An English In Kentucky


















Monday September 9th 2019Tim Candler9


     Tennessee has a lot to answer for. Nashville Country Music and Packing Grass to name just two. It was sometime in 1919 that a crate full of Chinese Porcelain was opened by merchants somewhere in Tennessee. The clay pieces had been packed in a kind of dried annual grass to protect them from getting damaged during the arduous journey. And lo, the packing material was improperly disposed of and a hundred years later Packing Grass qualifies as an invasive species in much of the more southerly parts of the Eastern United States. The damn stuff is shade tolerant, it gets all over the place and prefers to dominate the ground rather than share it with the community of more gentle natives, which includes both plants and the insects the plants feed, and Packing Grass can dominate a piece of ground to the point where it changes the nutrient cycles. 


     For some reason or other an unassuming brownish Butterfly considers Packing Grass a host plant, and this Butterfly is considered rare to endangered. Certainly a dilemma for a Snowflake in good standing. One option of course is to just pretend you didn't know about the Butterfly and go about the gruesome business of pogrom. The other option is to understand the life cycle of the brownish Butterfly, and let it have its quite moments with Packing Grass before getting down on your hands and knees to start the long horrible process of pulling it all out. Generally speaking, in terms of the brownish Butterfly it's around this time of year that the all clear is sounded and you can go ahead, but by this time of year Packing Grass has already well gone to seed and next year's crop of Packing Grass is more bountiful than ever.


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