Monday, May 16, 2016

Desert becomes fashionable

Although we have had some rain this winter and the reservoirs are partly replenished, California is still in drought and the restrictions on water usage and irrigation in particular remain. Last year home owners started turning their lush green lawns over to desert planting and some great schemes developed. In recent months I have noticed an increasing number of developments that have made huge changes particularly to the landscapes that front the roadsides. The close-mown green lawns have gone and have been replaced by desert planting, gravels, cobbles and rocks. The following pictures were all taken within a short distance from where we live within a few minutes of each other. All were previously lush green grass often with beds of annuals.

Planted last year and settling in nicely

Reasonable scheme but they should have removed the water guzzling Jacarandas - poor advice given here!

A messy scheme and the ugly oleander hedge has been left - too water nungry and leggy. Why didn't they at least prune it!

A huge scheme stretching two blocks but pity they couldn't afford a few more plants!
I guess these changes will have made huge impacts on landscapers who no longer have acres of grass to cut and will buy less machinery from the suppliers. And then everyone is buying cacti and succulents rather than bedding plants. Lots of change for all those in the horticulture industry in this area.

1 comment:

  1. Drought was never ideal but good to see the adaptations there. Seems that sort of planting is more appropriate there in the first place rather than the indulgent lush planting they had before.