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Rachel's Journal

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Grasses

30 July 2009 18:02:11
Stipa Capillata & Alstroemeria Oriana

Stipa Capillata & Alstroemeria Oriana

Myself and Cooper arranged to meet up at the Springmount Garden Centre first thing this morning to catch the bargains at their annual sale. We weren't disappointed.

Let me just say, it was hard getting everything into the car.

One area I was buying for was the area which has lain fallow since we moved the stone table off it and to its permanent home (the stone circle) this summer. I had meant to sprinkle grass seed on this circular area but somehow didn't get around to it. I must have known deep down that I would plant it up eventually :)

The plan this morning was to plant Calamagrostis ”Karl Forrester” as whatever I read lately, I can't seem to get away from this grass. I was planning a bit of a Noel Kingsbury type 'new perennial' planting. However, as usual, when I saw Calamagrostis ”Karl Forrester” in its pots, I was unimpressed and couldn't bring myself to buy it.

Instead I settled on a little brother of Stipa Gigantica called Stipa Capillata. I bought Alstroemeria Oriana and Astrantia Major Lars to go with the Stipa, building on an orangy theme (by the way I've recently noticed that I must like orange as I keep buying it!). Now all that's needed is some alliums for spring interest and time.


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Clara Clara 30 July 2009 21:11:40

Do not know much about grasses I do have a few, wish I was able to identify them as you do Loved the article about teenagers gardening in The Irish Garden


Clara Clara 30 July 2009 21:12:23

Do not know much about grasses I do have a few, wish I was able to identify them as you do Loved Your article about teenagers gardening in The Irish Garden


chilipepper chilipepper 30 July 2009 21:37:35

You should both be glad you picked today, have you seen the forecast for Friday!! nice selection of grasses, have about 5 different types in pots, would like to plant some grasses in the beds but am afraid they would be to evasive........................


jocko121 jocko121 30 July 2009 22:13:27

"A garden has a curious innocent way of consuming cash while all the time you are under the illusion that you are spending nothing." - Esther Meynell


Jacinta Jacinta 30 July 2009 22:28:17

I know how you feel with orange. And yellow. And red. I have decided on getting Helenium (Moorheim beauty) and there on your pics you have the very same. Love the grasses. I have a brilliant stipa gigantea. It is a great performer.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 31 July 2009 00:09:01

Rachel, perhaps it's best you avoid the Calamagrotis x acutifolia 'Karl Forester' (to give it, its full title) as they are inclined to break and the mid way stem if very windy. Have you ever gone to a garden centre sale and not filled the boot? Clara put up picks of the grasses and I'll probably have a good stab at identifying them for you (ideally in flower please)


ClaireE ClaireE 31 July 2009 10:29:11

I had some small grasses in a large flower bed and they looked messy most of the time so that's put me off grasses a bit. Although recently I saw a few that I liked (on this site and in gardens) so may be i'll give them a try again...!


Rachel Rachel 31 July 2009 19:49:46

I'm glad you enjoyed the article, Clara. Teenagers are the hardest. Chilipepper, you were right about the weather and I posted that article (finally) to you today. Jocko - gardens consuming cash - my theory is that most people just like to spend. I don't buy clothes, shoes or household items so, for me, it's plants. Jacinta & Claire, I do favour the stipa family. They never look messy or heavy (in my opinion). But I know I should try something else. Bill, thank you for the full name there. If I ever write a book I'll get you to do the footnotes bit. You would be great at ensuring that no conversation went without Latin reference.


jocko121 jocko121 31 July 2009 22:54:26

Rachel , I wish the quote I posted applied to me too . Just back from Homebase, where I got 6 Verbascum " Jackie in Pink" I spent 18€ they were reduced from €10.95 to €3.00 So I saved maga bucks, Big reductions in the garden centres now ,they need to shift stock and will let most perennials go at cost.I'm a bit like you Rachel all the cash goes into the garden,which give us more pleasure than most stuff.


Ciggie Ciggie 01 August 2009 06:35:10

I'm buying no more plants this year. Hmmmm, if I were to happen on a little Pennisetum just begging to be taken home I might relent. Or maybe a ... What are we like at all? The gardening equivalent of Imelda Marcos. (I direct that comment at all of us. It's not specific to you, Rachel)


Rachel Rachel 01 August 2009 10:00:16

I think you're right, Ciggie. By the way, is Penisetum hardy? I bought Penisetum setaceum Rubrum (Imelda that I am) recently but when I looked it up it seems that it is not really hardy despite the label. I think I've bought this plant before and it died overwinter on me. It just goes to show how my tastes haven't changed!


Sharon1 Sharon1 01 August 2009 10:34:14

Hi guys, I dread to think what I've spent over the years - use to be Imelda but now every penny goes into the garden - have a few invasive things myself - always seem to pick them out - Bill - might put few pictures of grasses I have up for the names (my downfall) I get sidetracked with certain plants and get consumed by them - at the moment its dahlias and have to resist buying any more....am off to France on hols on monday and am planning to visit garden centres and gardens (hear my children groan) its an obsession.....but one thats good...


Rachel Rachel 01 August 2009 19:49:30

Sharon, I perfectly understand an obsession with Dahlias. They are possibly my favourite of all flowers. You will enjoy the Garden Centres in France (if you haven't already). If you're travelling by car you'll be able to get a few plants in on the way back too : )


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