The Balcony Garden and a New Bromeliad!
It was really hot today, but its always nice on my shady balcony! Today I swept and removed the old leaves from my buggy ti plant, relieving it of spider mites and mealybugs. I washed it with a light solution of soapy water but I had to remove the old leaves since the axils were loaded with critters. I tucked it in with the other plants for now until it gets bushier.
The big plant to the right is my beloved fiddle leaf fig, or ficus lyrata. It tolerates just about anything but is really responding well to the heat, humidity, and my increased waterings to correspond with the season. Wait, what's that bromeliad below it?
That's right, Neoregelia "Tequila" is a new addition to my garden and will be getting a sunny spot in the front yard so everyone can see it! I found it at Home Depot of all places, and not only did I find a pup and a flower bud on this brom, but spotted a huge treefrog as well! He stuck onto my shoulder as I continued to shop, and I let him go before I left.
Here's one more picture from my balcony, a blooming rhipsalis! I'm not crazy about the overall sparse and spiny look of this one, but the chains of flowers will be pretty cool when it gets bigger. I'll also be sure to eat the resulting berries and plant the seeds after it blooms!