Tuesday, July 22, 2008

spt



the fourth element of summer: grass

i have fond memories of growing up with grass that was lush and luxurious... just perfect for rolling around, picnic-ing, backyard campouts. (of course, in my homeowner years, i have a whole new appreciation for what my parents had to do to maintain all of that grass!) in coastal north carolina, that type of grass eludes me. i give you exhibit A.



no, not a picture of grass at all. a picture of sneakers. but, look closely! do you see them?? (i count at least five...) tiny little buggers. i am speaking of the ubiquitous *sand spur,* the fruit of the Southern Sandspur plant. and, all i can say is, "YEOUCH!!" don't you dare walk barefoot in my yard!! and when these things get in the house (via shoes, pets, etc.) look out - stepping on a sandspur unawares ranks right up there with stepping on a lego or an action figure in the middle of the night.

so this week, i tiptoed over to the bed at the foot of our driveway, where we have chosen to focus on ornamental grasses instead. these baby pampas grasses were offshoots that were transplanted from my parents house, and they do exceptionally well in our sand. (i can't even say "sandy soil." it's just sand, through and through.)



the wonderful thing about ornamental grass is that it is so pleasing to the eye, and PAIN-free!!

did you run your toes through the grass this week?



just a reminder... will you be able to claim your spt blog button next week??

42 comments:

Rebekah said...

aah! i remember those things from my childhood! they were all over the grass in our play ground. i hated it, HATED it when they got stuck to my socks. and now i know i can blame the south for them...;)

Mother Goose said...

I wanted to leave you a comment because I linked over from JenH's blog and she gave you a shout out. I love photography so I will definitely be back snooping 'round again!

Jennifer H said...

I love that pic of you. I guess I gotta check out the ornamental grasses around here.

Amie said...

I love that picture... it may even be worth not having traditional grass.... though not the stickers!

Very cute.

The monkey bunch said...

I've been wondering a lot lately where all that beautiful grass is from my childhood as well. All we have is sticky grass that sticks into your foot instead of tickling it and feeling soft. Where, oh where did that grass go?

Michelle A. said...

Youch, Lelly - seriously? The grass photo is very cool!

Marie said...

That is a very cool photo!

I was just thinking that the grass in our yard is softer than I remember grass being when I was a kid. I hated going out in bare feet when I was little, but I love it now. I think I just have rough, caloused feet.

Courtney said...

Great photo of you through the ornamental grass!

We have yucky grass with burs that are ouchy in many areas around here...so I feel your pain...though we are also lucky to have soft comfortable grass too...which is the kind my husband slaves over in our yard!

Bren's Life said...

Ouch is right. I have gotten those in my shoes many of times. I am grateful though we don't have any in our yard.
Great SPT. Thanks for the fun! Can't wait for next month & to see what you come up with...

Chris said...

I remember being barefoot all summer long as a kid. Wouldn't do it now. Even my kids put shoes on, not good on the lush grass here. :-) But how I LOVE ornamental grass. It is so beautiful.

Midge said...

Perfect day for Grass, I went to the park with Hannah this morning so mine can count for hers too if she doesn't get a chance to do it.

Shelly said...

you know I think the grass from our childhood is SO underrated! Only to be truly appreciated when you have grass of your own!

I love my yard now but it's so much more work than my yard as a child! At least for me!

Once again ~ great job.

Jill said...

That's too bad that you can't walk barefoot in your own yard because of those sand stickers, ouch. I walk barefoot in my yard everyday and love it, but I must say our lawn is oh so weedy and patchy looking.

Laurie said...

what an amazing photo!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I love the shot through the grasses!

Ouch on your sandspurs. They sound like what we call goatheads. Wouldn't it be interesting to see what every region of the country calls their obnoxious stickers?

Lelly, I just have to thank you again for hosting SPT's. I just have so enjoyed them. Thank you.

Amy said...

