Well after a couple of years a few starts and the most brutal summer it is time to plant some garden to liven up a little of the layout.
Since this is going to be a dry wash for the foreseeable future I planted some Assylium here to add a little to the bridge
I really should write down and keep a record of what I plant. All the small plants at the base of the hills are new. The lantanas on the left side of the windmill flower are volunteer plants that came up on their own and have survived. The plants on the hill are about the only things I have been able to keep alive so far. Note the little brown clump of a plant above the flagstone, I got a huge flat of this low growing ground cover at Lowes a couple of weeks ago. It was on the clearance rack for $5.00 so I thought it would maybe some of them would live. Planted it and it seemed to almost instantly give up. They had no root system so and are not recommended for this zone anyway, but figured I would give it a go. Maybe they will pick back up.
the plant on the right, we pulled 3 of them out when I built the layout, so I am confident this should grow and thrive. You can barely read on the flagstone my chiseled memorial to Babs the best dog ever and the namesake of the railroad
The 4 plants closest to the camera are all the volunteer Lantanas that birds or rabbits planted for me. As you can see in the background I still have a lot of area to landscape and get finished. I am going to put all the buildings out, all the rolling stock and get some trains in the pictures to make it look like a railroad.
Way over where the bag of soil is I planted a couple of the Asslyium, and there are some succulents we got as cuttings from our daughter that are barely hanging on, but still green. Once I get a good idea where buildings are going to stay , and a couple more built I will move on with more plants, and other structures.
I know you midwest and east coast guys are shocked at this bare ground , where are all the plants and grass and greenery, but give me some time and I will have some, never going to be the lush forests of plants and ground cover all y’all have, unless I can cover the whole yard
Missed the picture of the tunnel and the plants on it. This is where most of the $5.00 ground cover went and as you can see they are not doing well. the other plants that went in at the same time look good , so I may go get some more of them. Need to add a sprinkler to the hill side to water these.