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Grass Feature Patch preview

Hi Chris! I have been off the radar this past week with sinus troubles! I am certain they are spraying the fields around us with chemicals. Argh! Not good! The wheat farmers now grow grapes in the area, and I know that they spray these! I have had to go on antihistamines and nasal sprays and it has knocked me a bit sideways! I will have to investigate this further!

But in the meanwhile – I want to send you a little note and a photo that I will be doing a post on my Grass Feature Patch soon! This is just a sneak preview! It has really over-grown and my Panicum Virgatum is looking so amazing!

[one_half]BEFORE- June 2011[/one_half]

[one_half_last]AFTER- March 2012[/one_half_last]

I did a Grass feature revisited post in September – so it’s good to see what’s been happening.

What I will do is what you suggested, do a close up on each grass in the patch. I will label each one on the main photograph and then do a close up!

Happy Gardening xxxxx


By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

15 replies on “Grass Feature Patch preview”

I hope you are feeling better. I’m sorry about the spraying in your area. Your grass garden is wonderful!

Thanks Donna – the best part of it is that even if it gets “weedy” it looks great! I pull out a few weeds and local grass here and there and no real fuss! It’s supposed to be overgrown! 🙂

Thanks Eliza – our local farmers are not “organic” I’m afraid, but there is alot of hype about it now!

The rock swale is supposed to be a dry riverbed feature! Always wanted one in my garden.

Hi Barbs, the more I look at your grass patch the more I love it. You really did a great design job with this. I think I need you to help me design my empty bed – I’m just not really getting it right.

Hi Chris – well, it’s all thanks to you for getting me hooked on them and that special trip we did to Fairholmes Nursery in Elgin!
What we need to do is get back to Fairholmes – get some stunning grasses and plants for that empty bed of yours and then the rest will fall into place! You have to have a place where you can pick and chose and see them all together. It is more difficult if you buy plants one by one. What do you think? 🙂

Agrochemicals are a fact of life amongst the fields. We try to buy organic (at Woolies) but there is only one organic farmer in our town. My sister was shocked when she stayed here. People don’t think about how much chemicals are used to grow food crops. In town the municipality sprays along the roads. Out of town, the farmers spray between the public road and their field. And our neighbours happily use Roundup on their weeds.

I know – it is shocking how no one is concerned about the negative effects of this on our health and our children’s well-being. The worst of it is ignorance! These chemicals are slowly poisoning us and our underground water and killing off micro-organisms so vital for healthy soil.

Looking forward to it! Did you find out what the big one in the back on the birdbath side of the stream is yet?

I also think a nice Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’ would look great in there somewhere too. It really sets off all of the green. (Not that I have anything against green!)

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