I thought I would do a little update on our new rental's yard. I posted here about how half of the plants were dead, and the roses were badly diseased, tree branches overgrown, weird growths around the trees... so, I did lots of pruning and transplanted a lot of the plants, but they all died anyways. I planted some flowers and the ornamental grasses, as well as some basil and cilantro seeds that are sprouting quite nicely. I love cooking with fresh herbs!
That dirt area is where the herb seeds are.
**(edited to add, a huge rosemary, basil and cilantro bush are there now... and the rose bush came back!)
For comparison's sake... before and after.