Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Grasses Which Sustain

 Grasses are the food factories of the world. Millions of humans are dependent on the grass called Rice for their sustenance. The picture above is a grass known as Job's Tears, which is also a food for many. Besides rice and wheat, we are dependent on the Sugarcane grass for sugar , and Bamboo grass for paper and other uses.
The desert grass Stipagrotis plumosa plays a major role in sustaining the ecology of the desert. It is a food for the desert animals, and a shady nook for the small birds. Its roots hold the shifting sands of the desert. Nitrogen fixing bactria in its roots make te soil fertile.

My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday and to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger of ABCWednesday.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Frogs of my Frogpond

 They are the adventurous ones, the frogs. From my pond, they foray into my front verandah.
 Some wouldfain sit on the fat lily pads
 This one is not familiar.
 The days are fine and the fair  lilies bloom every day.

My thanks to the fine team of Our World Tuesday, and also to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger of ABCWednesday.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Garden Stalwarts

 Some plants look good whatever the season. This Echeveria withits blue leaves is one of them.
 Euphorbias have burst into flower now.  They are planted to deter the wandering cows from nibbling through the fence.
 The pale pink flowers of the Dombeya are a delight to the eye.
My thanks to the hosts of Our World Tuesday.
I also thank Mrs. Nesbitt and Roger of ABCWednesday for bringing out the meme every week.