Bamboo: To love or not to love

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.

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4 Responses to Bamboo: To love or not to love

  1. If you ARE frightenend of bamboo, plant it in a pot …

  2. I have always been a bit frightened (but loved) bamboo as well. My first encounter with it was at a customers garden where it had escaped into the lawn. But I did purchase a lovely golden dwarf at a plant sale, no name so I am not sure what variety, but I did plant it in a pot for safety.

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