Saturday, October 15, 2011

Grasses and a Glimpse of Winter Blooms for GBBD

Gulf Muhly grass backlit by the sun.
Duranta, Lantana and Tithonia in this bed still have blossoms. 


Lemon grass with Periwinkles and a last yellow rose
in the background. More lemon grass is already potted and
brought inside for the dog and cat to chew on in winter.

Vetiver grass. The growing season is not long enough here
for it to form seeds so it is not a problem.
It makes a tall screen that will stop erosion.
Next to it are Lantana and Purple Heart draped off a stone.

Cuttings of Purple Heart, Alternanthera, Pentas and
other favorites are already rooting for next year.
Melampodium and Madagascar periwinkle will reseed;
Salvia leucantha is perennial here.

 
A peek into the greenhouse as we get ready for cold weather.
I love glimpses into the greenhouses of others. I hope you enjoy this one.
Lots of Begonia and Pentas cuttings this year. Hyacinths and tulips are chilling in the 'fridge.
Alyssum seeds in the pot with Foxtail ferns are sprouting. Airplane plants abound.

A last look at Gulf Muhly.









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36 comments:

  1. Love ornamental grasses--they're great as a winter interest also... Love the mosaic :) Happy GBBD!

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  2. So lovely. I wish we could get ahold of Muhly grass, but I've never seen it anywhere. Happy GBBD.~~Dee

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  3. I am a big fan of grasses, too. And I loved the peek into your greenhouse - lucky you! Happy GBBD!

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  4. You have packed your greenhouse well for the coming cold. I am looking into a cold frame for the garden veggies. And your grasses are really shining right now. Happy GBBD!

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  5. Love the purple tops of the grass. The closest to that I have is eragrostis Wind Dancer but it isn't purple.

    I love seeing that full greenhouse; I bet you spend some quality time out there in cold weather.

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  6. I haven't used many grasses in my garden yet, but seeing your pictures, that has to be changed!

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  7. aloha nell

    love your grass photo and the purple, chartreuse combination is great

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  8. Nell, love the muhly. Planted a small pot this spring, proably won't get any plumes until next year. thanks for stopping by my cool and crisp post. Added some more photos this morning.

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  9. It looks like you have been busy! I love what you have done with the grasses, especially the muhly grass. I keep looking for it at our local garden centers but haven't seen it yet. Anyway, It is a pleasure to see it in your garden! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!

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  10. It still looks very summery in your beautiful garden compared to here. I should definitely take a cue from your winter preparations, as I've done nothing yet besides think it's past time to get started. :) Happy Bloom Day Nell!

    p.s. love your spider plant in the sidebar. I got all nostalgic over spider plants when I saw one in a shop last spring. Of course it came home with me. No babies here yet.

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  11. the grasses are all so pretty. lucky you to be able to enjoy your greeenhouse all winter long. thanks for the peek.

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  12. Muhly grass is so beautiful. Why don't I have any I wonder. Happy GBBD

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  13. That first shot of the Muhly Grass is just beautiful. Your Duranta looks lovely with its few blooms as well. Mine are still in recovery mode but I finally got to see some blooms these past two weeks.

    You've certainly got a whole lot going on in your greenhouse. The Begonia and Pentas cuttings are well on their way.

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  14. Grasses don't do well here for me - if I could wish for a particular grass in my garden it would be that wonderful looking Muhly. Yours looks so impressive there in the border.

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  15. Dear Nell, Your grasses are amazing. What a treat to peek into your greenhouse. Happy Bloom Day! P. x

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  16. Oh, my goodness! That muhly grass is stunning! Wow! I really do need to add some grasses to my garden. Happy GBBD!

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  17. All your grasses are beautiful. Happy GBBD.

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  18. Such lovely grasses! Pink Muhly is one of my favorites; I so wish we could grow it here in zone 5. And what a wonderful greenhouse--all your cuttings will have a happy home this winter. Happy Bloom Day!

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  19. The muhly grass is so beautiful. I love how grasses sustain the fall garden. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Bloom Day!

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  20. Lovely grasses and what a productive greenhouse!

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  21. What beautiful grasses! I can see I'm going to have to do something about the lack of them in my own garden... they look so good!

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  22. I love the grasses especially the muhly grass. And you have a greenhouse. How wonderful is that!! Happy GBBD.

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  23. No wonder that Gulf Muhley is EVERYWHERE in Albuquerque and the SW, too. It was nice seeing it on the dunes at Destin FL both wild and planted for revegetation when I was last there in '03.

    I have a friend in Savannah, and you seem like him in plants! Great blog - glad you found mine.

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  24. Your Muhly grass looks great either way you photographed it. I wonder how old your plant is.

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  25. This is the second fall in this garden for the Muhly grass. There are five clumps, planted about 2-3 feet apart. Next spring I plan to dig and divide the two clumps toward the inside of the bed. The clumps tend to grow into one another.

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  26. We have many plants in common, but we dont have autumn and Winter. We only have the wet and the dry seasons, and our dry seasons are terribly hotter and more humid than yours. It is only in Dec to Jan where we get some spillover cold winds from Siberia that we feel some airconditioning in these parts of the world. Will your duranta withstand winter?

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  27. The grasses in your garden look amazing especially the Muhly grass. We have so many plants which look like they thrive in our part of the world yet the length of the season or perhaps the lack of heat in the sun prevents them from either blooming or developing the ornamental seed heads. Alistair

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  28. Wow, those photos of the grasses are stunning! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Happy bloom day!

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  29. Your Muhly Grass is simply divine...I love it!

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  30. That pink muhly is always a show stopper this time of year. I envy you your greenhouse. I would save so much more if I had one. I would call a greenhouse a great winter interest. Happy GBBD.

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  31. I have always loved the look of mulhy grass and wish it was hardy here in Missouri. Great photos.

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  32. Your muhly grass is beautiful in the sun, may have to investigate further...

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  33. Hi Nell Jean,
    I always enjoy seeing muhly grass on people's posts, since I can't grow it here. There was some kind of muhly, but the guy where it was being sold said it does not get fluffy like the pink kind.

    It sounds like you are prepared for winter. Thanks for the peek into your greenhouse. It's 32 degrees now, so in the morning, things will look quite different here than they did today.

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  34. Your Gulf Muhly Grass is simply astonishing... I haven't seen such a wonderful colour in our country. Never knew that dogs and cats love chewing the lemon grass... will probably get our pet dog to try that since it has health benefits.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden, NellJean!

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  35. It looks great there for winter. Love the muhly. It doesn't overwinter here, but I do adore it. Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

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