I am an avid (addicted) gardener who lives in zone 8b/9. I got the gardening bug when I bought my house in 2005. There were just a few azaleas growing onto the house and not much else. Starting with a blank slate, I planted my first bed in the spring of 2006 and that's all I needed to begin a marathon of bed building throughout my yard. My goal is to create a "park-like" atmosphere - a place to escape and appreciate all that a garden offers. I'm looking to create some type of diary on the progression of my garden and share my gardening experiences. The good, the bad and the ugly!

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Oh No You Ain’t!
by Jason Redmon - posted 08/06/11

Yes, I really am a crazy gardener and if gasping out loud and exclaiming "Oh. My. God."  while creeping towards an elephant-ear growing in my Aspidistra doesn't prove it, I don't know what will.  Let me start from the beginning...

A month ago my friend Cindy Jordan of Sugar Magnolia Landscaping removed a large sum of Aspidistra from a job and generously passed it on to me.  I have been growing and collecting Aspidistra for a couple of years now, planting it in my allee.  It is terribly slow growing, therefore I have been quick to accept any that comes my way.  That being said, Cindy delivered an ample amount that filled in the remaining gaps.  Talk about instant gratification.  Wow!  Wow!  Wow! 




This afternoon I am taking a stroll through my allee when I see an elephant-ear.  No!  No!  No!

I immediately climb through the Aspidistra and remove the entire clump that the elephant-ear is growing in. Robby thinks I've lost my mind diving into the thick of it all and removing a whole clump but I'm not crazy. I know what can happen if I allow that elephant-ear to stay, it will take over!  I begin to look around and find a couple of more elephant-ears growing through the newly planted clumps of Aspidistra.  I promptly removed the clumps while saying, "Oh no you ain't!"  I know I could have tried to remove just the elephant-ear out of the clump but that's easier said then done. Some things just are not worth the risk. When it comes to the garden, sometimes it is best to be extreme, after all, Mother Nature is.

This is a pic from a house down the street. Elephant-ear (Colocasia) is an invasive herbaceous perennial and will take over. Believe it or not but there are azaleas hidden in that insanity. 

My allee is becoming too great a feature of my garden. I will not allow it to be overcome with Colocasia.  I have removed three recently planted clumps of Aspidistra and will now monitor the area for new elephant-ear growth.  If it means that I have to remove all of the newly planted Aspidistra, I will. 

My garden taught me another lesson today....Patience can bring you what you really want and instant gratification can sometimes leave you standing in weeds. 


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Preventive War on Bamboo
by Jason Redmon - posted 02/18/11

The bamboo barrier has arrived and been installed this week.  The instillation required a 28 inch deep trench 30 feet long to be dug behind a hedge of Sweet Viburnum (Viburnum Odoratissimum).  Yes, not an easy task and definitely not one for me to do by myself.  So being the smart gardener, I hired professionals to do it.  Cindy Jordan and her team from Sugar Magnolia Landscaping came in and hustled through the arduous task of installing the barrier. This should prevent the bamboo from creeping into my Sweet Viburnum. 

Bamboo Barrier

The Bamboo Barrier upon arrival and awaiting installation. 

Sugar Magnolia Landscaping dug a 28" deep 30' long trench behind a giant hedge of Sweet Viburnum.  Not an easy task, but they did it with smiles...

and determination.  The war on bamboo was on. 

After a few hours the task was complete.

All of that work was done behind the scenes of the garden.  It's not as fun as building a new bed or planting a new rose but it had to get done or I would have suffered later.  Working on the bones of the garden is a perfect task to do in the winter months.  Not much else can be accomplished but doing these types of chores add to the integrity of your garden and keeps the addicted gardener like myself content until spring. 

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The Considerate Gardener
by Jason Redmon - posted 02/09/11

My backyard neighbor's next door neighbor (Got that?)  planted a hedge of bamboo about 3 years ago.  The neighbors decision to plant this has now caused me to have to purchase bamboo barrier and install 30 feet of it behind my hedge of Sweet Viburnum.  I must be proactive because bamboo is very invasive and has already moved into my backyard neighbor's yard.  Which means if I don't place some preventive measures I will have bamboo eating my Viburnum.  I most definitely don't want that!

Obviously this neighbor wanted a fast growing hedge along his fence line.  So did I, that's why I planted Sweet Viburnum.  It's evergreen, fast growing and low maintenance.  I did research on all possibilities before I planted my hedge.  Gardeners need to consider how these plantings will affect their neighbors and while bamboo is a great option for a fast-growing living fence, it is also invasive.  Building a barrier around it will keep it contained. 

If a gardener decides to plant bamboo, he should install bamboo barrier around his plantings.  It will be less maintenance for the gardener and every neighbor within a mile.

The bamboo is creeping toward my viburnum.

Bamboo that has now creeped into my backyard neighbors yard.

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