Grasses

If the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, what do you get if you sit on the plain? Answer at the end of the post.Photo of ribwort plantain growing on lawn

So in the interest of botanical curiosity and nothing at all to do with idleness, I didn’t mow the lawn for the month of May and this is what grew. Firstly there was a lot of Ribwort plantain, Plantago lanceolata. The tiny flowers attract small butterflies and moths and in the autumn the seeds provide food for birds. The leaves are used in herbal teas and are said to be good for relieving coughs.Photo of ribwort plantain

There were a few different types of grass that I have not had time to identify. The long grasses with their attractive seed heads somehow seem evocative of carefree childhood summers. Unless of course you spent a childhood cursed by hayfever.Β  Photo of grass

Grasses are flowering plants that are wind pollinated. Their pollen is very small so that it can be carried on the wind and also into the respiratory tracts of humans, triggering an immune system response that causes the sufferer flu-like symptoms.Photo of grass

It is thought that there are around 10,000 different species of grass in the world ranging from the turf that we mow on our lawns to the mighty forests of bamboo. Their seeds, known as grains, form the basis of most of the crops that we grow for human and animal consumption.Photo of long grass on lawn

Answer: A grassy arse! Apologies to my Spanish friends.Photo of long grass against blue sky

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16 thoughts on “Grasses

  1. Very nice. πŸ™‚ Lovely to let the lawn grow and see what pops up. πŸ™‚
    And haha to your joke, but I wouldn’t have got it if you hadn’t mentioned your Spanish friends! πŸ˜€

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