At long last, the rock garden is complete. I think I started stacking the rocks last summer and planted a few things in the fall. Not much production happened during the winter. The plants did great though and really blossomed early this spring. Last weekend, I put in the last of the plants and this morning I put down the last of the gravel. The only thing left to do is make a cover for the sprinkler risers. I'll make that out of the redwood lattice.
The rock garden began as a way to incorporate some of the rocks we inherited with the house. The stones are actually Palos Verdes Limestone, which is quarried locally and is a popular building material.
I have a combination of "nook-and-cranny" succulents and potted cacti. I wanted to use unconventional items as "pots" and I also used found objects to create some visual excitement.
These cacti are from the cactus sale I went to at the South Coast Arboretum a few weeks ago. The guy there told me these can grow pretty tall....in 30 years!
The plastic figures are things I found in the garden when I was digging up the dirt. We have discovered many "artifacts" from previous owners that we try to reuse in various ways.
This cricket was originally intended as a candle holder.
I got this cool old toy fire engine at a garage sale. The geraniums kind of went nuts over the spring, I think I will be cutting them back a bit.
The is the full view of the garden. Ultimately, I would like to get one or two brightly colored bowling balls to place on the gravel.