Rocks and Baby Steps

Rocks and Baby Steps 

The other day, I was in my garden and feeling very frustrated about how l wasn’t getting the rock path completed on the northwest island. This is the last island of the yard to landscape and I’m about 3/4 done. I only have a handful of plants to put in the ground. One of the plants is an apricot tree that’s been in a pot way too long and I’m not sure it’s going to make it, but I’ll give it a shot anyway.

With that said, I divided the island in half because I want a walk-thru. I know myself well enough that I would be too frustrated to have to go ‘all the way around’ to get to my tools. I’m sure some of you can relate. So, for that path, I wanted to use the rocks that I’ve dug out of my difficult, rocky soil. It’s become a mission of mine to showcase them since they’ve been so hard won! 

(The photo to the right is the path in question. This is the ‘after’ shot. Sorry, but I don’t have one of the ‘before’.)

But looking at the half-empty path was really bugging me, yet I couldn’t seem to carve out the time to get the rocks moved from various places in the yard. Finally, one morning, I made the mental decision not to even try to find a chunk of time. Instead, first thing each day, I would fill a small plastic container with rocks, carry it to the path then spread them around. Once I began this process, I started to relax. I was now well on my way to filling the path in, little by little. I know by long-habit that baby steps can get just about any job done. 

It’s been about two weeks now of this small, daily effort and sure enough the path is really starting to improve. I think the art of breaking a big chore into smaller bite-size pieces is an important lesson to learn. Or in my case, to re-learn repeatedly, lol!




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And now, here are the photos of several of my rock paths and other rock arrangements!

This is the same picture as the one above. Just thought you might like to see it bigger! I won’t be able to complete this path until I have the rest of the plants in the ground. You can see dirt on both sides. These are empty spots just waiting for me to get with it! 

Rocks and Baby Steps

This rock path is part of the central south island. The dirt patch toward the top needs some repair. What I’d done was build up the dirt to trap the drip water at the base of what is the Indian Laurel tree. Because it’s a depression, any extra water flowed into the path, but I wanted to hold it near the tree. I still haven’t covered up the small dirt berm with rocks, yet. Like any garden, there are always a multitude of tasks that need to be done!

Rocks and Baby Steps

This is the rock path on the north central island. This one is fairly well-maintained. Whenever I find a loose, nearby rock, I toss it onto the path. 

Rocks and Baby Steps

This is the butterfly bush to the right of the five Italian Cypresses. In front of it, is a mesquite tree that’s growing like mad. The tree will need training and pruning to get it into an upright shape. I placed all these rocks in an arc around the base of the plants. I think it looks great at a distance.  Up close, like this, it needs to be straightened up. I also intend to find a nice ground cover for the stretch of dirt in front of the rocks. In my mind, it will be beautiful. One day. Ah, rocks and baby steps!

Rocks and Baby Steps

This is probably my second-favorite rock arrangement. It’s on the southeast island in front of a beautiful party-plant lantana. This, too, looks wonderful at a distance. But it also looks nicely finished up close as well.

Rocks and Baby Steps

This is my favorite rock path to-date. It’s on the south wall. The prettiest little vine decided to grow in it and I liked it so well I haven’t been able to remove it. 

Rocks and Baby Steps

I hope you enjoyed these photos of the rocks in my garden! And now, have a wonderful day and an even better night! For more information about my books, keep scrolling! Live the fang!

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13 thoughts on “Rocks and Baby Steps

  1. I had this lovely reply written detailing my rock hound grandfather, my mother’s “rock garden,” the rock bluff across the road that I dubbed my “thinking rock,” another rock hound friend who gifted me raw opals and amber, and my own meager collection of rocks. But evidently WordPress does not like replies as long, or longer, than the actual post. So you are getting only this brief paragraph. Sadness. Maybe I will have to write something on my own blog. I will give that some thought and maybe even do it. 😛 Baby steps! Thank you for reminding me of even more wonderful memories.

  2. I think I first became intrigued by rocks in my early twenties. I’d found a rock with an interesting darker square on it. I knew my mother had taken a course when she was teaching so I brought the rock to her to show-and-tell. She said, “That’s called an intrusion. It happens when one kind of molten rock shoots through another kind then they cool together.” I think I was fascinated from that moment on.

    How about you?

  3. I have picked up the odd rock here and there on my travels. I find the unique colors and shapes really fascinating. But I have never done anything like a rock garden, probably because as a kid, I had to pick rocks out of fields by hand, so the field could be planted.

    • Jean, that happens so often! My DH has very little interest in gardening because as a kid his job was to bag up all the debris after his mother did her pruning. We mean well as parents. We want to teach our children to work and to be responsible. We don’t realize that while it might be creating a work ethic, something else gets spoiled along the way. Of course, having raised two kids, I also know, you just can’t win, lol! There’s simply no right way to do it all and achieve all the desired results…

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  5. I inherited my father’s rock collection which sparked my interest in rock collecting. I also like going to Western NC where you can pan for gold, try your luck at hunting for precious stones such as sapphires, emeralds, etc. I’ve found several garnets and a few sapphires. It’s much fun. As , I’ve told you many times, you can always open up a gravel company as a side business. 🙂

    • Ah, yes, the gravel company. I thought it ironic that after all my complaining about my rocky soil, I’ve now come to covet the darn things and wish I had more! I’ve even started eyeing the empty lot next door wondering if the owner would mind terribly if I pilfered a few, haha.

      But I do envy you the occasional sapphire! How much fun was that!?!

  6. We live about 45 minutes away from the Coronado National Park. We used to go there for picnics a lot and I always collected some smaller rocks-should have gotten more so I could have made a nice rock garden. Just love your awesome garden! 🙂

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  8. When I was younger, my dad would take me to Ocean Shores, which is a town along the Pacific Ocean, and is only about a 4 hour drive from where I live, and I’d like to collect cool rocks and other cool random stuff from the beach.

  9. In my youth are used to paint rocks with pithy sayings and pretty flowers. I don’t remember when I stop doing that, but it was very gratifying to see them around the house as paperweights or decorations. Sometimes, I would give them to friends because what they said was special and I wanted to share that with them. I truly envy your garden. I know you’ve been working on it for a long time, and I have delighted in watching your progress.

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