Thursday, May 7, 2015

Erianthus ravennae 'Hardy Pampas Grass' Waking Up!

It looks like my Erianthus ravennae 'Hardy Pampas Grass' is finally showing signs of life. I didn't notice at first because the brown dry blades were all cut the same length when I gave it a winter buzz cut - and then suddenly some of the brown blades were getting taller (with no sign of any green shoots). Then I noticed green actually pushing the brown up and out of an old dry stalk.

hardy pampas grass in spring
Erianthus ravennae 'Hardy Pampas Grass' first new growth of the season

hardy pampas grass in spring
Erianthus ravennae 'Hardy Pampas Grass' finally waking up
This Hardy Pampas Grass has a looooong way to go if it's going to reach 8 to 14 feet tall by the end of summer!

In other news, my 'Northwind' switchgrass got majorly flooded when we had a sudden torrential thunderstorm with downpour. This grass is a winner, so I'm sure it will be fine.

flooded grass
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind' Switch Grass going for a swim

flooded backyard with black fence
This black erosion barrier is an eye sore but it's keeping the mud out of our storm drain until everyone else's yard gets grass

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