Probably I should get after the landlords to do something with the sprinkler system here. About half of it is hooked up, but it comes on at odd times, and several sprinkler heads are missing (so water flows like a fountain, over the walkway, missing the plants). The instructions are inside the timer box, on a piece of paper that has been chewed beyond recognition by snails.
The birds like the occasional mini-floods created by this haphazard system, but I can do without getting sprayed while walking in from the garage. Soon I'm going to need to start watering the parts of the garden that don't have the advantage of being next to the working sprinklers.
Everything is still green, but I remember how dead and dry some of it was when I moved in last fall. We still have a few more weeks of possible rain, but within a couple of months our hills will take on that golden California glow.
A weird side effect of the screwy sprinkler system is that when it goes on, the kitchen faucet starts leaking. I don't know what the connection is, but it happens every time. If the stopper is in, the sink can fill up pretty quickly. And the oddest part is that it's the hot water that leaks. If I turn off the hot water under the sink, it stops leaking. I can turn it back on the next day and it won't leak — until the next time the sprinklers decide to come on.