Two years ago we got a notice from the city that we would have to pay a penalty if we would leave the lawn in the state it was. We had let the grass die, in protest, when the water dep. suddenly sharply increased the water prices.
What were they thinking - that this was Beverly Hills?
My daughter's indignation added fuel to the fire. "This is the only city in the US where you get a ticket for parking the car on your own grass", she told her hubby. I have to admit that it is a dumb and random rule.
We didn't want the penalty, but also didn't want concrete or brick in our front yard. I always wanted a rock garden, but never got to actually do it. When we investigated what river rocks would cost for our tiny front yard, it would be 6K. Jikes, too much!
Fortunately, we have family living in an area where we could haul off the river rocks from people's yards for free (thanks to Craig's List and hubby's truck).
this is only step 2 - still a long way to go!
Since river rocks are very heavy, and we didn't want to make the 7 hour trip a few times, I made a design where we could use some river rocks and fill it up with little white rocks, and where the flowers would come, grey rocks.
Also, we concluded that it would be more economical and eco-friendly to have a little patch of grass.
Will it come together?
While we were working on it, everyone passing by looked, or had something to say. I overheard a friend saying to the son of our neighbor "That the most artsy yard of the neighborhood." That coming from a teen, I knew that it was a compliment!
Some people even asked if the pattern "meant" something. I was tempted to say that they were highly significant symbols of our family tree, or something of that nature, but then I would have to search for that person later on to fess up.
One year later...7 blooming rose bushes.
I am in heaven: a wealth of painting material!
Another time I'll post close ups of the roses. For now, I leave you to make some rose tea.