I'll try not to sound too much like Jerry Seinfeld this morning but, "What's the deal with bamboo?" For us, it does two things rather effectively around the homestead. It forms a great buffer between our backyard deck area and the the street that passes in front of the house. It is a magnificent muffler of road traffic sounds. Come winter, it dies off leaving nothing but the stiff rotted poles. Each spring it has a rebirth and comes back thick and as strong as ever. Don't fight it. Nothing kills it. Not even dog urine and that, I hear, kills everything. The other thing that bamboo does is attract bees rather well. It flowers in mid-August, and like clockwork the bushes are buzzing come Labor Day weekend. The bees must wear tiny bee wristwatches that have the August calendar attached. It is amazing how they return. This summer, on many of the blogs I check, I heard refrains about the diminishing numbers of bees and butterflies. Well, I'm not a scientist; however, I have played one of TV--- one of the "Doctors of Love" around Valentines' Day on a cable access channel (honest!), and this wouldn't be a very scientific poll, but based on my bamboo bee visits this summer, the population of the flying pollinators are doing just fine, thank you. I saw no decrease in their numbers They covered the white flowers. And yes, they make quite a racket with all that buzzin'. There, that's my gift to science for September!