Thursday, June 4, 2009

Nature Notes: Leaves of Grass






















Here's the Nature Notes entry I had in mind before the incident in the previous post.

We've let the grasses grow long in most of the property, but we had no idea it could get so tall. My son here is 5 foot 4, and it towers over him.

Could this be the stuff that once populated the tallgrass prairie?


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25 comments:

Terri said...

Impressive! I remember trying to mow grass that high, and not with a tractor!

Love the little raccoon gift below too. Do you think they were making a statement??

MyMaracas said...

Hi, Terri. That can't have been an easy mowing job. We're considering getting one of those mowing bars that sticks out to the side of the tractor. It's that or an old-fashion scythe at this point.

The raccoons may have been trying to tell me it's time to paint that faded front door and update the hardware. It's pretty ugly.

Carletta said...

I came looking for your Nature Notes - what tall grass you have! That is amazing!
I was wondering about cutting it - glad Terri said something.
I no it really isn't funny but I had to laugh at the raccoon caper. :)

spookydragonfly said...

I'm sure the wildlife appreciates it! Hhhmmm...I'm thinking how many dragonflies reside in your tall grass!

MyMaracas said...

Carletta, thanks so much for coming by! Grass this tall only happens along the driveway through the swamp woods. In the yard itself it's a mixture of varieties from about a foot tall to thigh-high, which is what we expected.

MyMaracas said...

Michelle, I saw one in the yard grass yesterday! I've been watching for them around the water with no luck. I didn't know they inhabited grasses too. I'll keep an eye out there.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow. That is some really tall grass. I don't think I've ever seen any that tall.

Char said...

Looks like you'll have enough to bale when you cut it.

Rambling Woods said...

Wow...That is some tall grass with your handsome son..I am so happy that you are in an area where you can let the grass grow as we got sighted by our town when our grass got over 6 inches tall in the back. Seems it's a NY state law....
Michelle From Rambling Woods

Rambling Woods said...

I forgot to thank you for your supportive comments regarding my Mother...sigh... AND that you noticed the ant on the peony so I could go look it up and add it to the post...Thank you!!!!
Michelle From Rambling Woods

Amanda Guthrie said...

But the grass is so pretty and wispy do you have to cut it? I suppose it will only keep going tho Oh well!

MyMaracas said...

Spooky/Kim - sorry, I don't know why I typed "Michelle"!

2sweet, I've never seen anything like this either. It's only in a few places, and only in the really wet areas.

Char, We didn't intend to cut it, but we're beginning to consider and baling some of it for some extra income. We didn't expect it to reach full height until fall, and we don't know what happens if we just leave it now.

MyMaracas said...

Michelle, there's an actual state law on how long your grass can be? That really bites. Thanks for noticing how good-lookin' my kid is, too. ;-)

You're welcome re the comments on your post. I do hope things take a turn for the better for you.

MyMaracas said...

Amanda, that particular grass isn't going to be cut, unless it starts drooping into the driveway and dragging on the cars. It's just too amazing to end up in a hay bale. I do think it's some kind of native tallgrass.

Greyscale Territory said...

I think that grass looks so beautiful! To me (I may be wrong) it looks like pampas grass! That looks gorgeous swaying like a wave when the wind blows!

NicoleB said...

I love tall grass.
And your boy looks cute. Reminds me a bit of a hobbit tale :D

RJ Flamingo said...

->snicker!<- Sorry - still coming down from the previous post...:-)

The last time we let the grass grow, Code Enforcement put a warning on our door...:-)

Sallyacious said...

Cute kid. Looks like he's got a wicked sense of humor, too.

Something about this winter here really set stuff off. Either it died horribly like the climbing rose that will never again overpower our front porch with blossoms or it is growing insanely. We had tulips that were three feet tall, and the irises are over four feet now with TONS of flowers on each stem. I'm surprised the lawn hasn't followed suit.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

The Grass Is So Long !! It Is Like Nectar For Animals Who Stay There...Great Work Done..And Now I Am Your Follower As I Loved Your Blog..

Carver said...

I absolutely love tall grasses and they are such a treat for so much of the wildlife.

Carver's nature notes summer with a splash

MyMaracas said...

Greyscale, I'll have to check google images for pampas grass. Thanks for the lead!

Nicole and Sally, he does have something of the hobbit in him. He's a very clever, funny kid with a decidedly wicked sense of humor and, as you can see, he's a bit of a ham.

MyMaracas said...

RJ, that's the best thing about living off the road and out of a town. We can pretty much do as we please. We had a homeowners' association where we lived before who reserved the right even to approve what color you could paint your own front door.

We do keep it short around the house to prevent it from being a fire hazard. But the properties on either side of us and behind are hay fields, so long grass is the norm for about 100 acres all around.

MyMaracas said...

Sally, I've noticed that too, with things either suffering or thriving, with little in between. The weather here has been unusually cool. Maybe that has something to do with it?

MyMaracas said...

Raja and Carver, it is a haven for wildlife. I suspect that our section will be even more attractive soon, when the first cutting of hay reduces their cover in the fields next door.

I hope it won't mean more raccoons.

Thanks for the follows!

Deb said...

Hi ~ I am back from my blogging break so I wanted to stop in to see how you were doing. I am currently reading the book 'Tallgrass' by Sandra Dallas - so it was funny to see this post. Love your nature notes! I will be back soon - take care.