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A wet south west in August

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As many of you know Summer is not my favourite gardening season unless you count preparing bulbs and corms for there flowering season later in the year.
A large proportion of which I have reverted to planting in clay pots of which I have many, this done to provide better control over the moisture level within the pot.
Downside soaking and scrubbing a large number of them, Some of the pots are very old hand thrown and show the finger and thumb prints of the potter on them, I wonder sometimes what story they might tell, Credit to them that they have lasted because they are frost proof .
A recent conversation with a Goy member Dottydaisy 2 prompted me to take a few pictures of my Bamboo phyllostachys Vivax the tallest Canes are about 30 feet fortunately where it is growing it is able to roam as it pleases

This is the tallest this year attaining 30 feet within six weeks of emerging from the ground. not recommended for a small garden unless you don’t like the neighbours.


In the same area Hewitt’s double is looking good.

Summer merges with Autumn here above The summer flowering Cyclamen Purperescens below the autumn Cyclamen Hederifolium

A short distance from the bamboo is the pets resting place for the dogs (none of them mine) now have new headstone or in this case Slates. there are many other animals and birds also here both wild and domesticated.

The slates were on sale at Sainsbury’s last Christmas as place mats I did the rest.


This Crocosmia flowers well without being a pest


Hibiscus are at there peak


Jemima still looks after here brood and enjoys the water lilies


Enjoy.

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Lovely blog :-) I adore your garden and plants and your tribute to your family's lost pets is kind and respectful. What about your bamboo, wow. We've been looking for a fully hardy bamboo like yours that has stunning canes - so you recommend B phyllostachys Vivax or do you have others to recommend ;-) thanks, Dawn

12 Aug, 2014

 

I am so in awe of your lovely garden Brian. That is such an amazing bamboo. What do you do with the canes? What on earth do you use to cut them down. I expect you would need a very good saw. My daughters is starting to come up in the lawn about 8ft from the main plants. Son in Law had a devil of a job digging down to release and cut out the runner. I love what you did with the bath. I still haven't done anything with ours. I would love it to look as pretty as yours. Leaves are just starting to appear again on the cyclamen plants that I grew from the seed you sent to me. The leaves and flowers are so pretty. I am wondering where I should plant mine as they are still in the pots I grew the seed in, sunk into the soil in the cold frame.
What a nice touch those slates are. A lovely idea.

12 Aug, 2014

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Bjs
 

Dawn I only have three different ones the one you see the well known Black bamboo altogether smaller in diameter but grows ten feet + and an even smaller variegated leaf one ,don't know the name of.

Homebird I don't dig them out just mow the new shoots off ,first saw that being done at Wisley gardens years ago if you cut the shoots off it eventually weakens that part of the root and dies ,surprisingly shows no sign of affecting the grass
The Autumn Cyclamen will grow almost anywhere

12 Aug, 2014

 

Wow!!!! not much else I can say, it all looks amazing.

12 Aug, 2014

 

Thank you for posting the photographs of the bamboo.......I do not dislike my neighbours, I just want to hide them lol and the Vivax will certainly do that although it may take some years for them to mature to the size of yours!!
You have a beautifully mature garden full of wonderful plants.

12 Aug, 2014

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Bjs
 

Homebird
Re the canes I do cut some and use them but they need to be at least a year old before cutting, a current season one not ripe will just fall to pieces at the joints were it cut now.
they are quite easy to cut with a lopper or fine tooth saw if you don't want to split the end.

13 Aug, 2014

 

Just love your tub with the water lily's in! what a good idea did you paint it yourself?

13 Aug, 2014

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Bjs
 

Teds yes a couple of years ago and the ducks there are four of them altogether all painted different most are going to need a paint touch up this winter

13 Aug, 2014

 

The photos are beautiful as always. I do like that yellow crocosmia. You have done a great job on Pets cemetery. I do think that is a lovely original headstone idea.

13 Aug, 2014

 

Your garden always looks lovely, Brian. The bamboo is very impressive. It would certainly make an effective screen!

13 Aug, 2014

 

love the bamboo...i have been give 3 plants this week from a bamboo enthusiast friend of mine. i visited her garden and was soo jealous of the building materials she grows in her garden. she has made bamboo fences, grows beans and hops up them. cant wait to get mine planted and producing...

14 Aug, 2014

 

What can I say ??? Every thing is so gorgeous , well done Brian !!!

14 Aug, 2014

 

I'm with you Val ... everything is looking so good Brian ... :o)

15 Aug, 2014

 

What a lovely place.

16 Aug, 2014

 

We have 2 tins with ducks on!! They are blue and look rusty inside already. How big is your lily pond? The only water feature we have is the outside dripping tap....(when I don't close it off fully)

Our n'br at the back has bamboo....waiting for an invasion...think the fence is no deterrent!!

17 Sep, 2014

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Bjs
 

Bramhallbill
There are several small water feature around the garden the one you see is an old galvanized bathtub I decorated and bitumened the inside before using, not recommended if you were adding fish.not all work as well as this one.

18 Sep, 2014

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