The hay has been saved and stored for use in the hens’ nestbox over the coming year. The remaining wisps of grass have been tidied up with the lawnmower and this little meadow is now a bare pale patch which might puzzle those who wander along our country road. However, it will green up again very quickly and remain an anonymous patch until spring of next year when its purpose in the garden will be revealed again.
The grass will be cut in the usual manner for the remainder of the autumn and early winter until early February reveals its hidden treasures.
And, so, the cycle of the year in this little patch of our garden is complete. It is something different from the rest of the garden and a bit of fun and we always think that the display will be better next spring. Anticipation is nearly as good as the enjoyment.
Post Scriptum: One not expected benefit of this area of high grass is the number of frogs which use it as their home. When cutting the grass last week I displaced over twenty frogs and moved them to one of the nearby beds. The high grass also becomes criss-crossed by little pathways during the summer and I imagine our local foxes or badgers come in search of a meal.
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