Fence Row Finished, A New friend, Cornus drummondi, etc.

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!

10 comments on “Fence Row Finished, A New friend, Cornus drummondi, etc.

  1. Pixydeb says:

    Hi Rooster
    Love the turtle! Are they wild ones- Just popping about there under their own steam? Amazing!
    Please can we see the hummingbirds you mention?
    We don’t get anything this exotic in Surrey !
    My wild flower meadow really hit its stride yesterday and I have a whole tangle of red poppies and blue cornflowers – beautiful- just in time for the queens official birthday yesterday !
    Keep well

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    • I bet the wildflower meadow is really something, Pixiedeb. My grandparents had poppies here many years ago but I guess they fizzled out. I think the blue poppies are really nice but I don’t think they will grow here. The turtles are native and they just roam where they choose. I will try and get photos or a video of the hummingbirds later. That is not easy with my camera. Thanks for the comment!


  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    That Japanese honeysuckle smells heavenly but it terribly invasive. Do you remove invasives? I love the Cornus drummundi. I would love to have a start of that. Poison Ivy seems to find its way into my garden without my help. They birds love the berries. I wish I wasn’t allergic to it.

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    • Well, Lisa… What I would like to do with the honeysuckle and poison ivy and what I will do may be two different things. If they are in the fence row when I clear it out they get cut down. I haven’t done much spraying because of my opinion of sprays, but I have sprayed and will again because of my opinion of poison ivy and other invasive species. Sometimes I get poison ivy with no problem, others I seem to have no problem. You just never know until later.

      I am not sure how I can get you a start of the Cornus drummondi. Thanks for the comment, Lisa.


      • Lisa at Greenbow says:

        I didn’t mean that I wanted you to give me a start of the cornus. I just think it would be great to have in my garden. I am sure if I scoured the internet I can find a start to purchase. Besides if I purchased every plant I want I wouldn’t have room for them in my garden. 😉

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        • Lisa, I certainly wouldn’t mind sending you a start I am just not sure how to propagate them. I have only seen these two and if they were spreaders, there would be a lot more. They don’t take up a lot of space and the one next to the chicken house is just a small, open tree. But, I certainly understand what you said about getting every plant you want. I would have to start my own botanical garden. OH, that’s an idea! 🙂 Thanks for the comment!


  3. Jim R says:

    That was a nice looking turtle. Thanks for the pics. We seldom see turtles. I think we need to go nearer to the water areas.

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  4. bittster says:

    You’ve been busy, congrats on the fence repairs.
    An interesting looking turtle. He looks so smooth, like he’s been sanded over the years lol. I’ve got plenty of invasive things popping up around here, and this garden is tiny in comparison to your farm. It’s a full time job if you really want to put a dent in their population, but I’m also in that group of what you should do vs what you will do 🙂

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    • Thanks! The turtle was interesting for sure. I have seen a lot of turtles over the years and they seem to all be a little different. I think I am going to start taking all their photos. Maybe give them names and put a name tag on them. Just kidding. I always liked turtles and tortoises and always wanted one the size of the one at the zoo. What a hole he would have to dig to hibernate. I always debate when it comes to spraying, but enough is enough. Even with a full armor on I can taste it on my lips, even the kind that is supposed to be O.K. Thanks for stopping by and I need to pay you a visit, too.


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