GARDENING : Cheers for Ice Plants Hold Water in Laguna

by:BrightMart     2020-02-29
Ice Mills, 1970 Century mountain kings, 80 and 90 centuries deposed by landscape designers and caltros, became heroes after the Southern California fire.
Factory demand again--
This time it\'s fire-
Resist nature. The low-
The growing juicy plants store moisture in the fleshy leaves, and the high moisture seems to slow down or even stop the flame walls of Laguna Canyon, Topanga Canyon, and Las Flores Canyon in Malibu.
In a television and newspaper interview, more than one fire survivor said: \"The ice mill saved my home . \".
After the fire, when the Laguna garden nursery on Laguna Beach reopened, residents purchased the full stock of over 3,000 ice plants.
Today, the ice plant has become a symbol of survival, and residents of Laguna give the apartment of the ice plant to each other in lieu of other flowers.
Orders for traditional flower shops in Laguna have flooded since the fire.
\"The person who wants to say \'thank you for letting me live in your home\' or \'Sorry for your fire\' is sending ice plants, not roses or traditional fresh arrangements, said Clerk Ann Gross.
Meanwhile, owner Theodora Poole-
Cardenas has been looking for ice plant apartments in the nursery, and then she has decorated them for customers.
Landscape designer Marty McPhee described the ice Mill as \"probably the hottest --
Flame retardant plants.
\"After the fire, McPhee drove through Laguna Beach and saw the slopes where the fire burned the ice Mill and stopped.
His company, Nanbu County landscape, had just finished planting ice plants on the slopes during a development in March.
The hillside near his San Clement home is covered with ice plants.
\"In full bloom, it is one of the most attractive ground cover plants and one of the driest places --
\"Tolerance,\" he said.
After the fire, Carl Poly Pomona\'s plant expert Robert Perry was asked to list the quickgrowing, fire-
Flame retardant plants.
He includes the white mop-tail ice factory.
Ice Mills on the fire list of the Laguna Beach Fire Department
There are also resistant plants.
But there is no rush to invest in ice Factory futures.
Not everyone has been transformed.
Critics say the waters of the land
Keeping the quality makes it so big that it causes the slope to slide in the rain-
Although heavy-
The fronds Hottentot fig variety, which used to be the main culprit, is rarely used today.
Ice plants also contain snails and rodents and invade other plants, critics say.
Modern slope planting methods make it cheaper to spray seeds in large areas than to plant them manually
Plant ice plant inserts.
Then fashion.
Like everything else, plants are in and out fashion.
Despite the California fire, native plants-
Most ice plants are not--
It is the favorite of most landscape designers today.
Nevertheless, the ice Mill is indeed worth considering.
Instead of heavy Hottentot varieties--
Also known as Carpobrotus or sea fig. -
There are nearly a dozen other types of products on the market, which makes the market very dissatisfied.
The new varieties are all dry.
Tolerance and fireresistant.
Most people have beautiful, sometimes eye-catching flowers;
Almost everyone grows like weeds.
The most popular one is rosea, a small-
A plant with spreading leaves of smooth pink flowers;
Lampranthus, a species of shrubs glittering nearby
Neon purple flowers;
White trailing ice plants, offering beautiful leaves and fast coverage, red apples, an ice plant, are opposite to small flowers that are almost constantly blooming.
Soil and slope are important considerations when deciding to use ice plants.
The soil with high clay content becomes jelly-like when it is very humid and shallow.
Root ice plants saturated with water can slide down such slopes-
Take a thick layer of soil with it. Frederick M.
Lang, a landscape designer in South Laguna, has grown ice plants for many years.
But he stressed that natural plants are the most important in projects where slope sliding is a potential problem.
Lang said ice plants perform better in rocky soil and sandy areas where ice plants actually combine the soil to control erosion.
Heavy ice plants can become good ground cover on many slopes-
But not in places where steep or poorly drained soil.
