Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Three Grasses of Fall

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' in fall at High Line

Brilliant color of Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' at the High Line in late October

The grasses of fall were a riot of textures and colors, in both foliage and seed, and something spectacular to witness at both Brooklyn Botanic and the High Line. This post is an excuse to be reminded of them and the richness of the season that just passed and also a reminder to learn more about grasses in 2011. (Also, I was without my camera today so had to go into the archives for photo material.) Below are two grasses from fall 2010 at Brooklyn Botanic: A Hakonechloa variety in the Japanese Garden, stunning in late November, and a Miscanthus from the lovely Discovery Garden for children.

Hakoneachloa in Autumn at Brooklyn Botanic Japanese Garden

Hakonechloa in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, Brooklyn Botanic, Fall 2010

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' in the morning at the Discovery Garden

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