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Hi all. Ref Gails pic and very interesting it was. Looking at it you see that the plant is growing in a junction of two tree trunks as she said. I have seen this many times in our own local woodland in that leaves etc gather between them and form a kind of compost in which it is very easy for seeds to implant themselves and develop. The grasses are more than willing to get in anywhere they can and this is what has happened here I suspect vis a vis the "weeds" we pull up in our borders etc. For sure it is a grass and looking to the foliage and that seed head at the top left hand corner will confirm this. Grasses, well theres so many and generally other than the obviously ornamental ones we do tend to class them as weeds. What is a weed?, an uninvited plant growing in a position in (our gardens?) where it is not wanted.
Gosh theres so many grasses that without a very close up pic it is difficult to even hazard a guess as to its identity. Having said that theres a great many very ornamental ones that we (I) grow and indeed what wonderful contrast plants they are. Whats contrast all about, well not only the contrasting of colours but probably more importantly the contrasting of foliage. Now that is my scene, imagine all the many many various leaf shapes and putting them together to form a picture. For instance just as an example imagine the grasses with their upright slender leaves combined with say Hostas with their rounded ones, Astilbes with their ferny ones and so on and so. Many lovely combinations can be achieved,theres much more foliage than flowers generally I think so take the foliage first and add the flowers and their colours as a bonus. Now thats only me, you may see it completely differently but either way or whatever any combinations in Ma Nature are to my mind very acceptable in whatever direction they occur.
My goodness does’nt he bang on, well to cut it short just perhaps try typing Woodland Grasses or Grasses generally into Google. I am sure that theres much to be learned there.
As to my own knowledge well for sure I have been gardening for many years and though I say it myself I do have a certain understanding of plants having grown many varieties and types over the years. However I have to say that in spite of all that I have barely scratched the surface of it all. I must say though that I have derived so very much pleasure from it all and also my interest in Ma Nature and things natural generally. Oh that I were more knowledgeable but suffice to say I have loved and still love every single minute and item of it all.
A good post that from Gail and its just the sort of interesting pic and comment to promote conversation, lets have more.
I will get my coat!. Syd.