I always get excited about firsts…big or little, I seem to note and remember them. Every variety of tree or plant I have ever specified, I seem to remember the first time and place where it went. After that,well, I forget it. Yesterday I had the opportunity to help a client choose some bamboo. We settled on Phyllostachys nigra — a first for me. I have wanted to find an appropriae home for this plant for some time. When I left London 5 years ago, it was all the rage — literally everywhere. Of course that trend hasn’t quite made the leap across the pond in full force….yet. I can’t plant it at my own home, it is simply too cold, but for a client who is down in Boston, where temperatures are considerably milder, it will be happy.