Pretty Pine Plantation

Doesn’t look like a pine tree, you say? And yet this is the shortleaf pine plantation at Roundrock.

I’ve been wanting to post a picture of the pine plantation, but I’ve never managed to take a good one. So I’ve settled for this one.

These flowers are at the back (west) of the pine plantation. This borders my neighbor’s land, and he has a defunct pond just across the line. It was ringed by cattails years ago, and sediment eventually filled in the pond. This is the ultimate fate of all ponds. But the area remains wet, and plenty of the water seeps through his dam and into the pine field. So conditions are favorable for these water-loving forbs.

On my recent visit, I was working like a man possessed, swinging that grass whip with zeal and delight, but I couldn’t bring myself to cut down these beauties. Soon enuf there will be a lot less color at Roundrock, so I let them stand. The flowers are not crowding the pines, and eventually the pines will grow so tall that they will rob the flowers of sunlight. The stand will fade into memory. Thus I’m glad to have this photo.

9 Responses to “Pretty Pine Plantation”

  1. Wayne Says:

    There have been places where I’ve wished to preserve an open space, or open one up, for such gaudy delights. Instead of cutting down the trash pines or sweetgums (in our area), I’ve girdled them. A saw or chainsaw and just cut a swath an inch or two deep into the bark so as to sever the phloem. The next season they don’t put out leaves, and then you have a snag, and a sunny open space.

    Those are fantastic plants – are they sunflowers? They look like maybe Helianthius, perhaps maximiliani, or angustifolius. H. angustifolius is to my mind the Queen of Sunflowers. They don’t have huge flowers, but you can actually see them in the dark.

  2. Administrator Says:

    Wayne, I’m pretty sure they are bidens aristosa aka tickseed-sunflower. I have these growing happily in the pecan plantation too — also in the wet areas. (See my 8/18 post.) I didn’t make a detailed examination to be certain of the identification though.

  3. farmer john Says:

    That Wayne is sure one smart feller. Cutting the phloem was a good idea. I wonder how many times it can be dome before permanent harm comes to the pine? Nice sunny shot pablo.

  4. Rexroths Daughter Says:

    It’s so fine to look out into a waving sea of sunny yellow flowers. Puts everything into a lovely perspective.

  5. Wayne Says:

    OK, I remember the Bidens now. Yes, that’s probably what they are, and how nice they are too.

    Actually the idea of girdling is to kill the tree. The reason I do it instead of just cutting it down is that I like the idea of maintaining a standing dead tree for the few years it will take before it falls.

    I know that it sounds terrible. We don’t do it except to trash trees.

  6. Larry Ayers Says:

    The Bidens are blooming rampantly here, too. There are entire roadsides just awash in yellow these days!

  7. swamp4me Says:

    Shortleaf as in Pinus echinata? Older folks around here call them rosemary pines.

  8. Colleen Says:

    What a pretty picture…thanks for sharing.

  9. Roundrock Journal » Blog Archive » 9.24.2005 Says:

    [...] nish wherever we find them. You may recall my post in which I showed a nice picture of the tickseed-sunflowers growing so happily at the back of the planting area. I noted how I didn’t have t [...]

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