I must admit that I have always had very strong feelings toward Bamboo. If you had asked me just 6 months ago, would I ever consider planting bamboo in my garden, I would have adamantly said, “over my dead body.” This was because I did not know there was anything other than running varieties of bamboo. As a matter of fact, my neighbor from my previous house, came by one day to show me his beautiful bamboo he had gotten via mail order. It took all the restraint I had not to shake him and ask, ” Are you kidding me? You should have asked me if I wanted that in my garden as well.” But thankfully a leveler head prevailed, and I agreed it was “nice.” But then about 6 months ago I saw some Bambusa Oldhami in a friend’s garden and fell in love. I promptly returned home to do some research and to my surprise, and pleasure, I learned how bamboo is not all running but there are clumping varieties as well. I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to get my hand on some of my own. I found Boo for You ,a local bamboo dealer, and was off to purchase some bamboo. I bought Bambusa Textiles, Weavers Bamboo.
The photo on the left is me with my newly planted bamboo and on the right what hopefully someday it will look like.