We bought two new ceramic pots, on a whim, and now they form the centrepiece of what will be a made-over area near the front double gates where the diseased palm once stood. I have a couple of rose bushes and some clumps of lilies to go in and around the edge the beautiful sprawling portalaca succulents that flower most of the year.
Things are still growing and blooming - the geraniums have not stopped this year - even though we had a vicious cold snap and lots of rain. We're constantly hacking back and the pile grows. We're allowed a bonfire on Tuesdays and Thursdays but the pile doesn't dry out enough to get going. What a conflagration we'll have in the Spring.