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by Pasadena Adjacent


I believe the odds are against “the editor” when it comes to her plants survival rate. Percentage wise, I’d say one out of ten will make it. She blames the miscreants of Garvanza for this unfortunate state of affairs. It seems, while we still hold onto the idea that, historically, we have invested on the side of that swinging “up and coming” hood Garvanza, those officially sanctioned residents east of the easement line, mock us. Yes indeed! through layers of accumulated detritus they’ve been throwing onto our side. This quaint hillside and it’s bottomland, have been turned into a toxic wasteland. It’s true, the neighbors on our right, and fellow sufferers, confirmed this through soil testing.

But while pampered petunias may curdle on toxicity, century plants thrive on it. It seems that mine are so large, they outsize those of our adjacent Henry E Huntington Cactus Garden. Unfortunately, this blog lacks the necessary funds to keep these fellows fit and trim. Which brings us to “Home Desperation” project “# I’ve lost track of” – the removal of the offending century plants. On the gardening front, it’s this editors goal to be rid herself of all arbor thugs while she still has the physical ability to do so.

Photo #1 gives some sense of scale – note the power pole behind them. When the plant flowers, the stalk reaches the top of the pole.

Photo #2 shows one of the many home improvement discards buried between dead spears. It’s an original brick from the Los Angeles Pressed Brick Co; circa 1887 – 1916

Photo #3 shows the carcus of a dead (post bloom) century plant husk. Note the remains of a teak chair the editor thought she had gotten rid of? Mr V hid it.

Photo #4 is perhaps coyote scat. The editor’s yard is not fenced in – allowing the free flow of animals both human, domestic and wild. Might explain why the gray cat that terrorized our beloved Peoples, has not been seen of late.

Photo #5 this is the easement dividing Gavanzians from they’re non historic overlay zone neighbors; that would be us. The editor uses this right of way, to haul her arboreal discards via a wheelbarrow, to a parked truck at the other end of the easement. The crappy neighbors are gone (the paranoid idiots who chose 8 ft chain link fence, a movement activated guard tower lighting system and then threw prickly pear on “our” shared path). If the editor gets the energy – those are going too.

UPDATE: Two of the agaves have sprung flower stalks. They will be dyeing out of their own volition. Win win