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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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