rocks in the garden

my obsession with design and pattern does not stop at print media. i have been longing to add some texture and color to our very concrete backyard and i think i found the answer. we have a little spot of concrete near the back corner (where our 'second patio' will someday be) that is in very sad shape. we looked at that area last night and quickly learned with our handy shovel that the concrete wouldn't be too backbreaking to remove. so... now we just have to find a bunch of different colored small rocks and come up with a design! we are actually thinking of just making a bunch of stepping stones so that we can move them around and work on them over a longer period of time. here are a few inspiring images... both are from fine gardening, and jeffrey bale has a great article/how to on actually creating your own...

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