• long grass

    Garden, natural secrets, natural world • May 12th, 2019


    We’re having a bit of a mowing dilemma this year following the dry summer that all but killed off the good grasses in the lawns. The mower we have is a vintage Hayter aptly named, petrol powered and too heavy for me to push let alone carry from one level of the garden to the other, so I’ve been considering alternatives to a mowing regime which doesn’t suit Mr D either.

    First off, we’ve reseeded most of the lawn leaving the long grass where the trees are and an area right at the back which strangely came back green in the autumn. The seed has been slow to germinate but it’s coming up now and I should think we’ll be giving it a cut in about three weeks. I’m convinced that heavy old machine will just pull up those fine fescues though so I’m thinking of swapping it for a cordless mower which I can manoeuvre easily and quickly; the area we’ll be mowing is going to be much much smaller. Further areas of long grass are being developed inspired by a garden we visited where allium and camassia  bulbs have been naturalised in huge swathes of meadow grass. Camassias are from North America and do look like flowering asparagus spears and though I liked the purple alliums I think I may choose white ones. What was new to me was the idea of tall plants in the grass; different from the crocus, snowdrops and wild narcissus I’ve seen before. The photos are mostly from Morton Hall near Feckenham but I’ve put in one from my own garden too. The bare patch under the tree will need editing as I call weeding now and a generous layer of mulch too once the bulbs have gone in. We already have some cow parsley. I’m encouraged by my woodland patch which looks so good this year. I’ll show you in another post.

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