Last Friday, still unable to drive anywhere, I set off on foot for our local market. In front of our house I passed a neighbor and her small child, returning from snow-play in the park. The child was giddy and running through another neighbor's front yard, odd I thought, that her mom was okay with that. But since the yard in question was only lawn under that snow I wasn't too worried. When she started to run through mine however I couldn't help but yell "No! Don't let her do that" (really? you're letting her do that?). Of course I was able to feign concern for the child's welfare "you know there are lots of spiky plants under that snow that will hurt her" (I know you KNOW that because you walk by here all the time!)...Seriously? I couldn't believe it. Snow cover means you don't have to stay on the sidewalk? Trampling plants in someone's front garden is okay? Finally the mom grabbed the child and walked on, sticking to the path I'd shoveled ON THE SIDEWALK...where you are supposed to walk.
I walked on, a little befuddled by the whole experience, deciding to detour through the McMenamins Kennedy School grounds and see how their plants look. Huh. Clearly the snow plow driver is not a gardener.
Seriously? You couldn't put the snow someplace else?
There are plants under that pile of snow. The entire pile of snow is on top of plants. Cool plants.
That Nolina must be feeling pretty lucky...
I've always thought the metal was an attempt at garden-art. Maybe it's been a warning all along. Like those tall metal poles that mark the side of the freeway for the snowplows.
At least the snow pile missed this section, the Agave-rich section.
Has Agave blood been shed? No. That's just red paint on the curb.
Hey you look okay (for now)...
Hello down there...
Another Nolina wearing it's snow cape.
This used to be a huge Echium. Not anymore.
The undersides of the Rhododendron leaves coordinate nicely with the building, don't you think?
Their big evergreen Magnolias have suffered many broken branches this winter.
The white undersides of the Mahonia gracilipes look good against the snow.
I think the Eucalyptus has always had sort of a wonky angle to it.
Sad Yucca recurvifolia ‘Margaritaville' — mine looks even worse, and since mine is in a container...well, who knows if it's going to pull through.
The Loquat looks happy, that's good.
Pseudopanax laetus, this will be interesting. Monrovia has been selling this as a Zone 7 plant. I've thought otherwise and kept mine in a container, protected.
So snowy...still. (this was day 3, or 4 depending on how you count)
Money Puzzle does snow well.
I wonder if our Tetrapanax will die back? It's happened to me before during cold winters.
Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca'
It also wears the snow well.
Their Magnolia laevifolia has a Rhododendron friend to lean on, lucky thing. Okay...on the the market! (need to stock up on the wine...)
Weather Diary, January 16: Hi 29, Low 21/ Precip 0
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