Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wheat Grass or is it Wheat Lawn?


Today I will be linking up with the website Clay and Limestone to celebrate wildflowers.  It is enjoyed every fourth Wednesday of each month and today is April's link up.  The blog's host, Gail Eichelberger, bless her heart, is also a Tennessee resident like me.  She too, fights the clay and limestone soil in this area.

In her own words, she describes her garden soil:

"It was hard as concrete after our usual dry summer.  A month later, the fall rains arrived.  The soil quickly became saturated and could only be described as a sticky, icky wet mess.  My garden soil was terrible, nothing like the moist, well-draining, loamy clay soil that the garden magazines described as ideal.  It killed everything I planted.  It ate the amended soil I added to the planting holes and pushed up more rocks and clay!  Gardening became a frustration, not the delight I thought it would be."

Gail, unlike me, has embraced our difficult soil and has triumphed!  Her website is a wealth of knowledge and her wisdom is a breath of fresh air.

On Wildflower Wednesday, everyone posts pictures of beautiful wildflowers (with the correct Latin names) in weedless gardens from countries all around the world.  I, on the other hand, scrambled this past winter to find anything blooming in my yard. Instead I posted about the Limestone Rocks in Tennessee.  Gail did not delete any of my crazy posts, but, instead graciously overlooked my horticulture shortcomings.  She is a true Southern belle who understands Tennessee.

To keep up my tradition of unconventional wildflower postings, I am sharing a house I passed this week when I turned down the wrong road by mistake (being lost is not unusual for me).  It impressed me so much I must share it.  The owners, who live in an old-fashioned, well established neighborhood, have planted their front lawn with WINTER WHEAT!


They had harvested the narrow area by the street in front of the rock wall, I suppose to grind the grain for supper, but the rest of the yard is not yet ready.  It is still a little green and will need a little more time.  Wheat blooms, then goes to seed, and also grows wild, so it could be called a wildflower.


The next time I am driving close to this little town, you can bet I will be turning down this road again...if I can remember how to get there.


So in honor of Wildflower Wednesday, I am going to get it right for once and at least post a picture of some real wildflowers.  I don't know their name because I could not identify them without wading through a ditch, climbing over a fence, getting up close and putting on my reading glasses.

Happy Wildflower Wednesday

Something blooming in somebody's field somewhere in Tennessee


10 comments:

  1. Hi Jeannie, I wish my front lawn was winter wheat. The Saver (because he throws away nothing!) has spent his pension trying to resurrect it. I'm trying to convince him we need to plant a native grass that grows only so long and lies down and doesn't need mowing. I love your blog.

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    1. Thank you Sally. I was impressed with how good it looked. Of course 7ft tall winter rye would not have been as nice, but then again, if the neighbors are nosey...
      Show this picture to the Saver (a man after my own heart) and maybe now you can convince him. Tell him it is edible and you will save you a fortune.

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    2. I would bet you have never had a broken raffle barrel in your basement.

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  2. That's a sort of permaculture spin on the Must Have Green Lawn.
    No lawn here, but perhaps the odd stalk of wheat from the bales of straw we used as mulch in Porterville - and which hitched a ride in the pots I moved here.

    (My WFW post is coming up tomorrow)

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    1. I look forward to seeing your post tomorrow or is it today??? You are on the other side of the world from me so is it yesterday there now?
      Nevermind, I will wait impatiently for your Wildflower Wednesday post.

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  3. It is just my own experience, but for me it is the best:
    Give your garden as much compost as possible. It takes some years, but it is worthwhile and it is even the cheapest method. And keep the
    ground covered, that´s what nature does. Green manure is also a good idea to fertilize the garden ground.
    Christel

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    1. I think the compost I add just disappears. There never seems to be enough. I always have rocks, no matter how many I dig up, they just keep multiplying.
      This year I think I will try adding a green manure as long as I don't have to water it in the dry summer.

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  4. Farmers here in Mississippi grow large fields of Winter Wheat. I never thought of it as a wildflower, but yes, I guess it is!
    Happy Wildflower Wednesday!

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  5. Reading your beautiful post reminded me of a Japanese saying:

    "Watching the stones grow".

    Happy Wildflower Wednesday!!

    Sophie-Marie

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  6. What an interesting idea for the yard! And that field of wildflowers is beautiful!

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