Riverside Park was transformed to a tropical oasis this weekend thanks to the annual celebration of Gardenfest! I’ve just started transferring the ridiculous amount of photos I took, but it’s proving quite a challenge. Two days ago, my trusty, broken-in, much loved laptop shuddered and faded away….seriously!! One massive vibration and bright flash of light before the screen slowwwwllllyyyyy went black! Goodbye old friend, hello Windows 8 new friend: please tell me where you’re hiding my pictures!?
Epiphytes and seashells: separately abundant here, yet unique when combined.
The epiphyte above–Tillandsia Bulbosa–fits the weekly challenge in an additional way. With its contorted, cylindrical, bright green leaves and 2″ diameter bulbous base, no other “Tilly” looks remotely like it. It is truly unique among its species! As bloomtime approaches, it produces bright red/orange bracts (like you see in the picture,) from which purple, tubular flowers emerge. To learn more about this airplant, check out the informative plant of the month article at the Central Ohio Cactus and Succulent Society website.
It may be a few days ’til I’m comfortable enough with Windows 8 to manage a full entry on the many interesting booths and vendors I saw this weekend. Every possible garden accessory/tool/plant from mundane to exotic was represented….and I”ve got the pics to prove it!
Until next time…..
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