The Future Foretold

Roughly 15-20 years ago, before I had a real garden and my yard was mostly turf grass and locust trees, I was given a sign. A portent, omen. A glimpse of the future. Or perhaps it was meant to be an inspiration.

What it was exactly was a table knife (or "dinner knife") with a bamboo-themed design.
It was found buried in my yard!


As you probably know, I now grow dozens of types of bamboo in my garden. Back then though, I didn't even know that bamboo could be grown in my climate.

I can't remember if I found the knife myself or if my stepson did, but that anybody found it at all is amazing: it was buried point-down, right next to the front walkway. Only the end of the handle was visible and was flush with the ground, further hidden by lawn. This is all that would have been visible:

How long had this been buried here? Surely it was shoved into the soil by a child, which meant probably 10 years before I had moved in at least.

That's a good test for stainless steel!

After it was found we washed it off and added it to the cutlery drawer, where it was free to enter daily use. We don't use this knife very often though, as it's the oddball of the drawer, not only for its design, but for its pointed end:

It typically only gets used when all the others are gone. Poor little oddball!

I love the design elements, as they're quite detailed. You see the little nubs of the anchor roots... well as a double sulcus (groove):

The sulcus alternates sides on each internode (culm section between the "nodes" or ridges) and that does look like two branch nubs that remain (which formed the sulcus as the culm grew), so this could be based on something in the Phyllostachys genus.

I'm not sure what species this represents, but it's a nice design for a bamboo grower!

So, unexpected glimpse into my future?
The inspiration that got me to fill my garden with bamboo 15 years later?
Or pure coincidence, nothing at all meaningful or cosmic?

What do you think?

(I'm saying 90% coincidence, 10% future glimpse. I'm a pretty logical person, but what fun is the world without some mystery?)


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Mark and Gaz  – (December 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM)  

How fun! I'd say it's more cosmic than anything ;) what impressed me the most though are the details, having double sulcus that's alternating is truly impressive for its attention to detail.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (December 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM)  

I saw cutlery just like that in an Asian restaurant once and have wanted a set ever since. Or at least a stray knife :-)

outlawgardener  – (December 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM)  

How cool is that? Do you suppose that someone used it to dig dandelion roots and forgot where (s)he left it years ago? Omen, definitely!

Alan  – (December 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM)  

Mark/Gaz: I'm also impressed, but I still avoid using this knife if I can help it. It's the "weird" one!

Gerhard: I never thought to look for more pieces. If I unearth any more I'll send you one. :)

Peter: I never considered that they would have been using it for gardening, probably because I never consider pulling dandelion roots myself. ;)

Tarzan  – (December 3, 2014 at 2:42 PM)

You only need fork and youj're good to go ;)

Lisa  – (December 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM)  

Very cool! And fun to try to figure out what the story behind it might be!

danger garden  – (December 4, 2014 at 12:22 AM)  

Oh I think you should find more of the pattern, it was meant to be! Oh and I regularly use knives when gardening. Not for roots but to sever agave and yucca leaves.

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