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Fall Beauty Other Than Trees [Oct. 15th, 2016|07:01 pm]
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Around here, the first things to show up in fall are the forbs and grasses (standard for a former prairie area.)  Grasses are hard to photograph well, especially if the air is not dead still and the light just right (the two don't often go together!!!)   But here's my pick for the most elegant large grass in Texas, and one that should be a dramatic focal point in every "native plant" yard.

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Lindheimer Muhly

Lindheimer Muhly is a medium-tall grass, whose infloresence can reach 5-6 feet.  Unlike Pampas grass, the leaves are not saw-edged on the sides and won't cut you at first contact.  This is a grass we rescued from a construction site (that was destroying and entire field of native grasses and forbs)  and we propagate it in our grass garden (and enjoy it there.)   In the same grass garden are Eastern Gama, Indiangrass, White Tridens, Big Bluestem,  two different native Goldenrods, Maximilian Sunflower, Liatris, Eryngo,  many others.

Here's "Heath Aster",  forming a delicate white mound (and beloved of fall pollinators, wasps, bees, and some butterflies.)   It's growing right next to a large clump of Big Bluestem.


And here's one of our two goldenrod species; the other one blooms first and is "out of bloom" now.


The purple Liatris is still in flower, though falling over and mostly faded; the Eryngo is over and dried.

And another picture of Lindheimer Muhly just because I can:

Lindheimer muhly


From: geekmerc
2016-10-16 12:14 am (UTC)
Absolutely beautiful grass. I was just admiring a timber rattler in my back yard. Moved it down the road, though I wasn't happy with the grabbers. I think I need a pole net to limit damage when I don't wish to kill a rattler.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-10-16 04:40 am (UTC)
Snakes can get awfully tangled in net--any kind of netting, from flexible like a pole net to fence netting (chain link fence fabric, for instance.) All those scales tend to catch in it.

A smooth pole it can't climb can encourage it along, and if you're lucky you can hold a heavy snake on a pole (draped over it, pretty helpless) far enough away not to be bitten. I can't--I don't have the arm strength. I've seen videos of experienced handlers moving a smallish rattler using two smooth sticks/poles (keeping them tilted just enough downward the snake can't climb UP toward their hands. If it falls off one, it's still hanging on the other, and the now-empty one can be moved to the end of the snake that's closest to the ground. Again, not something I'm going to try.

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From: geekmerc
2016-10-16 05:07 am (UTC)
I used the wrong terminology. It's called a pole bag. It's specifically designed for handling snakes and being small enough that you can take it with you in the truck or hiking. It's a fancy pillowcase on a stick. :)

I know that hooks work well, but I broke into a sweat and took forever just using the grabbers. I wouldn't trust myself with hooks. I did a lot of research today after moving the snake. I think I have a plan for next time. Nothing crazy. I have zero desire to get bit by a snake, but that was the second sighting. We saw it last night on the back porch. It was dark, so I let it wander off into the yard. Today it crawled to within 6 feet of my mother in law as she sat in a chair outside her camper.

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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2016-10-17 11:59 pm (UTC)
Your grasses are lovely as are your flowers

My natives are all smaller and the Johnson grass is beating everything in many places. But my small stand of goldenrod is doing well this year and it's feeding a ton of cool critters.

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[User Picture]From: Mage Bailey
2016-10-18 10:50 pm (UTC)


I like these a lot tho I do have a tendency to feel a sneeze coming.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-10-20 01:33 am (UTC)
Lovely photos, thanks for sharing.
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