So step lively, now. Your mamma can tell that you are not meeting your full potential just yet. Those little telltale bits of whitish where the pink meets the stem means there is more color yet to emerge and unfurl.
It is the herd on the hill behind the main house that decides to step up first. Either it is sunnier, warmer, colder, drier, or something-er up there in the highest part of the property where one can see clear over the rooftop of the house to the woods across the street.
The rodeo clowns, Japanese anemones, Anemone hupehensis ‘Prinz Heinrich’, which is suspected of not being this cultivar at all after some online searching revealed that the true prince is a double form, have been keeping the folks entertained but the act is wearing thin and the crowds are getting impatient. Added: This has now been identified as A. hupehensis ‘Praecox’.
The angle of the sun has shifted noticeably since the fall equinox, backlighting the steep slope in a more flattering way. Viewed from the deck and inside the addition, the pink muhliness draws our attention like a moth to a candle. We can’t stay away from the frothy cotton candy waving at us from atop the concrete stairs.
The pink muhly hillside planting is just the warm-up act for the Muhlenbergia capillaris headliner, however. It is the mass planting at the front of the buildings, along the driveway, that is the main attraction. Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’ decided to plant itself along the front of the pink muhly with seedlings spilling downwards by wind, rain and snow last year. It promises to be a memorable display. So get with the program, already.