Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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??