Today I placed "Lady Gaga the Bird's Nest Fern" (Yes that's the fern's name, because I can't stop staring and I don't know why) in her new home at my mom's Balinese courtyard garden! To the left is the new Vriesea Corcovadesis mounted on an old hibiscus stump, and this clumping bromeliad should prove to be just as hardy as the Japanese bird's nest fern.
This corner is starting to fill in rather nicely! The hardy bamboo palm and lady palm only reinforce the asian theme, and when they get taller and fuller I'll prune out the lower trunks to make a secondary canopy. Speaking of palms, I just found out that some of my everglades palm trunks are still alive and there are new suckers popping up from my chamaedorea cataractums in the swamp! I never thought that one would make it, but I'm pretty impressed.
Below is a view of a vriesea philippo-coburgii, vriesea fosteriana, neoregelias and a new frond from a polypodium aureum "blue crisp" fern. I'll eventually put this powder blue fern at the base of the lady palms so they can climb, popping out against the dark leaves.
Here's another shot of "Lady Gaga" taking up the spotlight, with chamaedorea microspadix in the foreground.
Yes, my vriesea "inferno" is still blooming, after six months. I wonder how long it will take for its pups to reach blooming size again...
Below is a shot of the new loquat tree, just to the right of the gawdawful crape myrtle stump. To those of you just tuning in, I have to remove this tree since the landscapers keep hacking it down and ruining its form... long story. Anyways, I'm thinking of a screening shrub or tree to go roughly where the crape myrtle is, possibly a fruiting one like another pineapple guava. Does anyone have any suggestions for a fairly hardy tropical fruit tree that can take freezes to 25 degrees? If not I could always plant something else, as long as its evergreen. Thanks!