And I´m wondering if I shouldn´t sow something on the abused, compacted half of the pasture - mustard or daikon or maybe just a clover pasture mix to give some competition to the docks and break up the soil. Or wait until fall.
Dandelions? The foliage didn´t seem right.
The Viper's bugloss propagated, as I was warned. Last year there was one plant, covered in bees so I left it, this year there were fifty. I bought a sickle at a local hardware store and chopped down all the ones in flower, as well as quite a few thistles, leaving anything that looked like grass. Also got smacked in the face with a stinging nettle for my trouble. Felt like a proper peasant.
Found some new hedge roses.
Rosa canina? Gallica? Oak & Rose - good pub name.
This one is struggling to get to the light between an apple tree and the hedge. Lovely scent.
And this one is just tiny and growing next to the electrical pole.
The ruts made by the machinery to clean up the vegetation two years ago are still making it hazardous to wander around the property. I had hoped that the freeze thaw cycle might reduce them at least a little, but no luck. You can actually see them from the Google earth view. So now I´m wondering if I can choose two and fill in with clean spoil and gravel from the house, of which there is plenty. I´d like to leave access for a small tractor, should we ever need to use one.