Six from Saturday

1. Goats at work

I moved the goats into the overgrown front paddock in the morning. Contrary to popular belief, goats are actually quite picky about what they eat and when. Usually they will not touch Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stiltgrass), but they went to town on it today.

At this point, this paddock area is basically unused and out of control except for me occasionally rotating the goats into it.

Delilah and Emerson eat Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stiltgrass) in the front paddock.

2. Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’

To say I’ve been “patiently” waiting for this to flower would be somewhat disingenuous. This is its first spring in the ground here, and, months ago, I thought the new leaf buds were going to be flowers.

Flower bud on Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’

3. Black Lives Matter

Sometimes you have to leave the garden.

I admit I got a bit burnt out on protests in protest-happy college towns and small cities a few years back.

It feels different and more important to show up in my current rural small town.

Solidarity against police brutality and systemic racism in Pittsboro

4. Extraction of yellow carpet, part 7,092,584

A previous resident put down or buried all manner of crap, presumably as a weed barrier. It was all invisible when I bought the place. I’ll have to write a separate post about all that, but one of the worst areas is this yellow carpet whose backing has totally disintegrated, leaving a bunch of loose plastic fibers to be removed from under and around all manner of roots. I’ve been slowly working on removing it, and put in a couple more hours today.

Yellow carpet hell

5. Lilium (Asiatic) ‘Netty’s Pride’

Or ‘Nettie’s Pride,’ as I sometimes see it. Just pretty.

Lilium (Asiatic) ‘Netty’s Pride’

6. Achillea millefolium (common yarrow) and Cota tinctoria (dyer’s chamomile)

These perennials have complimentary foliage and make a cheerful show when flowering.

The chamomile does get floppy and sprawly, and I meant to make an attempt at better support or trimming this year, but missed that window.

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow) and Cota tinctoria (dyer’s chamomile)

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