Hi Salino - Verdun. Gosh I am having a bad night hence this early morning stuff - just cannot settle - mind full of thoughts of all kinds. Ref my posts I was getting the feeling that perhaps they were a bit too long and I am overdoing it - however, with your reassurances I shall press on. My little attempt at a joke ref the tennis fell flat on its face so I shall concentrate on rattling whats left of my grey matter and concentrate on gardens/plants. Salino ref the pic of the Bee it is enjoying itself on a plant of Astrantia - the fine threads/strands across the pic is Fennel. I love this plant for its fine foliage and also its another to crush and smell - growing in "the hot corner" nearby is a Curry plant and this also only needs to be brushed against to get a good whiff. Speaking of Bees it seems to be a good year for them hereabouts, Bumbles (all sizes) anyway though theres few Honeys. Thinking along the same lines brings me to Butterflys and their "special" plants, the Sedum spectabiles and the Buddleias which are coming along nicely. Never grew Pennisetums and not really familiar but they sound nice. That little Phlox "chatahoochee" I did actually grow along with others similar in a previous garden - still have a similar Phlox now growing in the raised bed I made up for small Alpines. That full name really is a whopper but my favourites I have are Scopolia carniolica hladnikiana and Ophiopogon Planiscapus nigrescens. I am thinking of adding to recent comment re plants lost and noting some that I had to leave behind in the two moves I have made over the 58 yrs - they will be known to you and others but anything to stimulate conversation. Verdun. Ref your love ( and knowledge) of grasses I note the Helictotrichon and the Festucas you mention and have grown these but the first always ( in my plot) seemed to be untidy and never came up to the blue that it was said to have - no doubt at all it was my fault ( as it usually is ours if something goes wrong with plants) - the Festucas always seemed to be full of Ants nests so I gave up on them - I did mention I have had dry and even drier now areas all the way along my gardening days. Ref the Carex pendula ( if I have it right) it is a big coarse thing but ideally suited, along with the large clumps of Rhubarb ( love that beefy foliage and red stems) for growing on that "woodsy" strip of land next the woods I use - it is now mainly these sort of things plus a mix of shrubs including three Rhodos which I moved from that shambles of a front garden before shingling and some trees , fruit and ornamental. Have to say though that it looks pretty good and natural and I give the grass just a rough mow now and then. The shrubs I mention here are just the average "toughies" but there is a couple of my favourite Hypericum Hidcotes - they just never seem to stop flowering all summer.
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