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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.
 

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Do wild sunflowers in the back yard count? I don't HAVE a pasture.
 

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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.
 

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

The ditch at the front of our property at the road is completely wild and overgrown, sometimes I think about mowing it down to give the yard a tidier look, but I can't bring myself to do it.

Depending on the time of year, we get phlox, daisies, goldenrod, tiger lillies, an assortment of yellow flowers, purple flowers and white flowers that I have yet to identify, and we have a huge crop of soapwort out there right now. Heck, it looks better than my own garden sometimes.

Reminds me that Mother Nature knows more about gardening than I ever will.
 

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