Wednesday, December 30, 2009
We hope you had an enjoyable holiday season. We are busy getting ready for Spring when the gardening season begins. We have set the date for our next Bamboo Open House. Here are the details:
What: Bamboo Open House - dozens of running and clumping bamboo plants for sale.
When: Saturday, March 13, 2010; 9 am to 3 pm
Where: 5719 Jersey Drive in Rocklin (95765) [Map]
Looking forward to seeing you there and we'll be on hand to answer any bamboo questions you may have.
Looking for that special kind of bamboo or a large quantity? Special ordering is highly recommended.
If you have a specific kind of bamboo you are looking for or you need a large quantity to create a privacy screen, putting in a special order for your bamboo is highly recommended.
We have access to well over 100 different types of running bamboo and are currently assembling an order for delivery in late February, early March.
The advantages of special ordering bamboo plants from us is:
(1) We set the plants aside for you,
(2) You get the plants you want, and at the quantity and sizes you want.
Here is how you can place a special order - send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the quantity, size (5 or 15 gallon) and varieties you want by Saturday, February 13. We ask for a 50% down with the balance payable upon pick-up. We accept checks or we can bill you via PayPal which allows you to securely pay by credit card. You do not need to be a PayPal member, its really easy.
If you need recommendations on the right bamboo plants for your garden, call or e-mail us. After a few questions, we can provide some bamboo varieties for you to consider along with pictures that will fit your needs.
We'll also be at the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club's Annual Plant Sale on March 20 in Sacramento
On Saturday, March 20, we will be at the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club's Annual Plant Sale at the Shepard Arts and Garden Center located in McKinley Park (3330 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento). The sale is open to the public and will have a large variety of plant vendors there from bamboo to succulents to fruit trees to water plants. If you love unique plants, this is a fun event and worth attending. Hope to see you there!
Can't make the Open House?
No problem, we are also available by appointment. Call (916) 300-6335 or e-mail at email@example.com to set up a time to come by and see our bamboo garden, ask questions or seek advice. If you want to see what clumping bamboo will look like in the ground after several years, you are welcome to set up a time and see for yourself. We also have several types of running bamboo growing in containers as well.
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We know Facebook is not for everyone, but if you are a Facebook user and want to follow what we are doing, see new bamboo photos or check out other interesting aspects about bamboo, check out our Facebook page and become a fan.
Have a fun, prosperous and happy 2010!
Mad Man Bamboo Nursery - Rocklin, CA
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Photo is by Gerhard Bock (www.gerhardbock.com).
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Mad Man Bamboo Nursery - Rocklin, CA
Phone: (916) 300-6335
Facebook Page for Mad Man Bamboo Nursery
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
More about this - Dell Makes New Green Move with Bamboo Packaging
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The big question I have been getting is - When is the next Open House?
Answer: I am planning the next Open House in March 2010 to kick off the spring season. If you want to be notified when the date is set, I highly recommend signing up for our e-mail list, the black box to the right of my web page - www.madmanbamboo.com.
In the meantime, I go back to how I was selling bamboo before, by appointment. So, if you really want that special bamboo plant now, give me a call at (916) 300-6335 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am available by appointment Saturdays and Sunday and every other Friday (next Friday off is 11/20).
Thanks again for all the support, looking forward to more encounters with all the fellow bamboo aficionados.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Sacramento Bee article on bamboo
For those that missed today's Open House, we are planning another one in November. I will have many more plants, popular, practical and unique, available for sale. If you want to know when the next Open House is, check this site in the next week or two. If you want that special bamboo plant and want to put a special order in, sign up for e-mail subscription list at http://www.madmanbamboo.com/ (look at the black box on the right) and you'll know how to get that bamboo plant you have been looking for.
Thanks for the great day. It was really nice getting to talk to so many people that appreciate bamboo.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Received a question from a Facebook Fan on my Mad Man Bamboo Nursery facebook page. Question was whether I have run across bamboo with red leaves.
The answer..... no, not full red, sometimes you'll get slight hints of red, like new keaves on Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima.'
Phylostachys aurea 'Spectabalis', Phylostachys bambusoides 'Castillon', Himalayacalamus falconeri damarapi 'Candystripe Bamboo' and Semiarundaria yashadake 'Kimmei' are varieties that show this trait. There are other examples as well.
Pictured top to bottom are Himalayacalamus falconeri damarapi 'Candystripe Bamboo', Phylostacys bambusoides 'Castillon' and Semiarundaria yashadake 'Kimmei.'
