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Author Topic: Dreaming of Florida part 3  (Read 1380 times)
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« on: February 03, 2012, 16:05:50 »

The next couple of nursery's I visited were Grant Groves Color Zone and Herb Hills Raingreen Tropicals. I only have 4 pics of some of grants plants. I was so busy looking I forgot to take pictures. I only got pics of some of his Guzmanias.

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You will notice lots of variegated plants there. Grant really likes variegation.

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Guzmania Snowball is a nice plant but when it's marginated it pops. And will light up any table in your Home.

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This is a Guzmania cross by Herb Hill of Conifera X wittmackii.

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A beautiful Tillandsia platyrhachis Grant brought back from Peru.

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Next stop is Herb Hills Raingreen Tropicals. Herbs specialty is the florering Vrieseas. I don't believe you will find them any prettier any where else.

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lots of hybridizing going on as you can see on the plant in front.

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Herb has done a lot of hybridizing with Guzmanias also but not as many in flower on this visit.

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More Guzmanias and a few Guzvriesas.

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A few more of Herbs Vriesea hybrids.

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Guzmania Puna Gold marginated.

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A really nice plant of Guz. variegata. Thats my blue tag to remind Herb I want one of these.

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A couple of Guz. harlingii. A very different Guzmania.

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A Guz. conifera cross I made severial years ago and split the seedlings with herb and of course he bloomed them first. Glad I was there to see them in person.

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A nice Vriesea species Herb brought back from Brazil several years ago. Looks like a V. flammea on steroids.

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A new Guzmania yet to be named. Herb says it lasts in bloom for a year.
Thats it for part 3 hope you enjoy them.
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2012, 19:34:22 »

More great pictures, Bob!  For some reason the flowering Vriesea and Guzmania hybrids get relatively little attention on the forums compared to their foliage counterparts.  I'll admit to a foliage plant bias myself, which tends to make me put on my blinders when looking at Herb Hill's displays at the conventions.  They're all amazingly gorgeous, but once you start, where do you stop?   And as a hybridizer, it would be pretty hard to compete with what he's done.  Same with Grant-- most people know him for his Neos, but he's done a lot of Guzzies too, and by all appearances the same high standards come into play. 

Interesting too to see different systems for pollen tagging.  It looks like Herb just writes a number right on the bract.  Much simpler than trying to insert or wire a tag to the flower, but of course you need to keep a reference code for the numbers. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2012, 23:54:34 »

Hi Bob,

Thanks for another great visual feast with a whole lot of fantastic plants.

Cheers, Paul
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2012, 11:38:29 »

Great show Bob,

I'd love to put a few blue tags on some of those as well.

Thanks,

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2012, 19:49:03 »

Some fantastic plants. Thanks for sharing the pics Bob.

Craig.
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2012, 16:55:31 »

Glad you all have enjoyed the pics. It was lots of fun and overwhelming to see so much beauty at these places.
Lisa One of the reasons I put Guzmania and Vriesea pics up was that not much time as you said is given to them on this forum. As you have all guessed I'm not a big neo. person. When given the choice Ill gravitate towards the tillandsioideae and the Dyckias also.
Next Michael's Nursery when I get some time away from the Grandkids.
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2012, 00:14:31 »

Thanks Bob, nice to revisit!

It's a pity, from my Tillandsia-biased perspective, that Grant got rid of most of his Peruvian Tills (reminded him of his ex!) and that 'platyrachys' (laxissima var moorei I'd say) must be the lone survivor! Hell of a plant! I think he still has a small, spotted T brenneri too.

He has a unique method of grasshopper control too!
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A couple of Neo shots. Like you I forgot to take many pics. He has an amazing fossil and relic collection too, dredged out of the Florida waterways - from mammoth teeth and bones to a veritable history of sharks through their teeth. I think he ebays some from time-to-time.
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Also I am pretty sure that Herb's Vr species is the real Vr corcovadensis. (See florapix http://botu07.bio.uu.nl/Tropical/index.php?gal=brom for comparison.)

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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2012, 16:55:51 »

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The till. was a knock out and his fossil collection in the upper room would be the envy of a lot of museums.
Did the Vriesea you are referring to come from Herb? Kind of thought it looked familiar.

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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2012, 22:20:37 »

Hi Bob

The one I posted on florapix came from an old bot garden in Germany. I got another from Peter Bak and it's the same and possibly from Herb. I saw these same looking plants in the few remaining old tress half way up Pedra Gavea in Rio. It's the type locality for corcovadensis.

Hope to pay these guys a visit again in Sept/Oct!

Cheers, Pedro
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