These are my newly placed stones, brought in from along a
fence where they used to mark the waterline for a cow trough.
The one above measures roughly 18x24" and is
about 9 inches tall.
This rock is about 16x22" and a little taller than the first.
I gave them a bath before their photo shoot to remove the
loose dirt covering them, lol.
When brought in, they rolled off the root rake and on each side
of an existing stone in front of what I call the stump bed.
I hurriedly moved these smaller stones as the tractor came down the drive, rolling the front two because they are too heavy to lift. One of these goes back in the line. The others get new homes.
Stones edge the low front side of this bed. Grasses at right are Gulf Muhly. Yellow flowers at center front are Melampodium and Tithonia at right. The tall shrubs at center are Duranta erecta, slow to bloom. The stone at left is one waiting to be moved. I've already done some pruning of Duranta today since these pics were taken.
Speaking of Duranta, there is only one that survived the winter without being killed back to roots.
For the first time ever, after all the rain it put on the significant yellow berries that gives it the common name, Golden Dewdrop. Its other common name is Pigeon Berry.
Yellow berries and purple flowers of Duranta.
Not one of the main favorites of butterflies but there is usually at least one Pipevine Swallowtail fluttering among the flowers, just not when I'm making a pic.
My new routine for butterfly pictures is just to point in their direction and click, click, click. When I come inside I discard all but the focused ones with a butterfly. They flutter so quickly that some frames are empty, some too blurred and maybe one in ten is marvelous by my standards.
North side of the bed with the new stones, Tithonia and some Datura, right.
At upper left there is a Gulf Fritillary; everybody else fluttered away when the camera appeared. Earlier in the day there was a Tiger Swallowtail who of course flew out of sight when camera appeared and I gave chase.
If you are farther north, be assured that butterflies are coming to a garden near you. Soonest.