We have been polishing stones for about eight months now and the issue has naturally arisen of what we do with them once they are polished. We are in no rush to “do” anything with the stones apart from appreciating them – there is plenty of enjoyment in the process of gathering and polishing stones to keep us more than happy. However, one thought that arose was the idea of a stone garden – a small garden consisting entirely of stones, including polished ones, with the occasional small plant or artifact. So a small dry garden at the front of the house, planted with roses, was chosen.
This corner garden has not suited the roses well and gets very dry, requiring regular watering over the summer. So the first step in the make-over involved up-rooting and shifting the roses a handful of metres away, where they have since re-established and flourished. After laying down weed-mat on the vacated area, a bed of white stone chips (“Spanish white stone”) from the local garden store was spread out, providing the canvas for the eventual arrival of polished stones. Some items of visual interest have been added, including driftwood, two blue ceramic koru ferns, schist rocks collected from Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier in February when we were in Westland (in the South Island of New Zealand), and a small circle of semi-polished black and white stones collected from footpaths in Southland (these stones did not polish well due to the relative softness of the white parts, but they look great in this garden).
This stone garden will develop and change in the future, with the addition of more polished stones and unpolished rocks in various configurations.