Awesome Water Feature

September 13, 2009

On this project, we install a landscape designed by Jim Savage of Savage Plants and Landscape. This is a full landscape installation including a complete lawn removal/renovation, lots of dirtwork and sculpting, dry creek beds, drainage, plantings, and a large water feature with a running creek, falls and a pond. Stumble This Post

Chusquea culeou – Chilean Feather Bamboo

September 6, 2009

Before I moved it from my house to the new nursery, my Chusquea culeou never failed to turn heads, and was a customer favorite.  Not only does the form and texture of this bamboo live up to its common name, but it has awesome seasonal color as well.  In this article, learn a little bit […]

Bamboo on Anderson Island

July 29, 2009

I met another bamboo friend last weekend, and took a tour of his bamboo and palm collection on Anderson Island.  Here are a few pics and some comments from my trip out.  Click on the pics to view a larger image. Stumble This Post

Portland Bamboo Festival

July 21, 2009

The Portland Bamboo Festival is coming up this weekend, July 26 at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, OR from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  If you are in the market for some bamboo plants, or have questions about bamboo and how to grow it, you don’t want to miss this event!  There will be lots of bamboo […]

Bamboo Break

July 12, 2009

Since the 4th of July weekend, I have been taking a break (as much as possible) from bamboo and blogging, spending as much time as possible boating in the south Puget sound.  Here a few pics from down Shelton way. Stumble This Post

It’s a Jungle Out There

June 28, 2009

One of my favorite nurseries is Jungle Fever Exotics, located near Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA.  This nursery is known for it’s exotic plants, many of which push the limits of cold hardiness for Western, Washington. OH, and they have some very cool bamboos, too! Stumble This Post

Fargesia nitida ‘Jiuzhaigou’

June 22, 2009

There are at least five different forms of bamboo out there that contain “Jiuzhaigou” in the cultivar name.  From what I have seen, most of these cultivars are very similar, but no matter which the name, they are beautiful, well-behaved bamboos for your garden. Stumble This Post

More Pics of Bamboo Shooting

June 17, 2009

Here are some more pics showing the progress of the bamboo shooting I wrote about in What’s Shooting? back in April.  You will see a few new bamboos pictured as well. You can click on the thumbnails to view a larger image. Stumble This Post

A Few Pics of Seattle Bamboo Festival

June 15, 2009

Our Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society has two plant sales each year, which are our major sources of income.  Traditionally, the Seattle Bamboo Festival is held at the Washington Park Arboretum in June, and the Portland Bamboo Festival is held at the Hoyt Arboretum in July. Stumble This Post

Landscape Recipe

June 13, 2009

A few weeks back, Outdoors By Design finished a retaining wall and patio to create an outdoor  living space outside of our client’s new addition.   Here’s what went into the job and some before and after pics. Stumble This Post