Cortaderia Pumila or as you and I know it Pampas Grass is having a moment. Throughout 2019 on my social channel feeds, I have noticed my favourite interiors accounts using pampas grass as props for their beautifully styled rooms. Just google it and you will see that it can now be found and purchased, everywhere from Abigail Ahern to Etsy… !
My Mum use to spray it with hair lacquer to stop it dropping.
Pampas Grass and Me:
As a woman of a ‘certain age’ I remember pampas very well. Back in the 70’s I would pluck a stem from her huge vase and use it, unbeknownst to my Mum, as a dressing up prop when dancing to top of the pops and pretending to be a member of ‘Pans People’ and occasionally as a toy for the cat. My Mum use to spray it with hair lacquer to stop it dropping.
On a personal level when I was younger (13) I intensely disliked the stuff and vowed to never have it in my own home. Aha I also said the same about houseplants back then and just look at this picture below, talk about what comes around goes around…
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Pampas grass in our home today.
As I mentioned above, after noticing the rise of this 70’s icon, I was keen to get my hands on some. Our home office has a view of my neighbours garden and guess what? They have Pampas grass growing in a huge clump! Excitedly I knocked on their door and asked if I could have a few blooms. They were delighted to share, explaining they once tried to get rid of it and would I like to take a clump? Can you imagine the smile on my face? I popped it straight in a vase…
The Horticultural Technical Stuff
The RHS Website describes it as:
“Cortaderia are robust evergreen grasses forming large, compact tufts of narrowly linear, rough-edged leaves. With erect stems bearing dense silvery or pink-tinged flower panicles which are excellent for drying”
Apparently it grows almost anywhere and is pest and disease free. Right then Im off to ask my lovely neighbour for that clump! check back later to see my progress.
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