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  1. Carol baldwin

    Great idea, Melodye. I can’t join you in this celebration, but look forward to seeing the results! Lovely gardens of stone!

    • Melodye Shore

      I sure do wish you lived closer, Jan! You have a keen eye & beautiful artistic sensibilities. I’d love to take a walk with you in my garden….

    • Melodye Shore

      Oh, that’s wonderful! Have you been inspired by your neighbor to add sculptural stonework to *your* garden? I do much better when I can use someone else’s examples as inspiration…

    • Melodye Shore

      That would be lovely! She talks also about leaving scattered stones in a corner of your garden–a way to invite backyard visitors to create their own stacks and cairns.

  2. I always dream of a zen garden of some sorts but I don’t really have the discipline…lol My Zen almost always becomes a wild British type of chaos garden. 😀 I’m in for the Earth Day challenge.

    • Melodye Shore

      We are alike in that way, Veronica–sprawling gardens, using the flowers best suited for our parts of the world…

      Glad you’re joining the Earth Day challenge!

  3. Donna

    Well, I never knew that rocks and such could sound so interesting. Thanks Melodye. It gives me some ideas for the backyard. Great review. Peaked my interest which is always good thing when I otherwise, would have walked right by the book.

    • Melodye Shore

      I’d love to explore your backyard garden, Donna…would you mind very much if I snuck a few rocks into my suitcase? I’d go for the boulders, but the airlines are a bit pesky about luggage weights… 🙂

  4. Kim Baccellia

    Omg, so gorgeous!
    Question: Do you have problems with the wild rabbits out here? They messed up our lawn but I don’t want to hurt them. Your lawn is so gorgeous and peaceful looking. Wondered if you had similar issues?

    • Melodye Shore

      Yes, we have rascally rabbits, too. They live in the chaparral on the adjacent hillside, but are frequent backyard guests. That’s another reason we feel good about replacing our lawn. They DO munch on our flower buds and nibble the tender new leaves to nubs, so we just encircle the most vulnerable plants with rabbit wire. But since we live in a very rural area of OC, I think it’s only fair that we strive for a peaceful co-existence.

      Oh, and look again at that grassy landscape–photo credit, Jan Johnsen. It’s one of the featured landscaping projects in her book. Our climate (ergo, plant choices) are different, but I hope that my yard will eventually be as beautifully cohesive and serene….

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