Today the firemen came and visited my garden. The two of them were sitting together on my garden bench, enjoying the dappled shade that the big Pine tree makes, and no doubt marveling at the tangle of Iceplant at their feet. They chose to write their inspection notes from this spot, rather than going back to their truck. I have to say, it was a bit strange to see the dark blue uniforms on my garden bench.
It's July and time for brush clearance inspection in Topanga Canyon. Of course, I passed.. I always do. As usual, the firemen were mostly concerned with clearance around the perimeter of the house, so in case of a fire they can get in there to put it out. Some folks in Topanga think you have to scalp your hillside yard of every living thing for 100-200 ft from the house. THIS IS NOT TRUE. In fact, a good thinning of bushes and low tree branches is much more effective at stopping a fire than removing everything.
"What's happened to your house numbers?" one of the firemen asked me. "They must have come loose. I promise I'll take care of that," I replied. He reminded me how important house numbers are to the firemen: in the event they get called out to fight a fire they have to know the correct address.
Well, a wonderful breeze has picked up on this warm July day and strewn more leaves onto the deck from the Walnut trees. So, off I go to sweep them all up. Another pile of 'brush' is born!