Even though many parts of SoCal are a deadly brown, many of the plants are imported from areas of the Mediterranean, and many are evergreen. With a few judicious choices, even the desert we are becoming can have the green of other parts of the world.
In the last 24 hours we got 4 inches / 10 cm rain. This was taken last Saturday. I should get out today to see how the same creek is looking . . . we actually had to pump out the back yard with a submersible pump and hose as the water was creeping over the patio. Terra Firma in our neck of the world has a lot of clay, and the result is poor drainage, made even poorer, in our case, by too many impervious walls. Overall, we are fine, but when a storm like the ones we are having hits, flooding and catastrophe follow.
The Japanese Garden on Woodley in Los Angeles is a lovely place to visit, throughout the year. Because one must stay on the paths, it can be difficult to get the images you might imagine, but it never leaves one disappointed.
Hot. Cold. Expand. Contract. Crack.