Sunday, 27 May 2012

In The Long Grass


Each year I seem to leave ever larger areas of grass uncut. Not because I'm on some' ditch' the lawn tip or similar, rather it's a matter of creating a perfect environment in which the crickets choral society can congregate.  And now the weather's hotting up, boy can they sing. The sound of Summer.


I like to cut paths through it,  a kind of lawnmower topiary which is better than ever as the grass is nearly waist height courtesy of a wet April.


Best of all things unexpectedly pop up, like wild orchids.


I struggled to get a good photo this afternoon, it was impossible to lie down  (didn't want to flatten the grass) so arms stretched downward, camera by my knees. Below is a better pic, taken a few years ago.



Gladiolus byzantinus makes an appearance. These aren't wild, I planted about 125 corms back in 2009.



I've completely forgotton what this is. Very common, very pink, very welcome.

30 comments:

  1. It is great that you get such gorgeous wild flowers in the long grass. Diane

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    1. There are at least twenty bee orchids (least I think they're bee) in that grass area. It must be something to do with the all the rain in April, there were none last year and a few the year before.

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  2. Thanks for this little peep into paradise. I love the pathways through the wildness of the long grass.

    All joys to you and your cricket chorale,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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    1. The crickets pipe up as the temperature rises.

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  3. What lovely surprises. Perhaps your garden will become a haven for all kinds of wildlife. I wonder what my pop-up in my garden if I were to follow your example.

    Anna

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    1. Thanks Anna, even creeping buttercup looks good in the grass.

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  4. Mowed paths through grassy fields are a favorite of mine.

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    1. The grass is particulary tall this year, so a path through it almost starts to feel like a maze.

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  5. Hi Rob! How beautiful! Smell of grass should be so wonderful and reminding of a childhood in countryside.

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    1. Tatyana thanks. I agree, it's a smell I associate with childhood.

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  6. I'm sure the local wildlife prefer the grass unmowed, as well. More crickets and less traffic would make the world happier. :o)

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    1. Definitely. We get the occasional Cicada in high Summer. They sit in the trees and making a loud rasping noise when the weather's hot.

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  7. That is so nice. So good to see the start of summer when we are in the process of starting into winter - Kerry

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    1. Hopefully it won't be a bitter winter in NZ.

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  8. I love the grass left like that.

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    1. It's quite a job cutting it come late Autumn mind!

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  9. I am doing the exact same thing in my garden--leaving a large area unmowed. Nothing as beautiful as an orchid or gladiola has popped up, but the birds and insects are loving the wild place.

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  10. I think your paths mowed through natural grass areas is quite effective as a garden. I'm sure over time, other wildflowers will emerge and take up residence from seeds on the wind or carried by birds and other animals. I have no knowledge of French wildflowers for your region, but that pink flower is lovely.

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    1. I think to really get lots of wild flowers I'd have to weaken the grass as it crowds most things out, but I like it as it is. There does seem to be a lot of wildflowers in this region. I particularly love the blue wild chicory which lines the roadsides later in the summer.

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  11. Evocative title, and very beautiful grass, with benefits...

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    1. Hi Marie, the grass has been really showy this year and tall. Last years drought kept it short and with subdued inflorescences.

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  12. Hi Rob, the pink beauty is a French wild orchid, they come by thousands in spring where my dad lives in Le pays Cathare. The sound of summer, it's exactly what I said to myself yesterday when walking my border collie near a waving field of wheat. Oh how I love it !

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    1. Celine thanks. That orchid is plentiful here too, particularly this year. Definitely summer weather at the moment.

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  13. Those orchids are awsome !!!! And the sound of crickets .....I love it ! I'd love to live in France, here in Belgium we have no crickets but I know the sound from our holidays.

    greetings,

    gwennie

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    1. There are more orchids this year than I can remember. The crickets should pipe up with warmer weather.

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  14. I mentioned your blog in my latest post: http://mary-goingnative.blogspot.com/2012/06/you-are-my-sunshine.html Check it out, if you like.

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  15. We arrived home after a month in France to find our grass lush, green and long.
    I like the idea of cutting paths thru the grass.

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  16. I like the tall grass area idea. Had not thought of it. Enjoy the pics. Check out mine: http://poetrose24.blogspot.com/

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