As it happens, ice plants appear in the news at the right time of year: planting time.
In order to start a patch, gardeners can buy their favorite color apartments in the nursery, or remove the inserts and plant them from existing growth.
Rain in winter will start to take root, but these plants will not grow too much until the soil warms in spring.
The ice factory needs watering before it is built.
But after that, too much water can kill it.
Nursery growers say homeowners in Southern California tend to water ice Mills on hillsides during the summer months.
Several gardeners say that although it is a low
Maintain ground cover plants, ice plants fertilize once a year and look better, water in severe drought and replant when dead ends form ---
As they often do.
\"This requires typical maintenance.
\"None of the plants are bullet-proof, but you\'ll see red apples with fewer dead spots than other ice plant varieties,\" mcphey said . \".
As for rodents, he says, anything that covers the ground is attractive to mice, mice and their relatives.
An ice plant that can be eaten every summer, all kinds of embryos.
Similar to New Zealand spinach, found on beaches and mountains.
Lang said: \"I have lunch on it in the right season . \" The taste is salty, he added.
Barbara Brinkhoff, owner and Gardening Director of landscape architecture at Newport Beach, doesn\'t eat it, but she admits she also likes ice plants.
But she likes to combine with other plants best.
On the slope in front of J. M. Peters Co.
Her company is located in the belcott development zone on Macarthur Avenue, Newport Beach, including a variety of trees, shrubs and ground cover plants-
Including ice factory-
The effect of continuous bloom.
\"We use it just for pure beauty and durability.
But not everyone likes ice plants.
\"Most customers say it\'s too common,\" she said . \"
Brinkerhoff\'s company did a lot of work in Emerald Bay, where she mourned the disappearance of eucalyptus and pine trees ---
Two trees are considered highly combustible due to high oil content.
She is concerned that if the community of Laguna is strictly beautified with fire --
When plants are rebuilt, they will never look the same.
She is not alone.
Janet Pepe, who works for Laguna Beach landscape architect Robert Trudeau, is worried that homeowners will replace their landscape with ice plants.
No trees, no native plants.
\"When I heard people say \'Ice plants saved my house\', the hair at the back of my neck stood up,\" she said . \".
In 1991, the US National Highway Department actually banned the juicy plant from growing on the highway, but the official reason is not a problem with slope sliding.
Rather, it is a conversion to water.
Saving Irrigation System, individual planting with low moisture
Flow nozzle.
Kevin Tong, landscape architect at Caltrans, said ice plants have broad growth patterns and cannot be watered like this.
Earlier, landscape designers abandoned ground cover plants and instead chose plants that took root deeper on the hillside and didn\'t retain as much water.
Dale Rahn, a landscape architect with a rural nursery, remembers the plants everywhere in his 70 s.
\"When the house began to enter the foothills here, the ice Mill was the king.
It is uniform, consistent and does not require much water.
\"But it\'s just not popular anymore,\" he said . \"
Rahn recalled that near the Manor Heights of Los Angeles, where he grew up, every winter there were slopes covered with heavy Huttu ---
As regular as rain.
The white tugtail ice Mill eventually replaced the popular Hottentot fig.
But the flower is so insignificant that Rahn thinks the flower is \"a bit out of date because all you see is green.
He said: \"Lampranthus, the strong purple that drivers see on the southern hillside in spring, the coverage is slow and the way to build themselves is unstable. Tough, fast-
Growing plants like acacia and myoporum have become the main ramp plants in Orange County, and although Rahn has fire-fighting properties, it does not see a revival of the ice plants.
If it does make a comeback, it could be a trend generated by homeowners rather than landscape professionals who are used to not having it.
\"The ice factory will always exist.
\"It\'s very popular with homeowners because it\'s in full bloom and it\'s easy to buy,\" McPhee said . \".
Its image as a fire barrier could indeed give it another chance to become a mountain king.
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