Grasses in a small village garden

My garden in Cratfield is small, but somehow I have managed to squeeze in a number of grasses, and I love them! Piet Oudolf is an expert in this area, and of course Oehme and van Sweden in America have been hugely influential.

Stipa tenuissima in 2012
Stipa tenuissima in summer 2012
Stipa Tenuissima in Autumn 2012
Stipa Tenuissima in Autumn 2012

The stipa tenuissima has not over-wintered well, which is very sad

Stipa Gigantea (giant oat grass)
Stipa Gigantea (giant oat grass) in 2012
Stipa Gigantea
Stipa Gigantea
Miscanthus 'Kleine Silberspinne'
Miscanthus ‘Kleine Silberspinne’
Pennisetum alopecuroides  'Hamelm'
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hamelm’

Looking at these pictures I realise I could do a post on each variety of grass at different times of the year!

Chocolate Cakes and Paeonies

Today is the first Cratfield Concert of 2013 and that means Cakes! I decided to start the season with two Chocolate Cakes.

Cinnamon Chocolate Cakes
Cinnamon Chocolate Cakes

And in the garden the paeonies are all flowering, ‘Karl Rosenfeld’. The photographer is booked for Thursday but I doubt if they will still be there, so I am taking ‘backup photographs’!

Paeony 'Karl Rosenfeld'
Paeony ‘Karl Rosenfeld’