The bamboo has not only tried to creep up the hill into our garden this season, now it is reaching for the sky.
The new stems have already grown a good 12 to 14 feet higher than the bamboo standing from previous years.
And, they are still growing!
We watch each day as they reach higher and higher wondering what has sparked such tremendous growth.
I have enjoyed the rain-kissed spires reaching up towards our treetops this week.
Did I mention there is no level ground anywhere in our garden?
So when we look out at the bamboo, we are already much higher than where they have sunk their roots. These are truly giants.
We appreciate the wonderful screen they provide, offering privacy, breaking the wind, and muffling sound along our little ravine.
They make a thick living fence , offering abundant cover for our families of song birds.
They also cool the yard. Their deep shade is always noticeably cooler than anywhere else in the garden.
We don’t know what sparked this prodigious growth, and wonder if they can continue to grow taller year after year.
There is bamboo on the approach to Jamestown Island and in other odd spots around Williamsburg.
I would love to know whether this is a native plant, or whether it has simply naturalized in our area.
Another “legacy plant” in our garden, we come to love it more and more each year.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014