In the woodland today skies are grey with a chance of rain and the rich, heavy fragrance of the night blooming pink jasmine is in the air! The aroma of this jasmine is much heavier and sweeter than the sambac, in fact, it is so strong that I can’t tolerate too much of it or I get a headache.
Everything is blooming about one month early this year because of the strange warm weather we’ve had. The challenge with this, especially the fruit trees, is the danger of frost in the next few months.
In other local news, a developer has decided to build a monstrous box on the site where the native oaks were cut down. I’ve spent the morning looking over the plans brought over by a neighbor. There are all sorts of challenges with the building plans that go against existing codes for that particular property. The landscape plan was particularly interesting since it is mostly California natives. The problem however, is that they’ve chosen plants which are native to the Bay area not here in the sunny, hot woodland of Southern California. (Hello?)
Clearly the landscape designer, which by the way has the same last name as the contractor, didn’t expect to have a local resident and lover of native plants looking over her design with a fine tooth comb.
Our landscape design is mainly California natives, the back slope is covered with rosemary which I am very happy with since the bees adore it. All my jasmines, exotics and medicinal plants are in pots. We’ve chosen native plants…or perhaps better verbage is “the native plants that have chosen to be in our garden design” tend to grow in the local woodland and our beloved by the local fauna and flora. This is my vision for every house in the neighborhood, imagine what a fabulous and positive environmental impact that would be!