Late this afternoon I planted an Annabel French Hybrid Lilac in a desperate flowerbed in my front yard. The lilac was bareroot and grown by a local wholesale nursery in Visalia. After chiseling out the hard clay dirt along with the weeds, the rest went fairly smooth. Of course, the soil needed to be amended. No wonder I have a bum back.
Along with the lilac I planted a new type of petunia called The Wave. I've planted purple and blue. Scattered in with that is some Sweet Alyssum. We'll see how it goes. At the very least, the weeds are gone. At the very best, everything will flourish.