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This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A New Scented Bamboo

Phyllostachys atrovaginata ‘Green Perfume’

Phyllostachys atrovaginata ‘Green Perfume’ is a new winter-hardy bamboo, which is shortly to be introduced to gardeners by Dutch bamboo specialist Jan Oprins. It is will be sold in garden centres under the "Bamboo Select" brand. Originating from China, it is a straight, upright-growing plant, which reaches a height of 5-8m (16-26ft). Compared with other Phyllostachys species and cultivars, this bamboo has relatively small leaves, but stalks that are fairly thick. The shoots are edible. When the young stalks are rubbed the scent of incense is released. This bamboo is difficult to propagate and has so far only been increased commercially in-vitro, but the company producing it have said that it should be freely available from September onwards. It enjoys damp conditions and flourishes in wet soils.

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Happy Gardening

Philip

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