Six on Saturday – Blushing Bromeliads

Time to join the SOS gang yet again. My Bromeliads and vegetable garden are doing their winter thing.

First up, the Blushing Bromeliad. I think these are Neoregelia carolinae. The foliage is solid green until we have a cold snap, then the plant blushes, staying red until summer returns.

Another Neoregelia Bromeliad, this is ‘Luca’ showing its deeper winter coloration.

Other Bromeliads flower in winter. This is a bud stalk, probably three feet tall, from an unnamed (or forgotten) Brom that has been in the garden for several years. The flower is a surprise. It should be interesting to watch the evolution.

This one, Quesnelia testudo, is considered by some to be the tulip of South Florida. The flowers last about a month.

I continue to harvest and enjoy fresh vegetables. The snow peas (mangetout) are wonderful cut into matchsticks raw and added to salad.

I finally got some good radishes – do I know how or why? Not really. This is a French Dressing or French Breakfast radish, name depends on who supplies the seed. These are my favorite and always cleaned and eaten immediately after harvesting. Irresistable. I shall plant another bag full before it gets too hot.

That is six from my South Florida garden. To see more SOS posts, visit http://www.thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.

Happy Gardening!!

14 comments on “Six on Saturday – Blushing Bromeliads

  1. Those bromeliads are amazing, I just love sharing them with you. Radishes are great too, and you have reminded me to get some seed!

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  2. tonytomeo says:

    Radishes are grown now and in autumn here, but do not do much through winter in between. I mean, they might be finishing up now if they grew through winter, but really only by chance. It can be a bummer. I know that some people can grow them whenever they want to here. I suppose it is just a matter of finding that situation that suits them, or perhaps two situations, with one cool through summer, and the other warm through winter.

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  3. fredgardener says:

    I also ate my first radishes this week. But I only have a few, so I sowed some again last Thursday! 😀
    Very nice bromeliads and these mangetouts look appetizing!

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  4. Your veggies look so good. How many Bromeliads do you have? When I went to garden club, a member used to bring them in and everyone was in awe of them. He grew them in a greenhouse.

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    • Thanks, no clue how many Broms. I tend to pick up cuttings along the way – plants are very expensive and they multiply like mad. My joke is you really need 5 and patience for a garden, I have been throwing some out they are doing so well – in the ground. No patience for a greenhouse. Always a surprise what pops up.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful bromes! I esp. like the spotted pinkish one. Looks like a star-filled sky.

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  6. I love the Quesnelia testudo but honestly it was the fresh tomatoes that made me drool!

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