A few years ago, our neighbours chopped down the trees that screened their house from ours. While we get on reasonably well with these people, we suddenly found ourselves staring into each other’s living rooms.
In an effort to achieve some quick-growing privacy screening, we planted bamboo along the boundary.
Bamboos are the world’s largest grasses. In ideal growing conditions, some varieties can grow up to 3 cm per hour. Our bamboo’s growth is rather more modest, but has still manage to create a pleasant screen for both us, and our neighbours.
Bamboo shoots, stems and leaves form the principal diet of giant and red pandas, and I have sometimes imagined waking up one morning to find a panda resident in our garden. I wonder what the neighbours would think of that?