The blocks had become a barrier that kept rainwater from flowing away from the house - and into the basement so they had to go.
But where? I'd figure that out later. For the meantime, I just stacked them along the edge of the driveway turnaround.
They are still there today!
It wasn't long before I decided I loved the wall effect, the separation of driveway and lawn. I extended the wall both ways with large pots and festooned the top of the wall with lots of annuals.
In 2008, I decided to add a border bed behind it and for the first year I grew castor bean plants. Over the years I tried different things behind the wall. A couple of years it was all tomatoes. For a long time now it's been a zinnia bed.
Meanwhile, the wall itself has matured. When I initially stacked the blocks, some of them had bits of moss on them.
Now, a decade later, the moss is thriving, lending a sense of time and stability. The wall gives the area a sense of permanence, even gravitas if you will.
And it's not just moss. In the 2nd pic your can clearly see the blue/green glaze of lichen on the adjoining block face.
The concrete mushrooms and toad have sat in the same place from the get-go and now that weather has changed the pH of the concrete, lichen is spreading over the surface while moss is snuggling up at their base.
Who doesn't love a rock wall?
Just another case where nothing was planned, but the results are just great.
|"Temporary" block starage - 2003|