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Posted by pollyny z5NY (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 7, 06 at 11:20

Of ornamental grasses for 06.

I have decided I want Miscanthus 'Andante', after seeing the picture in Plant Delights catalog.

Also in that catalog is Muhlenbergia 'White Cloud', which I absolutely love, but of course would not do well here.

I am also hoping to get Molinia 'Strahlenquelle'.

What does everyone else plan on ordering, or starting from seed this year?

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  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Sat, Jan 7, 06 at 12:45

From seed:


Pennisetum glaucum 'Jester'
Carex comans 'Bronze'
Calamagrostis brachytricha
Deschampsia caespitosa

More of:

Miscanthus sinensis 'New Hybrids'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Central Park'
Festuca glauca 'Select'
Festuca scoparia
Festuca mairei
Festuca gigantea
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry'
Eragrostis spectabilis
Carex muskingumensis
Chasmanthium latifolium
Cortaderia selloana
Hystrix patula
Lagurus ovatus
Luzula nivea
Luzula sylvatica
Sesleria caerulea
Nassella tenuissima

Failed last year, try again:

Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty'
Erianthus ravennae
Helictotrichon sempervirens
Millium effusum 'Aureum'
Sesleria nitida

RE: whats on your want list

I have to pull in the reins on new plants this season - there is simply no more room at the inn!! I already have a couple of new shrubs in mind and I've yet to figure out what is going out so that they can go in.....adding more grasses will be a challenge. I've been ruminating on adding a pink muhly, perhaps Muhlenbergia capillaris, also in the PDN catalog. There were several plants in that catalog I found rather tempting :-)

Donn, I'm surprised you were not able to get Millium effusum 'Aureum' going for you - it grows like a weed here. In fact, it IS rather weedy and I am constantly trying to keep seedlings from taking over.

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  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 8, 06 at 10:32

I got germination in 2 of 8 cells, but the seedlings didn't survive after transplanting. I don't know what went wrong, as many other seedlings in the same nursery bed did fine.

I'll keep at it.

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  • Posted by jake z4b-5 NE (My Page) on
    Mon, Jan 9, 06 at 17:46

I want more of what I got already. More ornamental grasses.

Different grasses than what's in the yard now. I want the new grasses to grow and perform as well as the ones standing tall and looking like honey wheat, faded chocolate and golden horizon like the setting sun, in colors.

I want some one else to dig, split and replant the large clumps that are waiting for me to get the shovel, wedge and sledge to split the tough ones.

I want to read more about others success and even the failures so that we as an ornamental demented grass group can learn what is so wonderful about the ornamental grasses we dont have.

I want more of the same.

Success to all in the coming growing season.

Ornamental grasses a mans perennials.


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  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Mon, Jan 9, 06 at 18:03

Jake, if you were a bit closer, I'd split your grasses for you. For a nice fee in divisions, of course.

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  • Posted by pezhead z8 Portland OR (My Page) on
    Thu, Jan 12, 06 at 23:32

Pink Muhly grass on my dog's grave (buried him this morning in pouring rain)
Now I have to find a source for this one as I've not seen it about my area.

i'll be busy dividing/potting the many, many grasses i obtained when I bought the entire stock of a small, grass rich nursery that decided to get out of the business. 22 varieties of Miscanthus alone...

i'll be watching to see if there are varieties that I don't like and will allow to go away and not replace.

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So sorry to hear of the loss of your dog..... The Pink Muhly gass will be beautiful !!

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I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. I wish I had some pink muhly to send you, but it's not hardy for us here. It certainly will look nice. It's so hard to lose a pet.

It's good you are going to be busy dividing and potting up all that you purchased from that business. How many plants in total did you get?


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  • Posted by pezhead z8 Portland OR (My Page) on
    Thu, Jan 19, 06 at 23:28

Sorry for the delay in my response. I had no idea anyone would express sympathy for my dog dying. Thanks for that. Derek kindly emaled me directly with an offer to send me Pink Muhly in a month or so when his Utah soil eases up a bit. To answer Polly -- I've brought home between 400-500 grasses so far and there are more grasses and MANY perennials to follow.

The story goes like this: I bought grasses from a very kind woman on the other side of the city about 9 months ago and when I was visiting her home nursery (not a retail site) I mentioned to her that if she ever was thinking of getting out of the business and wanted a loving home for her many fine plants, she should look me up. She did. She knew I was a grass freak and knew that I had a ton of energy and passion for these and other plants. So here I am today with a serious collection and working on a business plan to bring these wonderful plants into the lives of others.

Thanks again for your sympathy.

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I need help. I planted maiden grass a couple of years ago. The first year I did not trim it back until spring and it did wornderful that year. The next year I finally timmed it back around late Feb.-March. My grass died. It did not come back at all this year. Before I buy more, I would like to know why it died and what I did wrong.
Any suggestions would be appreciated as I am new to this.

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