Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Vacant Lot Becomes Blooming Meadow

The empty lot on Edgeburt Dr (next door to the Bar Leucadian on the coast highway) has an amazing wildflower bloom right now.

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This view brings back memories of old rural Leucadia.

There is a smushed trail through the flowers and I was going to enter the lot and take a photo from the center of the bloom because I thought that might look cool but then I noticed that was about 50 million bees in there.

These flowers must be Roy Rogers fans (Don't Fence Me In)

6000 sq ft coming soon.

The photo below shows how the lot usually looks:


  1. I would just love to go prancing in my birthday suit among the blooming buds. I would be afraid of having a bee sting my winky though.

  2. I'm pretty happy to hear the bees are around. Oh how I wish there were more open areas. Great photos.

  3. I admire the flowers almost three times a week while I am waiting for my son to leave his friend's house. I also like the old looking red "barn". I also noticed some of the medians have blooming flowers -- but beware the scored earth policy. Simple pleasures seem to be outlawed in this town.

  4. Leucadia is a toilet, bars-cheap motels-crappy donut shop-smelly bums-no crosswalks-overpacked antique shop that would never pass a fire inspection-(don't go in there during an earthquake) horrible parking-bonehead bicycle riders taking the whole #2 lane-bored activist-and falling tree limbs.

  5. Except for the lone photo of the marguerite daisy, all the flowers are wild radish, Raphanus sativus, a non-native invader from Europe that only grows in disturbed areas and is considered a weedy, invasive species. It's common in waste areas and agricultural fields. It's name comes from the Greek, raphanos, meaning quick appearing because of its rapid germination and ability to smother out slower growing native plants. It's never seen with undisturbed native vegetation.

    There's a 4-foot high stand of this weed along the railroad in front of the Cardiff Elementary School. You would not want to walk through it, as the leaves are very prickly. It dries very quickly and becomes a fire hazard. NCTD should mow it down as soon as possible. The city has already done this on the Hall property.

    It's sad to see these photos posted when all it shows is how degraded our environment it. And that lone marguerite daisy? It's also another invader from Europe. Where are the California poppies?

  6. the Europeans invaded and look prettier than the ugly natives.

    Whats native?….. scrub brush and tumble weeds?.... go look at the native areas in Elfin Forest. The native plants are crappy, except the poppy and Oaks, cottonwoods, sycamores and Torey Pines.

    Let the weeds native or not flourish. The look much better than scorched earth

  7. jesus christ - what kind of argument is that -- are all non native americans are just "weeds," should we the people all be wiped out in the scorched earth NCTD policy. Non native just means these plants haven't been established as long as other species, doesn't mean it's an invasion of alien life forms from another planet. Give me a non native prickley flower that supports native bees any day over the native ugly rash producing poison oak.

  8. Yes, one man's weed is another's flower.

    If it blooms, I suggest waiting until it blooms out, and the plant is dry, to remove it.

    I agree, the "scorched earth" policy is terrible. Also, roundabouts "under construction" don't look too keen, either, or the ever present orange sand bags.

  9. Drive south along Vulcan from "E" Street to Santa Fe. You will see one small clump of California poppies amid all the wild radish along the tracks. You decide which is more attractive.


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