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There were other worlds in our world

“We have long been lost in conjecture,” laments Professor Raymond Kemmler, a British explorer who has been excavating in Malta for 12 years. - The number of versions has probably exceeded one million. It turns out that this is the most ancient civilization on the planet, in fact - our ancestors. But we still cannot understand - what was their state? How in those days, when humanity was at the lowest stage of development, they were able to build structures from huge slabs - six meters high and weighing five tons? And where did they go then?

... Megalithic temples in Malta were discovered by chance by the French artist Jean-Pierre Guell during earthworks in 1776. He found a stone altar of one of the largest buildings - Hajar Im, and half a century later, the British official Henry Bouverie drew up a detailed plan of the temple complex. It turned out that the centers of worship of the gods of an unknown civilization were built not at all chaotically, but according to a special scheme: like a clover leaf, divided into two halves - each had four or five "leaves". In any stone complex there are huge altars, where, as shown by radiocarbon analysis, milk, wine and ... human blood were poured. Moreover, according to the analysis, the temples were painted blood red from the inside, and a fire burned in the center. One of the assumptions says that these temples symbolized ... the womb.

“The Hajar Im complex consists of a courtyard, a bastion for protection from enemies, a separate room for women, a niche for an altar and a place where ablutions were performed,” says Maltese historian Andrew Jovene. - There are houses, they are striking in their size. A three-year-old child can hardly be accommodated inside. Could the ancient inhabitants of Malta have lived in such tiny dwellings?

…But that is not all. Not far from Hajar Im, in the underground cave of Ghar-Dalam, during excavations, scientists have discovered many skeletons ... dwarf elephants and hippos. The growth of miniature elephants is 1-1.5 meters, and hippos are even less. These findings immediately gave rise to exotic versions: they say, there was an ancient race of Lilliputians in Malta, and not even a race, but a whole separate world - small people, small animals, small plants. The "hobbits of the Flores Island" were instantly remembered: dwarfs, whose skulls were found in 2004 in one of the caves in Indonesia. These creatures were one meter tall and died 12,000 years ago in a volcanic eruption. Even then, the discoverer of the "hobbit", Professor Mike Morwood from Australia, said that "once upon a time other worlds were interspersed into our world - especially on individual islands." It turns out that the "hobbit" was not alone ...

They can be called the "ancestors of humanity"

“It is believed that dwarf elephants with hippos became extinct 180 thousand years ago,” says Professor Raymond Kemmler. - However, the analysis of selectively taken skeletons of the Ghar Dalam cave showed that they could well have lived at the time when temples were being built in Malta, and moreover: mini-elephants were ... pets of the then race. Thus, the version that in the Stone Age the Earth was inhabited by Lilliputians receives additional grounds. To what degree of development were these people who can be called the "ancestors of mankind"? I think it's very high. The same underground sanctuary of Khal-Saflieni consists of 34 rooms in the form of a mother's womb, interconnected by tunnels and stairs, and all the rooms give a strong echo from a male voice, and female voices are practically inaudible: the sanctuary is specially designed in such a way as to prevent penetration into temple of men. And do you think cavemen could have built something like that?

... That's really really. Our ideas about the Stone Age are based on the idea that everyone there ran with axes and in animal skins. But if the version of the midgets has a foundation, then some five thousand years ago (historically - a negligible period) islands like Malta or Flores were planets where tiny people lived among small hippos and at the same time managed to build huge temples. It's just incomprehensible to the mind.

- Yes, there is a lot of incomprehensible, - historian Andrew Jovene agrees. - If you believe the data of radiocarbon analysis, each such temple was built ... 800 years. The buildings also included observatories for observing the stars and predicting the weather. Egyptian pyramids were erected by tens of thousands of slaves of the great state, and how many people were needed in Malta and what power did this country have? That's not all - scientists have found the ruins of a part of the temple complexes in the depths of the sea ... studies have shown that they were originally built in this way. But then there were no scuba gear or equipment to breathe in the water ...

... And here the fun begins. Even the ancient roads, built during the Neolithic era, lead in the direction of these temples, that is ... to the seabed. Impossible? Well, this is only at first glance.

Loose mint

Loose leaf is perhaps my favorite perennial ground cover. It is unpretentious, capable of growing on any soil and in any conditions - on a stone retaining wall, near a reservoir, in a pots on a support (this is a bonus), although in nature it prefers places with high humidity

You can plant a little, 2-3 pieces per square meter - in a couple of years the rug will grow, in the third year it will be dense, charmingly blooming. It grows with creeping stems, takes root in the nodes, new stems grow from each node. It blooms in June-July with yellow, well-visible flowers, so it is advisable to take into account the color gamut of neighbors - it will be inappropriate in a white and blue flower garden


Arabis, or rezuha, has many types, I will list a few of the most popular in Siberia. Almost any conditions are suitable for it, so it can be planned both in rockeries and in flower beds. Bushes form clumps up to 30-40 cm in diameter, bloom profusely in June, single flowers bloom until the end of summer. Some can bloom quite abundantly during the summer.

