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.)


Take a step back though...

...and another...

...and maybe one more.

A different picture emerges, one of a plant that was hammered first by a couple months of dry, dry weather, then clobbered by several days of very cold sub-zero F temperatures.

I am so eager to see what shooting season will bring -- which should start any day now for this plant. I'll be removing what looks like 75% of the culms here. How many will be replaced?

Let's not even talk about Ph. rubromarginata right next door to Spectabilis:

It's supposed to be all green, and there's none. Not a single green culm. Sigh.

I am going to have a lot of bamboo canes to get rid of soon...


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Hoover Boo  – (April 20, 2018 at 9:13 PM)  

Well you will have a lot of garden stakes available...I hope you will have pleasant surprises--that some of the bamboos will survive and sprout anew.

chavliness  – (April 21, 2018 at 9:29 AM)  

It's a sad look and must be heart breaking, especially for a bamboo enthusiast such as yourself. Maybe there'll be good surprises soon.

Mark and Gaz  – (April 22, 2018 at 5:01 PM)  

It’s vigorous so it could look good again in just one season, fingers crossed!

Alan  – (April 23, 2018 at 5:39 PM)  

Hoov: way more garden stakes than I need. Perhaps I should list them on Craigslist?

Mark/Gaz: I'm hoping! It definitely will look better once the dead stuff is removed -- the question is how thick will the grove be after shooting?

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