Friday, March 27, 2015

Cogon Grass Work Continues

Yesterday afternoon I went to the south tract to check on the results of my earlier attack on a small patch of cogon grass next to the fire lane in the disturbed wind row left from the widening of the fire lane a few years ago.

I filled a bag and also dug up two of the Brazilian pepper bushes that had shot up nearby. I've got to go back this weekend and dig up the other two. I had cut them back and had earlier collected and bagged the branches containing berries to prevent them from spreading as much as possible.

It's one of the things that will require periodic monitoring.

I also removed a small amount of trash that I unearthed in the process of digging up the cogon grass.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lupine Bloom Beginning; More Seedlings

I saw the first Scrub Lupine petals unfolding from the flower bud yesterday while I was checking for more seedlings.

I've been checking on the bloom status of the two mature plants here so I can invite some folks from Kissimmee who have never seen the plant.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lupine Seedlings Keep Coming

I was pleasantly surprised today to find two more seedlings in one of the wild lupine areas some distance west of the 2008 planting area.

One of the yearlings will appears healthy. If it survives, it may bloom and put out more seeds in a year or two.

There are few mature plants in any of the areas at the moment, but I noticed today that at least one of them is forming buds, which means flowers should start appearing within a few weeks.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gopher Tortoise May Have Moved In

I found a burrow that appears to be a young Gopher Tortoise, origin unknown.
There are many abandoned burrows here, but no resident population.
I have seen two tortoises here in the past 13 years. One dug a burrow, but was only here briefly. I also found one dead once near another burrow.
I have not seen the critter yet.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lupine Seedling Survey Under Way

The Scrub Lupines are popping up everywhere.
The folks from Bok Tower are flagging them as they find them.
A handful from last year's crop are still alive.
There are only a couple plants mature enough to bloom this year.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lupines Coming Up

I have been checking for new Scrub Lupine seedlings and have not been disappointed.
I've flagged about 60, but most of the work will occur next month when the crew from Bok Tower comes in for the annual survey.

Some are still popping up outside the original planting area, but few of the ones that popped up last year made it.

I've been clearing Natal grass along the edges and watching for seedlings, which sometimes come up in the middle of a patch of this invasive grass. I have to take care not to disturb the root system, which is very sensitive.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It Looks Like An Early Spring

It has been a mild winter.
January, the coldest month of the year at this latitude, is nearly over and no freezes are in sight.
February and March freezes are not unheard of, but December and January weather usually sets the tone.
This weekend I noticed Shiny Blueberry in full bloom and a few Pityopsis in flower even though they normally don't bloom until spring.

Equally puzzling is the fact that I saw Blue Curls, which blooms in mid-autumn, still blooming earlier this week. Today I saw a bud on one plant.