Day 115: DayGlo Of The Triffids

Welcome to my garden… it’s the one with the “Beware Of The Plants” sign

April 25 main b

For the past year and half – on and off (mostly off to be honest) – my life has been a battle against a pernicious, invasive, alien lifeform. Alien to the UK, at least. It is the plant known as bamboo.

Y’see, I moved into a new house at the end of 2012, and it has a small yard garden. When I arrived, it was full of bamboo. And I mean full. It was like hacking your way through a small, intense jungle. This stuff may be grass, technically, but it’s mighty mutant grass with super strength. Hell, they use this stuff for scaffolding in the Far East.

So while a little bit of bamboo in the corner of a large garden can be attractive (it does sway very soothingly in the wind), a forest of it in a garden the size of a walk-in wardrobe is overkill. And the roots were lifting up paving stones, so Lord knows what they could do the the foundations.

April 25 big clump

So I’ve been clearing it. This is not an easy job. The roots are like something out of an alien invasion movie, all twisted and knotty and clinging on to anything they can with a stubborn grasp of iron. It’s been hard work, but it’s great when a huge chunk (like the one above) comes up all in one go…

April 25 knotty heartBelieve it or not this little bastard on the left took more time to extract that the big guy above. I reckon it looks like I’ve pulled the heart out of some Swamp Thing-style supernatural beast.

I’m about halfway there now. The garden looks about twice the size it did as compared to when I moved in. And I’ve discovered all sorts of things hidden behind the bamboo veil, including an urn, a porcelain hedgehog, an electric water pump, the fourth episode of “The Tenth Planet”, a bird box and, would you believe, a polystyrene rock.

April 25 polystyrene rock

Yes, the sci-fi journalist has a Star Trek prop in his back yard. Who’d have guessed?

April 25 footThe delightfully garish, DayGlo Adidas trainers are another pair from the Boo collection. They look for all the world like they’ve been designed with the aid of a pack of Stabilo Boss. Speaking of trainers, I forgot to post this yesterday (it was a very busy day) but here’s what Wednesday’s K Swisses did to me.

Who needs to run a marathon to get blisters for charity,eh? I’m physically suffering for the cause here, folks, so the least you can (if you haven’t already) is leave a donation. (Subtle? Me?)


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Cheers Dave G



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