Bamboo & The Bloom Treatment
02 March 2010 17:07:37
I headed out for a few hours this morning to continue with the clean up.I didn't actually get as much as I would have liked done.
But I got a bit distracted by a bamboo I've had down for a few years. I remembered buying it cheaply in Lidl and, since I planted it, I've always been meaning to move it. I check every spring to make sure it isn't spreading as we all know how invasive bamboo can be. And since I didn't even know what type it was and it was bought cheaply, it was bound to be a real pest int he end. But it seemed to be staying put.
The bamboo never looked any great shakes. Although about 4ft now, it looks a messy, leafy mass. So today I decided to give it the Bloom treatment. You know how the bamboos at Bloom are stripped of leaves to about half way up their stems? I carry out the Bloom treatment on my Phyllostachys each spring and it looks great for it. You can really see the thick golden stems.
So I spent about 20 minutes doing the Bloom treatment and started to think that the bamboo had rather nice legs in there after all. I eventually got to the middle and found the original tag! It wasn't bought at Lidl at all but was an expensive Phyllostachys 'aurea'. What a lovely surprise.