Postcards From The Edge – DROUGHT

Postcards From The Edge – DROUGHT

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I have lived through drought before, but I have never seen anything like what I am witnessing now.

I live in what is usually called an “up and coming” community – this is one of those places where artists and musicians come to raise their families, and before the drought, it looked like an adorable upper-middle class community of post-war bungalows.

Now it looks abject, a neglected place, even though the homeowners are anything BUT neglectful of their homes.

These pictures were taken on one block, around the corner from my house.

This is how things have looked since March, only now, in addition to the lawn shriveling up, foundation plantings are dying as well.

We simply don’t have water.

Has YOUR climate changed in any way that is affecting your quality of life? This drought means that I don’t wash my car, showering is quick, my beloved bubble baths are a thing of the path, and my garden is suffering. If it continues, it may mean that prices for food are raised dramatically, maybe for the whole county.

This is my reality, it is a painful reality for a passionate gardener. Even succulents and natives need regular water to thrive.

Yes, Los Angeles is a dream – a city built in a dessert where ALL the water is imported from elsewhere. Currently, we are in the midst of a population boom. Which means we need more water to sustain all the transplants (pun intended – even when I’m sad I’m cheeky!). Maybe what we need is to move this entire city somewhere else. Because THIS, this version of Los Angeles, is as unsustainable as it gets.

Have a look – this is repeated in many neighborhoods. The only thing that is worse is the neighborhoods that are lush and green.



Sigh. That’s all, folks.

Posted by

Ivette Soler
on August 27, 2014 at 10:05 am, in the category Lawn Reform, Ministry of Controversy.

    • Ivette Soler
    • 14th March 2016

    It IS bleak, isn’t it Susan? I want some freshness back! Some green! Can I borrow some?

    • admin
    • 9th May 2016

    Are house foundations cracking?

    • Ivette Soler
    • 27th June 2016

    Tara, I think if we had to squeeze this population into low-risk temperate zones where there were no tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, blizzards, icestorms, fires, or droughts we would all be living in … I don’t even know where, Kentucky?
    Who can anticipate how the climate will change? And, for many, the risk of living in a flood plane where the risk is one flood every 40 years isn’t a bad one. People love to live in high-fire zones, those are the places closest to nature, the most undeveloped. I am not sure whether having a government agency “allowing” people to live only in areas of gentle weather is any sort of viable answer …

    • admin
    • 4th August 2016

    Google News search “aquifers” and “California.”

    • Ivette Soler
    • 14th October 2016

    Marcia, you know if the weed growers are shutting down production it HAS TO BE BAD!!!!

    • Kris Peterson
    • 20th October 2016

    It may sound strange but I found your photos comforting. I, too, live in an “upscale” Southern California neighborhood and my front yard looks like hell, just like some of those shown in your photos. In contrast, the yards of many of my neighbors look much better – their grass is still a pleasant green color. I just interviewed a garden service provider who suggested that either something was wrong with my irrigation system or I wasn’t running it enough. He commiserated about the water cost when I said I’d reduced my watering but he looked a bit askance when I said I’d done that in response to the drought rather than the cost. We’ve taken out large sections of lawn already and the rest will probably go, albeit in increments. I think all of us in drought-stricken areas have a responsibility to change our planting schemes – the drought is a kick in the pants to emphasize that we do, indeed, live in a desert and we need to adapt to those conditions. Every region faces its challenges – be it floods, fires, landslides, tornados or other violent acts of nature – we need to understand the impact and adapt our life styles and practices to fit our circumstances. The world is a crowded place and we can’t all in a rain-blessed haven.

    • Ivette Soler
    • 14th November 2016

    Kris, I get it – at least in these photos we see people are doing the responsible thing and cutting back on water. I have clients who WON’T have anything other than lush greenery everywhere, and it feels really bad. I want to yell at people – “This is a FINITE RESOURCE!!!” – so yes, these photos at the very least show good intentions.
    All of us have to think about how we are going to balance our desires for gorgeous gardens with the realities of the times we live in. It won’t be easy. But we have to start somewhere! Thanks for your comment!

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