Enter, stage right...and left...

The towering palms -- the ones that made you think you really had driven too far south of town and ended up in Corpus Christi -- are gone.

They came down with barely a whimper on April 29, and left four big holes.

Today, three of those holes were filled.

At the back corners on either side of the pool, I planted two beautiful, graceful, arching Pindo Palms. I've been wanting one since the garden bloggers toured Peckerwood Gardens together in November of 2008.

In the open space in the back bed, I also planted a purple Datura (there is a white one there now also) and a Cardoon. Tomorrow, I'll add several Silver Ponyfoot plants to (eventually) cascade down the wall and fill the base of the bed. (They're pretty darn tiny right now, but they'll grow!)

I think a giant burgundy Dracena may be joining them on the end soon. And I'm sure I will think of some more things that need to be in there as well.

See, doesn't that pretty Pindo look so much better?

I also planted a Pineapple Guava tree on the other side of the pool, having fallen in love with them on our bloggers tour to San Antonio to the Botanic Gardens. I didn't get a photo of it, but it comes before this palm in the photo below - right where I am standing. (I didn't take a picture of it because it looks like a giant bush-ball, and I am going to prune it up into a tree once it's gotten over the shock of the move.)

They didn't photograph very well in the afternoon sun, but the look sooooo much better there than the other palms. Guess I can let out my breath now ... everything went as planned and I'm happy with the result. Can't ask for more than that!

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