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Fri Sep 28, 2012, 12:35 PM

15. I had an HOA home in Carlsbad in the mid 1990s

It was of of Alicante. It was a new HOA. I got involved in the "rules committee" and my then-wife on the "landscape committee". My goal was to make sure that rule enforcement was "minimal". Her goal was to allow alternate options for landscaping. We hired a local Tree Nursery to design a xeriscape landscape that was rich in native plants (rather than rocks) that and had seasonally changing but usually vibrant color blends, so that nobody in their sane mind could say it was boring, dull, or ugly. She got it through the landscape approval, though the architecture committee claimed jurisdiction and sent it to the architecture consultant for review. He came by the house so view the property and we happened to be home and he asked us a lot of questions about our goals. It turned out he just started hobbying in xeriscape landscapes himself and was fascinated to learn. He of course approved the design, to the dismay of the architecture committee and we installed it in 1994. The neighborhood had a "yard of the month" award which we never won. In the summer of 1997 several of my neighbors who had 1/8 acre "view lots" were complaining of their $150+ water bills, and were surprised when the water bill for my 1/3 acre inside lot (most of it was steep slope landscaped with low-water iceplant and evergreen trees by the developer) was around $70.

I hadn't been to Carlsbad for a long time but in March of this year I traveled to Carlsbad to go the the amusement place there. We went to the old (for me) neighborhood and I was very pleased to see that the entire xeriscape was still in place, and had matured and was well tended by the current owner. I also got to see the annual living Christmas trees that I planted each year on the slope after the holidays, which had grown quite big.

Where is the plant supposed to go?

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