Been quite a week. The weather cleared for awhile, just long enough to walk the fields and check the drainage. With all the rain we've had lately many of the farms have lost their first crops, leaving fields still too wet to replant and try again. We've been lucky but continue to be watchful.
Multiflora Rose is becoming problematic for many farms and orchards in the East. Introduced a number of years ago by the Department of the Environment as a natural fencing material to divide pastures, Multiflora has taken a toe hold and has spread to many undesirable areas.
If you look carefully in this photo, you will see the Multiflora growing up and covering the trees. In no time at all, this plant can completely take over and smother out any competing plant life. It's not uncommon to see great cushions of roses growing in pastures or along roadsides. On the upside, there is so much growing in our area that the morning air is lightly rose scented.