Walking the dog across the fields this morning, I noticed that as she ran she was puffing up clouds of pollen from the grasses. That made me look around the meadow more carefully and I could see that, not only has the height increased dramatically in the last two weeks (this means that I get drenched to thigh level every time that I walk after it rains ), but many of the grasses are putting up flowering spikes.
Many are in full bloom and whilst the flowers may be tiny, they are surprisingly colourful, for green grass.
So I found myself collecting some stalks together for comparison and ended up with a bunch that looked so pleasing that I bought them home and have put them in a vase to admire. It is probably a good thing that I don’t seem to be allergic to grasses!
So here is a piece of the meadow as it is today, in a vase:
The arrangement to composed almost entirely of grasses, but cow parsley is so prevalent in the countryside just now that a little has been included too, plus a bit of common vetch which is also twining through the sward.
I did think of IDing the different types grasses in the vase and I have Roger Philips book on Grasses, but I haven’t had the time. Sorry about that.
I think that the dangling anthers are the prettiest bit. They are very delicate and dance in the wind. Unfortunately, a lot fell off on the walk back and when I arranged the the bunch in the vase.
With the vase on the outside table, it has been fun watching the arrangement flutter in the breeze. It is very dynamic, just like the meadow itself.
I am linking up with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her ‘In a Vase on Monday’ gathering. If you check out today’s offerings, there are some gloriously lush and summery looking flowers to admire and some rather lovely vases too!