Another bamboo tale

Since temperatures have been around 70ºF (21ºC) for the last few days, I decided that it was time -- as early as it is -- to get the stream running again. I'm not going to show you that, as it involves lots of black, smelly water.

I will share something I noticed though, as I stood back and admired the scene (that moving water makes such a big difference!)


Something near the broken clay pot caught my eye:

Have you noticed it yet? Here's a closer look:

A bamboo rhizome! How the heck did that get over here?

Another angle reveals the answer... you can see (if you look closely) that this rhizome appears above ground three times, drawing a line to the source:

Even though this planter box has a layer of concrete pavers below it, I still must be diligent and check for escapes. I did not do that last year, as that southern side of the planter is hidden behind much foliage.

There was a time when this discovery would have led me to panic, thinking that I had to yank the rhizome out immediately or my garden would be overrun in a week. Now I know better, and in fact, leaving the rhizome in place until shooting is finished would be the best thing to do -- more rhizomes means bigger and taller shoots usually.

So I'll wait until after shooting to cut this and pull it up.

I wonder if I would have noticed this if I waited until things started greening up? Maybe not...

This is why I'm not a fan of rhizome barriers -- they give a false sense of security. Diligence is a requirement for all running bamboo plantings!


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (February 20, 2017 at 1:17 PM)  

Wow, this is one adventurous fella!

70°F? Seriously? This winter is nuts!

outlawgardener  – (February 20, 2017 at 2:05 PM)  

Why, oh why, do those running bamboos have to be so danged attractive? We're attracted to bad boys, I guess. Wish I'd never been smitten as this relationship requires a lot of work!

Alan  – (February 21, 2017 at 12:52 PM)  

We actually hit a new record high: 79ºF. I'd prefer to work on garden cleanup when it's a bit cooler than that!

Lisa  – (February 21, 2017 at 7:15 PM)  

Every time I read about your bamboo escape artists I wonder about you. I get all panicky just thinking about it! I wonder how long it would take for the bamboo to take over the neighborhood if you just let it go?

It was your stream that brought me to your blog - we were planning our first water feature and I was looking for ideas and experiences other people had with water in their garden. I look forward to "seeing it" every year!

chavliness  – (February 22, 2017 at 11:49 AM)  

Love bamboo in others' gardens, thus avoid the panic and intensive labor it requires. Hooray for getting the water feature going. Another labor intensive project but at least it doesn't generate panic.

Chickadee Gardens  – (February 23, 2017 at 12:37 PM)  

So warm! That's crazy! The bamboo is loving it, it sounds like :)

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax!  – (February 25, 2017 at 12:13 PM)  

Bamboo, I think, must have been the inspiration behind the shape of the Loch Ness Monster.

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