Panda Emergency!

Photo courtesy of Me

Panda Emergency!, courtesy of Me

When I came home from five days away to discover this sight my first thought was “this is a job for Tai Shan!” If the zoo really is having trouble getting food for them, here’s a great solution: I can’t be the only person fighting this satanic plant. Bring a panda around for a day!

Alas, if they can’t convince them to get an ultrasound it seems unlikely they’re in the market for a road trip. Too bad. Those stalks were under 1 foot high when we left town Thursday morning. The tallest was over 5 feet when we returned on Tuesday afternoon. These growth spurts come after a long period of dormancy. I wonder what specifically set them off.

Any of the rest of you fighting this menace?

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


4 thoughts on “Panda Emergency!

  1. “I wonder what specifically set them off.”

    Um. Maybe 187 straight hours of rain?

  2. Sure, except that this isn’t the first time in the last year – during which that whole area has been dormant or empty of growth – that we’ve had this quantity of rain, sunlight and temps.

    I don’t have a better explanation than yours, I’m just perplexed as to why this is the first spurt of growth I’ve had in this time.

  3. Yeah, some sprouts/stalks showed up in my backyard. Break out your gloves, grab hold towards the bottom and slowly, but firmly, pull it out of the ground. If you do it right, you’ll rip it out at the root.

    Or find some kickass herbicide if you have no problem with better living through chemistry. I’m still trying the manual method for now, but may kick it up a notch if the ‘boo gets some strange on.

  4. bamboo is evil! I reckon you must actually be able to see it grow its so bloomin’ fast.