I found a way to get the bamboo stalks to stay put in the ground so I could 'arch' them!
I pounded a piece of pvc pipe into the ground and then pulled it up so it left a channel for the bamboo stem to rest!
I did have a bit of a blood-letting along the way--this was the first of four to be exact.
But it was so worth it! I have a very organic arch over my muscadine grape vine!
I used waxed twine to secure all of the places where the arches cross each other.
I used the two kind of bamboo to make the arch;
I did find that the old canes were not useable-they just didn't bend.
(hmmm? There is a lesson there to stay bendable no matter how old I am....)
As soon as the vine starts to get leaves and 'wake up', I will be binding them to the bamboo to help it climb the way it likes.
I can see the arch from the house-it is a pleasing sight to finally have it;
just the way I envisioned it!
The whole time I worked on the arch, I could smell the most wonderful orange blossoms' aroma!
It was a very enjoyable few hours!