I took this first photo from the bottom of the hill.
Then, I walked up the hill and took it with the sunlight shining from behind.
Doesn’t even look like the same grass does it? That’s one of the many things which makes gardening and photography so interesting.
If anyone knows what cultivar this might be, please comment below. Thanks.
Hi. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Great photos of the switchgrass, but I am not sure you have Dallas Blues. Mine is a powder blue color during the summer, except this year it is turning yucky brown. I think Dallas Blues has a fuller flower panicle and wider leaves than your grass appears to have. Here is a link to a picture of mine from last year. http://planobluestem.blogspot.com/2010/09/late-summer-on-prairie-part-2.html
You may have Heavy Metal. Hope yours is still green.
Dee Nash says
Hi Bluestem, thanks for stopping by. I don’t think it is ‘Dallas Blues’ anymore either. It grows just like ‘Northwind,’ but for now, I’m calling it simply a hybrid. That is all. ‘Dallas Blues’ is very, very blue. I found some photos of it in my visit to the Ft. Worth Botanic garden. Thanks again.
My favorite light is early morning, just as the sun rises, and again late evening, just as it goes down. Magical glow on everything.
You said just what I was thinking at the end. The look like two different grasses. Day lighting makes all the difference with grasses, turns a nice photo into a wow photo. Same in the landscape too. Love your photo.
Esther Montgomey says
Clever idea for a (n almost) wordless day.
sharon Lovejoy says
Wow, what a difference from the other viewpoint. Lovely, lovely. I don’t have any grasses here YET, but will soon in containers. I am so afraid of grasses getting into our hillside natural habitat.
The panicums are beautiful no matter which cultivar we have! I planted all P virgatum ‘Northwind’~which is quite upright~ and noticed several now look like yours! gail
It does look like different depending on the light. 🙂
Toni - Signature Gardens says
I do love ornamental grasses, but this is one variety I have not tried. The Dallas Blues that I have seen before were more bluish/gray/green. But as your photography shows, the color depends on the lighting. Ah, gardening…keeps us on our toes, doesn’t it 🙂
It’s definitely a Panicum. I have Dewey Blue Switchgrass and it has fatter leaves than that and hasn’t bloomed yet; also have heavy metal which is more upright but similar in foliage and seed head. Pretty good chance its dallas blues.