This is what we started with:
Isao was on a mission to clean up this tree. (Notice the overflowing compost bin.)
Mom and I finally planted the Christmas tree I brought home from the office 6 months ago:
I had a few plants from an impulsive Craigslist purchase months and months ago, so we planted those along with some new bougainvillea. Since the ivy looks good for now, we'll leave it until the bougainvillea get a little bigger.
Not bad for an afternoon's work. Now, if I can just remember to water it once in a while...
Thanks again Mom and Dad!!!