I won a little Tillandsia yesterday when attending a talk on Bromeliads. Tillandsia aeranthos. Interesting talk, too. What all Bromeliads have in common is a three petaled flower. There are tropical Bromeliads, needing constant warmth and humidity, examples of which are the ones you see for sale at big box and grocery stores, but there are also sub-tropicals and desert Bromeliads, both of which can do well outdoors year round in Southern California.Possessing flowers not much bigger than Tillansia aeranthos, Lotus jacobaeus is having a good spring. It took time to figure out what it would like: pot life in morning sun, afternoon shade, and a damp spot among foliage plants on somewhat moist ground.
Dainty in leaf, flower, root, and stem.
Another different little thing: working on adding another birdbath situation for the gully area near the Pergola. We can sit and watch the birds feed in the nectar-rich flowers (Salvia, Grevillea, Callistemon) and visit the bird bath. A simple ceramic plate on an upturned pot, regularly refilled by a tube run from the drip system, might suffice. A solar powered air bubbler would be good.
Another little thing down in the gully. I moved most all of the Hippeastrum bulbs to the edge of this terrace bed. Twenty three bulbs are growing and there are eleven flower stalks emerged or emerging. Performance will probably be better next year after the bulbs have had a year to establish, but it is nice to see flowers this year, even if they are not the highest quality.
Mostly all 'Apple Blossom' and 'Rilona'. A couple are seedlings-of-Rilona, which have a greenish cast.
Update: Three hours later, flowers are open:
Ragged plummy-leafed Alternathera grown from cuttings finally got a spot in the ground. Go ahead, grow if you can.
Ragged Cymbidium flowers
Little things on a rather blustery spring morning.