I love rocks and rockhounding. What is rockhounding? From Wikipedia, rockhounding is the recreational collecting of rocks and/or mineral specimens from their natural environment. I collect rocks from everywhere I visit. If someone I know travels somewhere, I am famous for asking them to bring me back a rock, or two, or three.
Below are a few examples of the rocks in my collection.
These rocks are from the chalk cliffs of Seaford in England.
These rocks are from a mountain side along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Appalachian Mountains.
This rock is from my middle school that I visited back in October. I like it because it looks like a potato.
- While I was dating my husband, he went to Pennsylvania and I asked him to bring me back a rock. He brought back the biggest one he could find. I think he was trying to impress me. It is the large flat rock underneath the pot on the right. The white quartz rock on the left came from our hike I posted about in March.
These rocks are from various parks and nature hikes.
My garden beds are bordered with various rocks that I’ve collected. Saturday’s project was to dig up and rearrange some hosta. Here is an area that I dug out to transplant the hosta.
Among these rocks lives a little “lady”. I knew she was there so I was careful when I removed the rocks. I scooped her into a container for show and tell or at least to show my husband.
- Here she is. It’s a black widow.
Originally, the two smaller hostas were on the right end of the bed and the three larger ones were on the left end. I arranged them so that they alternate. I am not sure why I didn’t plant them that way to begin with.
Moving the hostas gave me an opportunity to rearrange my rock border. All of the rocks came from somewhere significant, but I can’t remember where now. The border looks much better.
I also pulled varigated vinca out from where it had grown into the lipstick strawberry groundcover. That wasn’t as much fun.
- varigated vinca (left) and lipstick strawberry groundcover (right)
This is what I did on Saturday while I listened to R.E.M.’s best album of all time, Life’s Rich Pageant. IMHO.