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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007


bromeliads do really well indoors... for about 3 months... and then the bloom (at least this is the way it is in my house) dries out and the whole plant looks unsightly. for years i just threw them away and replaced the old ones with new ones. then i got this brilliant idea (cha-ching) to plant them in my yard instead.

since i wasn't at all sure what would become of them i picked an area located in a back corner of my yard the farthest away from all things lovely- just in case they disappointed. over time i was pleasantly surprised at how they multiplied by producing shoots off of the mother plant. eventually most of them have even re-bloomed.

i don't know most of their names- i am only familiar with their characteristics. some shown in the photos were gifts to me from my neighbor and one variety from my dad. they are easy to grow and offer a multitude of varying colors and textures. i now plant them in strategic places as well as the "old cemetery" which now looks as if it was part of the grand scheme.

(this one is actually in a container but i have divided

this particular variety many times and now have it

planted in numerous places. i have several other species
paired with annuals in other containers as well.)


  1. ooh, i like how exotic these plants look. i'm trying to picture in my mind the full scale image of what your backyard looks like in whole. it must be ginormous. (hint, hint photo request.)

    any daisies?

  2. Oh, I LOVE bromeliads! Since we moved up to the acrtic end of Flarda, I can't have them. I do so miss all my tropicalesque plants.

    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

  3. are the plants with the purple thingees coming out of them also bromeliads? i deed not know theees (heavy spanish accent). i like!

    also..."fruit bearing"...chambers...hmmm...i'm really liking this new feature of your blog.

  4. ml: i don't think i would call it ginormous except when i am too busy to work in it for a few days -things can surely get out of hand fast - then it 'feels' ginormous.

    sophie: ...but you 'can' grow tulips and dahlia and hydrangea... i would like that too.

    as: the purple blooms are bromeliads. it is actually the one my dad gave me a few years ago. it is unique.
    glad you like the selah feature.

  5. Nice collection of bromeliads. You can't beat them, especially in shady yards. Beautiful!

  6. Growing up in Palm Harbor, my mother grew beautiful hydrangeas. Oh, and poinsettias as big as the house! I need to get busy and find Duller a job down there. LOL!

  7. susan: thanks for stopping by. yes, the shade is essential. with it- they are almost maintenance free.

    sophie: you are the second person lately that has said hydrangea CAN grow here. i actually have never seen it and just forever thought it couldn't be done. is there a particular species you know of i could try? i would be in heaven.

  8. I saw a large bed of hydrangeas growing in a heavily shaded yard in Lakeland a few years ago. They were beautiful. I have a very small one that is struggling to make it (once I purchased in the super market). If I pampered it more, it might look better. Give it a try Meems.

  9. susan:
    hmmm...i never would have thought.

    thanks for the encouragement. i am definitely going to do some research and make a plan. i certainly have nothing to lose by giving it my best shot.


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