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Muhly Grass

Have you noticed around town a grass-type plant with wispy, very delicate pale pink plumes blooming lately? That, my flower freaks, is the beautiful native ornamental grass called Muhly grass, aka Muhlenbergia capillaris.  

Muhly Grass

Muhly is a very hardy, easy to grow grass that would do awesome in your sun to part sun garden. It quickly grows to 3-4′ tall x 3′ wide with an arching habit. The fluffy flower stalks can add another 3′-5′ of height to the plant. The blooms start showing color in late October. I think they’re pretty cool looking even after they dried out. Oh but wait … there’s more: The dried seed heads also are a favorite of hungry birds.

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Muhly Grass flowering plumes and dried plumes

Muhly makes an excellent medium-size hedge, accent plant, foundation plant, middle of the border plant, or even container plant as long as the container is large.  It thrives in zones 7 – 11. Maintenance is pretty simple: Cut it back in late January to about 6″ to 1′ from the ground. Give it organic fertilizer such as Milorganite twice a year: mid-March and mid-October are perfect times. Rake or hand pull the dead leaf stalks to keep it clean looking. Then just sit back and enjoy the beauty of Muhly!

It’s a pretty versatile plant in the type of soil it likes, its only requirement is well draining soil. While it is drought tolerant after becoming established, it looks much better with regular watering. Are you thinking about putting in a rain garden, or do you have an area that drains well but stays moist for awhile after rainy days? Those are areas Muhly will do great in, along with it adapting just fine to normal garden situation.

Oh, did you know that Muhly grass also comes in a white flowering variety!! Why, yes it does:

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White Muhly Grass (pic courtesy of Clemson University)

So now that you know all about Muhly grass, how about popping over to R&G’s Unique Garden Boutique and ordering yourself one … or more!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

 

 

 

 

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Unique Garden Boutique

Gonna be busy busy busy today adding more plants to R&G’s online unique garden boutique! Be sure to keep checking back cause more plants are added daily. Don’t see what you’re looking for? No problem, let me know and I’ll see if I can find it for you.

Delivery of the plants is twice a week to customers within a 50 mile radius of downtown Orlando. Delivery fee is only $5 per order. Shipping to customers outside of that area will come at a later date.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

 

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Online Garden Boutique

Good morning, my flower freaks! I’m very excited to announce that I’m adding an online garden boutique selling plants, hanging baskets, container gardens, fertilizer, soil amendments, etc. And the items you order will be delivered! The delivery area is anywhere within 50 miles of downtown Orlando, and it’s a flat delivery fee of $5.00. Yes, only $5.00.

It’s going to take me a little while to get the online shop up and running, so bear with me. I can do deliveries before the online part is up, so let me know what you’re looking for.

These will be the same quality plants at the same low prices as I sold at my storefront garden boutique.

I’m very excited about this! I hope you are too!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

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Bats

Bats are nature’s original mosquito control. They are a very good thing to have in your garden. If you don’t have palms that they can nest in, consider putting up a bat house. AND bat poop is one of the best fertilizers/amendments to your flower beds. It’s a win/win all around!

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Meme courtesy of Florida Bat Working Group.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva