The house is beginning to take shape. However the weather has made the progress of the house — and therefore the garden — much slower than I had hoped. Originally my plan (more of a hope actually) was to begin putting in some of the more distant trees and shrubs by now.
But we still don’t have water on the site – well, except for the excessive amounts of rain — so we can’t really sensibly plant anything that I want to live.
What we can do is start to lay out the paths – the strolling paths for a stroll garden.
Most of the paths are going to be Decomposed Granite, an inexpensive and rather informal surface, just right for walking along in a country garden. It really is crushed stone, sort of sandy or gravelly; and depending on the color you choose it looks like a mixture of sand and soil and feels comfortable and natural, yet is not muddy. I plan to make the edges disappear by covering them with overflowing groundcovers, perennials and shrubs so it should be hard to tell where the path ends and the plantings begin.