It was a fall evening some years ago, just before the golden hour (my favourite time of the day). My friend Laura was headed out to Humber Nurseries to take some photos in their private garden and offered to take me along. Not one to forgo a chance to get out of the city or into private gardens, I went along and took with me my digital and one film camera.
And then the film sat around for 4 years. These are a few of the images I took that day.
Grasses have a magical way of capturing the light and holding it inside them. Especially at the end of the day when the sky is warm and golden, and especially in the fall when they are reaching their feathery plumage into the sky.
I am not terribly knowledgable when it comes to grasses. I know well the handful or so that I have grown, and there is too my one true grass love Panic Grass (Panicum virgatum) aka Switch Grass (I have one in my current garden). Many of the grasses captured in these photos are varieties of the very tall and sometimes imposing Miscanthus sinensis.
I have this one marked as Spodiopogon sibiricus.
If you’re looking for solid, introductory information on incorporating grasses into your garden and inspiring ways to incorporate them into its design, I recommend a book I’ve had on my shelf for some time, “Grasses: Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design” by Nancy J. Ondra.