Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

Preservation Society

Posted on | July 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

There’s a lot of beauty in the wilderness.  But when the pasture along the farm drive starts to look like this…

…it’s time for a little clean-up.  Which is kind of a shame.  Because although my bushhogging team is effective and inexpensive, they are not too discriminatory.  So along with all the brush and vines, they will also tear up these lovelies:

There’s some interesting foliage, too:

I took some pictures in order to preserve all this native charm.  And I plan to sit down and identify all this flora on…, well, probably next week…or maybe…sometime…after I…huh.  Maybe y’all can just let me know if you can identify some of it and then I’ll label it appropriately.  Right now I’m too busy watching the bushhogging.  Here they come!

Josie does some fencescaping.

Merlin clears the brush.

Calico Jack works on the groundcover.

Together the bucks can even pull down the scrub pine that has tried to take over.

All in all, it is exciting to watch.  Or at least exciting for around here.  We’re not New York City, you know.  And best of all, this particular flower is found all over the property.

So even if the goats gobble up all of them in the pasture, there are still some in the perennial bed and around the split-rail fence and by the mailbox and in the ditch and on the pond dam and…well, you get the idea.  After all, it just wouldn’t be summer without them.


2 Responses to “Preservation Society”

  1. Melanie Woodley
    July 20th, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    The top one is Queen Anne’s lace (wild carrot) and the purple flower looks very much like a phlox…

  2. Lisa D
    July 21st, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

    So – when can we borrow these bushhogs????

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