Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sacramento Bee article and the next open house...

Wow. I'm humbled by the the folks that came to my Halloween Bamboo Open House and expressed their appreciation for bamboo. Sacramento Bee reporter, Debbie Arrington spent some time with us touring the yard along with photographer Lezlie Sterling a couple of weeks ago. Christy and I had a great time and we couldn't be happier with the article.

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 (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

Red bamboo......

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.'

But there are bamboo plants that get vibrant red culms when exposed to bright sunlight and/or cold.

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.'