Shortly after dropping out of the Matrix I moved to my current residence. My intention for my new unplugged lifestyle was to learn Permaculture and to create a garden of eatin' into the landscape. I was following my bliss (and still am) and activeily writing the story of my destiny. My words shapped the land and fostered the birth of an ecologically healthy landscape filled with intentional spiritual energy and meaning. Essentially I've created a Druid food forrest painted in the Ogam ( the Ogam, or Ogham, is a celtic tree alphabet I happen to study).
I bet I sound crazy as a shit house rat to a lot of people reading these words. I don't care really what I sound like. I'm authentically on fire and refuse to apologize for it.
Anyways, when I moved here I dubbed my abode, outside of the actual house, "The Fox Den." I mostly live outside. Being that I'm domesticated I am forced to spend time indoors, but I am constantly attempting to minimize that time. I blame it on Aspergers, at least to use the modern psychiatric explanation for my irregularities (than's an entire other bag of worms). I'm a shaman at heart, and I have a theory that Aspergers may be displaced shamans, displaced by suburban sprawl and cookie cutter jobs complete with required behavior patterns. It may be that I'm not an aspie, but a shaman, and it just so happens that the diagnosis for Aspergers overlaps qualities of a shaman. Whatever the case, I have a very strong need to minimize my interaction with people. I'm perfectly fine one on one, however, which would make sense following my shaman theory.
I want to make it clear that I have no desire to fill some egoic need to be special. I'm no more, or less special, than you or anybody else. However, I am fundamentally different, and science explains that via a neurological difference...so be it.
Kitsune is the Japanesse word for a fox, but it has strong mystical and magical associations in Japanese folklore culture as well (if you want an interesting read on the subject than I'd reccommend the wiki article for Kitsune). When I moved here, and essentially devoted my life to Permaculture and Druidry, I had just found the fox to be a spirit animal that was following me around. I resonated with fox, and so embraced that friendship and guidance that was being offered.
Then the Bamboo Monster revealed itself to me. I fell in love with that monster and was unable to resist the overwhelming need to suddenly begin digging up bamboo to plant it at the Fox Den. Bamboo even began showing up at the Fox Den in pots due to a serrendipitous friendship that started one magical day in the woods at a near by park. I have since began an internship with Keiji Oshima of Haiku Bamboo Nursery. He has been teaching me everything he thinks I'm ready to learn about bamboo. I am interested in the culture of bamboo and not just the growing of it. Bamboo is very familiar to the shaman in me, and I know that is because I have known bamboo intimately before, just as I have known Kitsune.
Therefore, to honor the relationship that I have with fox, bamboo, and Japanesse culture, I have decided to dub this bamboo nursery (with very heavy Permaculture overtones) Kitsune Bamboo Nursery. To kick off the declaration I figured that I would share pictures of all the characters of bamboo that reside here. I also want to publicly decree that the Bamboo Monster regurlarly hangs out here at Kitsune, but don't worry because he's a nice, and useful monster.
Here at Kitsune Bamboo Nursery we have 11 varieites of bamboo (not counting two which we're trying to propagate rhizomally which are Moso, and Makinoi). Two of those varieties are in pots only, they are Green Onion, and Koi. Currently we have only Buddha Belly and Medake for sale, however next fall we will have several other varieties for sale. Within four years all of our varieities will be for sale, hopefully. I'd also like to note that I plan to have only four varieties growing at this site. We will be moving bamboos to our Rock HIll property as they grow and we run out of room. Kitsune Bamboo is already expanding habitate for the Bamboo Monster to inhabit.
The picture below is a fall Madake shoot (phyllostachys bambusoides), planted August 2015, given to KBN (Kitsune Bamboo Nursery) by HBN (Haiku Bamboo Nursery) and showing how bamboo plays with water. The presence of morning dew on bamboo auricles is considered a sign of good health. This, however, is rain water.
The same Madake plant showing rhizomal character. Phyllostachys like to snake in and out of the ground. I'm performing an experient with this rhizome. If you look closely at the left hand sid eof the picture you can barely see a rhizome leaf about to hit that rock. I placed that rock there, and one under it in the ground, to study what the rhizome will due upon encontering it. It appears that it is already aware of the rock and is simply going to go up and over it...but I'll see as time moves forward.