Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A little grass now and then


A little grass here and there never hurt anyone. It's easy on the eyes and allows the mind to wander freely. It wasn't too long ago that I swore I'd never partake, but the more I saw it used the more I wanted it for myself. Now I like to tuck it away in little pockets, like secret friends I can enjoy on a whim.





Not all grass is the same. There are varieties that have little appeal to me, that I find are too drab in color or are a disappointingly dull texture. Others however, oh they have countless qualities to be enjoyed throughout the season. Some even provide a little burst of sunshine during those gray days.



Whatever your preference, I highly recommend trying a little grass. And if you don't like, pass it along.

10 comments:

Karen said...

Heh heh, no pun about illegal substances intended. :) I love the look of grasses but haven't planted many due to allergies. So many textures and colors in your garden thanks in part to them!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Those are all so pretty. I never know where to put them in my yard, I have one blue fescue and he looks so lonesome all by himself. Maybe I'll find him some friends this year!

Gardeness said...

Karen: illegal substance? But what do you mean? ;) Allergies are a bugger. It seems many people in this area have them.

Catherine: I still have the problem of lone soldiers. Just remember Odd numbers of three or more have the most impact. Unless it's a feature plant but then it's whole new game!

Bonnie Story said...

I'll never forget some purple grass I saw that grew up in Mendocino... ;~} Anyway, I agree about the stuff and I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a grass that is more deer-resistant? Seriously now. I have huge hungry deer patrolling my place but I'd love to see some seed heads out there waving in a summer breeze. Don't want to see the little darlings eating it though. Maybe there is an exotic variety that they would not mess with? Thanks for the great post, it was a smile break!

Gardeness said...

Hey Bonnie, look up Chasmanthium latifolium, or Northern Sea Oats. Hardy to zone 5, 2'-3' tall, winter interest.
This site is also somewhat helpful, although it doesn't give you many details for each plant.
http://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance/default.asp

Frances said...

Shall I comment with the great minds think alike cliche? No, better not. :-)

Frances

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

Hey, dude, I've tried grass and like the effect.

I have an area I call my "grasslands" where I have about a dozen grasses of varying heights and a bit of bamboo. It's just a narrow strip between the driveway and the fence separating us from our neighbor, and looks great in blowin' in the wind.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I love grasses in the garden. They have movement and grace, and they look good in nearly every season. It's nice to see your photos right now.~~Dee

Gardeness said...

Frances: Your grass post is gorgeous.

Jim: Do you have pics of that? I'm going to your blog to look! I may have to steal some ideas for a property line I need to finish.

Dee: I definitely want to expand my collection!

Thanks for stopping by everyone.

Pam Kersting said...

Jim's comment "Blowin' in the wind" reminds me of yet ANOTHER reason to plant grasses in the yard -- especially near a patio or porch. They are one of those few plants that produces of lovely sound when wind blown. They make noise! And it is a pleasant noise indeed! They are also soft and beautiful and full of energy! I love grasses of all types!