New Growth For The New Year

Verbinas come into bloom, thanks to the December rains.

After several days of rain the past few weeks and an unprecedented amount of December rainfall this month, I decided to check up on the Cahuenga Library Botanical Gardens to see what’s new. Being that this is the growing season for California native plants, it should be pretty exciting.

The first thing I wanted to check was the progress of the California Golden Poppy seeds I sowed in the Library’s front planters on December 4. Lo and behold, what appeared to be Y-shaped grasses were indeed the first sprouts of the poppies!

These "Y"-shaped grasses are really California Golden Poppy sprouts!

The westernmost front planter, now with poppy sprouts!

For me it was a fitting reflection of 2010 on its last day — the year I got into California Native Plant gardening, and seeing my passion and interest grow, only to bloom into the new year. Despite some rather remarkable things that have happened in the past year, I consider 2010 a rather mediocre year. I’ve grown, but life in general hasn’t really changed much. I do have a sincere hope and optimism for 2011, and see things really happen. But there’s only one way to find out…

As for the garden at the Library, tomorrow is the first Saturday of the month, but since it’s New Year’s Day, our monthly mini-cleanup/gardening activity at the Library will be postponed for a week to January 8.

I started this blog 364 days ago as an attempt to document my community activities, observations, experiences and other happenings in my life. I don’t think I’ve been very consistent, nor have I realized the full potential of this blog, but I hope to do much better in the new year…Happy 2011 to anyone reading this. And I leave you with a New Year’s song I wrote:

Elson – “The Last Day of the Year”

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