I'm cheating a bit here as none of these pictures are of my garden/greenhouse but I've spent more time visiting other places than in my own garden lately and I have at least one of each of these kicking around the house, greenhouse, garden somewhere. These images are all from a recent visit to Rare Plant Research's annual open house.
My favorite plants this month are the Bromeliaceae. Yes, the whole family from the tropical moisture loving neoregelias and cryptomerias to the tillandsias and even the succulent puyas. While I haven't met all 3, 475 species, those that I've had the pleasure of growing have all proven fairly easy to please.
These get quite large but are so beautiful that they're worth dragging in and out each year.
Some of mine simply stay inside year round, especially the vrieseas. One couldn't ask for a less fussy, pest free, easy house plant.
This one came home with me as did a cool red Ananas (Pineapple) also a bromeliad.
Cryptanthus like the one that also jumped into my cart.
Many have large, impressive, and interesting blooms.
More about Rare Plant Research in later posts. What are your favorite plants this month?