Festuca ‘Elijiah Blue’


Welcome the latest addition to my non-vegetable collection: a blue grass which I acquired at the RHS flower show at Tatton Park yesterday.

I hadn’t gone to the show with a particular objective, apart from browsing for ideas. However, I had chosen Sunday, the last day, because exhibits would be sold off at 4pm.

As it happened, I was next to a stand at that time where the Festuca was. Another person was merrily buying up just about every plant going, so I didn’t think I was going to be in with any chance myself. Besides, I had omitted to take more that £8 in cash with me, which had mostly been spent  on making beeswax candles and buying vegetables also being exhibited (including fresh cayenne peppers, which I am looking forward to trying).

So, when the stand holder announced that the remaining small plants would be £3 a pot, I thought I would chance my luck. ‘I’ve only got £2.80’ I explained. And he agreed that would be fine, so I was able to walk away with this charming little – so far! – grass.

At the moment, it is still a little battered from being wrapped in a plastic bag for the journey home. No doubt it will spring back, now that it is outside getting a soaking in today’s thunder storms. And it almost seems a pity to put it in the ground as I think it looks good on my patio, as it is.

Before I can put it anywhere else, though, I will have to get into action and prepare a spot for it. Putting it another way, the plan is to get back to work on removing the original path at the back of the garden. So, that’s next weekend sorted 😉

©Helen Butt, July 2013

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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