So far there's garden mums, 4 of the 8 irises recently ordered, and a few daylilies from a different flowerbed. There's still a blank spot but I plan to fill it in later with some daffodils and a few other plants. A generous layer of hardwood mulch topped it off and this bed is pretty much ready for next spring.
The soil around the other tree stump is just as tightly packed. Since it's a larger stump and will therefore require more digging, I put the sprinkler on the area for about an hour. I'm hoping that some extra water will help to make the digging easier. I'll water the area again a few more times before attempting to dig.
Everybody has a favorite pair of shoes they wear for gardening. I have a pair of leather boots that I especially love to wear when I'm doing a lot of digging. They've got a great heavy-duty sole. I've had them for nearly 13 years and my sons call them my "poop stomper" boots (because they're not allowed to say "sh*t kickers" *S*). Sadly, one of them bit the dust today. When I knelt down to work the compost into the soil, I heard a SNAP and my left foot suddenly felt lighter.
*wails* My poor boot! I soldiered on and finished my work despite the broken boot. By the time I finished the sole had come off completely. I'm hoping I can have it repaired. I paid $99 for those boots and, while I've certainly gotten my money's worth out of them, they really are great work boots.
Looks like I won't be getting any pecans this year. There's just been too little rain. They started falling off the tree a couple of weeks ago, husk and all. This will be the second year in a row that I won't get any pecans from my tree.