This is another part of my garden that I love. I had to take three photos to get this bamboo in, so the photo makes it look much shorter. The top photo was looking almost directly up.
It is about three times a tall as my house, I estimate. Maybe 30 metres (90 ft)?
Each cane needs two hands to encircle it. It's quite slow-growing compared with the smaller variety, but I still periodically kick over most of the shoots, which as you can see would make a substantial addition to any stir-fry. And would need a really big wok.
I was having a quick tidy-up in this corner yesterday. A few minutes after taking these photos I picked up one of the rocks edging the area and managed to drop it on my ankle.
Warning! Injury description follows. The screamish should read no further:
Not too painful although I did say 'shoot' or something similar, but it also broke one of the big veins running across the foot and in seconds I had a large scary bulging puddle of aristocratic blue under the skin and getting bigger as I watched, fascinated.
I hobbled inside and grabbed the ice-gel thingy from the freezer, and the box of bandages, and wrapped it up in both, then lay on the couch and phoned my sister who is a nurse.
But who wasn't home...
So I called my doctor but, as is often the case, by the time she had given me instructions to R.I.C.E* it for ten minutes and then come in so she could have a look, it had stopped bleeding.
So that was good.
It looks really impressive 'though. I'm to keep off it for another 24 hours.
All visitors bearing strawberries, ginger beer and Terry Pratchett books are very welcome. Let yourself in the back door.
*Rest Ice Compression Elevation