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!!
We love seeing the landscaping around you home! You all did a good job supervising.ReplyDelete
The inches vs feet thing sounds like something hu-mom would do here.
Drools and licks,
Minnie and Mack
Never trust the people that work at the garden centers for advice. They usually only get paid minimum wage and don't know a thing about plants. I'm glad you were able to find a place for that huge grass and the sedum will make a nice substitute.ReplyDelete
We are hibernating inside with the AC on due to oppressive heat. Over 90 deg. the past two days and about 110% humidity!
Cindy & Nina
We're hoping you get some rain.ReplyDelete
14 ft! I can see why she mixed that up...that's SOME VERY TALL GRASS!
NO matter what heigth, your garden always looks perfect. It is so well planned out and so colorful. We love seeing pictures of your yard as along as the post always carries at least one pic of you two.ReplyDelete
14 foot grass??? yikes. :) glad you mom caught that BEFORE she planted it.....ReplyDelete
Good thing she read the tag,even better she still found a place for it. Your hard work sure pays off with a such beautiful yard. Great porch picture.ReplyDelete
The silvers and more
Bigger pot! BAWhahahhahhhahaReplyDelete
It rained for us most of the weekend. But yesterday was nice and cool. Hope you get your rain.
I like to see your smiley faces. Cheer up my day.ReplyDelete
I LOVE the new Plants.. esp. the Dragons Blood stuffs.ReplyDelete
Funny about the feet and inches.. good thingy your mom didn't say she wanted 87 Inches high... WHEW.
You two just crack me up!!!
Ha-roo, that's a good one, "you're gonna need a bigger pot"! Our mom ordered purple love grass and they all died. no more mail order for her, either. our pawrents were trying to find nice TALL grass (6-8 feet) last year, but could only get some that is 4' tall. But its still nice.ReplyDelete
Woo two are top gardeners!
jack & moo
Ha roo roo! We're laughing too! A bigger pot! That's funny!ReplyDelete
Our mommy finally ordered the mulch for our yard and it's arriving in 3 weeks and then the landscapers will come do all the work. She's too lazy to tame the jungle herself. It'll take 6 guys 8 hours to do everything so that is a lot of work but still...
So many pretty plants!! We can't see wait to see how pretty they turn out!!ReplyDelete
You are always working so hard!ReplyDelete
Kisses and hugs
How neat! Mom is still trying to nurse one small plant thru the heat - she really wants a garden!ReplyDelete
Very nice work guys!!ReplyDelete
We love your yard and garden!!
Maxx and mommy
You guys are doing a fine job in the garden. Can't wait to see the grass when it starts growing a bitReplyDelete
Benny & Lily
14 feet?! YIKES! That's a small tree for cryin' out loud!ReplyDelete
Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly
Wow, 14 foot high grass? You're gonna need a really really big lawnmower for that one.ReplyDelete
A bigger pot. I am crying with laughter!ReplyDelete