Looking good? Look again.

Ah, beautiful bamboo culms:


Looks so good, such a pretty sight at any time of year. (This is Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis', showing off its characteristic yellow and green striping.)


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Making it through Winter

Yes, it seems like we've made it through another winter, but with that title I'm not talking about myself.


I'm talking about my Pachypodium lamerei: it has managed to keep a leaf, and I'm just about ready to move it back outside!


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Cold, cold Spring

We should be deep into Spring by now...


...but the cold just won't stay away! Some nice warm days (we hit 82ºF/28ºC the other day!) sandwiched between cold ones makes this an unusual Spring, at least compared to the last several years.


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Bamboo damage, winter 2017-2018

As I hinted at earlier this week, it's time to take a look at the bamboos and survey the damage that winter has dealt to them. If you prefer seeing healthy, green bamboos (as I do) with little evidence of winter's wrath, then you should look at the before photos I took in December. What comes next won't be pretty.


This is a look along my driveway. Indocalamus longiauritus, in front, usually shows almost no damage. The greenest clump is Sasa oshidensis, but even it has significant burning.

(Note that I took all of these photos on March 19. Things look a little worse now.)

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Bamboo Peek

So it looks like I'll be doing quite a bit of finger crossing in the next few weeks...


...as most of the bamboos are looking a bit fried. (More than a bit really)


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