My favorite container plant at the moment. Don't know what I'm going to do with it this winter. I had to have help hanging the container. I can lift it, but not over my head. This things is now prox. 7' from the frond dragging the ground to the highest one. It's making lots of new colonies and an abundant amount of new fronds are uncurling, so by fall it should be even more spectacular. This is Nephrolepsis biserrato 'Macho', which is a suitable name for this one! It's an Alaskan sized plant - can I say that on a Texas forum
A clearance sale bromeliad from Wal-Mart last year. The spent bloom was pretty dead, so I'm not real sure what the end product will be, but the pups (there are two; one is on the other side of this one) are clearly changing color. I've never had success growing one of these this long. Up 'til now they died over winter, so I'm currently happy.
Kind of related. The Tillandsia recurvata aka 'ball moss' that I picked up and put on the container holding a clearance orchid is doing well so far. The largest 'ball' is going to bloom. I knew they bloomed, but I've only seen photos so that pleases me. I wish I'd picked up enough to almost completely cover the coir basket.
This Haworthia fasciata 'Zebra Plant' has filled up the container. It blooms freely and the hummingbirds actually like the little blooms on the Haworthias. I've read that the plant commonly sold as fasciata 'Zebra Plant' is really another Haworthia, but I'm not knowledgeable enough to make a correction since that was the label it had when I purchased it.
I'm hoping the Haworthia mirabilis v. Badia will also fill the container. It's sure getting there. Of the two, this one is the most free blooming.
The little Gasteria liliputana 'Dwarf Ox-Tongue' is also working on filling up the container. Took me a season to adjust to it's needs, but since then it has grown steadily.
The Gasteria liliputana also blooms and late last summer it set a tiny pod which ended up with 4 seeds in it. I know it's nearly impossible to see in the photo, but there is a tiny seedling in this container with a second leaf growing. I'll probably never manage to be attentive enough to keep the little thing alive, but so far it's managed (another one didn't). In the meantime, it's here.
Daylily seedlings. It's just fun to see something that you know is one of a kind when it opens. This one of many that I'll see this year.
The cheap orchids I've picked up from Wal-Mart. I had one that had to branched stems that I managed to overlook and left out one night and it froze
. This one didn't get overlooked and has been blooming for weeks now. I wouldn't even try orchids for years and now there are three.
The Mandevilla seedlings. There are now over 40 of them and they are proving to be easy to transplant. No idea how long it will take for them to be mature enough to be a blooming plant or if they will match the parent that produced the pod. I'll only keep one or two plants for myself and the others will either need new homes or get trashed. I need someone with a start-up greenhouse nursery business to give them to, I think. I have more than half in little individual containers and I need to go ahead and get the rest done.
Sometimes it's something associated with plants. Carolina wrens, for instance. They entertain me and they aggravate me. They steal the coir or anything else they want out of the hanging baskets to make their nests. I have little gourd houses for them in an effort to keep them from using the containers. They use them, but they still get in the baskets too. Right now they have built a nest in the birdbath. I guess they liked the idea of having a moat around the nest since the tray below the bath generally has water in it as well. In a way it's not a bad choice. A roof, a moat and a not very obvious location for safety reasons. About the best one they could choose for my part too, since they don't destroy anything visible.
And finally, just because it's still alive, Sedum hakonense 'Chocolate Ball'. This one has proven really hard to grow. It's long term prospects under my lackadaisical habits as a caretaker aren't very good.