by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
Bamboo along our fence line began filling in the yard and as it did it created an imbalance of yin and yang. For me personally, though beautiful, it felt overwhelming. I began to appreciate other bamboo gardeners comments that it was invasive.
I love bamboo and wanted to continue to enjoy the experience of it so I began to harvest it. I had already been using the leaves for teas and infusions, and now this spring and summer began to add tinctures (with alcohol) and oils (almond or olive oil). Bamboo is higher in silica than horsetail! I have also read that it makes a fantastic compost and that worms love it! For fun I did use it to make a nature plant dye for fabric and in paper-making.
As the bamboo began to thin out the beauty along the fence line visually the view of it began to shift and take a new form. First of all, the stalks of the bamboo became reflective of a forest and a new image of growing bamboo was borne! With the base cleared out along the ground, new stalks can be seen more easily and enjoyed more fully.
In the pictures above you can see red mulch was chosen to add a new dimension to the colour and texture along the fence. Our season is now beginning to reflect fall and the coming winter and as summer ends, the colors, textures and nuances will diminish. For me, this red mulch will help to fill in the void this natural shift! It also adds contrast and brings out the red in the wood fence.
Red is also reflective of fire element that dominates the fame area of one’s life map. This element is used to enhance wealth and relationships. I am now hopeful to ignite these three areas in my chart and the red mulch represents fire in these areas with the bamboo representing wood to support the fire I hope to experience!
Another shift you can see in the pictures is a clear separation between the grass and the bamboo bed. The back property line represents the protection of one’s back and historically the best place for one’s home or business is to be positioned up against a mountain where no one can advance from behind. Digging a clear separation along the back fence to create a bamboo bed enables one to view a mound symbolizing a hill or mountain! Bamboo is one of the strongest woods on the plant and was around in the time to dinosaurs, therefore symbolizes longevity. It is a great choice to protect one’s behind! I believe that the bed separation will also promote it to not so easily grow into the grass! One can hope.
Where is your relationships corner?
Imagine a nine square grid overlaying your property. Three rows of three, equal in size. Now stand on the street facing your property. The relationship corner is the last square to the right in the farthest row of three. Now walk back into your garden as though for the first time and observe this area and what story it may share.
Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Jaw Release Program since 2007, Authored Achieving your Goals 31 Day Program, Sleep Sweet Sleep, Kid’s Peace Bus Calendar of Values Educational Program & InTouch with Your Values Self-Actualization Program. Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children