It was like Boardwalk Bullet's little brother or something! A giant wooden structure towering above me and making me want to scream!! The sight of it dominated our tiny back yard. We had been hoping that the future buyers of this subdivision lot would choose a small one-story house plan like ours. No such luck, obviously.
|For you out-of-towners who didn't get my Boardwalk Bullet joke, it's a giant wooden roller coaster that looms above our flat coastal plain environment. |
Screengrabbed from Wikipedia.
So like every other predicament I face in life, I was determined to find a workaround for this jarring loss of privacy. I needed a really, really tall and really narrow hedge to do it. As in, I needed the thing to be at least eight times taller than it would be wide, because we have such microscopic yards and narrow setbacks that I can't afford to have a lot of width to any vegetation screen placed here.
And what cultivar could possibly be trained to grow at least eight times taller than it is wide?
|The right bamboo species would do the trick. I can't find a photo on the internet of the type of screen I'm attempting to grow in this suburban setting, but this photo gives the impression of the effect I'm trying to create between these two narrowly-spaced houses. |
Screengrabbed from this DIY Life site.
|Nothing looks the least bit majestic here, eh? This was taken in December 2011, on the day this bambusa malingensis (aka "Seabreeze bamboo") went into the ground.|
But here's the thing: I can do the research, but malingensis is a rare choice and a relatively new cultivar (it doesn't even have its own Wiki page yet). I don't know of anyone else who is growing it in Galveston County (as opposed to other bamboo species) so it's not like I can drive somewhere and look at an example of how it might turn out when planted in these soils and in this microclimate. One never knows how well a given species will do until it is tested.
|Most of this year's culms are coming in a good four feet above last year's, which is encouraging. If conditions are ideal, the thing can get up to 40 feet in height, but 25 feet is more common. Even 15 feet would work well in this location.|