A Corona del Mar man has cultivated several sunflower and corn crops in formerly empty tree wells along Orchid Avenue near Rose Bakery Cafe. (Courtesy Amy Senk / June 20, 2014)

Editor's note: Former columnist Amy Senk, who publishes the Corona del Mar Today blog, has returned to the Sunday Daily Pilot. Read her work daily at coronadelmartoday.com.

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A Corona del Mar man has cultivated several sunflower and corn crops in formerly empty tree wells along Orchid Avenue near Rose Bakery Cafe.

"He started in the back parking lot three or four months ago," said Rose Bakery Cafe co-owner Dai Lim. "It wasn't really in good shape back then, and he pulled weeds and cleaned it up. Soon he was planting flowers closer to the restaurant. I asked him about it, and he said he just wanted to do it."

The man brings his own bucket and waters the plants and flowers using a tap on the back of the bakery building, she said.

"We really love them," Lim said. "It's so wonderful. Everyone loves it."

Rose's owners give the man a discount on every order and presented him with a $50 gift card.

The man declined through a friend to be interviewed or named for this story.

"He is on a mission to beautify his surroundings, hoping others will follow his good example, and to promote kindness at the same time" said Jacqueline Wittmeyer, a friend of the man. "It's a good thing."

The man also may be responsible for adding flowers by the Corona del Mar post office and a nearby bank, Lim said.

"I just wonder how it all grew so fast," she said.

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Bicycle Master Plan Committee to meet Monday

After a year of work, the city of Newport Beach's Bicycle Master Plan's first draft has been released, a city webpage states.

The plan will be the main topic of discussion at the next Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee, which will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the Civic Center's Community Room.

The 200-plus-page draft plan was released this week and can be viewed on the city's website.

The draft includes maps, information on sharrows and bike racks, safety improvement suggestions and more.

The public may review the draft and make comments through July 30, the city website states. Comments may be made in writing and sent to Brad Sommers, the city's project manager, at boomers@newportbeachca.gov.

The public may attend the Monday meeting and make comments. The Civic Center is at 100 Civic Center Drive.

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