Wild Eden of the West ~ Garden of Love

Wild Eden of the West


~ Garden of Love ~ Hundreds of Naked Pink Strippers* ~

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Yes, we can grow Palm trees here, although they did freeze back in severe single digit temps like 3º in 1990 for four days! But not coconut palms as in the gif above

My first planted palm is a Mediterranean Fan Palm on the hillside and one volunteer palm springing up. One of the Scrub Jays may have planted the latter, or strong winter storm winds may have blown a seed across the street from our neighbour's 90 year old Palms (see photos below). In July 2001, I planted three Butia Capitata "Jelly-Pindo" Palms in the flower border along the street. They can withstand sub-freezing temps to about 15-20º, growing to 20' tall with branch spread to 15'. Now my Garden of Love has seven varieties of palms, some seen in Yahoo photos: Mediterranean Fan-1, Mexican Fan-4, California Fan-2, Canary Island Date Palm-3, Butia Capitata-4 (Jelly/Pindo Palm), the Queens-2, and one Windmill Palm-1 (Not all pictured in album). Most were planted end of 2004 thru 2005.


Our South West View towards Frog Pond Mountain, elev. 2436', part of the coastal Santa Lucia Range, with rows and rows of hills like waves, and valleys in the foreground. From the summit of the mountain in photo can be seen the Pacific Ocean.
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Sound of waves.

Our neighbour across the street has two large Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix Canariensis). They were planted circa 1915 when their Craftsman California Bungalow** style house was built (see both photos above).

Howdy! I'm 'Joe Roy' (my grandfather's nickname. I was named after him) near the Central Pacific Coast. There's just a very narrow band of green in California where we are located, as to the east lies the very arid parched California Valley, and the Great San Andreas Earthquake faultline! The irrigated farming San Joaquim Valley is further East. However, the pollution of the groundwater is increasing due to the heavy use of crop pesticides.

Bear in mind, the California Dreamin' of waves washing
up under our house close to the edge of the hilltop here, and the house surrounded by water at exactly 1,000 feet above sea level. I saw it in my dreams from September 1969 through July 1998! This is the Is-Land-to-be of California Dreamin', tho quite a few have been nightmares! And yes, we were strongly shaken with household stuff thrown all over the floors with broken glass, dishes, and a large mirror by the San Simeon 6.5 Earthquake at 11:15:56AM on December 22, 2003!! So come on and visit while you can! There's still time, at least in cyberspace! Just please, don't come to live here. California will someday be violently thrown into the sea! Got boat?

If you saw 10.5, the NBC Miniseries on Sunday-Monday May 2-3, 2004, it came very close to showing how CA will look after this giant cataclysm*. It coincides with my dreams above. This 35 degree N latitude, 120 degree W longitude is a breaking point that will go under water up to 1000 feet above sea level totally drowning the Salinas River Valley and the Los Angeles basin. At the end of 10.5 showed a map of CA with a large island left where Santa Barbara-Ventura counties are now. It looked like the north of San Luis Obispo County was water, a part of the sea.

Our local rainfall varies quite a lot from the higher coastal Santa Lucia Mountains on the southwest side of town over to the northeastern side of our inland valley, with more hills, valleys, canyons and mountains across the Salinas River.

On our sandy/rocky hill of decomposed granite we use drip system watering, mostly on an electric timer, keeping our dwarf fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and lawn green. But we do turn off the timer during wet weather of course.

California native plants do well with just the rainfall.

On the north-northeast side of our hill we get the direct blast of cold winter winds; while on the Southwest side we have a kind of Palm Springs desert heat with the summer sun! Just open the hilltop gate at the lawn's edge, step out and boom: up roars a furnace like heat! Even in the winter it's more mildly pleasant on the protected SW downhill. Sometimes you gotta carry a coat or sweater even in summer, especially at night, as temps can drop from 100 to 40-50º.

Natural Native Shrub-Enshrouded. native flowers, Sand/Siltstone, decomposed granite Landscape!


My Lil' Gilbraltar Sculpted Sand/siltstone, decomposed granite, and trail shaded by "Gothic" Arch of Chamise Brush. Also known as "Greasewood", it blooms in May-June with long fat panicles of tiny snowy white flowers. Chamise brush attracts flocks of tiny native birds called "Chickadees". Some of the winter blooming natives growing near the photo above, not pictured yet, are the California Peony, Wild Cucumber and Indian Paintbrush: see my Yahoo Photo Albums for the latter.

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The Wild Eden of the West™ ~ Garden of Love.

Note: Beautiful Rainbows are such a Sign of Hope that those line separators were used on this Garden of Love Home Page.

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*Note: My Naked Pink Ladies do wear green in the Winter, drying in Spring when the Rains stop. Gardening, Landscaping, Native Bird watching. There are many unknown small cute birds that fly thru.
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  *Cataclysm n : a violent change or upheaval (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
** "Bungalow" style house comes from Bangalore, India. I stayed in a bungalow in Goa, India.