I don't give a flying fig what Punxsutawney Phil said, Spring officially began this past Saturday, February 25th.
According to MY calendar, Spring commences when I cut down the first ornamental grass. This normally occurs around the second to third week of March, but to celebrate this mild Winter (and to take advantage of a window of free time between dance class and a basketball game) I headed outdoors, battery powered hedge clippers in hand and went to town on the OG's.
First up, Miscanthus 'Gracillimus':
This is my largest ornamental grass so the "cut-back" was the most difficult. But with my pure brute strength, I laughed at the challenge.
I do worry about the big hole that is left as a result, but hope the emerging daffodil bulbs will help hide the carnage for the time being:
Next, we move on to the Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'. These grasses collapsed in an ugly pile in late October, after an out of nowhere snow storm, and never recovered:
I couldn't wait to slice and dice these puppies so the ugliness of fall/winter could be forgotten:
Since 'Karl Foerster' is a "cool season" grass, I knew it would show signs of new growth already ... and it didn't disappoint:
I also chopped back another Calamagrostis ('El Dorado') and was greeted with new growth again:
I even cut back a few small newly purchased clumps of Calamagrostis 'Avalance' (a variegated form I'm super psyched to watch mature) and yes my friends, more new, green growth:
Like Leatherface from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" I slaughtered this Sorghastrum 'Sioux Blue' without missing a beat:
And boom, whacked back Carex 'Kaga Nishiki' and was greeted with this delicious foliage:
Northern Sea Oats was cut back in mid Fall in hopes of managing the reseeding, so no need to touch them:
Finally, I was able to contain myself and allowed this Carex 'Cappuccino' to remain as is because she still looks damn good:
That's all for now.
There are still quite a few Miscanthus and Panicum in need of a haircut and I can't wait to chop away soon.