Twenty years ago when I picked the name "Bluestem"
for the nursery, I was thinking about the most plentiful native
grass in the Tall Grass Prairie habitat - Andropogon gerardii
(common name is Big bluestem). Two decades later it seems somehow
fitting that our very first introduction to the nursery trade
is Andropogon gerardii 'New Wave'.
In our last newsletter (Jan
'08) we told you about how when growers seed grasses they
sometimes find a unique seedling that is then grown, tested
and vegetatively propagated to produce more plants. Well Andropogon
gerardii 'New Wave' is one of those plants. It was
first noticed in a seed tray almost ten years ago. From the
start, it stood out from all the others as it had distinctive
red tinges on its leaves. As the plant became larger I found
it also had a more compact form and in particular, had a uniform
separation between the inflorescences (flowers) and the leaves.
Fully hardy in Zone 4 and a sturdy grass, even in the warmer
wetter zones, 'New Wave' is destined to become the plant of
choice for stylized meadows and prairie designs as well as a
perfect specimen for the home garden.
Jim Brockmeyer, owner of Bluestem Nursery
In the fall I talked Jim into doing a video on how to plant
the field clumps and plugs. The video as filmed was nice and
clear, however after it was uploaded to YouTube the quality
was terrible. It improves if viewed in high quality.
The text to click on to view it in high quality is right below
the picture, on the right.
I hope that you find the video to be helpful. To view click
Been Very Snowy So Far
Thanks to all of you who have inquired as to whether or not
we experienced any of the horrible problems associated with
the above average snowfall in BC this year. We are fine thank
you. There have been avalanches in the mountain pass nearby,
but we are not in danger and there is no flooding, at least
However 160 km (100 miles) to the south of us, Spokane Washington
received 155 cm (62") of snow in the month of December
alone!! We got about half of that amount.
Four hundred kilometers (250 miles) to the west of us, the
Vancouver area was also hit with major snowfalls and there has
been terrible flooding in Chilliwack. I heard a fisheries expert
on CBC Radio say that the single most important thing that people
can do is "plant a tree". Sounds like willows could
play an important role in their area.
Speaking of Spokane I heard an incredible story: a young moose
and a dog had been chasing each other in someone's yard and
the moose fell into the basementt!! After tranquilizing the
160 kg (345 lb) animal it was carried up the stairs on a tarp
and released near what they believed to be its mother and a