|The remaining lawn segment in the front garden, just behind the hedge on one side of our driveway, currently dormant (and ugly)|
|The swath of half-dead lawn that, for the time being, serves as a pathway through the backyard garden|
Walking through the neighborhood, I found some lawns still in relatively pristine condition.
|Inexplicably, this includes a small patch of lawn at the entrance to the neighborhood|
|This homeowner and his next door neighbor had the most pristine lawns in the entire neighborhood - I initially thought they might be synthetic grass|
|This garden is mostly lawn|
|This neighbor loves his lawn but I know he's watching his water usage closely|
Other homeowners, like us, have allowed their lawns to die back.
Some homeowners are maintaining small lawns, while using more drought-tolerant plants elsewhere in their front yards.
|This homeowner has small sections of lawn in between wide planting beds filled with drought-tolerant plants|
|This homeowner has been replacing thirsty plants with succulents, while allowing the lawn to turn brown|
Some homes have been lawn-free (or virtually so) since we've lived in the neighborhood.
|I guess lawn could be lurking behind the shrubbery that hides this house but the shady conditions make it unlikely|
|This huge property spills down into a canyon but most everything at street level behind the gate appears to be concrete|
|This neighbor replaced a mass of Vinca along the street with more drought-tolerant Dymondia|
|This home has lots of palms and plants with a tropical feel|
|Many of the homes in our neighborhood, like this one, are "flag lots" with only a driveway fronting the street|
One home is lawn-free because it's been gutted to make room for a larger house.
And one has a front yard full of dirt because the septic system is undergoing replacement (which is taking a long time).
There are more than 50 homes in the circle that makes up my neighborhood so what I've shown here is only a sample of what's out there but I think it's fairly representative. I've seen only some of the backyards associated with these homes but enough to conclude that they're a mix too. It'll be interesting to see whether lawns continue to die off and disappear, or if the expected arrival of El Nino this fall will hold the trend at bay.
I'll leave you with a few of the brighter spots from my neighborhood walk.
|There are masses of Agave attenuata throughout the neighborhood - these are 2 of the best ones|
|I find it comforting that this plant, a form of Borage I believe, is growing wild through cement pavement without any supplemental water whatsoever in this empty lot|
|Clockwise from top left, plants growing with little or no supplemental water: Lagerstroemia (no ID but mildew-free), Agave (americana?), Bougainvillea, Cassia didymobotrya, Plumbago, and Solanum ratonnetii|
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