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DRY CREEK BED - Part 1 of 2

By Dyarnell @dyarnell
For the first few years there was not too much 'garden-esque' south of our path other than the spring daffodils and some Periwinkle.
2007-2010DRY CREEK BED - part 1 of 2At the bottom of the stairs, a relatively prominent place, I began adding ferns alongside the path to green it up and provide some fill between us and our neighbor. 
June 2010DRY CREEK BED - part 1 of 2Many, many transplants later things were looking great.  The flat exposed stone in the center acted as a boarder keeping the Periwinkle in check, but it also became covered in a slippery and slimy leaf mulch.
June 2011DRY CREEK BED - part 1 of 2When more stones than expected arrived to bolster the slope in the Driveway Garden I saw an opportunity. 

DRY CREEK BED - part 1 of 2

At first I spaced the stones apart slightly; I liked being able to see the flat rock beneath them. 

However the best way to get water to my newly planted ferns was across the creek, a dangerously ankle-twisting proposition, so I added more stones.  Tightly packed stones do not move around nearly as much.

May 2012DRY CREEK BED - part 1 of 2Last year I extended the creek up to where it runs into a fairly large boulder where it feels more natural that it somehow disappears. 
July 2012DRY CREEK BED - part 1 of 2In part 2 I talk about what after I did after all the stones were in place to "dress" the creek.

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