Week of March 19, 2023

It’s Always Greener


All grass is definitely not the same. There are over 10,000 different varieties in the grass family Poaceae, and other plant families with very grasslike members.


Though most people put grass and flowers in different mental categories, both are angiosperms and hence flowering plants. The tiny inflorescence lawn grass flowers likely won’t make in into your wedding bouquet, though.


Along with watching paint dry, watching grass grow makes the list of very slow-moving things your can watch. So how fast does grass actually grow? In typical conditions, about 1/10 of an inch per day.


Not surprisingly, grass is the major component of lawns, which are somewhat of a national preoccupation in the US. In fact, lawns are the biggest irrigated “crop” in the US, covering an area about the size of Texas at about 63,000 sq. miles.


“GIGS” is short for grass is greener syndrome, or the feeling of dissatisfaction when comparing yourself to a circumstance or lifestyle your believe is better than your own. This is based on the old saying “The grass is always greener on the other side.”


Grassroots political and social movements start from the “ground up” at the community level instead of being “top down” from some existing hierarchy. The first known use of the term came from an Indiana senator in 1912 in describing President Roosevelt’s Progressive Party: “This party has come from the grassroots. It has grown from the soil of people’s hard necessities.”


Bluegrass, a unique type of southern music originally employing the mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and standup bass, was named such after Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, the first (and very popular) band to pioneer this sound.