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Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:40

No, not any of those MrsG. Still think its stipa arundinacea.  


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:38

Reading these posts this morning shows how we all miss people .(of course) certain times the sadness is a tad overwhelming but my thoughts are with Busy and KEF.   

Well, was raining but now the sun is out.  Will move a Prunus cistena crimson dwarf later and underplant with Bowles golden grass. ( got several potted plants from divisions last autumn).  Bit corny but love purple and yellow foliage together. 

Got to sort out car brakes for my lovely little niece later.  Will haggle for cheapest deal (but still pay myself   Ha ha )


Honeysuckle dramas

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:28

Looks like its been hit by a bit of cold, that's all I think.  I turn that colour too when chilled 

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:25

Hi mrsgarden

Now, I'm not great at identifying pics on the forum but it looks like stipa arundinacea to me.  A grass that doesn't flower over much but does have those red and orange tints and, for me anyway down here, is evergreen. It gets largish so best divided every two or three years, will not need planting in groups for this reason and is very tolerant of differing situations.

I like the idea of mixtures....viz., grassss with other things.  Perhaps a couple of small shrubs like euonymous emerald n gold, or spirea goldflame or pittosporum Tom Thumb.  Perennials like Heucheras or geraniums like rozanne would be nice too. A row of grasses may look a bit rigid almost boring. 

So, those grasses.  Hordeum does seed a little but worth it.  They will be ready for next year now if seed sowing.  Stipa Tennuissima is lovely...plant this in 3's.  Check out Carex Testacea too....lovely coppery orange, olive leaves and evergreen.  Elymus magellanicus is blue...the blue is as blue as any foliage plant.  

If you have a dampish or heavier shadier spot there, maybe towards and including the corner of your entrance then check out hackonochloa macra aureola.  This is class.  Will spread ...not invasive at form a nice mound of yellow leaves with red, orange and yellow tints.  Prob my favourite  grass.  Not evergreen but emerges as yellow shoots in early spring to make a mound 30cm or more. 

For a brilliant splash of colour check out Bowles Golden Grass.  This is currently starting to flower for me.  It has yellow stems amd yellow flowers about 60 cm high.  Needs moisture though and some shade

If you could avoid a straightness there it would be better.  Perhaps encroach once or twiI'm further Imto the lawn ...not by much but enough to,create an illusion of depth and "swerve". .?

Enjoy the plantIng MrsG 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 08:58

Cindy I'm sure you can safely transplant them 

Be nice to keep those plants created by your son and drink your own tea 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 08:56

Fleece as much as possible but your beans, peas and garlic will be fine without it.  I would fleece Beetroot though.  (my grandmother Dove will give me a ticking off for contradicting her ). 

Fleece overnight though and only if frost is likely


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 08:51

Bright was very sunny but clouding over and .....due soon.  I guess it will be needed, here anyway.  Always find plants seem to grow so much immediately after rain.

Have 50....prob more....plants in pots 2 to 3 litres to go out. Cannas, salvias, dahlias, agastaches, echinaceas, grasses, etc but this is normal for this time of year.  They will all be accommodated......few plants promised too.  

Just had nice brekkie of porridge.....milk n cream.....with my own blackcurrants but can still smell the lamb from last night.  Thinking of lunch now....

My mum seems to be coping very well now with little or no signs of issues from her small stroke.  Even with the most generous spirit it's difficult to understand some family members not providing support.  Well, she is 92 and won't be around for ever.

Have great day everyone.

Plant food

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 23:46

It's all very well brewing your own plant food ...comfrey, nettles, etc. ..but WHAT A STINK.  

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 22:35

Primarily to prevent reason anyway.  Flowerimg is delayed but not by much I think if not delayed too much. 

The Chelsea chop, pinching out growth etc all for the same reason, viz., to produce bushier sturdier plants.


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 20:55

Hiya lily, your poorly dogwood isnt Midwinter Fire is it?  This is a weaker temperamental dogwood.  

Dogwoods otherwise are tough surviving plants.  Maybe snails n slugs are feasting there!    

With a little more,warmth into the season your dogwoods will prob be fine. In good moist ground?  

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