I've confessed to having second thoughts about the whole lawn removal project, but maybe it's just impatience with the work in progress, construction site look of the garden at the moment. Compared with my neighbors' lovely green lawn, ya know. But I'm over it (for now) and moving on.
When I last reported on this project I'd removed only the lower half of the lawn, which I was replacing with a variety of groundcovers, complaining all the while about it not looking good. Well, I decided I wasn't ever going to like it because it looked exactly like half a lawn had been removed; the design just didn't make sense. So out came the rest of the lawn and the next step was to complete the fieldstone path across the whole space. That meant a trip to the stoneyard.
Now here's my beef about stoneyards: They're NO PLACE for homeowners. Even if you're not run down by a frontloader, it's really hard to find just a few of something, like the 13 fieldstones I needed. The good ones are bundled up in pallet sizes and for small orders ya have to comb through what they call the "Loose Wall". And some guy was already there doing the same thing, hunting for the largest and flattest from what would more appropriately be called the "Wall of Slim Pickings". So rather than duke it out with him, I went in the office and asked if a new pallet could be opened up for us and it worked! So I found 13 (barely) large enough fieldstones and completed the path. And gardeners, you all agree that paths are fabulous, right? Even when they're much narrower than the two-person width that we're always being told is the absolute minimum.
And this is a good opportunity to expound (again) on the topic of slowing down and getting it right, one of the advantages of DIY garden design. Whether I'm creating a new border line or a path like this one, I always do it slowly and gradually, tweaking as I go, stepping back again and again to see if I like the look. So what you see here is just one tweaking, with more adjustments to follow before they're dug into place.