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Yet another living remnant at a construction site

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Sunflower Flower Head 6567

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Long-time readers of this column may remember that in the summer of 2011 I began talking about a property on the east side of the US 183 freeway adjacent to a Costco and a Wendy’s in my neighborhood. The lot was being cleared in preparation for construction, but the razing took place so slowly that I could still visit from time to time and take pictures of plants and insects. Now, two years later, construction is well along on what seems to be a hotel, but at the margins of the property a few native plants have survived, including the remnants of a colony of sunflowers, Helianthus annuus. Once construction is finished I expect landscapers will come and tear out these last few native plants and replace them with Bermuda grass and petunias and other such tame things, but as of June 24th I could still enjoy the glorious wild sunflower you see here. (Although I posted a picture of a wonderful sunflower colony in May, this is the first close-up of a sunflower I’ve shown in 2013. What took me so long?)

If my account of the property along US 183 is new to you, you’re welcome to look back at some of the posts that have dealt with it:

Living amber exacts its deadly toll

New cedar elm leaf

Greenbrier in autumn

Peppervine flowers and buds

The lot along US 183

Spring arising

Family resemblance

They’re back

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 14, 2013 at 6:22 AM

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