|Blue sky above|
|Sunshine making the leaves overhead glow|
|Original basalt rock edges the small lawn area in front of the house|
|New path -- only about a year old -- where they tried to match the basalt edging as closely as possible, but using flagstone|
|Despite its newness, moss is already growing amongst the stones.|
|Gratuitous shot of double Trillium flower in the Miller Garden|
|Richie Steffen, garden curator at the Miller Garden, stands one of the large rocks used as edging on end. The usual advice on using rocks in the garden suggests burying it halfway, but Richie said, "It only has to look like it's buried halfway."|
|Rock bed edging -- and a sweet plant combo, Hakone grass and Saxifrage 'London Pride' -- with the flowers coming up through the grass, it looks like the grass is flowering|
Probably every visitor to the Miller Garden hears the tale of how Betty Miller wanted to have a stone driveway, but the idea was nixed by her husband when he saw how much it would cost. So over the years, whenever a pothole appeared in the asphalt driveway, Betty would instruct the workers to enlarge the hole and fill it with stone paving.
|Asphalt driveway with stone-filled potholes|
|Basalt path beside the house|
|Cobbles on a moss-covered stairway keep feet from slipping|
|A combination of cut logs and stone as bed edging|
|Gratuitous shot of Pacific Coast Iris in the Miller Garden|
|Burnt log rescued from a logging operation for use in the garden|
|Old nurse log covered with licorice ferns and self-seeded huckleberry|
|Beautiful old moss-covered log|
|New log recently placed, with a rotted hollow in the center that will be a perfect spot for plants|
|The garden has many snags like this that have been left standing|
|Gratuitous shot of Trillium and Hosta foliage|
After our tour Richie and two interns at the garden demonstrated how to redo a bed edge using big rocks and a hollowed-out log.
|Richie Steffen, curator at the Miller Garden|
|Richie demonstrates how to use the pry bar to move a typical "one-man rock."|
First he took all the rocks out that had been lying half-buried in the bed, originally placed by Betty Miller, and he re-arranged them. One of his goals in re-arranging the stones was to prevent soil in the bed from washing down the hilly driveway, which had just been re-paved recently.
Once the log and stones had been placed, Richie and the interns started placing plants.
|"Give me that one!"|
|Richie mulls over the placement of rocks and plants|
It was such a great way to spend a sunny day -- a fun couple of hours in a great garden with a friend. I enjoyed the presentation very much.
I actually attended a previous class on the use of native plants, and there are two more coming up that I am also signed up for -- one in June on ferns and another in July on Plant Introductions. I'll post more pictures of the garden then.