Looking good? Look again.

Ah, beautiful bamboo culms:


Looks so good, such a pretty sight at any time of year. (This is Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis', showing off its characteristic yellow and green striping.)


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Making it through Winter

Yes, it seems like we've made it through another winter, but with that title I'm not talking about myself.


I'm talking about my Pachypodium lamerei: it has managed to keep a leaf, and I'm just about ready to move it back outside!


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Cold, cold Spring

We should be deep into Spring by now...


...but the cold just won't stay away! Some nice warm days (we hit 82ºF/28ºC the other day!) sandwiched between cold ones makes this an unusual Spring, at least compared to the last several years.


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Bamboo damage, winter 2017-2018

As I hinted at earlier this week, it's time to take a look at the bamboos and survey the damage that winter has dealt to them. If you prefer seeing healthy, green bamboos (as I do) with little evidence of winter's wrath, then you should look at the before photos I took in December. What comes next won't be pretty.


This is a look along my driveway. Indocalamus longiauritus, in front, usually shows almost no damage. The greenest clump is Sasa oshidensis, but even it has significant burning.

(Note that I took all of these photos on March 19. Things look a little worse now.)

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Bamboo Peek

So it looks like I'll be doing quite a bit of finger crossing in the next few weeks...


...as most of the bamboos are looking a bit fried. (More than a bit really)


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Spring bulbs, forcing cleanup

The allium and daffodil foliage started emerging a month ago, but cold weather slowed it down. (In recent years it's pushed out early and gotten zapped by late freezes.) Although only the crocus have started to bloom, I figured it was time...


...to clean up this bed. It is the first thing that people see when they drive past my house, so it should be something worth looking at, right? (It's where the rose support is, so maybe they're not noticing the mess?)


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Don't be tempted: fruit trees

Is there any symbol of spring more powerful than a fruit tree in blossom? Is there any thought more appealing to the winter weary shopper than being able to walk out into your garden and pick a juicy, ripe fruit straight from the tree?


Combine the two and you have a very strong potential for impulse buy: fruit trees!


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Delicious Spring?

There are tastes of Spring in the air...


...and is there a springier taste than rhubarb? (probably)


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A little game after the rain

Let's play a little game, okay? I'll show you a photo, and you just have to tell me if it's 1) a water feature or 2) a problem caused by a week of rain.


These photos are all from a couple of weeks ago, around Feb 25 after several days of rain. I think we got 5" (13cm) or so total over a few days.

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