Another townie question

B3B3 Posts: 10,021

Do grazing animals eat primrose leaves?

The reason I'm asking is because it occurred to me that if they do the plants must recover in time for next spring. This might mean that I could trim the larger leaves off mine much sooner as if they recover from cropping in the wild, they would recover in my garden.

I've explained this very badly but I hope you get my drift.

In London. Keen but lazy.
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  • LantanaLantana Posts: 5,738

    Or buy a grazing animal so you remove the worry of whether or not to take off the leaves earlier. I personally rather like goats but a cow would do if you have the space. Free fertiliser too. Sorry, I'll go and finish off the rest of that glass of red now.....

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,024

    wild primroses and cowslips grow in grass here and get mowed after May or June. They come back and flower every year.

    I prefer white Lantana.image

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,236

    I've never seen white Lantana. I like the pinky orangey red stuff...image

    I'll get my coat. image

  • B3B3 Posts: 10,021

    It'll have to be a goat. We'd never get a cow through the back gate.

    Thanks for my hoped for answer. Primroses take up a lot of space after flowering and as I allow then to self seed they get in the way.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,118

    Geese would be better than goats - goats are more browsers than grazers, you'd lose all your shrubs and fruit bushes (just as Ma did when one of our goats escaped) - geese would go for the grass and leave larger leaves.

    But otherwise mow as Nutcutlet advises, I've seen her primroses and whatever she does works just fine 

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  • B3B3 Posts: 10,021

    Goose [email protected]@e is awful slippery though.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,118

    But they're a very good Christmas dinner image

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  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 2,899

    Oh, I knew someone would HAVE  to mention Christmas!!!!!!

  • LantanaLantana Posts: 5,738

    Dove, sorry but it was the larger leaves which were worrying B3 and if geese leave them then they'd be useless for the purpose. Not to mention the slippery issue of goose s***e. Looks like we'll have to discount a cow due to the back gate problem (take a fence panel out and stuff it through there?) which neatly leads us back to goats. Neat, non slip droppings with which visiting kids can play marbles. Bushes and flowers a bit of a problem but no more worries about bugs, diseases, when to plant what and where etc. image If B3 isn't keen on goose for Christmas and doesn't fancy goat curry then I suppose a turkey might do at a push though have no idea if they like primroses....

  • B3B3 Posts: 10,021

    I will take this matter under advisement image

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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