What about us? – (coming from) little voices, twirling and circling around the thyme carpets in the stoned patio.
That’s what I hear every day now, stepping out in our small patio garden. Recent events pushed us to think seriously about moving out. Small garden you say? – no problem. But (call me crazy) in the past 5 years I have been removing stones from our patio (think about the foundation too) to make space for plantings.
Pocket gardening makes sense for some. For others it surely doesn’t, as well as the piles of stones with small or ‘unfashionable’ plants peeking out between them. So, call me crazy again, but now I am working to put the patio stones back in. Don’t worry plants – most of you (or at least a piece of you) will make the move with us:
From the sunny side – Hymenoxys lapidicola (Stone rubberweed). A narrow endemic from the Blue Mountains, Utah at cca. 2500 m, with congested linear leaves topped with sessile, yellow flowers in the summer. For full sun, in dry, gravelly sites: crevices, trough gardens (from Wrightman Alpines).
From the shady side – Haberlea rhodopensis (Resurrection plant). A subalpine evergreen gesneriad, growing on eastern and northern rock walls in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria; if happy, it will produce in abundance light violet flowers during late spring. Very hardy and resilient – mind you, at some point it was sitting under 70 cm of packed snow (from Lost Horizons).
I do expect to see very good behaviour from everyone involved: container culture, temporary homes and gifts, donations for spring-fall sales – we’ll all have to compromise a bit to make this work.
What goes around…part of my donation, divisions and the extra seedlings for the ORGS Spring Sale
I hope they’ll find good homes and come around back to me one day!
Note: Until now plants are at their best behaviour, but be prepared to hear more whining from me as I slowly demolish the ‘rock-pile garden’.
In the featured image: a baby rock gem – Edraianthus pumilio