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Gardening, Random Fun Stuff, Travel By June 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

On our trip I quickly realized something amazing. The thing that I have been referring to as a polyculture lawn exists in Europe. They just call it a lawn there.

Okay, okay, I didn’t see all of Europe. I just saw Paris and a good chunk of Southern Ireland, but everywhere we went I saw lawns thriving that looked exactly like what I’m shooting for with our own lawn, blends of grass and clover and flowering ground covers (mostly English Daisy, a ground cover I became so enchanted with I ordered seeds for it it include in our own lawn, hopefully it will grow here). And it wasn’t just in casual locations, even the lawns in the gardens of Versailles were polycultures! In a place where they meticulously trim hundreds of boxwoods into intricate patterns and stately mazes, they are not compelled to make sure nothing but grass grows in their lawns.

It was so prevalent, I wondered if it was intentional. Do all European grass blends come pre mixed with clover and English Daisy? From Blarney Castle to the Jardin des Plantes, polyculture lawns were everywhere we went on our trip. Do Europeans think our monocropped lawns are ridiculous when they come here? Do they notice them at all? I don’t know, but I took a ton of photos to show just how lovely it can be, and to give anyone who doesn’t totally get it an idea of what I’m going for. Enjoy!

Polyculture lawns in Europe

A lawn at a playground near the science museum in Paris.

Here's another lawn from around Paris.

Here’s another lawn from around Paris.

Here's another from around Paris

Here’s another from around Paris

Another Paris lawn in a public garden.

Another Paris lawn in a public garden.

From a distance, the species variety is hardly noticeable.

From a distance, the species variety is hardly noticeable.

This lawn was at a park near Baby Kennan's home in Paris.

This lawn was at a park near Baby Kennan’s home in Paris.

Here's a lawn near some castle ruins in Ireland. Freja loved picking the flowers out of the lawns.

Here’s a lawn near some castle ruins in Ireland. Freja loved picking the flowers out of the lawns.

In this charming photo of my kids, Freja is showing off a bouquet of English Daisy she picked out of the lawns at Blarney Castle. Don't ask me what Elijah is doing. He's weird.

In this charming photo of my kids, Freja is showing off a bouquet of English Daisy she picked out of the lawns at Blarney Castle. Don’t ask me what Elijah is doing. He’s weird.

At Blarney Castle (which was surrounded by beautiful, impressive gardens you could spend all day in), many of the lawns were full of what I think were ramps! There was an intoxicating floral garlic smell everywhere that wasn't so much Italian restaurant as much as maybe allium garden? I don't know, it's hard to explain but it was nice.

At Blarney Castle (which was surrounded by beautiful, impressive gardens you could spend all day in), many of the lawns were full of what I think were ramps! There was an intoxicating floral garlic smell everywhere that wasn’t so much Italian restaurant as much as maybe allium garden? I don’t know, it’s hard to explain but it was nice.

Here's a closeup of that same lawn.

Here’s a closeup of that same lawn.

Back in France, here is a lovely lawn on a hillside at the Jardin des Plantes, which was the site of Louis the XIV's green houses.

Back in France, here is a lovely lawn on a hillside at the Jardin des Plantes, which was the site of Louis the XIV’s green houses.

The closest thing to an American monoculture lawn we saw in the entire trip was this hunk of astroturf on the first level of the Eiffel tower. Probably the football fields they were readying for the European cup too, but we didn't get a close look at those.

The closest thing to an American monoculture lawn we saw in the entire trip was this hunk of astroturf on the first level of the Eiffel tower. Probably the football fields they were readying for the European cup too, but we didn’t get a close look at those.

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Back from Europe!

Gardening, Random Fun Stuff By June 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Note: I wrote this post a week ago, but failed to post it. I think I’m getting the hang of a schedule here and will be back to posting regularly soon!

Hello everyone! First off, I want to apologize for not having any posts while we were gone. I had every intention of scheduling a series of posts to go up while we were gone, but I just never got around to it. Can you all forgive me? I hope so, because I have a ton of awesome homesteading and environmental stuff to talk about having to do with this trip!

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