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Natural Stone Hardscaping

Natural stone hardscaping is a beautiful way to spruce up your yard.

Now that spring is here and it’s the perfect time to make new landscaping and hardscaping plans, you might be dreaming of a gorgeous natural stone patio or some charming stones added to your garden pathway. Natural stone hardscaping is a gorgeous way to add beauty and character to your yard. Here are the top 4 benefits of adding natural stone hardscaping to your yard.

Beautiful and Strong Walls

Stone walls can be used to accent backyard gardens or beautiful ponds. They also help to prevent soil erosion and flooding in other parts of your yard. Natural stone hardscaping walls also naturally protect your plants from being stepped on by animals or humans taking a stroll through your yard.

Fireplaces or Fire Pits

Fire pits are a very popular hardscaping option for homeowners that love to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of their backyard throughout the year. Natural stone hardscaping can make a sturdy and attractive fire pit that will get you through many summers of s’mores and autumns of hot chocolate. Getting your fire pit professionally installed will also ensure it is up to code and safe for your family to use.

Always a good day, learning something new. Pot cluster in terra cotta drew my eye, then saw the scalloped metal trays to catch water. They seem to be from the kitchen, a tart tin?
Where I would like to place a table top pot cluster, front porch or back deck, both have same issue. Living rural, winds across pastures are a 'thing'.

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Great table for a pot cluster, below. Learned long ago how to keep the wood from rotting. Do you already know too? Brush boiled linseed oil on it once a year. Once Beloved has his pole barn built, I take ownership of a delightful shed with double, large lean-to tin roofs, one facing east, the other west. Each side will have a pot cluster on a table, with a rolling barn door built of conservatory windows, blocking pasture winds. Toad of Toad Hall was never more joyful in an adventure, or planning in his garden, than I, and this little shed.

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Pic, above, here.

Pic, above, here.
One table in my garden, a harvest table made of historic tobacco barn wood, receiving fierce winds, I will use large pots, above.

Yesterday, walking the sidewalks in our tiny historic district, I was stopped in my tracks. Curiosity at first, then, seeing it was 'real', a remembered line came to mind, "Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot." And, I did see, hands long gone from Earth, giving me, and anyone who sees, a gift. The gift? Beauty. Joy. Camelot in the present tense. Not least, a memory of those particular hands once toiling in soil. In return, I gave thanks, to all of that.
Made me realize, I must hop on it, in our garden. Planting for the future, the future I won't see.
Daffodils are my choice, the historic daffodils of Wordsworth. And, after yesterday's gift, white iris.
Both are deer proof, drought tolerant and live for decades and decades more.

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Faint but enough of a hint, above, I didn't see it either until walking close.

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First thought, above, a wind blown tissue. Closer view, a white iris. Through time and Nature, that iris gave its message. The original house is gone from this property. Judging its trees, the home was late 19th century.

Today, yesterday also, and rest of the week, our parts department is awaiting paint. Finally. Amazingly, I keep finding chairs/tables to tote over to the menagerie. This phase is metal. Colors you see, below, robin's egg blue, from my previous 30 year garden, oak leaf green, from a flower show display festival garden I created, and the brown chairs are newbies from Restore, $5 each and the best quality chairs in the pic. Soon, hodge-podge-lodge will be the same green already used on the shed doors of our ca. 1900 farmhouse. Historic Garden Design Rule: Choose a Color Trinity, overdose on that theme, green-white-brown is the classic, but go with whatever your heart speaks.
Major land renovations put this phase low on the list, exciting to finally be here. The chaos has scrambled my brain. What is the line from Beetlejuice, "I will go insane, and take you with me."

Choosing our green, below, last year was unexpected. We were at Lowe's, Beloved turns and says, Get a color for the exterior doors. Yes, the man thinks I can pull the right color from my quiver within 10 seconds. Not my first rodeo, I knew he needed 'choices'. Grabbed a few color chips, went back/forth inside/outside, gave him choices, voila, Ginkgo Tree, below.



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Seattle Rockeries creates hardscapes and landscapes using stones, boulders and concrete structures.

Hardscaping creates structures that can be used on slopes and hills to prevent erosion and create water barriers or drainage.