No, not really, just a mulch of very white chippings on the alpine scree! Hopefully they will tone down as time goes by and not be such a startling, bright white. Old plants had spread too far, some killing off tiny, precious treasures that had been living quite happily for years, so replanting was necessary.
What we now call the alpine scree was once the old pond that the previous people built. We dug another pond at the top of the garden and fenced it off when our first grandchild was born. The base here is full of rubbish and rubble, the soil we added getting more and more gritty the nearer I got to the surface, so this is the only place in the garden where we have really well drained soil. I have some dwarf tulips in pots that will be planted when they have flowered and some crocus will be added in the autumn. The brightness of the gravel made it difficult for the camera to get the exposure correct, so some of the photos are a bit dark, my apologies.
When the bulbs have finished flowering, the dwarf iris should take over and carry on the colour in this part of the garden. As I was planting the new plants, the bees couldn’t wait until I had finished, they were in there straight away. Hopefully the planting will improve as they increase in size, so by next spring, with more bulbs added, and the bright white toned down a bit, it should look a lot better.
Well that kept me busy for a couple of days, have you been making any changes in your garden recently?