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33 Degrees Of Damage

22 October, 2010 Leave a comment

This morning we hit the coldest temp at my house of the season. We hit 33f and had frost. I am not sure how hard of a frost we had but most of the older and top leaves of all my Elephant Ears did not recieve damage. The Musa Basjoo doesn’t look too bad. The outer leaves away from the house turned a dark green and I think the brown on the leaves are where the wind has been so bad from cold fronts that it shreds them. All of these pictures were taken around 2pm.

The Musa Basjoo

Colocasia ‘Black Pearl’

Unknown Colocasia

A Colocasia ‘Big Dipper’ Leaf

A Colcoasia ‘Pink China’ Leaf

Colocasia ‘Pink China’

Now we are suppose to get back into the 70’s for the weekend with some rain and humidity. Looking good. I do want some snow though and I guess this makes us a step closer.

Jake

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Not Gone

18 October, 2010 Leave a comment

While I haven’t been on here in forever¬†I actaully have a really good excuse. My laptop is broken and I can’t get on the other computer very often. I do have a lot of pictures to share and everything. For now you will have to take my cell phone pictures which actually look better than my digital camera.

Here are some pictures I took just 8 miles outside of Cincinatti, Ohio last Tuesday.

 

I had no idea myself that Cincy had parts that looked like this. While it doesn’t feel like fall it sure looks like it and I am enjoying the beautiful colour that I missed in Florida.

Pink Muhly Grass(Muhlenbergia capillaris)

3 October, 2010 1 comment

When I moved to Florida in May 2008 I saw all this plain looking grass planted and I thought why is so much of this planted. To me it had no interest and wasn’t that pretty. Come October 2008 I was looking up what this ornamental grass was because it was beautiful. Since I have seen the first pink plumes I have been in love with it. Of course I had to get some for my landscape here in Kentucky. I purchased eight plants from Santa Rosa Gardens in April and planted them out in my front yard. One did die and it was with the three plants that I have a picture of. The three plants grew into each other for a quicker and larger looking plant. The other four are planted elsewhere but are not blooming as well due to an incident with a weed eater with a lawn service guy. Apparently he thought INSIDE the beds needed weed eating.

It started blooming around Labour Day and is continuing to do so and from what I have read should stay pink for some time before fading later on in the winter. I am not so sure how the plumes handle any snow that may fall and try to rest on them.

Pink Muhly Grass is a native of the southeast but I think only in the coastal/sandy areas. I could be wrong. I do know that it is hardy to zone 6 though so it should be fine hear in Lexington. I noticed one of the Lowe’s stores was carrying some and two weeks ago they were 75% off. I think I may go look later this week and see if they still have them because I have a plan to use Muhly Grass on a larger scale next year for a beautiful mass planting.

There is also a White Muhly Grass but I have no idea how it looks in person. The pictures don’t make me go,”Wow!” like the Pink Muhly’s pictures do.

Jake