A few weeks ago, she bought three really cool ornamental grasses called Purple Love Grass and put them in! Mom thought they'd be great because they don't get real tall - 18-24 inches - and they're a real intense red color! Here's a look at them after Mom planted them:
They'll grow in no time - or at least two of them will. The third one is dead, unfortunately. Mom decided rather than mail order another one, she'd find something locally -- she knew they wouldn't have Purple Love Grass, but maybe another grass that would stay fairly short and be a bold contrasting color? Keeping that in mind, she hit one of the local places and came home with this:
Nice, isn't it? And the lady at the store said it would only get to 14" tall! That sounds perfect, doesn't it? Oh ... are you wondering why it's in a terra cotta pot instead of the ground? Well, after Mom got home and was getting ready to plant, she read the tag that was in the pot it came in. It's a grass called Erianthus Ravennae, and it's not supposed to get 14 inches tall ... it's supposed to get 14 feet tall!
Mom's got just the place for it out back, fortunately, where it will have plenty of room to grow.
Instead of trying to find another grass, Mom decided to put one of our favorite sedum plants in the front part of the bed - Dragon's Blood sedum. It's tiny now:
...but in no time, it will fill in and turn deep red. It only grows to a few inches high (not a few feet... ha roo!) and it will set off the big rocks real nice. We have some out back that we've showed you. Dave and I really like this stuff - Mom should have asked us what to plant there! What could be cooler than something called Dragon's Blood?!?
Just so Mom wouldn't feel too bad about the inches/feet confusion, we decided to give her a nice pose by the front porch. We even smiled for her!
|" 'You're going to need a bigger pot.' Ha woo. You crack me up, Zim!"|
Well, OK - Dave is still laughing, but I was definitely smiling for the camera. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)
PS: Also, all the time spent in the garden means less time at the computer. We're trying to get to all of your blogs - we promise! If it would just RAIN one day!!