To those of us who are obsessed with growing bamboo in our gardens, there's nothing like a thick, beautiful bamboo culm.
Currently the 'Spectabilis' bamboo is the most eye-catching in my yard, with its golden culms striped green. (Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' that is.)
So colorful, so upright:
Plus there are so many of them:
A respectable small grove, so bright, so pristine...
Ack! What happened?
Deer happened. These culms are just the right size for a good antler rubbing.
It's also a territorial marking thing.
At least they've been considerate and rubbed primarily the "backs" of the culms -- you can't see them from the garden:
I should be happy that this is the extent of the deer damage on my bamboos. They could develop a taste for the leaves or worse yet, the shoots. Now that would be frustrating.
I'll count myself lucky then, and enjoy the view!
(The thickest culm in this grove is about 1.25" (3cm) in diameter, in case you were wondering.)