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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Bamboo & The Bloom Treatment

02 March 2010 17:07:37
Phyllostachys aurea

Phyllostachys aurea

I headed out for a few hours this morning to continue with the clean up.I didn't actually get as much as I would have liked done.

But I got a bit distracted by a bamboo I've had down for a few years. I remembered buying it cheaply in Lidl and, since I planted it, I've always been meaning to move it. I check every spring to make sure it isn't spreading as we all know how invasive bamboo can be. And since I didn't even know what type it was and it was bought cheaply, it was bound to be a real pest int he end. But it seemed to be staying put.

The bamboo never looked any great shakes. Although about 4ft now, it looks a messy, leafy mass. So today I decided to give it the Bloom treatment. You know how the bamboos at Bloom are stripped of leaves to about half way up their stems? I carry out the Bloom treatment on my Phyllostachys each spring and it looks great for it. You can really see the thick golden stems.

So I spent about 20 minutes doing the Bloom treatment and started to think that the bamboo had rather nice legs in there after all. I eventually got to the middle and found the original tag! It wasn't bought at Lidl at all but was an expensive Phyllostachys 'aurea'. What a lovely surprise.


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Jacinta Jacinta 02 March 2010 17:13:54

It's amazing the way our memories fail us. Great surprise to know that it now has a name. 'Aurea' is a lovely Phyllostachys. Well worth keeping.


Krista Krista 02 March 2010 19:48:17

Googled it- lovely  bamboo. And the bark is very ornamental.


fran m fran m 02 March 2010 20:37:23

Want to get a smallish for a container some time, love the way they move in the wind.


Periwinkle Periwinkle 02 March 2010 21:38:49

That looks very nice. Glad someone else has trouble remembering names etc.!! If i didnt keep the labels and write down the names I'd be useless!


Rachel Rachel 02 March 2010 21:44:02

I started a plant database last autumn, Dorothy, and put a lot of my plant names in it. Recently we had a computer crash and the back-up was from before last autumn. All gone! So I'm back to square one trying to remember plant names and looking through my bag of labels.


Rachel Rachel 02 March 2010 21:45:23

Yes, Jacinta, I'm always reminded of the saying "just becasue you're certain, doesn't mean you're right" : )


Jacinta Jacinta 02 March 2010 21:46:37

What a bummer that you lost your database. So frustrating.


fran m fran m 02 March 2010 21:53:30

Rachel, very very far from a computerexpert here, but have heard that things are never fully lost, they are there somewhere. Maybe if you know someone into computers, might be worth a try.


Rachel Rachel 02 March 2010 22:00:54

Thanks, Jacinta & Fran. You are right of course, Fran, but we are lucky we have the back-up, even if a bit old. I have years of genealogical research on the computer and at least that is safe. There is only the odd thing since then that I am sorry to have lost and I can live with their loss.

It was my teenage son. He uploaded some game he bought on the web and it caused the computer to shut down and delete all its files - 1 by 1. Nice : )


Mairin Mairin 02 March 2010 22:02:06

It is lovely "stripped", making it a better focal point. 

About your computer, if you do know someone who could take out your hard disk drive and connect it to another pc, you should be able to get most of the information back.  


Lìga Lìga 02 March 2010 22:07:20

Now i know why i more trust to my 'Gardenig journal' book,nobody won't try uplod some games there.But all time have to watch,because here is little fingers,who want check all what is mammys)


HeadGardener HeadGardener 03 March 2010 22:44:58

Ah Rachel thats an old show trick, I remember a Chelsea exhibitor saying they used black boot polish to shine the stems of the black bamboos in the garden (Phyllostachys Nigra) and that aurea is just lulling you into a false sense of security I bought a tiny one in Naas, it did little for 3 years, but after that turned into a bit of a monster, start lookng out for those cement roof tiles and start burying then in a circle around you bamboo as a barrier while your still in control :-)


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