Friday, October 18, 2013

Hope

One of my pink Muhly plants (Muhlenbergia capillaris) is producing flowers. It's not exactly a river of pink mist, but it does give me hope that maybe this time next year it will produce more, and make the striking late season statement in the garden that I was hoping for when I planted it.



My back is getting better too. Not completely better, and I don't want to rush it by going back too soon to all that kneeling and bending and stooping and crouching and digging and lifting. The garden has such a pull on me that it is hard to resist.

14 comments:

  1. I adore those...and you WILL have a better show next year. Mine were so skimpy the first year I was bummed...but the following year, they were just gorgeous...and the blooms last until early spring...fading to the loveliest mauve-beige in late winter. I do miss them...just didn't have a spot sunny enough to do them justice :-( Glad to hear you're on the mend!

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  2. I love these and it does take a while for them to build up a good bloom show. I added a line of them earlier this year and they are producing blooms but next year will be better.

    Glad to hear you are doing better and take it easy so you will be able to spend more time in the garden.

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  3. It's amazing how the bloom fans out into a mist. Did you start with a seed or a plant? Seeing that, I'm thinking maybe they need to be massed for good effect instead of being planted as solitary plants? I bought some seeds and want to grow them next spring.

    I'm glad to hear you are doing better, gardening is hard on the back.

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  4. What is it they say about perennials? First year sleeping, second year creeping, third year leaping.

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  5. They'll be gorgeous next year. Did you plant in full sun and where they will be backlit by the sun? Early morning and late afternoon they are just so beautiful.

    Take care of your back. Glad it feels better now.

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  6. Take care of yourself Alison. The garden can wait. You know, I tried growing the Muhly grass and had the same thing happen. One or two flower puffs was all I could get. I ripped it out. It must need Once I learn what it needs to produce those gorgeous PINK flower heads, I'll try it again. It is very pretty. Your photo of it reminds me of a sparkler on July 4th. Enjoy your weekend.

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  7. I'm on my second year of waiting for blooms! Have a lovely weekend , take it slow and easy !

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  8. I am sorry to hear you have been suffering with your back...ugh. I can totally relate and it isn't easy not being able to get to the garden and take care of those things that are calling to us. I have been struggling for some time to get back to 'semi' normal but it has been slow going. Many times I have been a bit better and then went ahead and did something really stupid and ended up 'two steps back'.

    I hope you will be back to normal soon and the garden will most certainly be there when you return.

    Enjoy our lovely weather this weekend. xo

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  9. I had an MRI today on my back, and then I came home and went out into the garden to kneel and bend and stoop and crouch and dig and lift. Yep. Pins and needles down my leg. Now it's recliner therapy time.

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  10. Frustrating to still be sore....don't rush it...
    I know this sounds crazy but I have found that Doan's Back Pills really help me.

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  11. Glad to hear you're getting some relief from your back pain Alison! Wishing you continued recovery so you can garden even more :)

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  12. Great that your back is continuing to heal and you're not pushing it. Where did you find pink muhly? I love seeing on the texas blogs but didn't know that it would tolerate our wet winters? The bloom looks gorgeous!

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  13. That Muhly is pretty, even small. I'm glad to hear your back is healing. I'm thinking you went to physical therapy. Are you finished with it? I had quit doing my exercises, but have been doing some of them the last few days so that digging the compost won't cause problems.

    Thank you for the nice comment on my Wildflower Wednesday post.

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  14. Sounds like it's a bit too early to do so with yours, but I have had great success making new Muhly grass plants by cutting off sections from the original plants that I bought. I bought six and now I have18. They are all in full sun and are all producing beautiful pink froth.

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