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Fire and Ice in a Southern California Garden

Articles: Fire and Ice in a Southern California Garden

Slopes above Del Dios Highway, San Diego County, ablaze with wildflowers in spring 2008. Author’s photographs

The year 2007 was an odd one for Southern California: a severe freeze in January, extreme heat in late August and early September, and fierce fires in October. Just a few months into 2008, we had an enormous, unexpected bloom to further remind us of Mother Nature’s awesome power. It was a magnificent spectacle of recovery that gave me pause to reflect on the recent events . . .

On the first Sunday of March 2008, I hiked up a steep dirt road off Del Dios Highway between Encinitas and Escondido in San Diego County. It was a road I had passed many times but never had reason to explore before. Now, however, I had reason. Good reason. Stupendous reason. The hillsides above the highway were ablaze in a tapestry of bright orange California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and deep purple Phacelia. It was an unprecedented display in a part of the county where even old timers couldn’t remember ever seeing a bloom.

What made this year different from all other years were the late October fires of 2007, ...

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