Four weeks ago I wrote about the experiment I’m conducting this year on the Big Lawn. The idea was simple: let the grass grow and see what happens. My husband suggested the idea as a way to discourage the Canada geese who were frequenting the lawn and who don’t like long grass.
I was sceptical but he was right. Our experiment is working. Since early June we haven’t seen a single goose.
Even better, the lawn is turning out to be more beautiful than I ever hoped for.
The mown strip of green offers a wonderful contrast to the copper, gold, silver and red tones that colour the six or seven varieties of grass growing on The Big Meadow, aka The Big Lawn. I haven’t had time to research the varieties but I know there is Timothy (Phleum pratense).
Other species that I think I’ve identified include switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), Setaria, Phalaris and couch grass (Elymus repens). Plus crabgrass of course, although being flat it is mostly hidden by the taller types.
Whatever kinds of grasses are growing, altogether, they look like a sea in constant movement.
I love the movement within different sections, where taller grasses have been flattened by rain and their own weight. But not flattened entirely. Some patches look like bad hair days, others like waves on the ocean.
What amazes me is the variation in colour. The tones go from silver…
to copper gold and red.
There isn’t a huge mix of wildflowers but easily identified are red clover …
and Bird’s Foot Trefoil.
Most prominent is St. John’swort (Hypericum),
although common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is making its presence known.
There are a few wild asters with flat tops …
and a scattering of yellow bedstraw (Galium verum).
As well as being immensely pleased at the overall appearance of The Big Meadow, I’m stunned by how much the view has changed in a month. It has gone from this view in mid June …
to yesterday’s view in mid-July.
So, what do you think? Do you like the grassy ocean view or do you prefer a well-manicured lawn?
As for me, I can’t wait to see what it will look like a month from now.