A few weeks ago, I collected clippings of croton and firebush to propagate. The type of croton I was able to clip from has multicolored leaves that are twisted and it is a really neat variety. It has been a few weeks since I planted the cuttings and most of them were rooted. So, it was time to get the gardening gloves and shovel out! Most people would not think that this would be a fun way to spend their Labor Day holiday, but I love planting. Side note: planting is much much different from chopping bush!
We have really rocky soil and digging up the ground was tough. Only broke one shovel.... I planted about 20 croton plants, 15 firebush plants, and lots of purple oyster plants. I chose to plant the purple oyster plant because we have been unable to get grass to grow well, and every time it rains, dirt gets splashed onto the white walls. This is not very pleasant :(
The spot I chose for the firebush to be planted was right next to a petrea vine (queen's wreath) that was in full bloom and had lots of bees enjoying the sweetness. These bees did not like the noise from the shovel or me being so near to them and I think I ran away flailing my hands wildly approximately 40 times. I guess I just assumed they would consider me a part of their environment after a while. Luckily I did not get stung!
Here are some pictures of everything. Hopefully they will all grow well!