Years ago, in the “pre-digital” days of photography, I saw something that caught my eye. I took a photo of what I saw, but right now that image is so carefully stored away somewhere that I can’t find it.
What did I see? At the base of the foundation of the Chapoquoit Grille in West Falmouth, Massachusetts, I saw a single grape hyacinth. What’s so interesting about that? Well, what was interesting was that there was no visible dirt for this plant to grow in. The asphalt paving material of the parking lot came right up to the cement blocks of the building foundation. The crack from which this flower was growing was not even a quarter of an inch wide.
One of these days I’ll find that photo, scan it or take a picture of it, and add it to this post.
In the meantime, here are some images of plants managing to occupy marginal environments.