It gets exciting

Spring in the garden is a busy time for most gardeners. If you're like me there is planting, weeding, mulching, raking, bamboo rhizome pruning -- okay, maybe not that last one. There's a load of work to do though.

At some point in the spring a change occurs, and things go from "there's so much to do!" to "wow, the garden in spring is so exciting!". The work* is still there, but you've gotten enough of it done that you can start enjoying what's going on around you. At least that's how I feel, and I think I've just passed that point. There's time to enjoy a peony bloom for instance.


Or to give the bamboos the attention they deserve. The Pleioblastus viridistriatus won't let you miss it...

...catching your gaze and not letting it go.

The arboreal bamboos have been doing their thing too, with the Phyllostachys auerosulcatas (Yellow Groove, 'Spectabilis', 'Aureocaulis') shoots almost a month old already, closing in on their full heights. (I took very few photos of those shoots, but you can see them from a previous year here)

Phyllostachys propinqua 'Beijing' is really satisfying this year...

...easily doubling in height, finally becoming a "real" bamboo, new culms towering overhead:

The freshness of new culms is so uplifting to me!

The last to shoot for me is Phyllostachys atrovaginata...

...which happens to be my favorite bamboo. It's got some exciting shoots this year!

Phyllostachys atrovaginata shoot

I'm quite pleased with the size and quantity of shoots from all of the bamboos this year, especially compared to last year when each plant produced just one or two new culms.

Other things that excite me are the surprises of spring, for instance vines that are hinting at their thuggish tendencies like Dioscorea batatas...

...which has a scarily large but quite beautiful main stems this year...

...but is already rocketing past the top of the trellis. I suspect I'll need to do some pruning on this one!

One last thing that surprised me this year:

How an almost randomly placed pot or two can really make a garden view! The Agaves I put into the partial shade of the patio work so well there, I'll miss them when I move them into full sun.

Is your garden exciting you yet this spring?

* it's not work, it's gardening!


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Mark and Gaz  – (May 14, 2015 at 9:09 AM)  

Yes, and so far so good! Really impressed on how advanced your bamboos are when it comes to flushing, and that swathe of Viridistriatus looks great!

outlawgardener  – (May 14, 2015 at 9:10 AM)  

Wow! Those agaves really pop in that last picture. Your bamboos shoot a lot sooner than mine! Although my Pleioblastus viridistriatus is recovering nicely from it's late winter haircut to the ground. But the arboreal bamboos here won't start for another few weeks and one of mine doesn't start until late July some years. Must be your earlier heat. I've been enjoying the wonders as I work but am dreadfully behind this season as I've been visiting plant sales and nurseries with far too much of my free time!

Alan  – (May 14, 2015 at 1:44 PM)  

Mark/Gaz: Bamboo here is much more vigorous than it is over there in the UK. That's what makes it so much fun! ;)

Peter: yes, placing those pots was excellent planning on my part (totally accidental). I knew you were visiting too many nurseries and plant sales! :P

danger garden  – (May 15, 2015 at 12:26 AM)  

Naturally that last image is my fav, so glad you have some mature agaves to haul around and enjoy! (And I'm still kind of at the overwhelmed stage of spring).

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