I just received some great Before and After shots from Kristin and Ryan of St. Pete. Although St. Pete is not that far away, being closer to the coast provided needed warmth for cold-sensitive plants like Angel Mist.
May 2009 - Two Angel Mist clumping bamboos planted in the foreground, one Blue Timber clumping bamboo planted in front of the door.
May 2010 - the house is hidden behind lush foliage!
The red cylinders by the two Angel Mist bamboos are water devices Ryan developed. He fills the tubes with collected rain water which leaches into the soil via very small holes punctured in the base of the cylinders. Bamboos do better when receiving a constant slow drip instead of an occasional flooding.