Southwestern Kentucky

My Grandma lives in the Southwestern part of Kentucky in a city called Glasgow that is a little west of Bowling Green, KY. The temperatures in this part of Kentucky are normally higher both highs and lows for most of the year. It seems however their low on really cold winter mornings are lower than that of Lexington.  I’m not sure what stops our lows from going lower than theirs . Maybe it is because of the Kentucky River flowing to the east of us or maybe it is the Lexington area has an “Urban Heat Island”.

Last summer when I visited her I brought her some plants from Florida. Many were plants that will be hardy here in Kentucky. I brought her some kind of fountain grass, a Windmill Palm seedling and some Purple Mexican Petunia. All of the plants did well for her after I planted them in June. The Mexican petunia is the plant that she loved the most and always had to tell me about when I called to chat with her. It is in a good microclimate between her air conditioning unit and her giant concrete patio.

Here is the Mexican Petunia since it has been frosted down.

The Mexican Petunia is in a great location sitting between a large concrete patio and the air conditioning unit.

Here is the area where the fountain grass is planted and the Windmill Palm seedling.

Here is the Windmill Palm seedling. It has seen 1f and looks okay since leaves accumulated around it and it gets some protection from the fountain grass foliage and the concrete patio.

This is the Mailbox planting I did for her before I moved to Florida, so this will be it’s third summer in the ground and this is currently it’s second winter. There are some Daylilies, Liriope, Hens and Chickens, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Daffodils and Mexican Feather Grass.

Here is the Mexican Feather Grass. I had it in Lexington with me before I gave them to her. This is their third winter and the coldest they have gotten are; 3f in 07-08; 2f in 08-09; and so far -4 in 09-10.  This is how they looked before the  -4f; in the picture they had only seen 1f. The green isn’t nearly covering the plant as usual for this time of  year either.

A bonus picture is of a large Mimosa tree that is pretty old in her neighbors backyard. It is very beautiful in bloom, but it has seeded all over my Grandma’s backyard.

This concludes the Southwestern Kentucky update. I hope you enjoyed. In the spring I will be visiting again and will be able to update you on how things look and if the Mexican Petunia comes back. All in all this part of Kentucky both culturally and geographically is different from the Lexington area. It reminds me and seems to be more like Tennessee which is fine. Places so close to other states should influence each others areas.

  1. 6 February, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    How nice of you! I love this grass you have featured..I’m sure the Mexican Petunia will come back and pop up who knows where…

    • Jake
      7 February, 2010 at 2:08 AM

      I love the Mexican feather Grass as well and will be buying some to put in my yard here. I bought it at a Kroger on sale for $0.99 per plant and bought four. I left two at my old “kentucky” home, lol, had to do it. They were so cheap because they were being sold as annuals. I of course wouldn’t listen and was like I bet these are perennials… they are!

      I really hope the Mexican Petunia comes back. We will also see how invasive it is here in KY compared to FL. The one in my yard in FL went everywhere. I have some in the garage that has went dormant that will go out. It is so pretty and a reliable bloomer from spring to frost.


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