On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 12:05 PM, Jan Lauritzen
> I was in your garden on Saturday.
> Your garden was fantastic! Really loved the bamboo hideaway - a great
> idea. Can you ID the two types of bamboo I noticed there? One was very
> pink and the other (surrounding the sitting area) I believe may have been
> Black Bamboo.
> All your plants were wonderful, including the sand box with the great very
> tiny succulents. I took a ton of pictures around your place. So many of
> the plants were ones I was not familiar with. My climate in Southern
> California being so very different from yours. Last night the weatherman
> said that we were still 8 inches down for the season (which is over already)
> and we only average 13-15 in a normal one. All your plants look so vigorous
> and lush. Ours are very unhappy with our tignt water restrictions.
> Thank you for letting us visit your fantastic place.
> By the way, can you please identify this plant from your yard? I believe it
> may be the seed pods forming on a peony but I am not sure.
Hey Jan, sorry you were here after the 4 inch rain, things looked much
better before that. The hide-out is mostly Phyllostachys bissettii
with a little bit of Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' mixed
with it. Black bamboo, Phyllostachys nigra, is not quite hardy here.
By the way, the new 'boo shoots are already 6 feet taller then the old
ones. A good year. I wish the farm could have been on tour, that's
where most of my iris are growing, a 2 acre pond full of LA's and
pseudacorus. Spurias, historics, and species scattered all over the 80
acres. But, it's very rustic and would need much grooming to be safe
for a tour. The bamboos are much larger there too.
The sand box has been a successful experiment, I need to build a
series of permanent ones to replace it. I. arenaria, the sand iris has
a seed pod there now.
There was no pic to ID in your message, but I'd be happy to give it a
try. It's fun to go places where you don't know every plant, last time
I was in San Jose I was stumped by many things and amazed at the size
of others. Haven't been to SoCal in many many years, last time I was
only 21 and hitchhiking across the country, Florida to Washington, to
California and back to Florida.
Kansas City, Missouri