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December in Mississippi

This is the site of my latest privet eradication efforts.

Oh yeah – today was one of those lovely sunny December days that we enjoy here in the Magnolia state.

I worked for a while this morning on my latest privet clearing project.

It is coming along nicely, if I do say so myself.

Now that most of the privet clutter is gone, I can see the lay of the land again.

It is a low drainage area or “Bottom” full of sweetbay magnolias and ironwoods.  The native plants should really thrive if they don’t have to compete with privet.

Woody relaxes with the catch of the day, his prized deer antler.

Richard and I went out on a golf cart ride this afternoon.  I wanted him to inspect my work and to be amazed at the space.

He was.

We sat in the golf cart and just gazed as if we were at at drive in movie.

The sun was shining and we stayed out until the shadows became long and the temperature began to drop.

The dogs had a grand time.  Especially Woodrow who headed out toward the deep woods and came back with a deer antler in tow!

The Privet Whacking Continues

Peter Loos struggled to clear this privet ridden area along my creek.

Yesterday, I went off to my consulting  job leaving my house guest Pete to his own devices.

When I came home, I was delighted to see that he had continued the privet (Ligustrum sinense) eradication project we started the day before.   He had moved down the creek to the worst privet thicket on my land, in fact.

I will have a lot of work maintaining this area after the growing season starts.  Right now, however, I am really digging the privet free space.

I am finding a few tenacious ebony spleenworts and Christmas ferns in the area.  Today I hope to plant 8 red buckeyes (Aesculus pavia).

The buckeyes should thrive along the creek.  I anticipate that the buckeye grove will be a great place to watch hummingbirds in the early spring.  I always see the first hummer of the year either on a red buckeye or a trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens).

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