Alpine (photo above), height 20-30 cm, depending on the landing site. It blooms profusely in the sun, grows rapidly in the shade. Several varieties with different flowering - white and pink flowers, gray-green and silvery-white leaves

Caucasian, height up to 30 cm, varieties with white and pink flowers, with variegated leaves with a yellow tint

Arends (hybrid), height 10-20 cm, like any hybrid type of variety with a brighter color of flowers - pink, crimson, dark pink

Ferdinand Coburg Variegat, height 5-7 cm, variegated leaves are larger than those of other Arabis species, it is valued precisely because of the color of the leaves


Ivy buddra is my plant from childhood. At the dacha it was a weed that cannot be gotten rid of, and we did not really try. Under the bushes of irgi, currants, along the paths, it did not bother us at all. And now, they survived, the weed turned into a cultivated plant, varieties appear, such as in the photo - variegated, its leaves are larger than those of the parent, in the photo below

Here she, of course, among other weeds, blooms with blue small flowers. She would give a lot to find her in garden centers, but in nurseries they prefer to grow more elegant plants. I attribute this budra to my favorites for its resistance to any living conditions, including trampling, so it can be used even for lawns. And what a scent from it, if you crush it with your feet!

The variegated vitality is worse, but under optimal conditions it grows well with the help of long stems and rooting nodes. For the first year or two, you will have to look after her, clean the weeds so that no one interferes with her.


There are several different species (red, large-flowered, feathery, Perralderi, lush), but they are similar, so I will not describe them separately. Plant height from 20 to 40 cm, depending on the species. Bloom in May-June with red, lilac, white, pink flowers, depending on the species and variety

The most common species, it is also the highest, dense, fast-growing - red horned goat goat, up to 40 cm

What is interesting about this plant? It perfectly fills the areas under the pine trees, creates a high carpet, blooms early - May-June. For the undergrowth of the red mountain goat weed, a rather atypical color of the leaves - fresh leaves have a red tint, then the leaves turn light green, and only the oldest are just green

On forest plots, I often plan glades with shade-loving / shade-tolerant ground covers, mixed massifs, for example, the Horny Goat Weed can be replaced by Tiarella cordifolia


Tiarella can tolerate quite strong shading, based on this, the place for her is determined. The height of the bush is about 20 cm, peduncles can give up to 35, blooms in May-June, the leaves remain decorative - there are varieties with dark veins on the leaves, very effective in the shade. The only - relative - minus is that thiarella is actively growing. We turn a minus into a plus, planting it where it will not bother anyone - shady corners, areas between buildings, but in forest areas, especially if the site is large, tiarella will be one of the preferred plants for closing the ground around trees and in the farthest corners


Aubrietta, in the Russian version you can often find the name Aubrietta - one of the most decorative early ground cover plants. There are varieties with red, lilac, blue, purple flowers, abundant flowering lasts 2 months, depending on the onset of spring - May or even the end of April - June, but during the summer, individual small flowers can bloom. The height of the bush is from 5 to 15 cm. It does not grow in one place for long, only 2-3 years, but it will very effectively decorate the retaining wall, rockery, rocky hill


A spectacular pillow, don't you agree? This is a tomentose shingle, a cute plant with silver-colored hairy shoots, its height is up to 20-30 cm, forms curtains up to 60 cm in diameter. It blooms with white small flowers in early summer. Yaskolka loves dry drained soils, it can die from excessive moisture. It grows quite quickly, likes well-lit places, but feels good under separately growing trees without a large shade

The photo was taken for the 2nd year of planting a jasmine, 5 - 6 pieces were planted

Phlox subulate

Subulate phlox is the most popular type of ground cover phlox. Plant height 10-15 cm, blooms profusely in May-June, feels good in rockeries. There are varieties with pink, white, blue, hot pink, lilac flowers. After flowering, the shoots must be cut off by about a third so that the branch does not become bare and the plant does not grow. Subulate phlox is an evergreen that looks very impressive in our climate with snow.

Its shoots have hard awl leaves, which prick rather sensitively, which cannot be said from the photo - they look tender and soft, but you shouldn't believe them

To dream

The story about dreaming is the same as about budra. The specific plant is a weed, and cultivated and looks different, and does not grow so aggressively. Beautiful leaves, light green with a white border, grow no higher than 20 cm in the shade. The sun will be lower. Shade-tolerant, does not lose the decorative color of the leaves, so it can be planted in forest areas even with thick shade

Of course, there are many more ground cover plants, and as far as possible, I will talk about them. This is for a start. You can write your options, what you like or want to see on your site

Most of the photos are from open sources. While it's winter and there is no opportunity to take a photo on your site, in the nursery or on the site of customers