Just over three months ago we left San Miguel with all our bamboo neatly trimmed and no new shoots showing. On returning last week we discovered that several new shoots, including this one, which measured exactly 10 meters, or 33 feet, had rocketed skyward. It was also nearly 10 cm, or 4 inches, across the base. It reminds me of a story I once heard from Michael Caine, comparing gardening in California to gardening in England. “In England, you plant seeds exactly as described on the packet, water them religiously, and wait a couple of months. In California (as in Mexico) you throw them on the ground and jump backward”.