|Black Timor Bamboo|
Bamboo is our teacher:
This is our Black Timor Bamboo growing right next to the deck - as I sit and ponder, it reminds me to be strong yet flexible as it sways in the winter wind. In ancient China, poets also praised the qualities of bamboo. Bai Juyi (772 - 846) wrote that a "true gentleman" does not need to be physically strong but mentally upright and persevering, with an open heart just like bamboo. There's something in that for all of us, I think.
Here is some more bamboo growing about our garden: