Dry

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The prairie is looking pretty dry and mostly dormant which is normal for this time of year. The grass gets most of its growth (I think around 80%) before the first of July and then it kind of sleeps thru the hot months of July and August. There is a shorter push of growth before the cold of winter sets in. Most of the later growth goes into the root systems to give the plant reserves of strength to start it’s growth in spring.

All nature is very cyclic and I find that comforting even though the heat, bugs and spear grass of August makes it my least favorite month.

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The prickly barbs of the spear grass are as sharp as a needles which is why they officially call it needle and thread grass.

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Here is Blue with a piece stuck in his fur just under his ear. It hadn’t had time to work down to his skin so it was easily pulled out.

Soon the feeling in the air will change and it will be autumn, which is my favorite time of year, the abundance of the harvest and Christmas to plan for.

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3 responses to “Dry

  1. I’m not quite ready to let go of summer yet. Here in the Creston valley, we have a lot of humidity- every morning without fail the grass is wet with dew, and the lawn needs mowing at least once a week if not sooner. Second cut is coming along nicely- this is a big hay producing area, with a plant for compressing hay and sending it to Japan and other points west.

  2. Thanks for the botany lesson and your thoughts.

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