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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Zebra Grass - Fewer Words Wednesday

In one of my parking strips lived a Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'  AKA Zebra Grass  beneath two rapidly growing deciduous trees.  Each year it would put on a little growth but the increasing shade of the trees was making the grass unhappy.  Last winter I cut down the trees (poor choices for the spot, my mistake 15 years ago.  The Miscanthus decided to show its appreciation for the increased light and decreased root competition by more than doubling in size and for the first time blooming.  Hooray!  I've paired these pictures with the words of "Homeward Bound" a  beautiful song by Marta Keen.  If you'd like to listen to the song, there are three versions, each my favorite, at the bottom of the page.

In the quiet misty morning
When the moon has gone to bed,
When the sparrows stop their singing
And the sky is clear and red,

 
 
When the summer's ceased its gleaming
When the corn is past its prime,
When adventure's lost its meaning -
I'll be homeward bound in time.
 



Bind me not to the pasture
Chain me not to the plow
Set me free to find my calling
And I'll return to you somehow
 


If you find it's me you're missing
If you're hoping I'll return,
To your thoughts I'll soon be listening,
And in the road I'll stop and turn
 


Then the wind will set me racing
As my journey nears its end
And the path I'll be retracing
When I'm homeward bound again
 
 
Bind me not to the pasture
Chain me not to the plow
Set me free to find my calling
And I'll return to you somehow
 
 
In the quiet misty morning
When the moon has gone to bed,
When the sparrows stop their singing
I'll be homeward bound again.

 
 
 
 
 
 

26 comments:

  1. Amazing how well and fast they have responded since you've cut down those trees only last winter.

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    1. I was amazed that a little extra sun would do that in a single season.

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  2. It's so happy now, love those stripes and the blooms do look like a field of grain.

    Zebra grass was planted in the parkway median along my route to work in Virginia. The summer light on those stripes caught my eye each day and showed me the possibilities of ornamental grasses in the garden. Zebra grass doesn't like our Texas weather but I still grow a small stand of it in part shade.

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    1. It is quite eye catching with those yellow stripes! Sorry it doesn't like your weather.

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  3. I had the same thing happen last year to a Miscanthus 'Sarabande' when I cut down a tree that was casting to much shade in the area. Grasses really shine this time of year, don't they?

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    1. They do! And they provide some winter interest too. I'm especially fond of the really tall ones but they take up so much space.

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  4. What a perfect accompaniment to your pictures!

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  5. I like this post and this grass so much.

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  6. This is such a lovely post. Thanks for the music and pictures!

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  7. Ironically, I currently have a monster Miscanthus that is overshadowing all the plants around it ;-)

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    1. Funny! What will you do oh king of grasses?

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  8. I have this grass only in containers in part shade. I won't show it these pictures - I'm afraid it'd demand a relocation to a sunnier spot!

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    1. Yes, best to keep them happy in the part shade :) they can get pretty demanding if they know that sun is an option.

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  9. Oh no! Liberating grasses from encroaching shade just got added to my extremely long list of things to do. In the meantime, in betweentime, I think I'll just listen to the several renditions of those lovely lyrics.

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    1. Oh for months now it'll be too cold, wet, windy, (insert excuse here) to do anything about that shade thing. Have another nice warm cup of coffee and listen to some more music while thinking about it. It's the thought that counts anyway, right?

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  10. Nice shots! We planted some zebra grass in the spring and it has grown very well. It gets sun all afternoon.

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    1. It seems to like sun in our coastal area.

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  11. Beautiful post Peter, perfect for my day.

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    1. Feeling homesick or just missing the sun?

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  12. A lovely grass for the season.

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