The biggest news from my garden this month is that I – FINALLY – took the time to thin out my black bamboo. Wow – should’ve done that years ago… It looks so much better now…
Having some space between those culms makes a world of difference. In their second year, they will turn black. This variety of Phyllostachys nigra is called ‘Hale’ and is said to be one of the blackest.
Love those black culms!
Muhlenbeckia (Wire vine) is another one to keep a watchful eye on. I only use it in containers. Here it’s about to overtake a Nandina filamentosa , but no matter… In a pot, I actually have a fighting chance of controlling it . I love how it catches the light!
In other news, I bought yet another Cheilanthes, with the aim of building yet another fern table – a more sun tolerant one.
This one is a Cheilanthes argentea. The soft peachy color of the new growth contrasts nicely with the blue-gray of its fronds.
In yesterday’s Bloom Day post, I featured this lovely little NOID Hellebore. It’s buried in a large “cramscaping” planter, where I stuck all kinds of larger things. In order to take this photo, I had to brush away both Carex and Mahonia leaves. My friend Rickii asked me to post a photo of the entire thing, so here goes:
Here is the entire container, which besides the buried little Hellebore (you can see one flower if you zoom in towards the center) holds a juvenile Holboellia coriacea, an Eleagnus ‘Guilt Edge, Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ a NIOD rescued fine textured grass, and the curly, weepy leaves a Carex ‘Rekohu Sunrise. Yup – you would be right in cautioning me that this arrangement will soon burst out of its cramped quarters. I know. But, that’s a problem for another day. 😉
So, that is the extent of my offering for this month. Head on over to our hostess Pam at Digging, to see what kinds of foliar goodies grow in her garden as well as others, around the world.