aroma of Seattle’s Best Coffee began to fill the condo as I was printing
up directions to find Tim’s place. This was the start to a wonderful
day. This was my bamboo excursion for Feb 2006. The air was crisp and cold
and filled with great expectation -- with great anticipation.
wanted to see bamboo. I needed to see
bamboo. On this day, Feb 18, 2006 - I would immerse
myself once again into the wonderful world of bamboo. [Many thanks to my
cousin Jeff and Uncle Jethro for letting us use the van for that day.]
it’s spring time. The spring chill and
the increase in light levels has shcoked my
system into “GARDEN MODE.” This
is when one feels the deep burning desire to
PLANT something, whether it be a cactus, a
veggie, or a broomstick. YOU JUST GOTTA go
MAN. The long winter months have thrown my
being into withdrawal, and now, on this special
it was time to get my ultimate bamboo fix goin'
mental chains of the cold and dark dreary months
were slowly melting away, giving way to the new season.
Jeff arrived at my condo, with the “JOY JEFF” van.
Seats were previously extracted, and we were ready
to roll. That is, after another cup of coffee, and
after directions were finished printing.
were two stops scheduled for this day. First stop:
Mr. Tim Hicks, bamboo master-sensei-dude. [contact:
Tim Hicks - email@example.com]
Second stop: Mel, over in Ben Lomond. [Yeah, I never
of it until that day. At least I can now say, I’ve
been to Ben Lomond. That’s cool. Yeah, it’s
in California. ] Our
departure time was about 0900 hours. Off we
go on the epic journey - in search of bamboo.
drive down 280 towards Santa Cruz was a drive
of “Nirvanic Zenly peaceful eagerness.”
was therapy after such a long nerve-racking
week of phone calls, paper cuts, escalated
and my favorite words “now” and “favor” for
both Jeff and I. Jeff climbs phone poles. I
take phone calls. Dude, Jeff, Do me a favor,
cut the wire bro. Closer
and closer, we were approaching our destination.
We painstakingly followed the directions from Tim: “follow
the white fence, second star on the right, and
straight until morning. See how far the rabbit
goes down the hole.” Duuuude. As
we arrived in this botanical bamboo never-never-wonderland,
my heart skipped a beat. I was in awe. Even Jeff
goes “Dude, I didn’t know that bamboo
grew so tall. That’s tight.” From a distance
I already caught a glimpse of the blue bamboo that
I was desperately in search of. It was love at first
sight. My heart swelled deep in me with such profound
passion for the plant. I cried man. I cried. (Yes,
if you are wondering I hugged a blue bamboo while
I was there.)
upon our arrival, Tim’s wife greeted us,
and informed us that Tim went to get some creamer
for the coffee. OH man, I immediately knew that
I was in the right place in the presence of coffee
aficionados. She began to give Jeff and I a tour
of their piece of heaven
“How old are you?”
“Man. You’re in trouble. You’re going to end up like this one
day.” Motioning to the Moso in the yard.
did she know that I was already bitten by the “Bamboo
we got to the back yard, that is when I was so
totally enraptured by the beauty of bamboo. I was
so out of my mind that I didn’t care that
I was standing in a wet slush of horse manure.
I plain didn’t care, durnit.
in the distance, out comes the bamboo master DUDE himself – Tim
Hicks. You know this guy just had to be the Bamboo Master dude.
I know. I know Esteban over in Sebastopol was the Bamboo Master, but
Tim Hicks- he is THE Bamboo Master-DUDE.Tim then proceeded to take
us further into the bamboo forest. Although the sky started to become
overcast, the radiant beauty of bamboo still could not be overshadowed.
The strong vertical element of this plant gave an illusion that the
bamboo reached deep into the sky.
symphony of the wind rustling thru the leaves touched a note deep in my being
that still resounds to this day. There
is something wonderful and something timeless that happens when one looks
into a bamboo grove. That something reaches deep into history, and then it
confronts you, looking at you square in the mind. Deep. Reflection deep.
muttered under my breath, “This is awesome”. Words
are not enough to capture the beauty of bamboo.
A picture commands a thousand words and a conveys
a multitude of emotions, so be sure to check out
the photos section of this site for Tim’s “buffed” bamboos.
Tim’s place, I purchased the blue that I
was after for so long in my lifetime, and a moso.
There also was this other type of striped bamboo
that Tim gave to me. It was infected with
some type of mosaic virus, so I took them and cut
away all the mosaic stuff, and we’ll see
how it turns out. Tim,
in the words of General Douglass General Douglas
MacArthur, “I shall Return!” I just
need a bigger truck. Dude, Tim, Thanks again for
again, for those of you who are interested in bamboo
from Tim, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next stop: Mel’s place. We sentenced ourselves
for some hard labor. I was found guilty of my passion
for bamboo. Jeff was an accomplice. There
was a craigslist ad that ran a couple months ago that basically said “free
bamboo, just gotta dig it up” it was just a few minutes away from Tim’s
place so this was stop #2 for Jeff and Me.
we go to Mel’s please to go dig up some free
bamboo. We pull up, and Mel points out the 2 clums
left. Man, you know, now I understand why they
use this stuff for erosion control. It was a type
of golden bamboo, I just couldn’t identify
it. The roots were well established, so we had
a fun time excavating. Anyway, Jeff and I were
hammerin the thing with a shovel and pick, and
still it would not budge. About 30 minutes later,
we were able to extract 3 good clums, and we loaded
up the van to the brim! We were rollin’ deep
to call it the end of a bamboo day. We dropped
of the bamboo in Pacifica, where I will be eventually
moving to. There’s just no more room on my
just gotta say this though, that the weather that
day was outright WEIRD. It was sunny, it was cloudy,
it rained, it hailed, and IT SNOWED.
Monday, I went over to Pacifica and put the bamboo
in pots. I also split another 2 good pots there
and ended up with about 5 or 6 more big pots. I
have quite a few more bamboo plants to split, I
just need more pots and soil! The future of bamboo
in my yard is definitely looking bright.