Monday, September 28, 2009
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Monday, September 7, 2009
Interesting question from a reader: Larger the diameter for bamboo, the stronger it is? True or false?
Is it safe to say that the larger the diameter the bamboo is, the stronger it is? If not, please shed some light on this.
Great question and the answer is "no." It really depends on the fiber and lignen (the white binding material between the fibers) and how tightly packed they are. So, bamboo with larger air chambers (like Phylostachys heteroclada "Water Bamboo") in them or ones that are not as densely packed, even if they are large in diameter, are not necessarily the strongest.
But more impressive is the fact that bamboo, in its very strongest form is like reinforced concrete and is, in some cases, stronger than steel. Steel has a tensile strength of 23,000, while the strongest bamboo has a tensile strength of 28,000.
It also used 1/8th the energy in production that concrete does, pretty impressive.
For more interesting facts on bamboo, its strength and its possibilities for solid, environmentally friendly buildings of the future, check out the article from Discover Magazine, ironically enough, from 1996 - The Bamboo Solution.
Friday, August 21, 2009
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I'll have to put Avery Island on my "must-visit" list for sure.
More info can be found here.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
"Sacramento Perennial Plant Club
9th Annual Vendor Sale
Unusual Plants and Garden Treasures
March 21, 2009, Saturday, 9:00AM to 3:00PM
Shepherd Garden and Arts Center at McKinley Park
Speaker: 12:00 noon
The March meeting will be replaced with this special event. Amber Tippett from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply in Grass Valley will be the featured speaker (at noon) about “Growing Organic…For Life.”
Some of the nurseries participating in the sale have web sites; go online and see the variety of plants that will be available. This is a great opportunity for you to visit many wonderful specialty nurseries in one location and not have to spend your money on gas.
In this time of financial hardship, it is important that we support these small businesses. They are the people who are propagating and selling the rich variety of plants that we have come to love and can not find at the big box stores. Without the small independent nurseries, the look of our gardens will change forever. Many of the plants sell for $5.00 - $10.00 so come support the nurseries and buy one or two special plants to add to your spring planting. Tell your neighbors and friends about the sale, and we hope to see you there.
On this date a grand selection of both new and favorite vendors will arrive with their specialties from the outlaying areas to provide a wonderful collection of plants and gardenrelated art. To name just a few Vendors and what they will be bringing: Back again--Morningsun Herb Farm, Vacaville, herbs galore; Golden Pond, Loomis, aquatic plants & miniature water gardens; Canyon Creek Nursery, Oroville, shrubs, perennials and annuals; Native Springs Nursery, Oroville, Mediterranean and California native plant; Glen Rowley from Magalia and his original handmade birdhouses; Monte Cristo Farm, Placerville, Azaleas and Rhododendrons; Golden Gecko Nursery, Garden Valley and Bob Tadlock, Garden Valley,with shrubs and perennials; Mad Man Bamboo, Rocklin, and Friends of San Juan de Oreinte, Sacramento, pottery.
First time Vendors that you won’t want to miss Twisted Metal, Sacramento, The Secret Garden, Elk Grove, Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply, Grass Valley, plants and gardensupplies; Kevin Henry, Vermidragon Farm, worm castings; Merlyn Lenear, Stockton,The OG, succulents and succulent wreaths.
Most of the Vendors are donating something special for our Raffle. Last year, both Golden Pond and Morningsun Herb Farm created wonderful large pots of outstanding plants.There were many other terrific items as well. The raffle will be held at 10 AM, 11 AM and 1:30 PM. Participants must be present to win. The proceeds from this event help to fundour work supporting community gardens and local horticulture projects.
Bring your garden related questions to the Master Gardeners’ table. They will be there to help you with a plant, soil or bug related problem.
Our perennial plant club will be selling used garden related books and magazines. If you have any to donate please bring them either to the Center on Friday, late-afternoon, or earlySaturday morning, the day of the sale. We also need you look in your garden for what is blooming and bring in a sample (just one bloom or branch) of the plant and label it. We willhave a display table.
For those of you unable to volunteer your time for club events, there is a very important way that you could still help out the club and yourself: Drop by and support the event! It isfun and informative, and provides a chance to buy plants that are unusual, extra healthy and the grower is present to answer your questions. This is an important contribution that youwill be making!"
See you there my fellow "green thumbs."