This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post has my head reeling. Growth, particularly in plants, fascinates me – it’s the repressed farmer in me, I think. Anyway, I can’t resist the excuse to post this series of photographs I have been collecting of the phases of growth of the giant bamboos in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya.
It was only the other day that I was able to capture a decent image of the first knobby shoots, when I went for a walk after lunch in the Gardens.
At about 18 inches the dark, aubergine knobs become delicate pink candles outlined with frilly purple spikes.
I love this shoot – about a metre tall at this stage – it reminds me of a sort of avant-garde Carmen Miranda sculpture.
When the shoots begin to harden, their salmon pink sheathes peel away to reveal delicate brushed steel stalks
This still life with pink shoots caught my attention the other day also
Several clumps – this size and larger – line the banks of the Mahaweli River that almost encircles the Gardens. I noticed quite a lot of wind damage this week, but the clumps are as healthy and vigorous as ever.