Saturday, February 16, 2008
Remember the Coast Hwy Flowers?
Photos courtesy of Fred Caldwell.
Remember a few years ago when flowers bloomed in Leucadia's center medians? Our state flower, the California Poppy was especially prevalent. California poppies bloom in the winter and added rich color to the coast highway. If you drive north up the California coast towards Pt Conception you will see orange poppies growing wild everywhere.
These flowers were planted by members of the community with no irrigation and no outside funding and very little follow up maintenance.
So what happened to our poppies? For some strange reason city crews removed all of our center median flowers and then poisoned the dirt so no more would grow. You'll notice that today, this winter, the only thing growing in our center medians is the hardiest of scrubby weeds.
Was this scorched earth policy accidental, with a miscommunication between staff and workers? Or, was this just another way for former city manager Kerry Miller to make Leucadia look 'blighted"?