Friday, June 29, 2007

Leaf Hopper's Paradise

I decided to document the garden before leaving for our trip. It changes everyday, and I make a point to see what's new. The patch we seeded with wildflowers is in bloom, with new species joining in the display as time passes. The bamboo has sent up five new shoots that are growing vigorously, with two at nearly six feet (and only a week old!). The eucalyptus has reached the eaves at this point, how tall will it get to this year? It grew 9ft in it's first year, unreal. The verbena bonariensis is widespread and 6-7 ft with multiple tiers of delicate smelling culsters of flowers. The buddleas are starting to bloom as well, and we saw a butterflty cross the yard today, possibly scoping for summer hangouts.

The trip is so close! We picked up some Fuji underwater cameras for snorkeling, and reserved our gear from Snorkel Bob's. From what I gathered reading the camera packaging, photo labs are only encouraged to return the cameras to Fuji. So next time you take your disposable camera to get the film processed, ask if they return the cameras to the manufacturer, or if they throw them away. If they don't recycle them, I'm taking my business elsewhere.

Buddlea beginning

Yarrd Arrt

Wildflower patch

Clover macro


Anonymous said...

Bamboo is not a good thing to grow in your yard. That stuff will take over your yard, grow into your house, break through the house foundation, grow everywhere. It is an odd-ball grass that will spread like kudzu.

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

Oh by the way, other than the bamboo, the garden looks great, and like your mom and grandmother, you have a gift of growing things.

Another non-native invasive plant I deal with occasionally on my property is something called Privit. I think Privit comes from China.


David said...

As to the bamboo, it was planted correctly in a container (.5cm thick plastic, should have been steel or 3in poured concrete, oh well) in the ground, though it is only a matter of time (5-10 years) before it breaks through and starts spreading. Buy the looks of it, I think it's in its third or fourth year. It's a beast for sure, but I didn't plant it, and I don't own the property. I'll just enjoy it while I'm here. When it breaks the confines of the container, I imagine it will be removed.

Privet/Privit is from China and is quite invasive. I remember fighting with it as a landscaper. Dig it up! Mom and Dad have some in their backyard too.

Anonymous said...

I live up here on the olympic peninsula near port angeles.
We have a dozen or so different bamboos in the yard, they are about 5 years old, some have gone past 15' in height.
I've found that if they are well mulched several times a year and properly
watered, the spread is limited.
The occasional shoot that rises away from the main plant gets dug up, potted and sold.
Bamboos are great organisms, being up to 35% more effective in converting carbon dioxide to oxygen: I like the thought of helping put back some of what I'm using!
Give your little bamboo my best wishes(and maybe some grass clippings for a treat? ;-)