In a Vase on Monday – Muhly Blues

The Muhly Grass in my garden started sending up feathery pink spires this week. This is one of my fall favorites and I keep adding more to the garden. They reseed a bit and every plant gets moved to a new spot. I realized recently I am running out of spots and should stop before there is too much Muhly. Or I could add some drifts further back in the yard….can one ever have too much Muhly?

A closer view:

The pink is Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) – a Florida native that thrives in my garden; the deep blue flowers are Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis) having a banner year; light blue flowers are from Arabian Lilac (Vitx trifolia); white Sweet Almond (Aloysia virgata) adds some fragrance and graceful Juba Bush (Iresine diffusa) sways with the Muhly Grass.

Bountiful Blue Porterweed:

Another reason for the Muhly Blues. Alan the Greyhound, tail wagging, went over the Rainbow Bridge this week. The Rainbow Bridge is my favorite euphemism as I love the thought of all my departed Greyhounds waiting at the end of the bridge to join Alan in a joyful run into happy infinity…

Happy Gardening and thanks to Cathy at for hosting this weekly meme. Go visit Cathy and see a world of vases.


19 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Muhly Blues

  1. I am so sorry to hear about Alan. I know how hard it is to lose a pet.

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  2. The grass is beautiful, tall and graceful, a bit like how I picture Alan….I’m so sorry for your loss and love how you describe his passing.


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Sweet Alan… sorry about your loss, Amy. So sad, but glad he is romping with his forbears once again.
    Your arrangement is reminiscent of the wispy and lithe greyhound. And no, I don’t think one can have too many Muhly grasses… just make bigger groupings. 😉 Wish it was hardy here, I love it.

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  4. Noelle M says:

    You have such a loving way of sharing your sad news. The grass and the way you have arranged your vase today is a fitting tribute.

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  5. Cathy says:

    My heartfelt sympathy Amy. That image of the bridge is lovely. The. uhly grass and Porterweed are really pretty. I had a go at growing Muhly grass a few years ago but it never flowered for me and eventually just disappeared!

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  6. Cathy says:

    Your Rainbow Bridge is such a beautiful and comforting concept, Amy, and I am sorry to hear that Alan has now crossed over it. What a glorious pot you have used as a vase for your muhly and porterweed – it picks out the colour of the grass so well. Muhly grass is not entirely hardy here, and although I still have a plant, it hasn’t thrived or flowered for a while.

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  7. krispeterson100 says:

    I’m sorry you lost Alan, Amelia. I’m sure he’s there at the Rainbow Bridge chasing squirrels to his heart’s content.

    I love that pink Muhly grass but didn’t think it grew here until I saw a wide span of it growing along the roadway in a nearby community a couple of years ago. I invested in a smaller pink feather grass (Melinus nerviglumis) but it isn’t nearly as impressive.

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    I am sorry I can not comment on the flowers now.
    He was wagging his tail as he left? How nice. It would be great if everyone left like that . . . although some of us lack a tail.


  9. pbmgarden says:

    So sad, but glad you had a little bit more time together. This vase is perfect in every way and a sweet tribute.

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  10. Lovely. Q: How many vases and flower containers do you have, young lady? They always seem perfectly chosen for your many different arrangements.

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