Friday, May 14, 2021

What Happened To My Yard?

Fire abatement rules mandate that all weeds must be removed by June 1. After removal, 100 feet around my house should look like this picture, just dirt. Not the prettiest, but safety is more important. 

In the 15 years I've lived here, even during the drought years, my yard would look like this by mid-May. I posted this on May 11, 2020.

Each year, no matter what, weeds grew with amazing speed and I needed to hire someone with a tractor to clear my yard.  

It looks like no tractor will be needed this year,  since my yard still looks like this, except the tree and the lilac bush are both green now and look healthy. 

I'm having problems with Google photos, so I can only show old pictures right now. 

The difference in my yard from last year to now is so huge, it's like a premonition of what's to come if we humans don't change our ways. 

I was sure that the effects of our changing climate would not be noticed in my immediate environment in my lifetime. 

I was wrong.


  1. Hello,
    The effects of climate change are awful. The wildfires are scary, I can understand why the removal of all weeds are required. Take care, have a happy weekend!

  2. sorry you don't have to hire this cleared this year because that means our enviroment is not normal this year. ours is not either, the first time in 32 years we have zero hisbicus in our yard, even the one down the street that has a sprinkler system has only a few on the yellow bush... we have green, as in trees but the rest is a horror. Wish i were there to help with the picture problme

  3. I try to remain optimistic but the change in our weather has been dramatic and yet, many deny anything is different.

  4. I guess you haven't had enough rain for even weeds to grow. That is pretty scary. Why don't people wake up and realize this climate change is a real thing? Stay safe.

  5. Wow, that is scary. I guess I have a lot to be thankful for everything is greening up and growing rapidly here. The only thing I have to complain about is the deers are eating my tulips and hostas and other perannials.


  6. Will you have to hire someone to do this? I hope you can keep the smoke out of your house! And the dogs inside. We just watched a show where a dog unknowingly walked over some hot ashes and burned it's paws so bad.

  7. Climate change happens and is happening all the time - it never stays the same.
    If we had just dirt here it would be MUD in no time at all. No Rain is something we don't have to deal with, thankfully.

  8. That's a forlorn sight. Even if it does save the work of a tractor.

  9. Since moving to Florida in 2009, I've become very aware of climate change as I observe what happens in my own backyard.


  10. No matter where you live, we all have challenges to face. We will be hearing all about hurricane preparedness now. Take care and have a good weekend!

  11. like you... I never thought of it happening in my lifetime. but the marine and I were just talking about it all at lunch. and it's Here. it's no doubt Been here for awhile.
    Wall-e tried to tell us. and Avatar. the Creatives among us often see it first.

    I'm trying to think of it as Sociology.
    my part of the country has never had enough rain.
    we're always one step away from severe drought. this year we've had Rain! and it's heavenly cool. still Windy but Cool! that's also unheard of. we're often in the 90's by now. and our tornadoes seem to be moving South and Southeast. it's all very strange.
    I'm trying to be like Spock and just move with the punches.
    that may not be a saying. especially by Spock.
    Go with the Flow. there. I Know that's a saying. we have to just keep doing what we can even if we're only One! XO

  12. Oops! My comment disappeared. Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope those drastic changes you are experiencing will surprise everyone and get better!

    1. LC - i couldn't figure out sometimes why my comments disappeared. At least here on this blog for some reason after you start to write a comment, the page reloads automatically while y ou are in the middle of it and you lose it. or sometimes if it's a quick comment you write and post it but because of the reloading it can do it right in the middle of when you think it is posting. It's best to wait a bit before starting your comment.

  13. Love the green around the property. We still have healthy green looking forests - in fact to me, it seems even more abundant with growth. Our lakes are down a little bit but here in Crestline we got more snow this last winter than Big Bear, Green Valley Lake and Running springs which are higher in altitude. The snow storms would come over our area. So here we are loving how green it is. For me, I don't believe some of what I read. I find it cyclical from years ago - we are seeing the same things - but then there are other changes that seem more extreme like the coastal waters rising in areas - so it does leave me wondering what's up and the more severity of storms - now that's concerning to me.

  14. That's heartbreaking. You need rain. Maybe it will come eventually.

  15. Hi Inger - it's interesting how little has grown this year ... but saves some money, I guess. It's still cold here - though the sun is hot ... but gales for the weekend ... though I'm grateful for the rain! Cheers Hilary

  16. Hi friend, Ojo here! Those green growing plants are very pretty, I would love to run through them. I am sad to hear you didn't get any this year. This is Very Bad News!

  17. ... and here in the UK we have strong winds and rain forecast and it's May! It should be getting sunnier and warmer!

    All the best Jan


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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