Last week’s visit to the bone-dry west coast is still on my mind. Southern California has an ideal mediterranean climate; winters are wet, summers are dry. Mild year-round temperatures created a huge population boom in an environment with insufficient water.
Some feel that southern California is finally forced to live within the means offered by a very low natural water budget, rightly pointing to the extensive environmental damage resulting from decades of ‘stealing’ water from more northern parts of the state. At the same time, the country and the world is discovering a planet broadly damaged by policies based in ignorance, greed or shifting priorities.
Southern California offers an opportunity to answer questions about how plant material reacts to deep drought. This week, a look at a few plants actually thriving in a low-water regime, and the adaptability of those plants to sub-tropical Florida.
But first, a slight detour.