Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday Chores

In 2003, a huge ancient Live Oak here broke off about 10 feet from the ground, hollow inside. It had Confederate jasmine growing, so we left the huge hollow stump for the benefit of wildlife. Trachelospermum jasminoides covered the trunk and formed groundcover around it. In time, weedy plants came up in the groundcover: catbrier, wild cherry, blackberry, and others.
Here's how it looked in early May, behind the rose bushes:

Today the weedy part fell under the Rhino mower (like a Bush Hog, different brand). There's about a six foot wide area mowed to the ground all around the upright vine part. Lots of vines are left to resprout, which they tend to do and I'll be able to get rid of any remaining undesirables.

Here are two closeup looks under the vines on the old stump. I just stuck the camera under the vines and clicked, not wanting to get too close.


  1. My goodness, that must have been quite a job. In that first picture, is that pink flowering plant a rose?? what kind? And in the other, it looks like you have some beautiful Brugs!

  2. That is a rose, Carefree Delight. It throws such long canes, I gathered the ones in the middle and supported them with rebar to form a stylized 'tree rose' in the middle. A pic is somewhere back in May, I think.

    They're not Brugs, but Datura. It's my understanding that there isn't a purple brug. These Datura are seed-grown, first year.

  3. Hard to believe there was a big old oak tree growing where all that loveliness is now growing. Not that an oak tree isn't lovely. Interesting.


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