Monday, February 26, 2007
Aechmea Fasciata 'primera
Fasciata, I always think of fascinating, which this flower really is.
It never ceases to amaze me, as its wonderful flower emerges and develops intriguing stars of blue and red just to add to its glorious pink.
The great blue/grey foliage and silver bands an added bonus making this Aechmea a welcome addition even when not in flower.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Bromeliads are great designer plants and excellent container subjects. Whether flaunted in courtyards or entrances as specimens or nestled amongst ground covers to hide the pots, they prove movable feasts for the eyes, easily shifted to prominence as they flower and color. Alternately they can be grown in exuberant drifts, as seen in tropical resorts and parks around the world. Adaptable plants, Bromeliads do require very efficient drainage with an open porous medium. Most require filtered light, although bright indirect light levels will ensure optimum leaf coloration in the Neoregelias in particular. Many Neos. even require some morning sun to produce the beautiful intense coloring they deserve.