For some time now Andrew had been wanting a bit of bamboo and so when the opportunity presented itself, he and I purchased four lovely varieties from a local garden shop in Hilo, called Paradise Plants. It is a lovely shop because not only does it sell plants, but has lots of other goodies too. The four varieties of bamboo we bought are all clumping bamboo and thus non-invasive. The four bamboo's we chose were: Lumpy Noodle, Khasia Blue, Ghost, and Sweet Shoot. The last one we will place in a bed all of its own as it gets up to 65' tall and has 4" canes. Andrew came up with the design concept and I got to help lay stones, mix mulch, shovel cinder, haul it and spread it. It was back breaking labor guaranteed to make you sweat.
Here is Andrew. He was up every morning at the crack of dawn, trying to beat the heat.
This will give you an idea of its whereabouts in our front yard.
We took a break and Andrew picked a pineapple that was ready. It was delicious!
Some of it was built in the pouring rain. Tho in these two shots it had just stopped.
Believe me this bamboo bed is very large and took more than a week to finish.
Gregg with his usual perfect timing, came down to look just as we were finishing up.
First bamboo bed is complete, we even planted a half dozen pineapple plants in it too.
Now just one more bed to go and the bamboo garden will be done. YAY!!!