Monday, July 25, 2011

A field of daisies


Look, daisies! In my garden, where they belong:

Aren't they pretty?:

Oh, hello, Kai. Look at you, sitting all happy in the pasture, surrounded by.... (eek) daisies??!:

Something went terribly wrong with my middle pasture this year.

We had some daisies scattered about last year, but this year >>pow<< they really took off:

Unfortunately, despite the daisy flower's extreme cuteness, nobody around here likes to eat them. Well, the goats will eat a few of the daisy heads:

..but only a few:

...leaving an abundance of daisy stalks and foliage behind.

At this point, Reggie is just as happy stealing the hat from my head as he is grazing in "the daisy pasture":



The sheer quantity of daisies is, of course, preventing other things from growing up that all the animals would enjoy eating.

So, for this year, we are appreciating the prettiness of flowers:

With the hopes that, next year, I'll get my act together and there will be more to eat.

I'm a terrible pasture manager:

But hey, aren't those daisies pretty?

27 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

the daisies are really pretty! i wonder why no one will eat them?

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

OH that is so pretty! You goats have the funniest expressions...

TexWisGirl said...

they're gorgeous! too bad the goats don't like them much, as prolific as they are! :) makes for a great photo stage tho!

the7msn said...

The daisies are delightful and a perfect backdrop for your boys, but the shot of Reggie eating your hat in front of the blue sky stopped me in my tracks. Who knew Oregon could do that?

linda m said...

The daisys sure look pretty though!

Anne Boleyn said...

It's absolutely beautiful! Like a Disney dream scene.

The Burrow said...

Try mowing, yes mowing. As long as they have another pasture to graze for a few days, mow that one down when the weeds get high. Mowing before the weeds go to seed will prevent the weed babies for next year. We get one hay cutting, and then mow the next time with a lawn mower to help the pasture for the next year. If goats are like sheep, they like short grass anyway.

clairz said...

I'm so sorry the guys don't like eating daisies, because a lot of people go to a lot of trouble to make flowering meadows that look like that! How will you control the wild flowers?

Nancy K. said...

At least you have lovely daisies. I've got creeping Charlie taking over my pastures.

I used to fight it all summer and fall but this year I'm not even trying...

Diane said...

Really cute post Danni..I love seeing pic's of the critters..especially the antics of the goat boys!! The daisies look soooo pretty...there really are alot of them.

CeeCee said...

Hmm, I would say to chop those heads off before they go to seed, but that kind of daisy will survive your winter (the plant, I mean). It's funny that your four-leggeds won't eat them. The deer around here love them.

PS...Chop the heads off the flowers before they go to seed anyway. Maybe a mower??

Carolynn said...

I think they're lovely!

LindaG said...

I think they're gorgeous! I wouldn't want to do anything to them either.

Christine said...

They're beautiful and the make the pictures of the boys almost calendar worthy. ;-)

I'm having pasture issues here myself. Always something...

Tree Hugger said...

Love it!! My favorite flower - the Daisy!!
You have Daisies EVERYWHERE!! I'm surprized you are able to keep them since the goats seem to enjoy them too :-}}

Michelle said...

I had a few daisies in my small sheep pasture -- until I turned the sheep out. They disappeared faster than a box of Krispy Kremes!

Michaele said...

daisies and goats - two of my favorite things : )

Chai Chai said...

Be careful when you mow so that you don't cut up the sleeping bodies of a little girl, a Roxie like dog, and a lion. If you find some empty clothing it would mean that Pete, Reggie, and Kia took care of one of the other "invaders". I'm thinking that the Oregon rain took care of anyone else wandering around in your pasture. Isn't Seattle know as the Emerald City?

Sheila said...

I always thought goats ate anything and everything in sight. Love all of your critters. Have a great week.

Farmer Jen said...

I love your daisies! Wish I had them here at my house. Very fresh and pretty!

basicliving@backtobasicliving.com said...

Your field of daisies is just beautiful! And the goat boys look so nice in the middle of them :) We are in a drought now, but had a very wet spring and we had some of the most beautiful wild flowers pop up on the side of the road this year. Lots of pretty daisies, too, although not as awesome as yours. Very nice pictures - as always!

Window On The Prairie said...

Sorry about the daisies, but they are so pretty and make for great pictures.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

They really are beautiful!!

ParadiseFields said...

Hi Danni~ I recently found you thru 7MSN. Could you contact me w/your farrier info? Really could use a recommendation! Thx thecejkas at gmail

Sarah said...

So beautiful! My goats mowed down the daisies in my garden. They'd probably ignore them in a pasture that *needed* to be eaten down. :)

Leigh said...

The daisies are very pretty indeed. One of my favorite flowers. We're muddling over pasture management too, but ours isn't daisies, it's poison ivy and bermuda grass. Maybe you'll start a pasture label for your blog posts and give us some clues as to how to approach it(?)

CaliforniaGrammy said...

I had left a comment but I guess it didn't post because I didn't want to bother with that Google window popping up . . . I had no idea my comment wouldn't post if I didn't comply with their "demands!"

I love daisies, they are one of my favorite flowers! But I suppose any flower can be a weed if not growing where they are supposed to be growing. Beautiful photo background!