Monday, October 24, 2011

Fill the Frame with Ornamental Grass


Gardening Gone Wild” produced by Fran Sorin has for October’s Photo Contest theme entitled “Filling the Frame”. Entries will be picked by Saxon Holt and the deadline
for entries is 11:59 PM Eastern time on Tuesday, October 25,  2011.
This contest gives me the perfect opportunity to show some of my favorite Fall Ornamental grasses and especially Miscanthus sinensis grass or Maiden Grass.

I do not personally have more than two Ornamental grasses, which are Pink Mulhy’s,  in my garden but that does not mean that I do not like them. With my garden it is all about the real estate so I do not have room for the more large and beautiful Ornamental grasses that show their blooms in the Autumn.

FPC_Miscanthus_Huron_Sunrise On a recent trip to Franklin Park with my daughter I had to snap many pictures of this “Huron Sunrise” Miscanthus sinensis or Maiden Grass. The feathery seed heads or blooms seem to sparkle as they blow around and catch the sunlight. I always find myself looking at it from different angles to get photographs to try to catch the light upon the feathery blooms.FPC_Miscanthus_Huron_Sunrise2 
I did in fact have to fill several frames with the sun filtering upon them. This photograph will be my entry into the Gardening Gone Wild Photo Contest.

The swaying flower heads of “Huron Blush” Maiden Grass look lovely in tan flowers that turn to pink.

FPC_Miscanthus_Grass3  Imagine them in a winter landscape with snow all around or covered with frost or the frozen fog on cold mornings glistening in the sunlight.

FPC_Pennisetum_GrassThere are many grasses on the Franklin Park grounds.

FPC_Pennisetum_Grass2This  Pennisetum grasses also look lovely as they blow about in the breezes flowing across the gardens. Or just standing tall above the Boxwoods.


Ornamental Grasses  bring interest to a Fall and Winter garden.
They make me wish I had more land just so I could plant some along with some more of the Fall berry producing shrubs.


So if you have the room in your garden for Ornamental Grass add them to your plant list to add some Fall and Winter interest to your garden


 Happy Gardening,


Patsy said...

First let me wish you good luck on your photo.
I was just getting into the lovely grasses when we sold and went to small retirement house with very little garden. Your photo's make me wish.

elaine rickett said...

Your grasses look like pure silk. Beautiful.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Your photos are beautiful. Grass really are the star right now. We were bike riding yesterday and I was amazed at the beautiful grasses along the roadside as well as those in people's gardens.

scottweberpdx said...

What lovely photos...and you know I LOVE grasses ;-) Good luck with the photo contest!

A Garden of Threads said...

Ornamental grasses are a staple in my sun garden, they do well on my sandy soil. In the winter covered with snow...stunning...especially with an early sun sparkling on the flowers. Good luck with the contest, you have a great shot.

Anonymous said...

I like your grassy delights, Lona. You filled the frame beautifully.

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Hi Lona, Good luck with your contest entry! Fall grasses are a perfect seasonal subject matter and look especially beautiful in the sunlight.

Indie said...

Beautiful grasses! I have only just recently started to get into ornamental grasses and add some into my garden. I'm still figuring out the best way to use them. There are so many pretty ones!
Your photos of the Miscanthus are lovely with the light catching the feathery texture!

Cat said...

Beautiful shots of luck in the contest! I too lack the space for large grasses although I love them. The Mexican feather grass stays relatively small and works in my small garden. Can you grow that where you are? You may like it too.

Giga said...

Ja też mam tylko dwie trawy w ogródku z powodu braku miejsca. Dla mnie Twoje drugie zdjęcie jest śliczne.Pozdrawiam

Zoey said...

I was watching videos of the pink Mulhy grass on Youtube last night. It is gorgeous! Unfortunately it does not grow this far north.

I bought a few grasses this year and am planning to add more in my big boulder garden. I am hoping they will be carefree as well as lovely in the fall.

Anonymous said...

I too like most of the grasses, finding the right placement is hard for me though. I love your entry, good luck!

Ellie said...

I totally agree Lona! Ornamental grasses are magic at this time of the year. Miscanthus is my favorite, with its silvery, sparkling seed heads. It's quite windy here today and it is dancing in the garden. Your pictures capture it well.

Jean Tuthill said...

Your photos are beautiful, and I love the one you chose to enter. Good luck, I think you have a winner there.

Landbohaven said...

Gode billeder af de mange smukke græsser.
Jeg holder meget af græs og jeg har en ide` om at lave et bed med mange forskellige græsser.
Tak for kigget.

One said...

Your grasses are beautiful in those frames. All the best!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Wow! Beautiful pics, Lona. I see a prize in your future! :))

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

That second photo, breathtaking....lovely. Best of luck, I am sure you have a winner in there.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Elephant's Eye said...

Your grass looks as if it is illuminated from within!

The Sage Butterfly said...

These are breathtaking images. I had to stop at several of them and just stare. Good luck!

Karen said...

Lona, Huron Sunrise was one of the first grasses I planted and then promptly, killed! I don't know what I did wrong, but I never did try to grow it again. Now that you reminded me of it, I'm going to seek it out next spring. This is a wonderful post!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lona girl good luck with the contest I think you have fantastic pictures and especially since I am a grass fanatic I really want you to win ? LOL .. I have Huron Sunrise .. some where .. might have mixed it in with something else ? Some times I lose my "grasses" ? LOL
Joy : )

rkbsnana said...

Beautiful addition to any garden. Your photography is wonderful