Friday, December 6, 2013
It's official, everyone...Portland has its first snow of the winter!
I woke up this morning and gazed excitedly out at the snow lazily swirling down from the sky.
Yes, it's just a dusting, don't laugh...that's usually all we can expect here in Portland, sadly...unless we get lucky!
Still, even this thin layer of snow transforms the garden somehow.
Nothing sets off the dark shapes of various seed heads like a crisp white blanket of the white stuff.
How about all of you out there...have you had any snow yet? Stay warm, I hope you're enjoying winter as much as I am!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Ok, you got me, This isn't a post about THAT kind of panic, but rather, Panicums (Switchgrass). Last night, we got the first real frost of the season, here in my neighborhood. We've gotten frost previously, but it was light, and aside from the frozen birdbath, there was little evidence of it in the garden. Last night, however, we got a decent frost...as evidenced by the crystalline edges along the Panicums (above, 'Northwind'). As the sun came up beyond, the pillars of 'Northwind' were ignited like tongues of ice-cold flame.
There wasn't enough moisture in the air to produce a decent hoar frost, but still, there was a nice silvery coating on the topside of each blade.
I love the subtle rainbow of warm, golden hues in these grasses during the winter, so at odds with the chilly temps.
I'm infatuated with how elegantly the blades curve over...and the beadlike, diamond glimmer of the frosty seed heads in the background.
P. 'Dallas Blues' dries to a darker, earthier tone than other Panicums, it often reminds me of outstretched, grasping hands...love it!
P. 'Huron Solstice' still holds onto some of it's red coloring after going dormant...even more lovely now.
If you want a grass for guaranteed winter beauty, you can hardly go wrong with any of the Panicums, tough, beautiful and long-lasting. What about you...what are your go-to plants for "winter interest"?
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. As I sip my coffee this morning, I can't wait until the house is filled with the aromas of cooking turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Have a great one, everyone!
Scott, Norm, Gordon, Boots & Punky Cat (he's the one above)