Dave, you didn't tell us you had a natural "rock
Just out of curiosity--what native species do you
have? Is there a fuzzy *Astragalus* that grows in a compact clump,
by chance? Or *Calochortus,* *Penstemon* species?
I always looked forward to spring in the
desert/steppe areas around home in SW Idaho. We were nearly as dry as you,
I think. We averaged between six and nine inches rain per year, almost all
during the winter. The annual differences were wide, of course, varying
with the North Pacific cycle and the El Nino/La Nino cycles. On rare
occasions we got some Gulf or Arctic air masses seasonally. The Gulf
influences had all been pretty well wrung dry by geotropic influences, our being
in a deep basin behind higher elevations in all directions with the narrow and
very deep Hells Canyon our only drainage.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western
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