A few weeks ago, Stephen and I rented a car and drove to Cold Spring, New York, to visit Stonecrop Gardens. We first went to Stonecrop a few years ago, in the era before I tended to photograph everything, and ever since it has assumed a kind of magical place in my fantasies owing to the incredible array of alpines, conifers, and -- perhaps best of all -- a dawn redwood forest; in short, basically everything we've tried to reproduce on a smaller scale in our Washington Heights garden. Near the entrance (and the admission fee is only $5.00), we stopped to admire a weeping hemlock. Also appealing: these tiny succulents (Androsace sarmentosa "Chumbyi"). I'm not sure what this plant is, but I love it. Some of the dwarf campanula was still flowering.
Seriously, check out this lava flow of draba rigida.
And here's some of the same stonecrop (sedum grisebachii) that we have in our garden:
I took about ten million other pix, which I may or may not get around to posting. If you get the chance to go to Stonecrop Gardens, don't pass it up.