ilona’s pictures of her spring garden have been an inspiration for me to put color film in the old warhorse minolta, and take some garden pics around the farm …must still develop film and put onto a disc. some folks just stuck on the hard, outdated way %
perhaps i can get a few on here so that youall can see what
“fusion-and unruly beauty in chaos” really looks like.
of course there are some lovely colors; ga. shrubs are in their full glory
in springtime….but actually right now, it all looks like ireland. my grass is in mostly sun, and greens up early. all the rains have made it even better.
also there are numerous kinds of clovers, some in beautiful bloom already
(the red or crimson, yellow lawn, and the reliable little 4″ white dutch perennial) the pasture or hay-type yucchi variety grows to more than 3′ high, blooming later in summer.
i didn’t realize it would be so tall in the yard, it’s lush right now over by the long-abandoned playhouse. the kids would always hunker down and hide out and make truck tunnels through the swath, always kept unmowed just for that purpose.
i cut the mature plants after seeding and compost them. they add lots and
lots of juicy green material and nitrogen to heat the pile.
most were intentionally scattered as well as some deep-rooted pasture-improvement “weeds” that bring minerals to the surface: sour sheep-sorrell, shepherd’s purse, and bigleaf plantain. a varied lawn is a green lawn here in the summer heat. mowed weeds and crabgrass and clover look just as good a lawn as a grass monoculture. no watering , no worries!!
i am off to clip and handpull huge roots of bermuda grass from my next asparagus bed. 20 more roots due anyday. need to get busy!
here is a quote from the NY world’s fair that paints such a pretty flower display:
“walls of daffodil yellow are broken by vermilion pylons, purple buttresses
appear against the rose domes and beauteous vistas of turquoise blue terminate in great ship’s bows of ultramarine” (from the guidebook of NY World’s Fair 1939-40
one of those color-drenched sights i’d love to see before my eyes. vty, j-lea
You have a lawn that I can appreciate. Grass only makes up a small percentage of mine. The rest is ‘wildflowers’ that drives my wife nuts because I won’t let her mow them down till they go to seed.