As I traveled around town this week, I noticed many healthy, huge and gorgeous air plants. Here in Zone 10a, May = Summer, and the combo of high temps/humidity and longer days turns epiphytic (and terrestrial) bromeliads into works of art. Various tillandsias along the mangrove trail in Lagoon Greenway are an excellent example.
….But after a few heavy rains and a stretch of high 80°s, they’ve opened quite nicely!
There are literally thousands of different bromeliads, and identifying them is especially difficult when plants are young or haven’t yet bloomed. This next group falls in the “great unknown” category, but I loved their paint splashed, “Nature’s art work” look.
Yesterday at the Beachside Farmer’s Market, a floral vendor combined bromeliads with seashells and driftwood for some interesting objets d’art (unfortunately the plants weren’t labeled, and the kid manning the booth was clueless, but the leaves indicate tillandsia to me)
Also unlabeled, this resplendent bromeliad selling for 35.00. Funny how they never forget the price tag though! 😉
If anyone has a positive i.d. please let me know! I’d love to lear more about this beautiful work of art!
Being epiphytic and smallish, Tillandsia ionantha lends itself to hanging on rows of fishing line. I think of it as art for the modern day hippie or an updated version of a ’70s beaded curtain. 😉
Although not titled as such, I’m tagging this post for the Weekly Photo Challenge. If you’ve never participated, why not start this week? Art is so subjective, any picture you take will qualify!
Until next time….
🙂 🙂 🙂