Another picture of the grass in "Green". I don't know what kind of grass is this is. Is the effect not amazing? Mesmerizing, even. This photo is just as it came out of the camera.
The grass came up between two of the pastures this spring along with Blue Toadflax,
a host of the Orangetip Falcate butterfly.
In late April of last year I had my camera with me to get some pictures of a nearby wild Sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana) and had to snap a couple of pictures of the grass too. The Sweetbay is to the right in the below picture.
I was delighted to discover that Sweetbays grow wild on the farm when we moved here.
The flowers of the Sweetbay are somewhat shy, and nestle down among the leaves,
but there are many and so they do have impact. They are much daintier than the
flowers of Magnolia grandiflora. The fragrance is sweet and lemony.
The leaves are as beautiful as the flowers.
These leaves are too new to show the quality that makes them so special: their silvery undersides, which adds a wonderful dimension when the leaves are dancing in a summer breeze. (Sweetbays are not evergreen; they are tardily deciduous, and so lose their leaves late in winter.)
This tree and my Thoroughbred mare are the namesakes for our farm. She was a bay mare, and the sweetest horse anyone could imagine.