NICE LANDSCAPE DOABLE IN COLD.
Byline: Joshua Siskin
Even in subtropical sub·trop·i·cal
Of, relating to, or being the geographic areas adjacent to the Tropics.
of the region lying between the tropics and temperate lands
Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , there is a down time for plants. Despite balmy late-November weather, the shortened days and colder nights signal to plants that dormancy is at hand. For the next eight weeks, plants will grow scarcely, if at all.
For gardeners, this is a precious time, a Sabbath season. No need to worry about doing anything, no need to assess whether it is too late to prune or too early to plant. If you plant now, what you put in the ground will just sit there; it may as well be in a pot. If you prune now, you will force new growth that will be killed on any frosty night. It is enough, for now, to walk in the garden and take stock of what has grown well and what has not, to see how various combinations of plants have developed, to make vague plans about what kind of garden to create when the seasons change.
December is generally our coldest month. We can get frosts earlier (as occurred about three weeks ago), and as late as March, but significant Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, freezes nearly always come in December, typically in the last two weeks of this month.
Certain plants can be killed by cold weather, and residents of the Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley , where snow and severe freezes are not unusual, need to be especially aware of which plants are cold sensitive and which are cold hardy.
Harry Bard, who lives 14 miles north of Lancaster in Rosamond, communicated to me his misadventure misadventure n. a death due to unintentional accident without any violation of law or criminal negligence. Thus, there is no crime. (See: homicide)
MISADVENTURE, crim. law, torts. An accident by which an injury occurs to another. with a fig tree. He planted a tree and enjoyed wonderful figs for a time, but then along came last winter's cold snap cold snap
a short period of cold and frosty weather
Noun 1. cold snap - a spell of cold weather
cold spell and the tree died.
The Antelope Valley is at the edge of the fig tree's hardiness zone A hardiness zone is a geographically-defined zone in which a specific category of plant life is capable of growing, as defined by temperature hardiness, or ability to withstand the minimum temperatures of the zone. . Winter-protect fig trees and other sensitive plants by covering them with shade cloth on nights when cold weather is predicted. Another strategy is to keep your fig tree in a large pot or tub and move it underneath a patio overhang during the winter; on cold nights, it is always several degrees warmer under an overhang than it is just a few feet away in the open yard. Also, some heat from a house always leaks through its walls, insulating plants placed close by on the outside.
It is tempting at this time of year to think revolutionary thoughts about gardens and landscapes. With nothing to plant or prune, the gardener steps back and wonders what it would be like if, for 12 months out of the year, there was nothing to plant and nothing to prune. You do not have to travel far to find out what sort of a garden you could have.
All of Los Angeles is surrounded by and intertwined with chaparral, a name derived from ``chaparro,'' which is the Spanish word for dwarf evergreen oak. Many chaparral plants never need to be watered or pruned. One of my favorites is the California scrub oak The California Scrub Oak (Quercus berberidifolia) is a small evergreen or semi-evergreen shrubby oak in the white oak section Quercus sect. Quercus. It grows to 1-2 m tall, rarely to 4 m, and has sharply toothed, dull green leaves which are 1. (Quercus dumosa Quercus dumosa is a species of plant in the Fagaceae family. It is found in Mexico and the United States. It is threatened by habitat loss. Source
1. A meager monetary allowance, wage, or remuneration.
2. A very small amount: not a pittance of remorse. of precipitation, the leaves of some scrub oaks have closed up like clams so as to minimize water loss. With average rainfall this winter, the leaves will open up again.
Another appealing chaparral plant is deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens). Its evergreen clumps, which can reach several feet in height and girth GIRTH., A girth or yard is a measure of length. The word is of Saxon origin, taken from the circumference of the human body. Girth is contracted from girdeth, and signifies as much as girdle. See Ell. , can weather the hottest, driest summer without any sign of wilt.
Walking among those huge rock formations adjacent to Topanga Canyon Boulevard and the Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. (118) Freeway in Chatsworth, you quickly learn to appreciate the bond between rock and tree. You see an oak tree growing from the base of and providing a canopy over a massive 20-by- 20-foot boulder and understand that the water that collects beneath the rock sustains the trees, giving it a drink and keeping its roots cool. Perhaps the landscape of the future will contain rocks and trees, with some deer grass and sage scattered about, a minimalist statement that matches our natural surroundings to a tee.
< Bettye Hawley has always been interested in gardening, and her gardening is, well, interesting.
Among her prize crops? A philodendron philodendron: see arum.
Any of about 200 species of climbing herbaceous plants that make up the genus Philodendron in the arum family, native to the New World tropics. that cascaded from ceiling to floor like a hairy green mat, planted in 1976 - and which she finally gave away in '97. A zucchini she had trouble lifting with one hand. And, of course, a pair of size-10 Army boots bursting with succulents.
``I used to plant anything in everything,'' Hawley says. ``Anything that's nice-looking,'' including ceramic pieces, decorative bowls ... and the boots.
``I bought those boots in the '40s, at the Goodwill right after the war was over. After the boys came home, they gave their boots up. I bought a pair for $1 and planted the succulents in them.''
After the Northridge Earthquake The Northridge earthquake occurred on January 17, 1994 at 4:31 AM Pacific Standard Time in the city of Los Angeles, California. The earthquake had a "strong" moment magnitude of 6. in '94, a lot of the makeshift planters in her Van Nuys home were cracked and broken, so she planted everything in the ground, except for the boots. She sets those in a pan of water once a month for the roots pushing out through the leather, and sprinkles them with fertilizer once a year.
With the heavy wind a few weeks ago, she lost more of her planters. But the boots remain.
``These boots still have some plants in them from 60 years ago,'' she says.
- Mike Chmielecki
Bettye Hawley of Van Nuys planted succulents in these World War II Army boots nearly 60 years ago.
Gus Ruelas/Staff Photographer
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