Yesterday afternoon I listened in on a Web seminar hosted by The Garden Writers Association Foundation (GWAF) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. The topic: "The Impact of Home and Community Gardening in America." Here's a few interesting stats:
- 19% increase in food gardening
- 34% increase in spending on fruits and vegetables
- 32% increase in purchase of vegetable plants
How 'bout the 2009 perennial plant of the year? At the time I posted about ornamental grasses I had no clue the Perennial Plant Association had selected an ornamental grass, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (Golden hakone grass) as their Perennial of the Year. I have almost made up my mind to start using more ornamental grasses in my landscape. I have the luxury (only if I don't mow all of it) of having a huge yard so I'm not limited by space concerns when deciding on larger varieties of ornamental grasses.
I'd like to use golden hakone grass as an edging because of its size; a foot or so tall, and a couple of feet wide make it nice for what I have in mind. If you visit PPA's Web site you can download a PDF of 'Aureola' and if you look at the picture at the bottom of page 2 you'll see what I mean. For me, the appeal is its draping effect more so than the coloring on the blades. It doesn't need to do anything but flop and droop in order to look stunning.
I'm still workin on the new blog template and hope to have it implemented sometime this weekend. I expect lots of input. Another kind and gracious blogger, Ms. Kylee, has also offered her expert advice on the transition. Thanks again, Ms. Kylee, Dave, and Ms. Jennifer for all your help. Please keep Jennifer's daughter in your thoughts as she recovers from surgery. Although considered minor surgery, the procedure required putting the youngster under general anesthesia, and to a Mom and Dad, and little girl, that can be mighty scary.