The Rock in October

The Rock


Leaf on rock


Through the autumn and winter I shall occasionally show some more photos of The Rock, which is the typical limestone of this region and was probably dug out when the pond was first built, years before we arrived, and then left as a garden feature. (The pond is now our compost heap!)

38 thoughts on “The Rock in October

    • We Have had so much pleasure from our two acers this year Christina – it’s been an exceptional year. Possibly due to all the rain in spring and then the heat in summer…? Have a lovely Sunday!

  1. We dug a rock out of our garden or were rather helped by a tractor to move it. It is a hewn rock and now acts as a seat as you have to find something to use it for. Yours is much prettier and is a great architectural feature. Funny what you find in gardens.

    • We have some lovely rocks in this garden, but we didn’t discover this one for a couple of years as it was overgrown among a clump of shrubs and ivy. We thought there was just a tree stump in there!

  2. How come that I’ve never noticed this rock before? It’s not in the part you usually show, is it? What a most unusual shape! Why did you turn the pond into a compost heap? Most unusual too πŸ˜‰

    • Hi Annette. It’s in the Tuesday view, in the distance! The pond was just behind it, under all those trees – idyllic when they were first planted I’m sure, but after decades of neglect it was a question of either the trees going or the pond… We can use the compost heap so well for larger garden debris, and there are plenty of creatures living in there too! πŸ˜€

  3. That beautiful red leaf on against the rock is quite a nice image Cathy! I’d love to discover a big rock in my garden or bring one in at some point. Rock make such a nice garden feature. You’re still way ahead on autumn color.

    • I’m so glad we uncovered this one. It is a focal point for us, and was given a special “cleaning up” this spring as it gets quite mossy in winter!

    • Hi Janet. Glad you like the rock! It is a constant, never changing, and as the plant life dies down I appreciate it being there more and more, as a focal point. Enjoy watching the leaves turn in your garden Janet, and have a good week!

  4. It’s really nice to take a visual exploration further down into your daily vista. Boy, that rock really is ancient tufa isn’t it? Love the red leaf you’ve placed there for a photograph! As gardeninacity writes, the contrast is wonderful. Maybe someday you’ll take your camera behind those trees….it looks like you have another view of mountains. What a lovely spot.

    • I admire your imagination Barbara! But I agree, it is interesting and I have become rather fond of it over the last couple of years. It does look best in autumn I think.

  5. That’s a big rock, I can’t imagine all the overgrowth that was hiding it. You’ve really tamed the landscape, your lawn looks immaculate under its sprinkle of autumn color!

    • Hi there! We actually have some grass in the “lawn” now! It was just weeds and wild flowers for months, which survive the summer heat so much better. In winter much of it will be claimed by the moss, which I really love.

  6. I have a rock in my garden, too, which the previous owners placed there (or maybe they found it while building the house?). But I’m perplexed with how to work it into the feel of the garden… Still working on that! Lovely to see your rock and how it works for your garden, Cathy!

    • We are lucky in that it really does stand alone, away from the planted garden. The rocks in the rockery are also natural, but are covered by greenery for most of the year. Hope you find a way to make your rock a positive focal point. And thanks for stopping by!

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