Just Bamboo Photos

So I was looking through my old garden photos, trying to think of a topic for today's post. There are a few cool insect images from last summer that I haven't shared with you yet, so I started getting those together. Then I realized that I've been doing a lot of insect posts lately. I have to remember that this is a gardening blog, not "let's look at another bug", and even though insects are an important part of a garden, they're not the most important part.

The most important part of any garden is bamboo.


Well, plants. But today it's bamboo specifically.


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There's no narrative for today's post. No chronicle of the digging of bamboo, planting, or pruning. Just photos, with a few comments.


Pleioblastus viridistriatus, a vigorous groundcover bamboo.


Hibanobambusa tranquillans, with its big glossy leaves:


These are leaves of Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima':





Sasa veitchii, a low-growing bamboo in the narrow strip between the foundation and the driveway:


Pleioblastus fortunei which has been flowering, but doesn't seem like it's ready to die yet:


Here it is in it's garden setting. That's a small Phyllostachys nigra to the left, and a large Miscanthus grass:


If it's big leaves you want, Indocalamus tessellatus should do it for you:




Finally, Semiarundinaria okuboi has pretty large leaves too, and a great tropical feel:


Have I mentioned that I love growing bamboo? It adds such a presence to the garden.

So you've been spared from another insect post, but only for a little while. I've got ideas for two in mind, so get yourself mentally prepared for more bugs. They'll be coming soon.

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