Bienvenue chez Spered Breizh Ouessants. La race est originaire de l’île d’’Ouessant qui fait parti d’un petit archipel au large du Finistère, Bretagne. L’île de l'épouvante comme c'était connu par certains était balayé par les intempéries de l’atlantique, ces moutons rustiques s'adaptaient à survivre sur les pâturages pauvres des falaises salées. C’était les femmes de l’île qui élevaient les moutons réputés pour leur laine noire à tisser « la berlinge » une étoffe régionale et leur viande avec un goût doux et délicat.
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samedi 1 décembre 2012
The conifer is a little oversized and growing too rapidly and will soon be replaced with a more sedately growing but also evergreen Camelia but as an planting idea its one that I like. I have reduced my mowing time with the help of the sheep in this part of the garden from a total of four hours to zero YES!
One other area of the garden has always been a bit of a problem in so much as I really wasn't quite sure what to do with it. I have never been one for neatly manicured gardens - I once caught my neighbour planting bedding plants with the aide of a tapemeasure:-o! On the other hand it helps if the place has at least some areas that aren't complete jungle even if I am mindful that nature likes "natural" for insects and wildlife.
This area is in shade for most of the year being under the trees on the boundry. It has been fairly simple to ensure that the leaf litter is deep enough to prevent grass growing and the bank has been left with its already planted swathe of nettles but the other invasives such as bracken and brambles are kept under control. Planting here is mainly spring flowering plants such as snowdrops and bluebells and there are plans for other woodland species. The difference can be seen with the photo below where I have yet to completely tackle this area and the grass is growing and the bank is somewhat more out of control.
LINK . Just think it might actually be possible to use those waste grass clippings to feed the sheep from those areas where I do still need to mow. A complete circle! Ecofriendly lawnmower? Definately!