row of plants to my bathroom window has really livened up the space. There is, however, one problem: a big gust of wind scatters loose soil on the window sill and into the bathtub below. That means it's time to rock out!
While soaking up the sun on a lake front beach over the long weekend, I collected a little container full of rocks. Back at home I spread the rocks around the base of the plants, covering the soil. Not only do the rocks protect the soil from gusty breezes, they also add a finishing touch to the plants. Whereas the loose soil was so dark and blah, the rocks add visual impact to the pots and bring lightness to the base of the plants. As an added bonus, because I collected the rocks on a restful day the beach, every time I look at them they remind me of relaxing good times. Images: Jason Loper