while my car took a smog test.
The smog test center is across from the Ficus elastica last seen here.
A block away, I wish I could take better pictures of the fabulous and very drought-tolerant Guerrero Street median planting.
A woman in this neighborhood discovered a city ordinance that allows planting the median. The nursery up the street donated diverse plant material, and the neighbors all pitched in on planting day.
This all started at the intersection of Guerrero and Cesar Chavez two years ago and now the planting extends three blocks with a fourth on the way. Plant material includes include palm and olive trees, yucca, aloe, agave, something that looks like leucospermum, and miscellaneous tough succulents.
Maybe another time I'll get better pictures. More information here.
Farther along, Juri Commons.
This so-called mini-park cuts diagonally between two parallel streets. It used to be a right-of-way for the Southern Pacific railroad, as is often the case with odd diagonals in California. Today there's a little playground and some plants.
Leptospermum scoparium and Cestrum auranticum.
The Leptospermum is a workhorse, but the Cestrum doesn't turn up much.
It's probably poisonous and it smells foul up close, but the abundant orange flowers and white fruit (more abundant in summer and fall) are nice and it's relatively carefree.
Some guy's dog...
Small Tibouchina urvilleana, apparently introduced to the California nursery trade by the father of the guy who designed the gardens at Disneyland.
What those will eventually grow up to be:
Time to go get the car.