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Adele28-Sep-01 07:23 PM EST 5   
Susan28-Sep-01 08:14 PM EST 6a   
Rose28-Sep-01 09:14 PM EST 5b   
Betty29-Sep-01 03:08 AM EST 5a   

Subject: small rocks
From: Adele
Zone: 5
Date: 28-Sep-01 07:23 PM EST

I have a rather large collection of small stones that look like little river rocks. I'd like to use them in my garden somewhere but I can't think of a way to show them off creatively. Any ideas?

Subject: RE: small rocks
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 28-Sep-01 08:14 PM EST

Make a river! Or at least a dry stream bed... Make a wandering path through a bed, put the rocks on it and line in on either side by waterside-looking plants (e.g. Siberian Irises, ferns, Hostas and anything else that says 'water' to you. If the begining and end of the 'stream bed' is hidden a bit (maybe because it begins and ends in overhanging shrubs or something like that), it would make it more 'mysterious'... I'm sure there's lots of great ways to use them; this is an idea I had for my garden, but I didn't have the rocks....

Subject: RE: small rocks
From: Rose
Zone: 5b
Date: 28-Sep-01 09:14 PM EST

Greetings Adele:

Another idea for your small rocks is to use them to create gorgeous stepping stones. Use your regular base recipe and insert the rocks so that they will show up the way you wish them to when the the stepping stone is turned right side up.

Subject: RE: small rocks
From: Betty
Zone: 5a
Date: 29-Sep-01 03:08 AM EST

Here are some more ideas, although I also like the previous ones. I used some very small beach rock in my birdbath. I then threw in some old marbles, a few old Red Rose Tea china figurines (seal, hippo, & frog). The birds did not mind and it also gave children (if they could reach - were old enough not to put in mouth) something to keep busy. I have also seen a small bed in a garden of just small rocks and instead of plants, driftwood or various carvings of stone added. Japanese gardens have some great ways to use small rocks. It gives a feeling of tranquillity when viewing them.

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