'Kyoto' sport Elaine.
Watch for look alike pups from that sport. Definitely one to watch to see what the future holds for that beauty.
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Jul 19, 2020 9:53 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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LoOok what I found. This poor Wendii has been so unhappy, it kept falling out of it's pot. I finally decided since it did not have any roots to speak of to just mount it. It has only been there for about 3 weeks and there was no hint of a spike when I put it in the tree. Looks like it could use some water though, I'll have to watch that until it gets established.
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