My own mother (may she rest in peace) never believed in Mother’s Day. She was a pleasantly cynical woman, who believed the whole thing had been dreamed up by a greeting card company as a way to sell more cards. She was right, of course, but my mother-in-law is not a cynical woman and I think she would be hurt if I didn’t remember her on her “special” day.
The creation in the above photo is my gift to her this year. Instead of buying something ready made, I went to my favorite nursery for inspiration. I bought a rectangular hypertufa and several plants from their extensive and irresistible alpine collection.
I first created a better drainage layer by adding sand, then soil. These are the plants I used:
Aubretia “Dr. Mule’s Variegata” (purple rock cress)
Armeria maritima “Rubrifolia” (sea pinks)
Raoulia australis “hookeri“
Erodium x variabile “Flore-Pleno” (Heron’s Bill)
Muehlenbeckia axillaris (wire plant)
Here’s another view from above:
I tucked them all into their new hypertufa home and watered them in with Superthrive. She’ll love this. Mission accomplished!
I wonder how long it’ll take her to kill them………