Bamboos in our front yard
The biggest change came about when in January of 2010 the City of Davis removed a diseased Bradford pear. This tree was the messiest thing you've seen, and I wasn't sad to see it go (well, I do miss the shade it gave). Here's the house with the tree. You can clearly see the mistletoe infestation that led to its demise.
|Mistletoe-infested Bradford pear, February 2009|
|Bambusa oldhamii right after planting, February 2010|
|Bambusa oldhamii, October 2010|
|Bananas in front yard, May 2009|
|Bambusa in our front yard, March 2010|
This is what the same spot looks like now, in mid-October:
|Bambusa oldhamii (left, outside fence), Bambusa chungii (middle), |
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' (right)
The latest in-ground addition in the front yard is a Bambusa eutuldoides 'Viridivittata', or Asian lemon bamboo. I planted it from a 15-gallon container on the inside of our fence near the south corner of our patio. Its striking yellow culms will add a nice pop of color and its eventual 25 ft. height will provide welcome afternoon shade for the patio.
|Bambusa eutuldoides 'Viridivittata'|
Speaking of patio, in the corner is another Fargesia dracocephela ‘Rufa’ in a pot. It gets hot on the patio (above 100° in the summer), but since the Rufa is shielded from direct sunlight, it’s doing very well.
|Fargesia dracocephela ‘Rufa’ on front patio|
In the works: We're hoping that the city of Davis will agree to remove another Bradford pear tree on our property. Its mistletoe infestation is even worse than the one they removed in January, and the bark is beginning to crack and peel. It looks very unhealthy and we're worried limbs might start to fall off under the weight of the mistletoe. If and when the tree is removed, we will replace it with an Emerald bamboo (Bambusa textilis 'Mutabilis'). I bought a 15-gallon specimen at Bamboo Sourcery when Sean and I went to their going-out-of-business sale a few weeks ago.
|Bambusa textilis 'Mutabilis'|