No big changes since last month. The plants are a little bigger and the bermuda grass is filling in nicely. The plum tree (left side) continues to droop and look sad. My guess is that it's roots are too wet in this location. If it survives the summer, it will need to be relocated. What will I replace it with?
Recently found my passion vine plant eaten' away by some butterfly larvae. I'm sad the plant has been decimated but excited that I've attracted the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly to my garden. There are at least 15 caterpillars chomping away on the leaves. Apparently this is the only food source for two types of butterflies, of which the Gulf Fritillary is one. I hope there's enough plant for them to eat and then make their chrysalis; the passion vine wasn't very big to begin with.
April showers bring May flowers so I guess May showers bring thunderstorms and backyard flooding. Maybe I have unwittingly created a "rain garden" (which seems to be a current trend in gardening). The water is absorbed within a few hours of the rain stopping so I think it's OK...right?
Why do I love heartleafed iceplants? Because they are the easiest plant I've ever attempted to grow. Give it full sun to shade or dry to wet (but well drained) soil and iceplants will be happy. Don't buy one for every pot or bed you want it to grown in; just buy one big plant. Then take clippings to start new ones. Cut off a piece, stick it in some good dirt, water and watch it grow. I do give iceplants some tender loving care like good potting soil or beds amended with compost and shale. I also like to give it a regular feeding of Lady Bud Natural Brand "John's Recipe" fertilizer. From web site, it's a "blend of seaweed, humic acid, cane molasses, magnesium sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate and emulsified and hydrolyzed fish emulsion. John’s Recipe contains no artificial chemicals and will not pollute". My in-ground iceplants survived this year's first freeze but the new tender growth didn't make it through the second freeze. That's ok though. I spent 14 bucks on a new one in February and now have over 12 pots and a new bed of heartleafed iceplants.
bed tilled and amended with compost and expanded shale
added clippings of heartleafed iceplant and finished off with shredded mulch