For a garden/nature blogger, the change of seasons is a subject that’s close to my heart. In my part of the world, these grass blooms signify the end of summer and the start of the much-welcome cooler weather. By the end of September and sometimes mid-September, one sees the pictures of the blooms on the front pages of most of our newspapers. Surely everyone must be waiting for a visual ‘sign’! Despite knowing that the weather gods will surely be kinder, the ‘sign’ is a reassurance that respite cometh!
Kohua ( Saccharum spontaneum) as the grass is known is Assam, is a perennial grass, growing up to three metres in height with spreading rhizomatous roots. The grass quickly colonises exposed silt plains created each year by the retreating monsoon floods. In the hilly areas (where this picture was taken) the plant grows on the edge of streams on rocky banks. As I took the picture from the train it was raining and they were bent with all the weight of moisture.The blooms look beautiful especially where large areas are covered by this plant. The uses of this plant are that the reeds are made into mats, screens, and thatch roofs.
We are still getting a bit of rain and I’ve been spared the task of watering my plants twice a day! I’m happy with the rain water I’ve collected and stored this year. During the dry and dusty winter months, guess whose plants will look lush and green, and h-a-p-p-y?!!