Saturday, August 7, 2010

Purdy, Purdy Flower

My mother in law just celebrated her 80th birthday. We celebrated while we were at there house in South Pasadena. She received this gorgeous bromeliad.

Thank you Megan for coming up with the name. It is called Aechmea 'Del Mar'. There are over 2000 species of bromeliads! Wow! They are native to Central and South America.


Now you know that I had to take a trillion shots of this awesome flower stalk from every which angle. You never know which one will turn out cool like the one above which I love!!! he he It's so nice to be able to take tons of pictures and not worry about running out of film. And being able to see them right away and delete the yucky ones. Yes I was around before digital!!!!! LOL

Caring for these guys sounds pretty easy. Now I only have the bromeliads that are air plants so they have different care. But I read that you have to make sure that water does not sit in the pot they are in. The water should be allowed to drain out completely. It should be slightly damp and allowed to just barely dry out before adding more water. Another 1/4 cup of water should go in the cup. But watch this to make sure the water does not get icky and inner leaves look a yucky color. Then get the water out and let to dry out. Also the leaves should be kept clean of dust and sprayed with water every once in awhile.

I tried to get a close up of the individual flowers. They were so awesome. I wonder if each one opened more to reveal more tiny flowers. I think I'll have to call my mother in law to find out. Oh No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The End or should I say the Top!

8 comments:

Megan said...

I love that bromeliad! I think it's an Aechmea 'Del Mar'. They're pretty easy to take care of. My Vriesea has bloomed twice.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks Megan, I'll google the name and see what I find. Wow I didn't think they bloomed twice. I think that is unusual from what I read. Awesome and thanks for the visit!

SchmetterlingKreativ said...

wonderful.

Mandy said...

Wow! This is gorgeous!! I haven't tried a bromeliad yet, but could be tempted if I come across this one.

Kathiesbirds said...

What an interesting flower! Nice close-ups!

SiestaSister said...

Wow..that's a beauty. My bromeliads are just starting to bloom. Would love to have one like that. Great pics! I agree...it sure is great not to have to worry about running out of film.....also no film to buy...take as many pics as you want.

Rainforest Gardener said...

I recently bought one of these myself, mostly so I can take some macro photos of it! Can't wait til it blooms!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

I hope that you share your pics! I wish this was mine but then I visit her twice a year!