Following the destruction of Arcadia Woodland, we now find the LA County Department of Public Works continuing on its path to dump more sediment on habitat, in accordance with plans made in the 1950s. One can only hope that they will reconsider and seriously investigate other ways to dispose of the sediment from the dams. Hahamonga, and even more alarming, La Tuna Canyon (see the website of the new group: Urbanwild Network) are currently in their cross hairs.
Add to this the City of South Pasadena’s desire to extend a golf course driving range, rather than enlarging a minuscule bit of land dedicated to habitat and peaceful recreation in natural open space. (I dislike the phrase “passive recreation.” To me it implies passivity, laziness or inactivity. When I am in the Nature Park – walking, sitting, weeding, or looking for birds, bees and lizards – I am not passive. I am engaged. And so for lack of another term, I am calling it peaceful recreation. Thoughts?)
Back to what I really wanted to write about today. Amidst these modern day frustrations, my garden – as well as the Nature Park – provide solace and support. Things are coming into bloom, birds are chirping and singing, lizards are slithering, and snails and slugs are munching. All is as it should be.
I have not spent much time working in my garden, but I do continue to pull a few weeds here and there, pinch the tips of sages and California fuchsias, and add a few more plants to the mix.
Yes, it is a bit late in the year but I couldn’t resist these lovely plants that I found at the Grow Native Nursery (Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont). I brought home Catalina perfume, also called evergreen currant, (Ribes viburnifolium), creeping barberry (Berberis repens), and on impulse, Wheeler’s Canyon ceanothus (Ceanothus ‘Wheeler’s Canyon’).
The first two have been planted near several others that have done well beneath the oak (Quercus agrifolia). Since that area is a bit difficult to garden in – shade, root competition, and no summer water in accordance with the oak’s preference for summer drought – I planted only a few of these a bit more than three years ago. They have done well and so I am adding more.
Wheeler’s Canyon ceanothus was an impulse buy, as I mentioned, but it is a truly beautiful California lilac.
Here it is last spring. A bit big for the space but it has been beautiful for all of these years. It is in full bud again this year but I think it may start to decline being 8 1/2 years old, but maybe not.
Closeup of Louis Edmunds ceanothus, another lovely plant. This one is growing in fairly deep shade next to the garage. It was planted March 2008.
Happy spring to all!