Well, I now have the southern anchor point for the next phase of the Stroll Garden construction. It is the new ripplestone bench.
Next summer I am planning to complete the horseshoe shaped section and the small bed within it will be begun. The following photos are a set I took a couple of days ago right after the new bench was set in place. First one is the north side, second one is the south and west side of the newest addition. The hoses are laid out to indicate the edges of the new beds.
Yes, I realize that this is going to be a huge undertaking, but I am up for it. As you can see, many of the shrubs for the northern arm are already in situ, and one of the crepe myrtles at the south end has already been planted too. The bench serves as the anchor point for the southern arm.
Jim and Jesse retrieved that rock from a stream about 30 miles south of here. On the day we were planning to set the bench in place, Jesse’s friend Justin just happened to stop by for a visit. In this photo, don’t get the idea that Jesse (the young man on the left) is some sort of a midget. Justin is 6’5″ tall, and used to be a competitive body builder.
They made moving that rock from the bench it was on to the garden cart look pathetically easy. Heck, they didn’t even grunt.
This is right before the rock got set on the legs Jim set up for it. Of course, it is all perfectly level — Jim’s Virgo soul will not allow anything else. The fact that the rock has a natural twist in it is something he just had to “deal” with. The legs are level.
It didn’t take us very long to realize that the original legs were not in proper proportion to the rock, and needed to be changed. In the following picture, you can see that one of the 8″ blocks on each leg has been replaced by a 4″ block. This made the bench look better. It is quite comfortable to sit on, and has a wonderful view of the Rain Garden, the Rock Garden and the Hosta Dell.
The only thing that could make the bench better in my eyes is if we had a couple of sandstone blocks to set it on instead of the concrete. The chance of finding two appropriate rocks is fairly small, actually. But don’t think I won’t be looking! Of course, I’m not sure that we’ll have the tall strong workers available for the switch if I don’t find some quickly, so I went looking for some more rocks last night.
I found a really cool one that has very large ripples in it, each fossil ripple is about 4″ from peak to peak. It’s not the right size for a bench leg, but I brought it home any way.
I found a cache of amazing rocks while I was out looking.
Needless to say, I did not pick up that rock and put it in my car. This is not a trick photo, it really was about half the size of my car.
So, inspired by the garden and my trips around the blog neighborhood admiring other people’s art, (specifically Sue O’Keiffe’s mandalas and Tammy Vitale’s art) I sat down and made a couple of cards while Jim watched the Cardinals smack around the Carolina Panthers.
I’m still having a lot of fun with the white faced hornet paper.
And the rocks. Of course.