This is my story on how I came to "collecting bromeliads".
My first bromeliad, I bought 30 years ago when we lived with our four children in Queensland on four acres with access to the Noosa river.
We heard from others, that all plants grow overnight there, but not on our property. Most plants and trees shrank for the first two years because of the heavy pure white clay!
My first bromeliad had a beautiful red centre, but somebody else took a shine to it, and it was never to be seen again. I found another one 10 years later at the Home Show in Adelaide where we moved back to, after 4 years in Tewantin, Queensland.
Not until our dear son Robert passed away 5 years ago, did I seriously put my heart into plant collecting, starting with bromeliads.
The more I read and saw of these plants, the more I became fascinated by their wide range of colours, patterns and flowers. What an "awesome plant", I thought!
They also are easy to look after, and there are thousands of different ones, mostly hybridised by passionate growers the world over. The generic names, I am less interested in (too many Senior moments), but I try to remember their common names, where they come from, and bred by whom.
Thanks to all my beautiful plants, I kept my faith and sanity! My plants fill the gap of not having family or grand children here, And of course to the garden clubs I'm involved in.
Happy growing to everybody!