|Timmy and Ralph relocate a two-year-old Yin-Yang bamboo|
My office window faces a clay wall that we carved out of a hillside years ago in order to build our house. The wall is not particularly attractive and to hide it we have planted bamboos. A couple days ago we transplanted a two-year-old clump of Bambusa emeiensis viridiflavus or Yin-Yang to a spot directly across from my office window.
Now I can look out at Yin-Yang, which is currently my favorite bamboo. It's a large-caned bamboo with an unusual striping pattern. Although the culms (canes) are green, alternating sides of each culm are striped with a series of vertical yellow lines. The culm sections are also banded by a fairly broad horizontal white line that is particularly attractive and distinctive.
|Yellow stripes and a broad white band add to Yin-Yang's allure|
Yin-Yang also has pretty leaves that grow differently than many other clumpers. It has a very Asian feel to it that makes me think of a zen garden or meditative space. Simply looking at this special bamboo is soothing. That's especially helpful when I'm stressing out over particularly full workload or impending deadlines.