Creating a garden path with a barbed wire grass edge

The clump of Barbed Wire Grass along the edge my garden path grew from wind blown seed. It gave me so much joy to see this plant which miraculously found its way to the edge of the path.

Then I noticed Mother Nature at work again. One-by-one three little grass seedlings appeared in a line on a bare patch of sand just off the main path. I could easily have mistaken them for weeds, but as they grew I realised they were native grasses of some sort. During a dry spell, each time I watered the banana plants nearby they had a little sprinkle of water too. Before long they were swaying in the breeze.

Then seed heads appeared. More Barbed Wire Grass, growing in a line creating an impromptu path to the banana patch and the wilder part of the garden where I let the natural vegetation reign. I call this ‘Zeroscaping” – Mother Nature plants a seed, you just need to notice, wait, then marvel at the design.

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It prompts an artistic response too. I placed some mosaic tiles in a line to to create a more defined path. They are temporary with some round stepping stones underway, started at the Easter Sunday Mosaic Workshop.


Plant Notes: Cymbopogon refractus is a clump-forming Australian native perennial that is 1m in height when in flower from December to March.  Its seed heads,  look like barbedwire, hence the common name.  In a garden setting, it makes an unusual edging for a path, could be grown in swathes or used as the part of a layered planting. This grass needs no fertilising, can be cut back after it flowers and is easy to grow and maintain.

By Jude Tulloch

An outsider contemporary artist, I revel in exploring ideas through visual mediums and pushing the boundaries of my creative practice. In life, I strive for balance, by caring for the earth, practicing Tai Chi and learning about the world through travel.

2 comments

  1. Hi, Jude, I hope you are well. We moved from Austin, Texas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in June of 2020. Thank you for your wonderful blog. Much affection, Sallie Sharp

    On Sun, May 9, 2021 at 11:46 PM Jude Tulloch Artist wrote:

    > Jude Tulloch posted: ” The clump of Barbed Wire Grass along the edge my > garden path grew from wind blown seed. It gave me so much joy to see this > plant which miraculously found its way to the edge of the path. Then I > noticed Mother Nature at work again. One-by-one three l” >

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    1. Sallie hi!!! I didn’t realise you were still following my blog. You often pop into my thoughts. Our trip to America was so special, but how much has changed since then. We are well and lying low.
      Hopeful that when Australia finally opens up, we will see you and Mike (and maybe more of the family?) here. Stay well and love to Mike, Sarah and Victor.

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