The trees of the Jefferson Learning Landscape, overshadowing visitors. Top photo is 20014. Bottom photos 2019
What a difference a few years make! As the Humboldt Hedgerow has grown along with the trees, Black capped Chickadees, Yellow Bumble Bees and even the occasional crow use this tiny patch of native ecosystem to forage and nest.
After five years as head native plant gardener I can see so much progress. It is work. The removal of invasive plants is minimal, but must be done. Reminding owners of dogs that they cannot run unleashed on school property and be allowed to dig up the native plant beds is continual.
The educational work with visitors about the purpose of this native plant garden continues. An unfenced public space like the Jefferson Field is seen from the ground, not the view point of trees.
It is a big challenge to educate the constant stream of new residents and visitors to Humboldt neighborhood. The personal viewpoint is often resistant to changing.
And this brings to mind the new term for not seeing what is right in front of us: plant blindness. This is the inability to recognize even common plants that are around us.
The Humboldt Hedgerow is a great place to start becoming plant aware. The viewpoint of trees, the large Douglas firs and Western Red Cedars reaching into the sky, are easy to learn to id.
Soon the glorious California Poppies will be in bloom with the elegant Fireweed to follow all summer. These are also easy to learn to see as a beginning. Once you start seeing plant differences and similarities it become natural to want to know what plant is in front of you.
The viewpoint of trees is centuries. Imagine what they will see.