Another ornamental grass that can still look stunning in February sunlight is Calamagrostis arundinacea var. brachytricha. It is closely related to a more frequently seen grass, the ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass. By this time of year in Toronto, however, ‘Karl Foerster’ has lost its seed heads while the brachytricha has not.
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When bees come to visit the earliest flowers, I know that spring is truly here. … Read More
Even the lowly (because ubiquitous) spirea can surprise you with loveliness on a blustery day in April. My main complaint is that it has too many merits, requires too little of us, which seems churlish just now, when spirea is the first shrub to leaf out most bravely. … Read More
Galanthus, more commonly: snowdrops, are one of the earliest garden pleasures in the year, often breaking through the snow long before February is over. And now in mid-March they are still looking splendidly sturdy. They are a welcome sign that spring is indeed progressing and that renewal can happen. Again. … Read More