Stop and Smell the ???

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by chickflick, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. chickflick

    chickflick Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering how many of you, when mowing in your pastures, will leave certain areas of wildflowers or cactus, etc.?

    I've been skipping a few spots for a couple of years now and am developing some nice patches of wild flowers. This year I found an Indian Paint Brush and Black Eyed Susans. Last year I left some little yellow daisy type flowers and they're multiplying well. I also have cactus in some spots around the edges (in the shade.. go figure.. guess it's to hot for even cactus!! LOL)

    I only have to mow twice a year out there, the horses and goats keep it down pretty well for me.
     
  2. southerngurl

    southerngurl le person Supporter

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    Sometimes I pull the blade up or skip places with alot of white clover for the wild honeybees.
     

  3. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Do wild sunflowers in the back yard count? I don't HAVE a pasture.
     
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    caroline00 Well-Known Member

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    Ana Bluebird Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Me too. Do that all the time.
     
  6. SteveD(TX)

    SteveD(TX) Well-Known Member

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    I do it all the time as well. This year, I left a patch of blue flowers and tall bright red ones where we could see it from the house. It was like giving my wife a boquet. We have some really tall, exotic looking white flowers (kinda like daisies?) that grows in one area along our driveway each spring. I usually leave them as well until they die off.
     
  7. Mike in Ohio

    Mike in Ohio Well-Known Member

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    I leave little patches.....orders from the boss and DW can get mighty ornery about things like that.

    Mike
     
  8. Thumper/inOkla.

    Thumper/inOkla. Well-Known Member

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    Yup, we mow around them too.
     
  9. OUVickie

    OUVickie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yep, here too.
    We have Indian paintbrush, wild tiger lillies, blue bonnets, Yucca plants and cactus - that's in and around the pasture. I had DH leave the sunflowers and pansies (?) that sprouted around the bird feeder too. I love wildflowers!
     
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  11. deberosa

    deberosa SW Virginia Gourd Farmer!

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    Oh yes! mostly along the edges of the woods I leave for wildflowers to grow plus all along the driveway.