One of the effects of this long wet spell, is that the farmers have been unable to get into the fields to cut the first round of silage. Normally the second two weeks in May means you’re permanently stuck behind a tractor. On the lower levels, all has been ok, but here at about 100o metres its a disaster.
The grass has gone to seed, and the common Dock or sorrel as I call it, have made a brown haze on the fields, more commonly associated in the UK with derelict land that is full of the larger Dock,which we use to rub out nettle stings. I’m quite surprised there isn’t more as the slurry is well and truly spread here as soon as the snow goes.
Likewise, the buttercups are making as good a show as the Dandelions. Most of all though, is the Cow Parsley. It’s just run rampant. All of these would have normally been cut back in the silage by now, but instead our flowering. Some fields I’ve seen are pure white, and there are very few Margarita daisies which make a fantastic show at this time. So what effect will this have on the silage? Can it still be made with all these flowers in which I know many animals will not eat? Will everyone be searching for bailers next week? The rain will also make this long grass lodge, also making it difficult to cut. Poor farmers, they can’t win.
BUT it makes for great photos, which would be even better if it would stop raining long enough for the flowers to open!