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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Grazin' in the Grass is a Gas....

...baby, can you dig it?!?  

Ha roo, it's me, everypup and kit-cat - Zim!  This post really isn't about grazing in the grass or digging, but click on that hyperlink under "can you dig it" anyway for some great background music while you read!  This post is about grass - the decorative grasses in our landscaping.

We've shown you a lot of pictures of our gardens in the "growing" months, but the grasses also add great touches now - like movement, screening, and warm colors.  Aunt Janet posted cool pix of some of her grasses on her blog, so we thought we'd show her (and you!) some of ours!  Let's go!

This is a Feather Reed Grass

It's a tall, slender grass.

Further down the brick path are some Dwarf Fountain Grasses.

They stay small and are like puffy, little mounds.  They get a poufy seed head that looks soft - almost like Sibe fluff!

Moving along the path, here's a gorgeous Maiden Grass by the entrance to Mom's favorite part of the garden.

It sort of announces that you're at the special entrance or something.  Here's a close-up!

Mom (and Dave, Guide Dog for the Color Blind) love the rich, warm colors in there!

Here's a look at that special part of the garden:

There is another, smaller Maiden Grass, a couple Dwarf Fountain Grasses, and a couple Zebra Grasses!  Here's another look at one of the Zebra Grasses:

It's on the "tall, thin" side, like the Feather Reed Grass.  Here's a close-up of the "flower":

Let's keep moving!  Down at the bottom of the yard is this huge Pampas Grass:

Or as Ammy likes to call it, the Pompous Grass.  Ha roo roo roo!  It's probably about 7 or 8 feet tall.  

Also down at the bottom is another line up of Maiden Grasses:

And sort of in-between them and the Pampas Grass and up a tier is a line-up of more Feather Reed Grasses.

There are some other ornamental grasses in the backyard, but they look really bad and Mom is thinking of pulling them up, come Spring.  They're little blue things that have really never taken off.  Speaking of taking off, let's go out front!

They're a little beat up from the snow and ice and wind, but still provide a good screen from the neighbor's house and driveway.  Here's a close-up:

Hey, Aunt Janet!  Do you know what else the grasses are used for?  Bunny hide-outs!

I know you're in there, Oswald!
Hey, are you sending this picture to Aunt Janet?  Tell her "hi" for me.  And to send more poppy seeds!

That guy is really getting bold, isn't he?

Anyroo, I hope you enjoyed my Winter Garden Tour!  We'd love to see what you all have growing!

Play bows,


  1. I'm proud to be a furiend of distinkhtion that was invited to your garden pawty!

    Nice job all of WOO!


  2. Wow,Zim, those grasses are beautiful. When the snow goes away, me and my Mom might plant some!


  3. Thank you for sharing pictures of all your grasses! You have a beautiful garden!


  4. Nice pictures tootsie. Your grasses are in great shape for Kansas weather. ;) I will send you some more seeds.

  5. Just reread the first part. Guess you took those photos before the winter weather. Now you need a Muhlenbergia (Pink Muhly grass)

  6. Anonymous12:51 PM

    Thanks for showing us all the nice grasses in your yard. We've not seen a winter garden before. We have mostly evergreens in New Zealand. They (the grasses) all look so beautiful.

  7. Aunt Janet - Please make sure to send Magic Beans, too, OK? Thanks. Oh - and all the pix were taken a couple days ago! Tell me Kansas isn't lovely!
    Play bows,

  8. Zim, you can teach my mum a lot about gardening. Would you like to come over?

    Huffle Mawson, Honorary Husky and Explorer Cat

  9. Woozers...woos got lots of stuff to dig in! I didn't know zebra's were made of grass...not to mention they were dwarfs..isn't that "little people"??? **confused** ....Woos sure do have pretty lands scraping stuff!!!

    Mya Boo Boo

  10. Yes,Zim. we were so waiting for the last part of your great post. We have some of those grasses out on the front lawn, and lots throughout the neighborhood. We don't know all their names, but they are great snoofing places. Rabbits, bugs, worms, SSSssssnakes. Mom says evfurry one here uses them to hide all the utility boxes but we really think it is a plot by those rabbits to hide from us.

    Thanks for the lesson.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  11. I think ALL those grasses would be good hiding place for MICE, too! If you ever have a problem with the wee scruffs, you just give a "Roo-Out" and Huffle and I will pop over and, uh, decrease the surplus population!

  12. Your grasses are just beautiful! Mom has never gotten into growing them so she really enjoyed your yard tour! Thank you!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  13. I never knewed there be so many grasses! My mum says she likes pampers grass very much and you has brought back some happy childhood memories, whatever that be.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  14. oh wow. This is like the Queen's Garden Party, I am honoured!

    My J says she relates to the Feather Reed grass being on the tall thin side herself at 5ft 9ins.

    She also says she feels old because she can remember that song "grazin in the grass" although she thinks when she knew it, it had another title????? Whatever, she is going to her bed now - humming the darn thing.

    Your garden is lovely, ours is pretty frozen at the moment though.

    Marvin xxxxxxxxxxxx

  15. We live in the woods, so we have trees. Not exactly pretty landscaping like you have (but great places to dig!)

  16. W00F'S, me not have any grasses, besides the grsses on the yard floor, but me will take sum piksurs of the bushes...

    b safe,

  17. You have a beautiful garden. We just have brown grass in our backyard..
    Mom and Dad laugh at Callie's ears everyday. They seem to droop as she runs unlike Louie and Mine.. Maybe she is damaged??

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  18. Hi Zim!
    I never knew there were that many kinds of grass! I only have the plain old green stuff at my house! Your garden looks like a lot of fun!

  19. omdog I never knew there were so many cool kinds of grass that grow when its cold. We dont have anything growing except weeds!

  20. Thanks for the tour!
    Your Winter Garden is beautiful!
    Kisses and hugs

  21. Your mom has the prettiest garden of anyone we know.

    Princess Eva

  22. Thanks for the garden tour! Lovely grasses and bunny hideouts!

  23. That's some pretty plants you have there !

  24. We love your garden and grasses. Our human has a thing for Bamboo's. She might do a post about them soon. Like your grasses, they are good for screening out the neighbours and having many of them around look good.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden.

    Holly & Zac

  25. We have one Pampass Grass in the front yard. It only had one of those flowery things though and that one broke off during the snow. Does your mom cut it back? The people who lived here before us told my mom to cut it back. (Our mom knows nothing about plants.)


  26. WOO WOO AO4

    Great Grasses! I bet your Mom doesn't let you water them?? But where is the snow???

    Thor and Marco Polo