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Grass and Bamboo: A few clumps of my grass :)

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hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2006
7:16 PM

Post #2535047

Here's a shot from today. We've had some nice rain lately which is good!

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hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2006
7:17 PM

Post #2535049

Another angle

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hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2006
7:17 PM

Post #2535051

A little closer

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donn
Great South Bay, Lon, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2006
10:09 PM

Post #2535513

Gorgeous! Thanks for the pics.

How about an ID key?
hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2006
10:45 PM

Post #2535606

Thanks :)

Most of it is miscanthus - various types. The really large one is giant miscanthus. Other than that, there's several types of switch grass, some indian grass, fountain grass and arundo. But most that's visible in these photos is the miscanthus
judycooksey
Pocahontas, TN
(Zone 7b)

July 23, 2006
10:25 PM

Post #2539126

Beautiful grass!!!! Thanks for taking the time to share with us. I don't think I've ever seen such a lovely "grass setting".

Judy
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2006
1:29 PM

Post #2541317

If anyone doesn't just love grasses after seeing that, well I just don't know...
PrairieGirlZ5
Thornton, IL

July 27, 2006
4:28 AM

Post #2553584

Very nice hc! You need some little bluestem, or prairie dropseed...:0)
chickensrus
Hartland, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2007
10:02 PM

Post #3834077

Your grass bed is beautiful - any chance of you identifying them?
hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

August 9, 2007
10:13 AM

Post #3835590

Thanks. I probably can't ID each clump right now, but mostly it's miscanthus (the tallest one being the giant miscanthus), switch grasses (several types), northern sea oats, ribbon grass, feather reed grass, indian grass and fountain grass.

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


August 10, 2007
6:45 AM

Post #3839268

It is so gorgeous. So much rich green. What a great piece of property you have there.
chickensrus
Hartland, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2007
2:23 AM

Post #3846519

Thanks - I'm considering the Miscanthus Giant for my garden; I have a friend who has it and it's enormous. Must be a great screen and pretty stunning being so large. I love the movement of grasses; I've got tons of them. I really should split them, but it's really hard. They're like roots of concrete - anyone have a splitting trick they'd like to share?
donn
Great South Bay, Lon, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 12, 2007
10:42 AM

Post #3847091

I use a long-handled nursery spade from Wolverine. The handle is tubular steel, and the whole tool is very heavy. I keep the blade razor sharp, and it'll cut through a 3" tree root on it's own. When necessary, I can pound on the top of the blade with a hand sledge, but usually, my weight is enough.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 12, 2007
1:19 PM

Post #3847344

Split them when they're young, to get as many as you want. Much easier when they're young. We created a screen of the giant miscanthus getting 10 plants from the origional one, but I would not attempt to do it now. Or buy plugs for as many as you want. The other miscanthus are easier to split, but some of the big ones can still be tough.

hczone6-- any pictures from this year?
hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

August 12, 2007
2:42 PM

Post #3847633

Nope, nothing yet this year. It's been extremely dry here all summer so some things don't look that great. The grasses are starting to get to the point where they look pretty good now though. I'm sure I'll be taking more photos before too long. Especially when they're blooming.
taramark

(Zone 4a)

August 14, 2007
4:50 AM

Post #3854848

A lovely setting.

Cool, peacefull.
hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2007
10:31 PM

Post #3857257

Ok, here's one from today.

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hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2007
12:21 AM

Post #3857589

Totally unrelated, but look who I found yesterday and decided to pick up for a few photos :)

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Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


August 15, 2007
5:56 AM

Post #3858502

Very cool! LOL
plutodrive
Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

August 16, 2007
1:14 AM

Post #3861705

I really like your grass garden. I bet it is more beautiful in the fall when they are all blooming. Please post a pic of it this fall. Also love the praying mantis pic. Very cool too.
hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2007
8:28 AM

Post #3862672

Thank you. Sure, I'll be posting some photos when fall comes.
hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2007
12:15 PM

Post #3866912

Ok, a few more from yesterday. I finally got some rain, but it was more or less a teaser. I'm surprised anything is still alive that hasn't gotten any supplemental water! I see a lot of trees totally stressed and on the verge of death :(

Nikon D200

Ravenna Grass

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hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2007
12:16 PM

Post #3866914

Bed

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hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2007
12:16 PM

Post #3866919

Northern Sea Oats

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hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2007
12:17 PM

Post #3866920

Panicum - Cloud Nine

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2007
7:14 PM

Post #3868217

You take very nice pictures. And obviously grow great grasses. Thanks for sharing.

We've been in the same no rain situation. I am able to supplement the water, but it seems like every where I look needs to be watered, and I'm moving the water tower around constantly.

My grasses look great, though, perhaps a little shorter, maybe not quite as full, but still looking good.

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


August 21, 2007
6:29 AM

Post #3880936

Really great photos. I am glad your grasses are looking so good still. I hope you all get rain very soon!
aog47
Grand Junction, CO

August 30, 2007
2:39 AM

Post #3916338

You know, I think your grass photos will make Rick Darke jealous. Sooooo beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing again!
Seedsower
Franklin, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2007
9:26 PM

Post #3926404

That is just lovely, and so inviting!
hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

September 2, 2007
12:34 AM

Post #3926872

Thanks everyone. I do love my grasses! :)
decklife
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9b)

September 4, 2007
9:25 PM

Post #3937093

How much work is it to have such a grass garden? It sure is beautiful.
hczone6
Cincinnati (area), OH
(Zone 6a)

September 5, 2007
12:52 AM

Post #3937844

It's no work at all until maybe (for me) late winter when I cut it back. Lately, I've taken to using a chain saw for everything by the small fountain grasses. That makes the cutting down of the grass go from over two hours worth of work or more to about 30 minutes or work. Then it has to be taken back to the burn pile and burned. This stuff won't compost unless it's ground up. We don't have a shredder (yet). Overall, I'd say no more than 4 hours of work per year? Not bad.
decklife
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9b)

September 5, 2007
2:47 AM

Post #3938362

Thanks! That sounds pretty good. I haven't read much about grasses, but am thinking in South Texas, they wouldn't have to be cut back. Keeping other stuff at bay might be more the issue.

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