Work is continuing on our Koi Pond project, we are now putting the pergola up over the top which will be covered over. This will provide shade for the pond and prevent algae making the water green - after all we want to be able to see the fish so clear water is important - and also will provide privacy for us from neighbouring houses (and vice versa of course). We are using gray shaded polycarbonate sheets to create the roof.
|Chenies Manor Plant Fair 2012|
As its Friday the 13th, I did think about selecting a gardening horror, but on second thoughts settled on the wonderful new growth on Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'. This bamboo has been with us for a number of years now, and in the last couple of years has started to send up some quite nice sized culms. Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis' has the most wonderful buttery yellow new canes. Like all Phyllostachys bamboos the vivax will spread and wander about eventually, but we keep a watch for new canes and remove the new shoots that emerge away from the clump, helping to keep the shape and prevent it from taking over. This approach should be adopted with all bamboo, by taking the time to maintain them, you avoid gardening nightmares!!
|Brunnera 'Jack Frost'|
Another interesting silver-leaved form of Brunnera is 'Mr Morse' which has white flowers rather than blue. Brunnera 'Betty Bowring' is floriferous and long-flowering. The bright white flowers make a dramatic contrast with the dark green foliage.