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OAK PASS NATIVE PLANTS TODAY (??)
Anyone now living in this region, who has a love for the native flora, may find these early descriptions of more than passing interest, should they have any desire to reconstruct a microcosm (in their gardens) of the exact species which actually grew on these hills and ridges....I often make a distinction between the various soil-types (usually heavy clays, slate, or sandstone vs. decomposed granites), as this sometimes needs to be taken into account when attempting to grow certain species of native plants. Others (less “fussy”!) grew throughout the district, and should adapt well to whichever soil-type(s) they are offered, in a local home garden environment....But remember, these plants evolved with this Mediterranean precipitation regimen, where almost never a drop of rainfall is seen from April or May to October or November (at least 7 months)! Summer fog is an important part of their world during the dry season. Many of these plants will die or fry (or at least fail to thrive), if taken too far inland, away from the coastal influences of the summer fog-belt....Some of them can tolerate water during their (normal) summer dormancy, and a few may even appear to thrive with its application (Diplacus, for example) up to a point. Others will quickly (or slowly!) expire, if too regularly watered through the May to October period of dormancy.... Avoid summer watering if possible, once the plants are established. Cautious experimentation will demonstrate their limits of tolerance for water in the dry season!
If the (normal) late fall/winter rains are inadequate (as is the case in any drought year), supplemental watering during the correct time-period (from late Oct. into March) will work wonders and is, in fact, very important!....Keep these guidelines in mind, and the species that I describe below could probably be encouraged to thrive once again, in at least a few gardens along Oak Pass Road....
Growing Up Wild in Beverly Hills!
EARLY DAYS on OAK PASS Rd. (1937-1945) and HOW the ROAD GOT ITS NAME
- (A) Botanical Highlights
-- Historical Remarks on Oaks
-- EARLY EVOLUTIONARY STAGES of the "SMOG-DENIAL SYNDROME"!
-- OAK PASS NATIVE PLANTS TODAY (??)
-- Echos From the Past!
-- A Bit of SUMMERTIME FOGBANK-BOTANY
- (B) LOCAL BUTTERFLY HIGHLIGHTS
- (C) LOCAL BIRDS REMEMBERED
- (D) LOCAL MAMMALS REMEMBERED
- (E) REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS REMEMBERED
DESSERT (Purely for Amusement!)
THE HONEY-SNOB'S CORNER
A five-year study (1953-1957) documenting the occurrence of 283 macro-moth species on one acre of woodland habitat at 9601 Oak Pass Rd., 5 road-miles north of Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills (a mixture of undisturbed Southern Oak Woodland / Chaparral / Coastal Sage Scrub habitat, at 1100 ft. elevation).
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS CALIFORNIA SITE
ABOUT THE BACKYARD CONCEPT
BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION
About the Moth Studies at 9601 Oak Pass Road
BEATING or SWEEPING for LARVAE - A MOST PRODUCTIVE COLLECTING TECHNIQUE
The OLD BEVERLY HILLS (OAK PASS ROAD) MOTH STUDY COMPARED WITH THREE OTHER (MORE RECENT) SURVEYS IN COASTAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
OBSERVED DIFFERENCES IN THE MACRO-MOTH FAUNAS OF THE ABOVE THREE OTHER SURVEYED COASTAL CALIFORNIAN LOCALITIES
HISTORICAL PHOTOS and A PLEA for FUTURE STUDIES in the SAME REGION
FRANK SALA'S CORNER
FRANK HOVORE'S CORNER
1C - HABITAT PHOTOS (1957-1964)
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