Hello folks! I hope this post finds you all doing very well. I finished with the fence row along the back of the hayfield on May 25. The Multiflora Roses and blackberries were getting a little carried away and I had to do something about them. Multiflora Roses do provide some hiding places for rabbits and quail, but I haven’t seen any rabbits in this area and we have no more quail. There are still several Multiflora Roses, one half the size of the house, that will do the job. Enough is enough anyway.
This fence runs north and south and connects to the fence that runs east and west up the lane and to the fence in the next photo. That may make no sense to you, so you will just have to trust me.
This is another part that runs east and west that connects to the part that runs north and south. This one connects to the back boundary of the farm. There were a lot of blackberries in this fence while the other one had mostly Multiflora roses.
I put new wire along the lane and around the back part and may have enough left for the front part of the hayfield, too. If not, I will have to get another roll.
When I went to work on the fence in the afternoon I forgot to take the camera. I didn’t remember until I saw this friendly Three-Toed Box Turtle.
It was sitting close to where the corner post was and I wanted to get a photo because I had not seen one with the white color. Since I had no camera with me, I put it in the back of the pickup so I could take a photo later. One time I saw one that was mostly orange.
After a few photos, I put the turtle by the chicken house so it could get back to looking for food. I think turtles are amazing creatures.
I have gotten into the habit of taking my camera with me most of the time because you never know what you will see.
After getting the new wire around the hayfield, I started trimming around the fence on the south end of the back pasture. Since I didn’t have the camera, I went back in the afternoon of the 27th because there were some photos I needed to take.
I have wanted to identify this vine for several years and noticed it was flowering when I was working on the fence row. After a few photos and looking on the internet I was STILL confused. At first, I thought it was a species of Hydrangea but the leaves didn’t match. So, I posted a few photos on the Facebook group called Missouri Native Plant Society.
A few other members quickly commented with the correct ID. As it turns out, it is a Rough-Leaved Dogwood (Cornus drummondi) and it not a vine after all. Later on, I saw one in the area next to the chicken house while I was mowing. GEEZ! It was there all this time and never realized it was the same as the one in the back of the farm. Once they finish flowering, they just become part of the rest of the brush.
The beautiful and amazing Toxicodendron radicans is also flowering now. I am just kidding about the beautiful and amazing part. There is nothing amazing about Poison Ivy and there is plenty here is anyone needs a start. I will give you a shovel and you can take your pick and have all you want. It is very healthy.
You can also have all you want of the Lonicera japonica, which is the Japanese Honeysuckle. Seriously, though, the flowers and the fact that hummingbirds love it are just a disguise to this plant’s invasive agenda.
OK, I am publishing this post and moving on to the next one…
Until then, stay positive, be thankful, stay blessed and GET DIRTY!