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The beauty and resilience of glorious bamboo in the Devon snow at Winsfo...


I’ve been growing various varieties of bamboo like the phyllostachys below for ten years now and this magnificent grass continues to amaze me.

But nothing could have surprised me more than the view which greeted me this morning, especially so soon after yesterdays thaw when many thought we might have seen the last of this year’s snow.

The next photo clearly shows the extent that bamboo will flex under the tremendous weight of snow. Not only did the stems reach the ground but they then became ‘entombed’ as further snow piled on top.

As my clearance work proceeds the results are very encouraging.

But after a couple of hours compare the view below with the second photo above, taken from the same location and the only difference between the two has been a good ‘shake’!

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Bamboo. You're flexible friend.

6 Feb, 2009


I do hope none found it's way down your neck, Wellies. Mine has shed it's own load today - bit of a thaw but a big freeze tonight apparently so another skating rink tomorrow. Hey ho!

6 Feb, 2009


I like the top photo with the rich colour of the stem against the white snow behind.
Amazing how bamboo will bend.
As Hillyc so cleverly says : definitely a flexible friend. :o)

6 Feb, 2009


great blog. love the bamboos.

6 Feb, 2009


I love the 3rd picture. That would make a lovely insulated hidey hole for some creature in this cold weather.

6 Feb, 2009


My grandchildren would love that in their garden.......

6 Feb, 2009


I just looooovvve the bamboo

6 Feb, 2009

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