Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Record breaking foxtail

I was telling one of my blog buddies that I had grown the biggest foxtail grass I had ever seen in our garden this year, but was embarrassed to post a picture. I was out taking pictures of some of the gourds from the garden and I just could not resist taking a picture of this foxtail. I just wish I had had Roger come outside and stand beside it. You need to enlarge it for a better view.

I have seen foxtail all my life, but I have never seen it grow this tall. I am 5'3" tall, and it is more than a foot taller than I am. I wonder if I should save some of the seed???? Just kidding. I do need to break off a stem of it and see what the cats think about it....when I was a kid, I was always using it to play with cats.
And below are some of the gourds from my vines...I pulled them from the vines today. One or two are almost all the way dry. Roger counted and there are thirty of them. I just hope they all dry. I am not sure where I will store them once they are dry...if they dry.
This site seems to have a lot of good information about gourds. I want to make some birdhouses, and I honestly just like to look at them.

11 comments:

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I found your blog from We Quilt. It's very nice!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rose: It looks like the birds will have homes to spare with all your gourds.

Mary said...

That is the most giant foxtail I've ever seen! I used to use them to play with the cats, too! How funny. Love your gourds. You are doing better than I am, but I'm looking forward to painting some of them after they dry. How long does it take to dry them? Last year I just left the one I had sitting in the house part of the winter and in the garage the rest. Now that I want to paint them, I want them to dry faster!

dsmcaron said...

I think birdhouses sound like a great idea - you have so many, you could start a condo and have all sorts of lovely birds on your property!

George said...

What have you been feeding that grass? But at least you have a great selection of guords.

don said...

The enlarged view adds so much to the enjoyment of your remarkable foxtail grass. Nice gourd shot too.

Tom said...

Those Gourds are stunning.. I hope they all dry and I look forward to seeing what becomes of them.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

That grass is HUGE... It reminded me of that HUGE rose we showed not long ago.

Love the gourds. Hope you can make some birdhouses. Keep us posted.
Hugs,
Betsy

Your EG Tour Guide said...

That grass IS tall! Have you been feeding the roots steroids?

Gourds make wonderful birdhouses especially if you place a few near each other for birds that like to live in colonies. You might already know this, but particular size holes attract certain birds.

Shelley said...

That is some tall foxtail - lol! Love those gourds! They would make great birdhouses! I know purple martins and chickadees like them.

Deborah Godin said...

Nice crop of gourds, and that foxtail should go in the Guinnes Book!

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