Now these are some knotty dreads man, all matted and stuck together. The panicles on my Mexican feather grasses had created such a dense matting situation, that it was making their heads fall over.
I went to work, frantically snipping out all the seed heads with my prosthetic shearing fingers…
…unlike Edward’s reputable pruning results, mine were not so good, not so good at all (left), it just looked really unnatural. As I pondered what else I could do to remedy this situation, I grabbed one of the seed heads and pulled it, it easily came away from the plant….that was it! I went to another grass, grabbed a small chunk and sure enough the seeds and a length of the panicle stalk came away from the plant. This technique ensured that the plant retained a more natural look while getting rid of the matted dreadlock situation… it worked a treat to lighten the entire grass (right).
Here they are back to their former glory once again. I systematically went through all my grasses pulling their hair out. I did get a little greedy on the amount that could be removed in a one extraction a couple of times, resulting in a small clump of the grass coming up out of the ground, oops! No, there was a fine balance to be heeded in this hair-pulling activity. By the time I was about halfway through my grasses I had the technique mastered, gathering the dreadlocks into clumps and working my way around the plant as though it were a scalp, I must have looked insane, especially when I started to lay out a cape (courtesy of my professional hair cutting wife) around each plant to catch any falling hair follicles, errr…I mean seeds!
I shoved these seeds into a large bucket as I went on, and on, and…
A couple of hours later, I had about four of these seed-bales filling up my trash can, there must have been millions of seeds.
Butterflies, moths, all manner of things a’ flutter were feasting this week on copious amounts of the sweet stuff. This one it seems had the whole salty / sweet thing going on. It stayed on my tee shirt for a few minutes (quite salty at this point). I am guessing there was enough moisture on the garment from the feather grass thinning in our 101 degree (with the heat index) temperatures to extract something nourishing out of it? Whatever it was getting from my garment, it was liking it.
More from the bench area…
Ever since I finished my bench the spaces to the left and right of it seemed somewhat lost, floating around in space.
“Roger that Houston, both sides of the bench, but can I say “gimbal lock” one last time?”
I decided to reflect the opposite bed to the bench and continue the same brickwork design to form a couple of small beds to finish these areas off, and to visually anchor the bench.
And the other side.
Must remember to move that first canna away from the dwarf Palmetto, it is getting a little crowded right there! The brickwork really helps to make the bench a focal point and destination.
Are those more feather grasses?
“I have some rather disturbing news”…
The Cactus Man has apparently returned from the grave…he is re-animating!
“He is an opuntia ESP”?
I could not believe this when I saw it today. It appears the deceased Cactus Man is attempting to re-create his face and re-animate himself on a new cactus paddle that has grown in exactly the same spot from the same plant where I originally killed him and his family. Now what are the chances of that?
“About 4504 to the power of 10 ESP, now… can’t you see I am busy engaging the Borg?”
This was one tiny spider. I shot this blind with the camera. I was amazed what shapes and translucent coloration the camera caught.
Sedum potosinum in decline, turning a rust color at the end of it’s bloom cycle.
Vines are on the move…
…pond-life is feeling good…
…and the pole-beans are on the rise.
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