Rock Shopping. In the midst of working out where to put plants from "The Great Plant Haul of 2023" I knew I'd need some smaller sized boulders to help build up some planting spots in the slope. Off to American Soil & Stone in Richmond, about 50 minutes away from Livermore. As luck would have it, Sophia & Ivan were free and game to go with me. *Sophia found the rock with the bright lime green.
This area can have standing water during extreme rain events- so I needed to really mound it up for drainage. We used to have several ducks - oh my ducks! Let me go off topic and dig up some pics- They were such fun, and only helped the terrible clay soil in this area with all their digging, EXUBERANT swimming and pooping. They lived in the garage as babies, below-we brought them in the house and let them play in paper plates filled with water and baby peas.
Free at last, outside!
Not a single cactus in the backyard, shocking! *With chicken Bossy Betsy, she didn't get along with the other chickens - but lived happily with the ducks.
Ok, back to the future. I added several bags of sandy loam and pumice.
End results, the rock border looks kinda "phony" now, but I know these things have a way of settling and becoming normal in a few weeks. And if not, I will fuss with it later. At least I know the Hakea will not *hopefully be stuck in standing water.