Back in May of 2011, nearly five years ago, I blogged about a Southern California Edison electric substation, where the vast turf lawn was removed and replaced with a climate-appropriate landscape. That post is here.
Compare the newest google earth shot:
Update time. The small starts of grass have grown into a meadow.
The Manzanitas are in flower...
Everything has filled in.
Rosemary, Salvia greggii, Cercis. Lawn doesn't provide much habitat for birds. This does:
Acacia and Geijera
Several different grasses
Far prettier than a brown and yellow Bermuda grass lawn
Despite the thunderous roar of traffic, birds. It was difficult to discern through the deafening traffic roar, but the twitters and peeps of birds could be heard. With so much natural habitat lost in Southern California, places like these offer food and shelter for bees and birds.
The initially orderly Agave army has offset and merged into an Agave carpet, and is blooming. Below them is another striking mass planting of Aloe striata.
A carpenter bee in the Salvia clevelandii:
A blue Agave hidden behind Salvia greggi
The Cercis, shrubs not even knee high when first I blogged, are six or seven feet tall now (~1 M).
Crepe Myrtles are still dormant; I don't know what color the flowers are--perhaps I'll check back come summer.
The Agave flowers made a good echo of the enormous electrical towers.
Pretty successful, wouldn't you say?