Lelly....
No stickers here. But lots of CRUNCHY brown grass right now.
Sigh.....
I am ready for fall, y'all!

Amy said...

Lelly....
No stickers here. But lots of CRUNCHY brown grass right now.
Sigh.....
I am ready for fall, y'all!

lelly said...

i hear ya, amy! only 40 more days until *pumpkin spice candle day*!!

Sarah said...

Very cool picture! Where I grew up we had a whole bunch of those sticker weeds that hid in the grass just waiting for me to step on.

The PiƱon Family said...

We have those nasty little bugers here too, only we call them goatheads and they HURT!!!

I hope that I am still in the running for the spt blog button. I was really late with last weeks!

lelly said...

*really late* still counts :)

Sandi said...

Having spent the last week in Memphis, Tennessee, I know what grass is supposed to look like in the summer. Similar to Ireland. B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l

Jeanette said...

We have bullhead stickers that do the same thing. Very painful! That's why I'm so excited that our grass is coming in. Maybe our backyard will finally be pain free. Hooray!

wende said...

very cool photo of you lelly! you'll be so proud, i'm FINALLY starting to document the "something old, something new" series of SPTs from june? may? i don't know, all i know is that it's getting done, and that counts right?! thanks for the springboard!

Rachael said...

Very cool picture! We had those poky things in Hawaii too. I don't know what they were called but they were no fun!

Shelly said...

FYI ~ here on the prairie we call those "stick tights". Whatever they're called they're no fun!

Lene said...

I really like your picture through the grass.

MaryRC said...

What a great shot of the shoes, so very kewl! burs and all!!
Like Jeanette said, we call them bullheads, there is even a Bullhead Arizona, for a reason!!

Amanda L. said...

Sorry I've been missing in action on SPT's this summer! I hope to be back for good now! Great shot. I need to get a bit more creative with mine!

Hannah said...

I am lovin' that picture of you! So great.

Growing up in TX we had stickers galore. The thought of walking barefoot in the grass was unheard of. Then I moved here and I still marvel at how soft grass can be!

Jenny said...

I remember having those things around in New Orleans Ouch!! I love how you were able to capture your photo via the grass. Very cool! For some reason I was thinking today's element was green and not grass. Duh!

Barb said...

I would really like to know how you managed to focus the camera on you rather than the grass! Your self portrait turned out so pretty.

Katie A. said...

That photo of you is great! I don't have any seed-type stickers in my yard, but we have tons of those prickly dandy lion looking things. I never realized how difficult getting nice grass was...I fear I will never attain it.

Holly said...

Thanks Lelly - so fun to always be able to come back! Great pictures!

Windy said...

How do always manage to take such awesome self-portraits?! Did you use the timer on your camera for that shot through the grass?

Alisa said...

ouch- we just call them stickers-
There are parks that I won't go to because of the stickers.
Its awful when they get in the house, because it gets you when you least expect it!
Love the photo of you- good grief- how far did you have to stretch to get that!
I love it!

Mother Goose said...

ok, I just found your blog. I was trying to figure out what SPT stands for and NOW I get it, but I posted before I figured it out! PULLEEZE don't beat me with a wet noodle. I promise the next one I participate in will be a self portrait. I was just glad I got up before 7 and found someone to take their picture!

annalisa said...

A first glance I thought those were spiders. I'm always worried I'll touch a spider when I'm working in the garden. My neighbor has fake grass and she loves it.

Alisha said...

Once again, Lelly, I love your great pic of yourself! How do you do that?!

I think it would be fun to have a sand-yard, but those spurs look like not much fun. I'm a big fan of the ornamental grass stuff, too.

Dacia said...

Love the ornamental grass photo! Very creative!

michelle said...

That last photo is my very favorite self-portrait you've done, ever! SO COOL!!!

michelle said...

Are you loving how late I am on this??! It's nowhere near as cool as yours, but at least I did something...