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My Entry for the Picture This Photography Contest.
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Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima).

Other common names for this grass that is native to Chile, Texas,
New Mexico, Mexico, Argentina:  ponytail grass, horsetail grass, horse tail grass,
hair grass, angel hair grass, angelhair grass, finestem needlegrass

This graceful ornamental grass lines most of my pathways now.  The slender,
silvery, nodding panicles emerge above the foliage at this time of year and
respond to the slightest of breezes. Plant it where a westerly setting sun
will catch it like this one, and let the show begin!
A great xeriscape plant.

(This has to be the shortest post in the ESP historical blogging records).


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Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Just gorgeous back lit like that! gail
Apr. 23rd, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks Gail.
I look forward to all the other grasses reaching this size.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
That first picture is stunning!
Good luck in the contest!
Apr. 24th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Hi EM.
And thank you!
The feather grass is amazing right now. It can tend get a little "matted" as the year wears on, then it is out with the shears!
One of my favorite smaller grasses! And talk about hardy! These are all planted directly in decomposed granite (with a handful of compost thrown in at planting). A quick dose of fish emulsion and it is on its way to dancing in the breezes.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
OOOOO.... gorgeous! I looooovvve this grass, ESP - I have it planted under a liquidambar tree in a little mass (just try and keep it from NOT massing!) and it makes me so happy when the sun rises through the feathery plumes. And the way it catches every little breeze - sublime! You have SUCH good taste in plants...

Those pics are dreamy, by the way - they make me want to be there!

plant love,
Apr. 24th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Me too Ivette.
A very animated grass, and such a fast grower!
It makes you feel you are in a countyside meadow, or a barley field...very relaxing. Want to reduce stress? Sit down and just watch this plant for half an hour! (providing there is a breeze)... (or not!) :-)
Thank you.
Apr. 26th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Well the contest is done and results posted over at GGW early next week. Thanks for your entry and I am giving each photo bit of constructive criticism.
Very nice use of native plant and I am very partial to grasses. You were obviously "working" this photo getting different variations while the light was changing. My favorite is the third one. The first is too loose and the debris on the path is distracting. The second two really show off the light but the pole on the left side is now a distraction. - Saxon Holt
Apr. 26th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Hi Saxon, and thank you for your constructive criticism. I found your comments right on the ball, in fact I said exactly the same things about these pictures! These grasses really lit up that afternoon, I was happy to capture them in motion. This was not a "staged" picture, hence the bamboo culm debris, just a snapshot in time.

I love grasses as well (can you tell?) they work well with my westerly facing garden.
Enjoyed this competition, hope you will have more!


Edited at 2009-04-26 07:41 pm (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Beautiful photo!
I really love this photo with the light on the grass. I would like to mention, though, that this grass can easily be invasive and is not native to Arizona and CA. It is native to Texas. Have a look at this.


So, enjoy the photo, handle the grass with some care.
Apr. 27th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Beautiful photo!
Thank you for this. I have updated the post to reflect the plants correct native habitats. I have had this grass for some years now, and apart from the occasional "pop-up" it has not been a problem (fingers crossed). I have planted a lot this past year so I will most definitely keep a close eye on it!
Thanks again,
Apr. 27th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on winning runner-up in the Gardening Gone Wild contest, ESP - this is a lovely photo.

Sorry you couldn't make it to the gardenblogger meet-up yesterday - we missed you! You would have been amazed at the numbers of agaves people brought to the plant swap.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose
Apr. 28th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Thank you Annie, it was a really fun contest to participate in, and I do like a contest! I had a lot of fun going through all the other entries, and well done Pam, that really was a great shot and a tough one to beat!

I am so sorry to have missed the get together, I was really looking forward to seeing everyone again and walking the gardens!

I KNOW you are being funny with that agave comment! :-)

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