Thursday, March 28, 2013

Recreating Inspiration

Loree at Danger Garden posted a picture from when she went to the NW flower and garden show that really struck me. It was a combination of daffodils and ornamental grasses:
 
Loree's original picture...
I actually like how bright and cheery daffodils are, but I also really liked this combo. Daffodils also happen to be one of the few spring bulbs that consistently come back in our climate (or at least they seem to). I planted a bunch of bulbs in a bare area in the back garden, under the redbud tree. I wanted to try and recreate this look, especially since I had to find something to do with this giant clump of Mexican feather grass that was coming out of the front garden:

The middle died out - I think my neighbor's cat sat on it
 After some digging, that clump, plus a clump of blue fescue were out of the ground:
These had been in the ground for about three full years
 I was able to split each of the Mexican Feather grass clumps into 12 (I only used half) and the blue fescue into four pieces. After a haircut, I planted them in the backyard, where the daffodils were blooming:

You can just see the little clumps in between.
 By planting the first batch while the daffodils were blooming, I was sure I wasn't disturbing the bulbs - I can also always add more of the grass later in the year. Hopefully by this time next year, it will look somewhat similar to the picture above... We'll see how it works!

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  1. You are so smart to have done this while your daffodils are blooming!! I can't wait to see how it looks next year...

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  2. I also found that combo at the flower show inspirational. I love what you did. I only have a handful of Daffodils in my garden, but I have plans to do something like this, perhaps in the fall when I buy more. I'm looking forward to seeing how this looks when the grass is full!

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    1. I'll have to make sure to take pictures next spring! Thanks for your comment.

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