So this year I dug twice as deep and put in twice as much compost. I think what is happening is that the root systems would do fine in the shallow compost layer, then hit the hard clay underneath, stunting the growth of the plant. We shall see how the plants do this year with more room to spread their little roots. Wish me luck..
My daughter took some more pictures of The Ugly. They turned out nicely, I think.
This is lantana growing in the butterfly garden
A daisy, also in the butterfly garden.
And, of course, Miss Daisy
I also did some work in the rock garden yesterday. In keeping with my low cost philosophy, I transplanted some plants from another part of the yard.. I think they are called "gold coins", but I'm not sure. My Mother-in-law had them growing in her yard and she was kind enough to share some with me. I took the picture right away, just in case they don't survive the move.
A little over exposed, but I think you get the idea. It should look nice when it fills in. Hopefully there is enough sun for it.
Again, a bit over exposed. This is the other side of the rock stream. I had planted some lamb's ears there, but the kids were trampling them. There is a lot of broken up concrete around the yard. Honestly, I'm not sure where it is coming from. Just when I think I have picked up all the pieces, I find more. Which is ok, because I built this little border to remind little feet that there are plants growing here.
Well, it's off to the garden center. The little ones and I are all in need of an outing. Everyone is a little stir crazy.