Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Santa Clara County road maintenance crews are making short work of the blooming oleander shrubs along the Foothill Expressway median in Los Altos. According to a crew foreman, the oleanders were growing to the point where they encroached on the fast lanes of the roadway. The county employs Elmwood Correctional Facility residents to do the pruning. Some questioned the timing of cutting the oleanders in full bloom. The foreman, who did not want his name used, said oleanders are “among the heartiest plants around” – they’re drought tolerant and grow back quickly.