Thursday, August 21, 2008

End-of-Summer Haircut






I love Mexican feather grass (nassella tenuissima) although I know it may be an acquired taste for some people because it sometimes looks past its prime when it is at its best. In the third photo you can see it in the bottom left hand corner. It moves with the slightest breeze and is very soft looking as you can see in the top two photos. But once a year it needs a haircut and mine got the annual shearing last week as shown in the last picture. When you can see lots of new green growth coming up from the base it is time to wack it down to about four or five inches from the ground. It will rebound in a few weeks and be as lovely as ever, you just have to bear the growing out stage, much like a bad haircut!

4 comments:

Perennial Garden Lover said...

Alot of plants benefit from this in mid summer too.

Cynthia said...

Ornamental grasses are so nice to have. They do look like they suffered a bad hair cut though- that is why I hate to do cut backs on any plant! A necessary evil though.

notsocrafty.com said...

Beautiful I love all the different textures and colors in those photos.

emmat said...

I love this! So much garden blogging is us showing off things looking nice, but I like seeing how people actually do things too.... Good advice.