August is always a good test of a gardens and/or gardeners success.
Following varying temperatures and some great heat into summer a garden can either flourish or languish depending on plant choices, right plant-right place, watering methods, soil amendments, use of mulch or not, etc. This time of year I usually start on next years to-do list based on the success or failure of this season. The successes encourage the want to do more, the failures encourage the need to improve.
One thing I’ve decided, is that I would like to add more hardscape to my yard, as well as more year round interest. Having recently cut back to the ground a 6′ cotoneaster shrub, suddenly I have a space where it seems most natural to add something coniferous to break up the deciduous line of trees and shrubs. My perennial beds need more interest in the form of some specimen rocks and I have looked at the south facing slope of my yard knowing that it would be perfect for some sort of rockery.
Here’s my problem with paying for rocks…I grew up as a farm kid and one of my arduous summer tasks along with the rest of my sisters was to pick rocks from freshly furrowed and cultivated fields. There are mounds of field stone at various corners of the old farm still that have been laying in wait for years, growing interesting patterns of lichen and age. I love them (even though at one time I hated them) and feel that set in the right spots of my garden they add a little piece of home in my city garden oasis.
Understandably not everyone has a liking for common prairie field stone. Sandstone, Limestone and Columbia Stone are readily available around Calgary and Blue Grass also has a great source of various rock aggregates and large rocks, including Rundle, Sandstone, Limestone, Columbia stone and various specialty rock. Once again though, large rocks should be hand picked…every one of them have unique features that add a unique dimension to your garden. Pop by the nursery to have a look at our unique large boulders and take a tour with one of our yard experts to help you ‘pick your rock’! And yes, you will have to pay for them:)
Have fun rock picking!