I have just such a spot on top of my gravelly, almost soilless rock wall. But gradually I'm managing to introduce several spectacular Lewisia plants there, and love them so much I'm even building pockets of sandy soil for them in a garden bed. It's gradually becoming a rock garden!
Lewisia plants without the flowers are quite nondescript little things. They tend to grow in a rose-like shape, and are pretty ho-hum, until you start noticing a whole lot of little buds appearing among the leaves. That is the forerunner of something truly magnificent when they all suddenly burst open, so incredibly beautiful you just wish they'd stay around all summer. Fortunately the display does last a long time for you to enjoy. Here are some of them. There are many different varieties, and you never really know how they're going to turn out until you actually grow them.
I spend wonderful hours in the garden, loving the constant new emergence of life, and flowers, admiring the tomato plants growing tall, with their fruits still small, and enjoy the Mason bees with their daily pollen collection. But this week my pleasure has had a literal dark cloud too uncomfortably close. I'm talking about the enormous, dreadful wildfire at Fort McMurray, Alberta in Canada that has caused 88,000 poor souls to be forced from their homes. The fire is so big, so hot, so smoky that it is impossible to fight it. It destroyed the city, and at least 1600 homes and structures there. Now it is heading for other Alberta towns. If you CLICK HERE you can read more about it.And so, as I spend peaceful time in the garden, I can't help wondering if some of those folks had gardens they loved too. Now all that remains are ashes.
Update on Max - click here for his story on one of my posts.
Considering a trampoline - be sure to read my previous story regarding this, and make sure you click through on the link. It's by a pediatrician - and no, she doesn't have one!