Now is the time for some lantana surfing. As the new culms toughen and the older ones get their leaves back, it’s an ideal time to extend the grove by trampling the lantana and rotting timbers. As the new canopy forms in the pioneer area, the lantana will die away, finally leaving a clear forest floor.
This area has been freshly surfed, and will become part of that running and MTB track I’m planning for the long term. It will take a year or two before the ground is clear enough.
One of the pleasures of gaining easier access to the grove lies in observing the different colours produced on the culms by varying sun exposure. In a sheltered southern part that only gets soft morning sun the colours are quite pure. Here’s a new culm in that area:
And this one is a year old: