This week, I finally got an extra afternoon hour to go outside! I decided to hang the beautiful birthday gift from my friends Matthew and Sherry: the perfect box for strawberries! Now perhaps I can enjoy my strawberries before the sow bugs get to them. Strawberries, by the way, are not actually berries. They are an ‘aggregate accessory fruit’ which means that the edible part is not a single fruit from the plant’s ovary, which basically defines a berry. What you’re eating is fleshy tissue that surrounds the ovary and those tiny seeds on the outside are actually ‘achenes‘ or tiny little crunchy ovaries with teeny tinier seeds inside. Now you know.
Also, I got to play in the grass! This is what our grass looked like that day. This was two days ago, so it’s even taller now. It’s up past my knees. I’m five feet tall so that’s not saying much, but it is like a prairie in the backyard, thanks to the last rain. I haven’t watered the lawn in months and this is how good it looks!
I really love the color and texture of spring grass! We could hide some wicked eggs in this.
What I really wanted to do was grab a blanket and take a nap in the afternoon sun. Today is Friday, the normal day for the man who mows our lawn….I hope so anyways!
In the world of agriculture, the name for what happens when a rice crop falls over, like the grass in my photo below, is called ‘lodging.’ It’s bad because you cannot harvest a plant when it’s laying flat on the ground. So, the agri-dudes in charge crossed tall rice plants with shorter rice plants because shorter rice plants don’t ‘lodge’ and now they get higher crop yields. Now you know. See, there are times in life when being short is ideal – ha!