Calamagrostis Grasses: An Autumnal Masterpiece

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Calamagrostis Grasses: An Autumnal Masterpiece

Victor Grennan | November 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

Here we are again, settling into Autumn. The sun lays low and the golden colour radiates through our memories. The children are nestled back into school and the logs are stored ready to cheer up those cosy evenings. This is the time of year when some of my garden favourites really come into their own.

I love how the hop plant hangs so silently as it matures into its Autumn coat and I wonder, will it hang in there long enough to take cuttings for my Christmas display? Come on my little bobbly friend, you can do it. The hops, hanging like bobbling bells, sing of the Kentish landscape around me- bringing the best of this beautiful country into my home.

What really stands out most right now, with its strong upright form standing tall and majestic, is the Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’. How one plant can appear so tall and strong, yet still flow and sway with such gracefulness, is inspiring to me in itself. Yet in one magical moment, when the light falls and the golden sun trickles across our paths, the light tickles the top of the Calamagrostis grassy tips and creates an Autumnal masterpiece. It forces us to stop and be at one with its simple beauty.

I have often tried to steal this moment in a photograph and hide it away for myself, but of course, it is impossible to recreate the magic. I stand appreciating the beauty and welcoming the Autumn, thanking the seasons for giving us these golden treasured moments again. Calamagrostis, we love you.