Sunday, July 28, 2013

Growing Tillandsias in Palms

Recently I travelled to San Francisco for the annual Garden Bloggers Fling. We visited about 15 different public and private gardens. There were many opportunities for inspiration.

At the Nichols garden in Oakland, I was taken by their use of tillandsias and bromeliads in the Canary Date palm in their front yard.





I have about 15 palm trees at my new house. I think they were planted at least 15 years ago. Mostly they are 30 ft tall fan and queen palms with relatively smooth trunks. They don’t lend themselves to this kind of planting. However, I do have a few where I think this should work well.

Here’s my test case, with two tillandsias that I bought at Ikea of all places (obviously an impulse buy Smile). Locally, I think Another Place in Time should have a good selection. This tree already has some weeds growing in it, so it will be nice to have something attractive there as well. And one of these days I might get around to pulling the weeds out.



If this works, I think I’ll start adding some more tillandsias and maybe try a few bromeliads as well.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

I was so excited yesterday when I realized I was going to actually post a bloom day post on the 15th, the actual bloom day. Then, I realized that yesterday was the 16th, so I just went to bed. Lol

There’s not a lot blooming in my garden right now. Most things are just trying to get established in their new homes.

However, there is one star of the show. The potted Brunfelsia americana that I moved from the old house. Here it is in its glory.


Other plants blooming, but not looking as good are pentas, Laura Bush petunia, chenille plant, Flamenco Samba cuphea, and Yellow buttercup Turnera alternifolia.

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