The miracle July rain we got is showing. Most plants are pushing out new foliage and flower buds. The garden is somewhat bedraggled in spots, but better than expected.
I'm somewhat surprised our district managed only a savings of 36%. There are plenty of brown lawns in the neighborhood:
Neighbors are doing their part...
Not quite all of them.
Just quit doing this:
...the koi hide in the shade until the sun goes behind the house.
Toasted, a little.
The Syzygium hedge looks good. It's getting laundry machine grey water
I believe the Agave americana 'Medio Picta Alba Aurea' is looking better with a drip line than it did getting sprinkler spray. Bloom sized now, about 4' tall (120 cm), a little more than that wide.
There are plenty of 'Blue Glow' Agaves on the slope, just not large enough to show up in a wide shot, yet. A rainy winter could really get them going. I plan to add more of the Cordyline 'Festival Grass' along the top of the slope, when the weather cools down in October. It looks far better (those two on the top right) than I expected.
The Dymondia is doing well with less water. The roses are managing.
Big 'Hercules' has branched into three. One branch faces outward from the house, the other two, parallel to the house. No branch at this point is growing towards the house. This is excellent placement. (Nothing I did--Hercules decided that for himself)
Muddling through, onward through the drought to a wonderful rainy winter. Or so we hope. I can see rain clouds in the distance, but they and their rain won't reach here. It's pouring buckets in Palmdale, more than 100 miles from here.
Wide shots are meme'd around the first of the month by Xericstyle.
Update: we did get a shower. I dashed out and put the barrels under the scuppers. After it stopped, clouds of steam rose from the hot wet pavement.