Monday, May 14, 2007

Big Bamboo

A friend of a friend was clearing their yard of Invasive Bamboo. I was keenly interested in getting my hands on some free Invasive Bamboo and jumped at this rare opportunity (like Ginsu knives). So Grace and I trundled our way down to Rye, the site of said plant, with coffees in hand, to dig it up.

When we got to the friend's house in Rye, we got a hold of the domestic authority by cell and let him know that we were there for the bamboo and we meant business. He gave the all-clear, with a warning: "It's invasive, you know. I'm not responsible for what happens to your yard once you plant it." Verbal waivers against all claims of future damages were issued then Grace and I set to work.

Let me say one thing about bamboo: it's a veritable bear to dig up. I rarely, if ever, walk away from a plant digging with blisters. Ferns, echinacea, hosta, even peonys have yielded easily to my trowel ~ but bamboo? The runners/rhizomes they cast about are sometimes as thick as their springy little trunks and just as strong. I battled a couple of 30-footers for strong established plants waiting to hear the CRACK of the main runner just to get a decent root ball out of the ground. It was murder. If I were a drinking woman, it would have been Miller time after the first plant. But we persevered (without alcoholic beverages), Grace and I, until we had enough plants for me and Kirsten (I think Grace wanted to avoid planting Invasive Bamboo on her landlord's property).

Hands cleaned and only one Band-Aid to share between us, we then went to a local haunt of Grace's; a fairly decent deli and got lunch. Now one of the plants suspiciously resembled a well-known narcotic. With all that foliage hanging out the back of the blue Ford, one dopey Rye idiot couldn't contain himself and came up to Grace's window with: "Hey! I've got 10 minutes; let's spark one up!" With a double barrel of the Drop Dead look from both Grace and myself, the dumb Rye Guy scurried away with his tail 'twixt his legs. Kirsten got that plant.

Now . . . I hope these puppies take.

1 comment:

Ruth said...

It's invasive. By the end of the summer you'll need a machete to get through the growth.