Finally I have some bamboo action to report—and lots of other plants are also waking up from their slumber after an unusually long spell of below-normal temperatures. Yesterday morning there was frost on the houses in the neighborhood! Hopefully the Easter bunny will not only bring us eggs (Swiss chocolate, please!) but also warmer temperatures.
Bamboos first: At this time last year, our black and golden bamboos (Phyllostachys nigra and Phyllostachys aurea ‘Koi’) were already pushing new shoots. Not so this year. However, there’s plenty of shooting going on elsewhere, as you can see below.
Notice the new culms poking out above the bushy growth from previous years