When we purchased our vineyard property in Oregon, one of the stipulations from the Department of Forestry requires us to maintain the forest in areas not planted to vineyard.
Since the property was recently logged (before we purchased it), we had to plant 200 trees (Doug Firs) per acre and we must make sure they successfully grow and flourish.
Do you see all the yellow? This is a shrub known as Scotch Broom, a real pain in the neck, out of control, invasive plant brought to the area during Gold Mining days. The miners used the broom-like spiny leaves as a sort of bubble wrap for their whiskey shippers. Long story short, the plant is now everywhere.
We have to remove all of it as it encroaches on the baby Doug Firs, shadowing them and killing them before they mature.
Do you think we have our work cut out for us?
This is the only time of year it flowers, putting out these beautiful yellow blooms.
Normally it is just green and spiny looking. See it there behind the boys?
We are going to be busy this summer.
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