Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Invading bamboos...

If you ever needed a reminder that you should always plant Phylostachys bamboos with a rhizome barrier, just take a look at this photo I snapped whilst working in a clients garden last week!
Running rhizomes from Phylostachys. Use a rhizome barrier!

At this point, I'll quickly add that this was not planted by me! Several times each year for the past 3 years I have had to excavate and remove the rhizomes spreading from this clump of bamboo. In this instance, the longest was over 2.5m in length, which is quite a bit shorter than they have been in the past.

Thankfully the plant is surrounded by gravel and so it is not really a problem to remove them once in a while, but if the bamboo had been planted in a border or next to a lawn then this would create quite a headache!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Gardening the lazy way

One of the joys of growing bulbs or tuberous plants is just how wonderfully lazy it can be. I have plants popping up all over the place in the garden right now. They look great. And what's more, I've done absolutely nothing to them since they were planted in the ground. I simply dug a hole, planted the bulb, covered it with soil and left it to its own devices. Talk about easy! That's my kind of gardening!

Whether it be common tulip varieties, or something a little more unusual, the pleasure that a bulb in flower can bring far outweighs the amount of work involved in growing it. There is a common misconception among non-gardeners that bulbs are just for spring flowers. However, as you are a more educated bunch, you'll know that this obviously isn't true. With some careful planning, it is easily possible to have garden interest nearly all the year using bulb species.

Tulip 'Queen of the Night' has fantastic maroon coloured flowers that contrast brilliantly with the acid yellow of this Euphorbia.
Despite the rather tiresome rain of late, I have managed to get outside with the camera. So, for your viewing pleasure here are a few photos of one or two plants that are in flower right now. No doubt I'll have more to share with you over the coming days and weeks, but for now, I hope you get as much pleasure from these plants as I do!

Here's a cool looking plant - Arisaema nepenthoides. Several are in flower at the moment. Hopefully I'll get some seed set from these beauties.

Another of Arisaema nepenthoides. It's fascinating checking up on how the unfolding leaves are doing!
Arisaema triphyllum are still performing. I've had specimens of this species in flower for a while now.

Another plant with deep purple blooms - Arum purpureospathum. What a colour!