South Coast Bromeliad Show 2017
Guzmania sanguinea var. brevipedicellata. You don't have to spray paint plants to get a color like this
On Sunday we met A Growing Obsession and Late To The Garden Party at Rainforest Flora in Torrance for the 2017 South Coast Bromeliad Show. The show sale was nearly wiped out; everyone shopped on Saturday. No problem--there was still plenty to see.
That silly smile you get on your face in the presence of a whole lot of cool plants and cool plant people
Show winner Neoregelia 'Bodacious':
Dyckias are terrestrial (grows in the ground) Bromeliads:
Tillandsia xerographica x Tillandsia capitata is an epiphytic (grows on trees and rocks) Bromeliad:
A whole lot of competition for pollinators means flowers must attract attention via dazzling color (I'm guessing).
This one grabs attention by sheer size:
Neoregelia punctitissma, well deserved Best In Show:
We were early to avoid summer heat, and almost had the show to ourselves.
I enjoyed seeing examples of several different genera. I don't know much about Bromeliads. Attending a show is a great way to learn.
A favorite, fuzzy Tillandsia tecorum f. gigantea:
Tillandsia durantii again. Impressive!
The curling leaves have a slightly fuzzy texture. The curling helps the plant cling to its support and new leaves curl upward to climb and find ideal sun exposure.
Orthophytum gurkenii. The plant grows a stem of offsets, and the offsets develop small white flower on their sides. The dramatic color different is striking.
This was in the "artistic arrangements" class. Elegant and very well done, no?
Neoregelia (carolina x 'Hanibal Lecter') x N. punctitissima
After we enjoyed all the show plants we took a look in the Rainforest Flora sales building.
A few gorgeous Encephalartos for sale. Oh, my!
Not getting this one.
We were thorough shoppers. Everything got eyed, discussed, photographed, considered.
Takes a while to get a Bromeliad clump to grow this large.
Not just Bromeliads--also palms, ferns, big-leafed tropicals:
I got a little clump of this. The dainty lavender-blue flowers seemed to have a scent somewhat like an Echinopsis.
So what do plant people do after they go to a plant show and buy some plants? They go plant shopping, of course. A short drive from Rainforest Flora is a great independent garden center and florist called Deep Roots.
Sign is accurate
A wonderful way to spend a Sunday. Cool people, cool plants!