Exciting, the deck

Actually, what's exciting is not the deck, but what is going on just past it -- and on it. First, the boxed bamboo (Phyllostachys virella) has had a big size up this year...


...and the tops of the new shoots are strikingly visible just past the deck railing. (This plant is in a box next to the stream.)

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It's been great being able to track the progress of the new culms' growth with just a glance out of the kitchen or living room windows.


I wonder if this upsize is due to that one rhizome escaping the box? Regardless, I'm happy to see this get taller. Branches opening, leafing out soon.



If you're not entirely fascinated by bamboo (like I am) then you might instead notice what's in front of those bamboo culms, on the deck:


It's my Clematis "Sweet Summer Love", just beginning to bloom. This is planted below the deck but I don't really cut it back much...


...instead electing to let it grow up onto the deck itself. I've found this is much easier than potted plants on the deck and also keeps the bulk of the vine away from the deer.

Even though we don't sit out on the deck very often, it's great to have these views to enjoy even from inside!

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outlawgardener  – (June 6, 2017 at 9:14 AM)  

Very exciting and nice to have these views from inside! The unrestrained Phyllostachys vivax in my garden is sending up culms all over the place. Seems that the biggest and most beautiful are in spots where they must be snapped off. You'd be fascinated for sure! This year, after my garden is open, there will be serious trenching and more rhizome pruning done!

chavliness  – (June 6, 2017 at 10:42 AM)  

Nice color on that Clematis, and a good idea to let do it's thing. More color on display on deck, less work for you.

Mark and Gaz  – (June 6, 2017 at 4:09 PM)  

It's nice to see them and track their progress from the convenience of your viewing point. You might get more culms by autumn too!

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