Yesterday evening I took a walk through my very hilly neighborhood here in Santa Barbara. Most of the houses have extremely beautiful gardens, often making use of steep slopes. A few houses have grassy lawns; most use plants that are well-adapted to the dry climate here. To me, many plants seem exotic: jacaranda trees, hibiscus hedges, jasmine, bottle-brush trees, and even overgrown geraniums that have grown woody thanks to years of growth without freezing.
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