I am happy to report that they did! So in "celebration" in include these photos, the first since 2009.
The people who did most of the posting here of alpines (I am thinking of Todd, Rick and myself) have been spending their time over at the relatively-new North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) website. Please join us if you wish!
Umm...I don't think so. It's very crude and I haven't added much too it lately. But it is weedless! :-)
I mainly have some thymes, sedums, an unidentified prostrate clematis (come to think of it I need to get a pic of it on PFs. Or here.), a BlueStar juniper, conferta 'Silver Mist' and a Quercus margaretta.
I plan to start more rock gardens when I can. There are so many alpine plants I want but other things keep coming up.
All the plants you mention belong here, well, except the oak, LOL. I am especially pleased you grow Juniperus conferta. Few people do. I grew J. conferta 'Blue Pacific' in my old garden and liked it very much. IMO, I think it is superior to the other cultivars on the market now, but it's kind of hard to find. I also had Blue Star in my old garden. I'm so old that I was in my 20's when it first hit the market. It is still a most excellent choice. It likes a lot of sun and likes its foliage to dry quickly. One of the few conifers that actually prefer a rock mulch. Thymes work nicely between my crazy pavement, as do some of the creeping veronicas.
Well, it's only weedless because I am frequently pulling them. I guess the Oak is kind of like a segue from the forest to the arid land below. Anyway, it's supposed to be a smaller version of Q. stellata which is no fast grower compared to most oaks anyway.