It is the first of the month and time to show you a garden mistake, which Joene calls Garden Oops on her blog. Visit her and read about GOOPs in the garden.
First of all, nothing in the ground looks good in spring in New England, it's all too soggy and defeated after a long winter. You just don't look. It gets better.
But this is pathetic.
This is Opuntia humifusa, Eastern prickly pear. It's not only winter hardy here, it is native to my part of Connecticut. I planted it in gravel last fall and it spent the winter under deep snow, which has now melted, leaving the pea gravel oddly squishy when you walk on it.
I know nothing about growing succulent plants in my climate, but this has oops written all over it.