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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bamboo in the Snow

We have bamboo growing in our backyard. It's not the invasive, spreading kind, but the clumping kind. Every once in a while, I get a new shoot somewhere it shouldn't be, but for the most part, it stays contained. I love the screen it provides all year. I love how it moves with the breeze, like it's doing a slow, swaying dance. I love how the snow clings to it in the winter and how the stalks gently bend over in the rain or under the weight of the snow.


9 comments:

  1. Well I for one did not know that Bamboo kept their leaves.I know little if anything about them. It looks so pretty with the snow on it.

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  2. I too did not know that fact on Bamboo. You learn something new everyday. Your photo is really pretty of the Bamboo dusted with snow.

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  3. Oh wow, that is big bamboo! I didn't know they had kinds that aren't invasive. Very cool!

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  4. Ah see that? Learn something new every day.:)

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  5. Pam (Digging) and I were just talking about the bamboo she showed in a recent blog post...I believe its weeping Mexican bamboo and is a clumping form like yours (rather than being invasive). It captures the light so beautifully and I feel like I need one! It was expensive though when I went to find one ($80) so I might have to wait for a special occasion. Yours is beautiful covered in snow.

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  6. Hi Kate,
    I have had a very bad time battling knockweed which is looks bamboo, and is super invasive. It can take over a whole yard in a few years, if you let it. This terrible experience has made me hesitant about bamboo, which is a shame because it really is, as you demonstrate here, very beautiful. It is good to hear that there is bamboo that can be such a pretty, non-invasive addition to the garden.
    Jennifer

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  7. The show garden in Wellington has two pretty bamboos - planted in pots. Yours is lovely, and so are hers, but I think I'll stay with admiring them from a distance. We already have a huge bed of invasive giant/Spanish reed - gives the same effect!

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  8. One of our clumping bamboos was a gift from my mom. It was a large shoot from the clump I'd grown up with beside my treehouse. I waited until late one night to transport the "plant" home. The largest piece was longer than our station wagon and I looked like I was on the prowl to either joust or slay a dragon. I had to slowly drive back into the city, avoiding the freeway. Hanging out the passenger window, tied to the bumper of the car, that was a night I will never forget. Besides, it was worth it. The bamboo is very happy, and the long shoot survived and is even taller now.

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  9. Your bamboo looks really wonderful in that picture! When it's covered with too wet snow or ice ours tends to lie down.

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