Last fall, continuing into this year, we replaced the plantings near the house with natives and drought-tolerant varieties. After visiting my friend, Christina Schneck and her garden in Piedmont, I ordered stakes from Christina's garden designer, Barbara Siegel. Christina had lettered hers with Romans, I chose uncials. Unfortunately, since we removed the lawn, the rabbits and squirrels have been nibbling the yarrow and fern-leafed lavendar to nubs. Today, pavers are being delivered for the walkway around these plantings and I talked Dennis into allowing me plant grass between them, rather than mortar. Hopefully, that will distract the rodents. One more thing to water, but I do use gray water.