Last January nearly 300 one-gallon native perennials and shrubs were planted, mostly in this area. Now the goal is to keep the weeds down so these plants can get established and naturalize. This means they need to make it through a few seasons during which time they will flower and set seed; the seeds will germinate, spreading these low-growing coastal sage scrub plants through this central area.
We have made a lot of progress in the park over the years. Thought this photo retrospective, focusing on the central part of the park ("the mounds") might be fun. I tried to only include pictures with the central information plaque (the sign is long gone now due to graffiti) so you can see how the park is growing.
|March 2005. Three months after the park opened the central area ("the mounds") is overrun with weeds. Clearing and hydroseeding the area, done by the contractor to create a grassland, proved unsuccessful.|
|April 21, 2005. I was unable to find any native plants among the weedy grasses and forbs.|
|October 2007. Little is growing on the mounds, though some of the native plants around the sign are beginning to fill in. The red flowers are California fuchsia, probably the cultivar Route 66.|
|May 2009. The city again brought in loads of mulch, on request from the Friends in spring of 2009. Unfortunately this time they did not spread the mountains of wood chips, leaving it to volunteers.|
|June 27, 2012. Young, strong volunteer (thank you, Matt!) placed more large rocks along the path. Further to the right is a volunteer (my sister-in-law) who traveled all the way from Philadelphia to weed in the park (thank you, Judith!).|