Originally, we had planned to have brick aprons on our arrival loop and brick edging around the loop. But the rock wall led us in a different direction.
Fieldstone aprons in a random pattern,
fieldstone edging, and
an ashlar pattern field stone walk with brick edging.
It all makes a bit more sense when viewed from above.
In the back we continued the more formal ashlar pattern.
We are creating a raised terrace for the curved wall. A curved bench will make a seating area and espaliered sasanquas will cover the wall.
Meanwhile, back towards the house…
We also put ashlar pattern landings outside of the French doors.
As the stone masons were finishing up, I was eyeing the leftover pile of rocks. I had a project or two in mind. We struck a deal. I could have the rocks if they didn’t have to load them on the truck and haul them back to the rock yard. Faster than you could say, “where’s my handtruck?” I was in the rock pile pulling out rocks to make this:
I think Builder Gary felt left out, so he decided to try the Buckhead version of cow tipping.
Over went the stone column. By pushing, prodding and dragging, the column was moved over to the new driveway we created for our soon to be next door neighbors. It mirrors the columns on the other side of the horseshoe drive.
With a little creative input, they decided to let the right hand column be reconstructed as a ruin that will serve as a planter. The artist who suggested it, thought a mahonia holly would be very sculptural in it.
What do you think?