The first official day of Summer!
If I were to think of one word that would say Summer more than any other word for me, it would be grass.
I look forward the great greening every Spring. When I was very young we would make forts out of the tall grasses out on our farm. My mother would give us bamboo matts to flatten the grass around us. I didn’t take long before we realized the grass could be bent over us like a tent. Memories like these are just some of the reasons why I love going to up visit Gardens with big grassy meadows.
Of course so does my favorite meadow at Longwood. Even at the end of fall the grass is stunning.
If I weren’t concerned there would be a snake or other animal waiting, I would love suit up with a rubber boots and tromp right in. Up close it’s just as fascinating as from afar.
Of course, this holds true of all grass!
Even the most mundane can be wonderful when wandered though.
I am mostly enamoured by the lightness and sinewy texture and of ornamental grasses.
Some are a fine as feathers. I found this ornamental grass was on the side of the road one day. Another good reason to keep the camera ready.
While others offer up lovely grassy blooms.
There are so many varieties of grass everywhere I go. And I do try to shoot the grass at every garden location I visit. Some gardens make the grass an integral feature of its ambiance. Here at Norfolk Botanical Gardens they have installed these wonderful Heron sculptures amidst their reed grasses which border their canal.
I came upon the real thing at Henry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida
Norfolk also uses grass in another great way. I mentioned this the other week. There is a fantastic butterfly shaped maze at Norfolk Botanical Garden right next to their Butterfly Garden!
At Neumours Estate and Gardens in Pennsylvania, they offer lovely pathways of soft tufted green grass between stepping stones. A delightful way to integrate grass into landscaping! I may have to do this one day when I get my own yard.
Some of my favorite places to visit are those gardens and arboretums where the grass is the main event. Here at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia the grassy view holds all the allure! A great place to visit and relax, which was convient for me, as it was just a couple of miles from where I used to work.
Currently it’s ‘grass season’ here at home where I spend evenings watching the fireflies hoover over our apartment’s massive grassy courtyard. They are out in droves each evening! Very cool.
My sister and I live across the way from one another. We meet half way to break out our blanket to study and draw in the grass. Just like old times. This grassy courtyard and it’s magnolia trees are what have kept me here so long.
I have loved grass since I was toddler. My parents took me down this very path at Dumbarton Oaks, a garden here in Washington, D.C. when I was just learning to walk. I have walked this path my entire life and photographed the grass through the seasons for years.
I spent much of my youthful summers walking through grassy lawns, sitting in them and finally laying back in them for hours as the clouds rolled by overhead. By the time I was a teen, I unfortunately spent many a day mowing ours for my father. Well, I supposes that just comes with teen life.
Well, It’s officially Summer and the grass couldn’t be greener! So next time you find yourself walking around the neighborhood in the rain, take a moment to enjoy the water bouncing off the grass! I personally love the smell of wet earth, grass and rain.
Or find a soft, shaded grassy nook to lay in on one of the many hot Summer days ahead!
As for me, I will be doing just this and even when just walking through a nice patch of green, I’ll keep finding a way to myself in it!
Britt : )
- The Kaufman Hydrangea Garden at Norfolk Botanical Garden
- Bicentennial Rose Garden at Norfolk Botanical Garden
- The Photo Garden Bee Tours Three Fantastic Gardens across Virginia!
- Poppies for Summer Thursday
- Winter at Norfolk Botanical Garden