Do You Rember How It Happened ?
Thought it would be interesting to hear some stories of how all the wonderful people on this forum got started collecting these fascinating plants. For me it started with a clump of tillandsia ioantha on a piece of driftwood that I recieved with a shipment of tropical plants from Homestead florida. The lady sent it as a gift. I thought what is this strange plant on a piece of wood with no soil? and then it happened. I was bitten by the bug you know that bug that wonderfully infectious Brome bug and I must warn all newbies here that there is no cure for this LOL once it has You its all over with. I believe this virus is spread by computer you get online to get more info on these plants just a little innocent search and then bam there is this picture of this plant with this fantastic color lines and blotches and bars. Then you want to see more and you find more. Then you want this plant and that plant. Then it becomes I need this one and that one. Then you start driving to places looking for more and flying to places for more and spending looooong hours on the computer looking for more till you can' see anymore. Then you have all of these beautiful plants but you need something to put them in POTS lots and lots of POTS but don't forget the potting mix yes the potting mix lots of potting mix. Then the space where do I put them all? Well you put one here and there then there everywhere but you need more space well lets tear down the garage no lets buy the neighbors house and tear that down and build a giant greenhouse but just as you think it is all over with the doorbell rings your spouse asks who is it? it's the mailman Ups driver the fed ex guy and they don't look happy and they ask where do you want em you tell them bring em to the loading dock out back. Well gotta go now and unpack the 200 boxs that jut arrived and supervise my new four story greenhouse being built where the neighbors house was. Does any of this sound familiar to any of you?