Book: The French Cat
Have you ever admired stones from afar whether they were steps or some intricately worked structure and wish you could incorporate that feature into your garden?
Veranda, August 2009
Hoping against hope those ancient stones lead to a place of beauty all your own?
A secret garden not typically meant for viewing by others.....
Country French 2011
Book: The French Cat
Traditional Home Magazine October 2009
A place to sit and relax and enjoy the sounds of the peace around and within you?
Southern Accents, 2004
I’m very fortunate to have such a place, a world to call my own where I can enjoy Mother Nature and a glass of wine but first it needs some dressing.
My image of our carriage barn
I asked for stones for Christmas and Mister Man was kind enough to search them out for me. Beautiful rough-cut slabs of granite stones perfect for steps that will lead up and around to our secret garden. See that small hill going up and around the carriage barn? That’s where we’ll start placing 6-7 foot long stones weighing in at over a thousand pounds a piece for steps.
Some of our stones
Around back I’ve already place a plinth and antique urn. Our secret garden will overlook our back yard which is lower and surrounded by old stonewalls that hold the earth back. Our carriage barn is built into the side of the mountain that's why the height difference.
The stone steps will lead up and around to this area our secret garden, it isn’t much to look at now but just you wait……
That cut out area is where Mister Man is going to install a stone patio off the French doors. The patio will also be made up of thick granite stones and just the other day when Dylan dog and I were out mucking around we came upon a perfect stone for our patio…don’t worry it’s on our property.
It’s perfect covered in moss but since a small single stone such as this weighs 300 pounds Dylan dog and I left it for Mister Man to haul around for the patio.
Book: Italian Rustic
When our patio is finished it’ll look like this image and we’ll place moss in the cracks. We’re going to turn our secret garden into something a bit old world European with everything in shades of green. I hope you stay tune to watch our journey.
Do any of you have stone features that you could share a tip or two with Mister Man and myself, we would love to hear.