This is Chookie Heaven. Can you imagine a world where the mulch is thick and scratchable, where there are shady spots but also a few patches of sun, unlimited bugs and worms all with a pleasant stroll from home? When we are home, this is where the ladies spend most of their day and that is the main reason why nothing has been planted under the bamboo. Freshly planted anything would not stand a chance against the ladies and their quest for bugs.
The new growth on Timor Black (right, and the one Gladys is scratching around above) starts green and turns black as it ages.
All of our bamboo is clumping (not running). Some form quite tight clumps like the slender weavers bamboo in the top picture and some form quite open clumps like the two below.
This one is called Budha Belly for obvious reasons. It is extremely attractive. The stems are now about 3 inches diameter.
This yellow and green stripey one is called painted bamboo.