Well, it's all over but the planting ... I'm both exhilarated and terrified at the same time. Once again I find myself with an elephant to eat. So I'm taking small bites and trying not to think about how many more there are to go. I'm sure the crew felt much the same way about the 16 yards of dirt they had to shovel, dump and spread!
I spent most of today outside watering in the new soil, visiting with curious passersby and neighbors, and getting a few things into the ground. Otahal brought me a flat of Mexican sedums and I bought several other kinds at the Natural Gardener. Those went along the sidewalk to soften and brighten the edges. There are several bare ground areas that will be planted with groundcovers and I may yet remove the half-circle of lawn in the front. The Executive Producer complained that it's difficult to mow up against the stones, and he objects to using a weedeater to keep the grass shorn. Maybe it's best to just rip out that patch and plant groundcovers there, too. We'll see how it mows.
Here's how it all looked this afternoon.
One final picture: as you can probably guess, this is my friendly garden guru, David Otahal. I've really enjoyed working with him the last couple of weeks ... I hope the feeling is mutual. I owe him many, many thanks for helping me realize my vision.