On the northern side of the cottage, just before the land drops off dangerously sharp, I installed a deadfall garden and stumpery. A “Stumpery” is a collection of natural and unique..well… stumps and other forms of log and tree matter. These I’ve interspersed with perennials, grasses, rocks and birdhouses to create a minute haven for critters. (Trust me, it’s attractive.)
Anyway, I’ve never been really happy with the walkway bordering the garden.
Back earlier in the year, I came across a stack of rusty barrel hoops that my Dad, for some odd reason, had saved and squirreled away at the shop. Perhaps he once had something in mind for them – I’ll never know. They have just been quietly rusting away into obscurity for the past seven years. I thought it was time to either use them or haul them away.
I’ve recessed the hoops about 2″ into the soil and excavated and leveled the interior circle. Each hoop holds 1 – 25# bag of pond pebbles, which I’ve tamped down to pack them into a walk-able surface, and back filled the excavated earth around the filled hoops. Since there were only 12 hoops and I needed to bridge the distance to complete the walkway, I’ve alternated 12″ x 12″ concrete pavers between the pebble circles.
I think the finished effect will be quite attractive once I sow the earth surrounds with creeping ground cover this next Spring. I’m considering
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