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Irony... bamboo style (bamboo and pole vaulting) by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living I'm always drawn to bamboo history, after all history was one of my majors in college.  It was a subject that I thoroughly enjoyed and still do today.  But most often, I ... Read on »
Guest Blog: Planting a Rooftop Garden by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Today is a guest blog post on a topic that sparked a lot of interest when I blogged about it a few weeks ago - rooftop gardening.  I encountered some roof top gardens on ... Read on »
Colorful bamboo plants by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living When most people think of bamboo, its usually an image of a tall green screen. What really got me into collecting bamboo about 10 or so years ago was its wide range of colo ... Read on »
Leaf litter from bamboo... more or less than the average tree? by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living As I raked leaves today, it reminded me of a question I get all the time from customers buying bamboo plants - 'Is bamboo a messy plant?' This is usually asked in ... Read on »
Break in the rain... is that the sun? by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living It was nice today to get a break from the rain. As we came home from a movie, a group of tiny birds were flying around in our Azalea bushes and the bamboo in the ... Read on »
Easy tip to detect a running bamboo plant... by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living It's inevitable that you walk into a garden center or nursery and among the thousands of plants there is a bamboo plant that is either vaguely labeled, mislabeled ... Read on »
The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living On the this dreary rainy day, I have been daydreaming about gardens that I have had the good fortune to visit. Last summer, I had the opportunity to visit the five ... Read on »
Even more on container grown bamboo... by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living On my last post I spent some time giving tips on successful container growing bamboo. Of course, I have those nights, when I wake up at 3 a.m., and my mind is goin ... Read on »
More on growing bamboo in containers... by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Many bamboo varieties are well suited for container growing. Container growing opens up the ability to grow running bamboo, something that I normally suggest in l ... Read on »
Oh frost, leave my bamboo alone (or 'How to hedge a bamboo plant without touching it!') by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living The ravages of winter have indeed shown its effects upon some of my clumping bamboo plants. Clumping bamboo starts to shoot from late July through late October. ... Read on »
A real beauty... Semiarundaria yashadake 'Kimmei' by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living What a nice surprise coming home from work today (lately its been too dark to enjoy the garden when I get home). Last weekend, I split up an overgrown Semiarund ... Read on »
Bamboo on rooftops in San Francisco by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living I was amazed at my last trip to San Francisco in June that from our hotel view (Mission and 4th St.; near the Metreon and close to Market Street) seeing two rooftop ... Read on »
Behind the name... Phylostachys bissetii by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living One of my favorite running bamboo varieties is Phylostachys bissetii. It a very green, dense hedge bamboo that is as aggressive as Golden Bamboo, but so much mor ... Read on »
Bamboo: The odd and unusual by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Today, I was milling about the garden with not alot of focus, but with camera in hand. I'm always surprised what I can find when I examine things closer. Here is a collect ... Read on »
Now accepting pre-orders for bamboo plants; Spring 2011 by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Christmas is around the corner, which is hard to believe. For me, its that time of year to start thinking about the re-stocking of bamboo plants for the Spring season whi ... Read on »
How and why bamboo plants get named the way they do... "Teague's Blue" by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living I'm always fascinated by how plants, specifically bamboo plants, come by their common and scientific names. Always been curious why Himalayacalamus hookerianus "T ... Read on »
Bamboo, cold temperatures and frost by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living In California, when it dips below 30 degrees in the Central Valley, can't help to feel a bit worried about plants and frost damage. I know, I know that's a warm spe ... Read on »
Bare bamboo culms... by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living With winter approaching, it always funny to see these bare culms up in the air, leafless, almost looking dead. These are on clumping bamboo (in this photo - ... Read on »
Awesome fall red on a bamboo plant... by Sean B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Snapped this great photo of Phylostachys bambusoides 'Castillon' today. It seems that every year around this time, as temperatures cool, the culms turn a nice s ... Read on »