|Basket Grass, Mown|
Lawn and open spaces around a human habitation are not just a traditional garden design feature.
Anthropological research suggests that the requirement of open spaces among a parkland-type distribution of trees were always favoured by humans looking for a new cave. So, something to do with our origins on the African savannahs, probably.
|Unidentified Grey Grass, Mown|
My clearing in the forest is where I grow my greens and my cherry tomatoes. Beans and snow peas in their season. Where I sit in the sun in winter.
It does mean that I need to encourage groundcovers for the bits in between. And since I don't believe in mono cultures of anything, I let things come up where they will and then keep them all mown.
It makes for a very interesting sward. Yesterday I counted twelve different species of both grasses and herbs trying for their place in the sun.
Basket Grass, above, is a shade loving grass native to this region. The unidentified grass on the right, is a recent arrival, probably coming with the new gravel for the drive.
|Native Commelina, Mown|
The Native Commelina gets little blue flowers. It isn't a grass but does the job of covering the ground just as well.
The open ground in my yard, my sward, is a mosaic of colours and leaf shapes. Much more interesting, I think, than a grey drought-proofed lawn of bowling green grass.
What sort of plants do you grow in your open spaces?