|Still a work in progress...|
It all began when I noticed rain water was pooling in the succulent bed, next to the Country Mouse House. Not good for succulents. So I thought I could dig drainage channels and line them with river rocks.
|A friend gave us lots and lots of river rocks like these|
We have an abundance of river rocks, thanks to a friend who wanted rid of them from around her trees, two years ago this month.
|Our friend learned that placing rocks around a tree like this is not good for the tree. She offered us all the lovely river rocks!|
|First I dug some channels around the succulents to provide drainage|
When digging the channels, I just looked for gaps between plants, and made sure the channels sloped down.
I didn't use weed cloth - I'll just deal with the weeds. I'm already dealing with the weeds so I don't think it'll be much different. I dislike weed cloth because I've inherited old and disintegrating weed cloth that emerged in tatters, in past gardens. Your experience may differ. I duly note, however, that use of weed cloth is recommended on all web sites that give instructions for dry creek beds.
Also I think using weed cloth would stop me tinkering. I love to tinker.
|Then I started filling in with the rocks|
The shape of the creek is a sort of Y. In the fork of the Y I'll probably put a bird bath. For now I've put an interesting pot there. (You can see it from above in the next photo.) And the "headwaters" might need some finishing work.
I'm not sure if I'm done. I may add and remove things here and there. I have stepping stones around the creek bed too, and might move some of them around. I like to let things evolve. This is my first effort. I don't expect perfection. But I did have a heck of a lot of fun.
|Bird's eye view|
Hm. I thought. Why stop here? I bet I have enough stones to take the creek across the garden to the chaparral slope! Tune in next time for the main post on creating a dry creek bed, including how to make its meanders more realistic.
Meantime, why not visit the Can you explain the whole dry creek thing to me? post that Ms Town Mouse wrote in the spring of 2010 - it's one of our all-time favorite posts. Ms T presents the benefits of a dry creek in the garden, and shows photos of the wonderful dry creeks in her own garden.