Located on the southern outskirts of Colombo, in what was, only a decade or so ago, an area of marshy jungle, paddy fields and cinnamon plantations, my small garden shares one characteristic with everywhere else in the West Zone of Sri Lanka – it’s growing season. Instigated by the widespread ‘showers’ (as they call them) from a prolonged ‘low’ in the Bay of Bengal and fuelled by the rising temperatures we experience following the end of the South-West Monsoon, for some plants, it’s “stand back and watch it grow”.
There can be no more dramatic example of growth than the two spears of Black Bamboo I first sighted just three weeks ago. Already over two inches across and now far taller than my outstretched fingers on tippy toe, their immature growing tips are a study in pinks, greens and aubergine – and are my entry in tis week’s Sunday Stills Challenge – Signs of September.
For those of you who are keen gardeners or naturalists, you might be interested in a set of comparison shots I put together – from first sighting until today, taken from the same (or as close as I could to the same) position each week.