Sunday, November 1, 2015

- Grass (not wool) gathering

We have friends coming to visit from Virginia, so we're fixing things up a bit and I decided to show off some of the grasses that grow on our homestead. This is the view from the kitchen window with a westering sun back-lighting the (mostly) single stems, the better to see the incredible diversity of forms ...


Our funky balsamic vinegar vases on the front porch beams needed refreshing ...


so I filled them with stems of purple top, yellow Indian grass, and little bluestem ...


"Do you think they need to be cut down a little?" Don ventured. 

"Not at all." I replied, "I want to show how incredibly tall they are."

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A bit of Lindheimer's muhly ended up on the breezeway ... 


I gathered some more love grass and just let it arrange itself ...

... at least I think it's love grass

And ended by picking out stems of switchgrass broken during the recent storm (which dropped a foot or so of rain), adding them to the dried blades Don cut last year ...


when my eye caught on Don's latest assemblage (upper left of the previous picture) not yet documented here, so I snapped one last picture ...


Time to call it a day.

12 comments:

Marti said...

So love seeing your many wonderful grasses on display throughout your home. This is my favorite way to decorate, bringing the gifts of the land front and center. Liz, this is such a great way to showcase the gifts from your land; the organic flow is terrific.

Dana said...

The backlit grasses on your windowsill are so beautiful. I love the way each shape is honored. Also, Don's assemblage is delightful.

Liz Ackert said...

There are over 700 grasses in our handbook of Texas grasses and I've long wanted to document what we have on our land (hence my currently fallow attempt at a naturalist blog). Identifying them is challenging, but enjoying their native beauty is easy!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you! I am hoping I can capture the line of those beauties in the cloth I am working on, hence my interest in Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

And I'm with you on Don's assemblage. I commissioned a series for our front porch which is nearing completion ... can't wait to show it off in its entirety.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

well...you know me about grasses, How I Love all this. Just before reading here i'd been looking
over at the wisps of Indian Rice grass that's with the two peacock fronds, thinking how amazing
it is, so so delicate but they have been there for Years....
and Identifying...a worthy effort for a life time
and YAY....the Betty Edwards book....i used to teach from that book, LOVE it
Don....i can't wait to see them all together

Liz Ackert said...

Don's assemblage of assemblages is amazing ... the last one is almost done!

And the grasses ... I can't wait to try drawing and stitching them ... I've always admired yours and now I feel like I may be able to create my own.

Mo Crow said...

a good plant key helps with identification, discovering the subtle variations in leaf arranngement, size of fruit, colour, height, method of distribution etc will all be understood better with your drawing and stitching

ARTISUN said...

Love the wire and clay (?) beads spiraling around the vinegar vase on the beam.

Liz Ackert said...

The beads are (abalone?) shell, clay and glass on copper wire ... from necklaces that never were worn as often as we now enjoy them on the front porch.

Liz Ackert said...

I'm thinking the drawing and stitching will help me learn to look more carefully ... and the yes, understanding of what I am looking at will surely follow. We do have a beautiful book on how to ID Texas grasses that is 1096 pages in length!

handstories said...

That first photo is so striking!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... I've always put multiple stems on the windowsill, but I'm really enjoying the minimalist "arrangements."