Really enjoyable column, Mr. Goodnick.
I've always been in awe of courhouse architecture and landscaping--a building complex with interesting forms and details and SCALE and proportion. I love it that most of the landscaping matches it.
I love it: Terminal Raking Sydrome. Just saw some this morning and I thought the same thing. The local water provider needs to make use of those advertising signs that contractors use on a job, for prominent properties:
Mulch in action!
Saving water NOW!
Glad your jury experience was win-win.
Thanks Billy, for outing the bad practices at the courthouse. My own previous efforts working within the system fell on deaf ears. Let's hope someone who cares and matters takes your comments as constructive criticism and changes the care of the Abelias and Junipers. Those two minor improvements would not only result in a better-looking landscape, they would also reduce the amount of energy (electrical/fossil fuel) spent on unnecessary removal of plant growth, cut down on person-hours spent, and reduce the amount of green waste.
One more thing; a recent replacement of Thevetia thevetioides (Giant Thevetia), near the fountain on the west side, is in fact Thevetia nereifolia (Yellow Oleander). T. thevetioides is a larger plant, less common, with larger yellow flowers. The new plant is none of the above, but is often sold by nurseries as the rarer plant, and when the buyer doesn't know what to look for, will get the wrong plant.