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« on: March 28, 2013, 07:11:22 »

Starting with Saturday's Cool Broms tour.  You've heard the phrase "like a kid in a candy store?"  Andrew Maloy's Kiwi Bromeliads is sensory overload.  I was snapping away, but I'll try to limit myself to just a few.  It was a bit rushed, so I didn't get any of the names.
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This one really caught my eye
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not too bad either
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Some of the phillipo-coburgiis are variegated, kind of hard to see here
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Then on to Peter and Jocelyn Coyle's Totara Waters.  Unfortunately I'd been so snap-happy I used up my battery, but I did get a few:
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Not a brom, but hard to beat that symmetry!
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Understandably, Peter didn't want the hordes tromping through his greenhouse, but I was fortunate to be able to return later on and have a look around.
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Peter and Jocelyn with Andrew Devonshire (our tour guide for the day)
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2013, 08:32:28 »

On Sunday we visited Lester and Bev Ching's.  Odd creatures everywhere.

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Some slightly less odd creatures:  yours truly with Michael Kiehl and Linda Sheetz
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Peter Waters has plants everywhere you look

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Mini Neos galore!
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Too much to see in such a short time, so I was happy to go back later and spend more time looking at Peter's extensive collection of Neo species (many of them from Elton Leme).  Here he shows us a new species soon to be named after him-- N. watersii (or was it watersiana?  A nice looking plant in any case.)

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and with Can. auratum var. somethingorother..... who remembers the name? 
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Last stop of the day, Margaret Flanagan's

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Who knows this Tillandsia?  Some variety of T. yunckeri?  Killer red foliage!
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T. punctulata, I presume
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Neo. 'Avon Ryan'
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Oooh, I see pups!
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All kinds of interesting plants, not just broms
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2013, 09:56:14 »

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for sharing, and thanks to those people with those fantastic plants and gardens!  There's enough inspiration there for a lifetime.  Love them all, and wouldn't it be great to see that red foliaged Till? in full flower!

Cheers, Paul
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2013, 11:45:45 »

Great photos Lisa.

Thanks for the tour.

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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013, 01:28:21 »

Thanks Lisa, you really captured it for those of us who were no able to get here. Amazing colour. That red Till. was a killer.

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013, 02:43:23 »

Wow Thanks Lisa. Its great to see so many nice pictures you can never post to many Hehe. I live in New Zealand and still havnt had the chance to see all the gardens you have seen so its nice to see pictures of them Thanks again
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2013, 06:42:03 »

Great stuff Lisa...that Can. auratum that Peter is holding is var. Vania Leme.
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2013, 18:22:23 »

Were you at the conference, Christian? 

One of the cool things about Cool Broms was the chance to put faces to some familiar forum personalities. 
Meet pedro, graykiwi, jaga, Lisa, frangipani and Devo, unmasked!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2013, 19:09:25 »

The above was an informal gathering at Graeme Barclay's.  We also paid a visit to jaga (aka John Lambert and Agatha Lee) and saw their brom wall, as well as the amazing house they designed and have been constructing in their free time. 

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The house is multileveled, and every level has a view.......and (for the moment, anyway) a few bromeliads
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Even the very top acts as a temporary shelter for a few broms.  Fran Wilson looks unsure.   Undecided
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One of the fascinating features of their home is a glass bridge over one of the living areas.  I have to admit feeling a bit trepidatious about crossing it, but it's quite solid.  If you have some extra pocket cash lying around, you might hire John and Agatha to design one for you too!  
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We also got to spend some time at Devo's, and snoop through his greenhouse.  There are a few seedlings in there that I definitely have my eye on.   Shocked 
 
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I check out a special clone of ampullacea that Andrew has used in some of his hybrids
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...as well as the finished creations
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One of the more dramatic spots we got to see was Allen Peters' seaside garden, designed and constructed by Tony Mooney (aka Tony's Bromeliadsnz).  Tony introduces us to his bearded, bespectacled assistant: 
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The steep slope was not the easiest to work with, but with winding pathways, he's made it work.  What a setting! 
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I wish we'd had more time to spend in NZ, but we saw a lot while we were there.  We also went down to Rotorua for a few days, but you'll have to go on Facebook to see that.  Wink 

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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2013, 21:42:03 »

wow looks so great. thank you Lisa to show this photos
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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2013, 23:53:14 »

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Lisa for showing those of us that were unable to go to Cool Broms just a glimmer of what we missed.
Now I will have to wipe up all the drool on my keyboard and start saving madly for Hawaii.

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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2013, 05:27:37 »

Great to look back thru' these pic's Lisa. Good garden's, good people, and good times  Grin

Seeing those pic's of my place makes me realise I really need to clear out more plants! Never enough space for them all...
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2013, 10:00:05 »

Great pics Lisa, and great to meet so many from the various forums. I needed another week to see all of the great gardens. Unfortunately my camera was left behind by a certain friend so no pics from mw=e to come but no need anyway! Maybe Bromeliads in  Paradise (Hawaii) or Bromsmatta (Sydney) we'll all meet up again.

Cheers, Pedro
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2013, 00:47:24 »

Great pictures of of stunning plants Lisa, thanks for showing them to us that were not there. Lyn sent me a picture of her with you and Ken that made me specially jealous that I was not there!  Who know, maybe next time?!

The Vrieseas in the pictures are really to die for!  AND the red Tilly.  But I have to question your picture of Neo Avon Ryan.  That plant is not supposed to be variegated.  Could it not be Neo Tickled Pink?  The plant that is the mother of my Neo Gerry's Touch plants that I grew from seeds that Gerry sent me?

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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2013, 01:52:22 »

It was nice meeting Lyn and Trevor.  Too bad you couldn't be there too, Japie! 

Hmmm....... you're right, N. Avon Ryan does not match the BCR photo at all.  That's what it said on the tag, though.  Maybe it's a Ryan hybrid? 
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