Tuesday, April 21, 2009

No more guerrillas in the mist (fog?)

Today I went down to the Caltrans office and met Chief Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Miranda who had me fill out the forms to make P. Garden official. As soon as his boss signs them I'll get a copy, and it's ALL MINE, BABY! Uh, I mean, it's legit - I'm in charge of this 150 foot wide patch of land, and nobody can tell me not to plant stuff there. Bwah!

Naturally there are rules - no trees allowed, no food plants, no gardening at night, I have to wear an orange safety vest and leather work boots that cover my ankles (how Victorian!) along with long, sturdy pants.... wait, back up there. I told Jeff I wasn't going to be wearing an orange safety vest. He was OK with that. Luckily I don't like to garden at night in a bikini, and the pants and boots are fine with me.

Of course the drive back to work took me right past Floorcraft. To celebrate, I went to the scratch-n-dent section and picked up the following at a huge discount due to their manginess ;)

- 4 Agapanthus "Tinkerbell" (Dwarf Variegated Agapanthus - little! Variegated! Eeeeee!)
- Kniphofia uvaria (Red Hot Poker)
- 2 Dianthus barbatus nigrescens "Sooty" (now I have a set!)
- Dudleya traskiae (Santa Barbara Liveforever - it's native!)
- Salvia mellifera (Black Sage)

So, now that it's no longer a guerrilla garden, will it have lost it's appeal to some? Gained more appeal for others? Or will I have to sneak in a lemon tree and start making limoncello in order to appeal to the rebels in the neighborhood? ;)


  1. Congratulations Annie! You really deserve all the credit. Through all your hard work and perseverance you have transformed a neglected, ordinary, freeway exit into our magical garden. Three cheers for Annie!!!

  2. Aww, shucks - counldn't have done it without (a LOT of) help from my neighbors! (And encouragement from fellow gardeners, Matt & Jennifer!)


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