Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bamboo vs. Paulownia

I suppose since I mentioned bamboo, I should also mention the contest between my paulownia tree and my timber bamboo. Both are rather young. I bought the paulownia on eBay. The first year it grew up, the second, it branched, and the third year it bloomed. Unsastified with its height, I chopped it down to the ground this spring when it started budding. Interestingly, the severed tree continued to grow for about two months. Meanwhile, a new shoot began growing from the base of the stump. It soon was growing about 2 inches a day.

After a couple months, my Bambusa oldhamii sprouted. It didn't shoot at all last year, so I was pleasantly surprised when it started shooting early this year.

The new culm on the bamboo quickly started growing 6 inches or more a day. So I decided to keep a log to see if it could catch up to the paulownia. So far it hasn't, but it's come within a few inches.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Name Change

Due to an embarrassing typo (vittata vs. vitatta), I'm forced to make a change to the name. I've chosen lineata for now, since the meaning is similar even if the word itself is much different.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Start

I'm not sure where this blog will go. I've never really blogged before, so I suppose at the very least this will be a learning opportunity for me. Step zero was choosing a name. Why did I choose vittata? Well, it's because I have a bamboo plant called Bambusa eutuldoides viridi vittata that I bought last year at Zilker Park. I think it's going to wind up being one of my favorite bamboo species. Earlier this year it sent up two new culms, about twice the diameter of previous ones. The culms are yellow with a very nice vertical striping.

The word vittata is Latin for bound with a ribbon. In this case, I'm sure it refers to the random green stripes that go from one node to the other on the culms. The word has no deep relevance to the blog -- well, at least not yet. It was a name that was available, and I took it.