Rockome Gardens (lots of pictures)

Yesterday I went to take pictures of what I was canning and found the memory card for my camera was full.  268 pictures uploaded to the blog later, I have room again.  This also means that some of the things I’ve been wanting to talk about will actually have photos to go with them.

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This past summer we took several camping trips.  One of the trips found us near a place called Rockome Gardens.  I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but was surprised by what we found.  At times it felt as if we were in the south near Spanish influence, or even overseas at some old world church.

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While there were playgrounds and other activities to do, I was especially taken by the various ways rocks were used on the grounds.

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It was a hot day.  I could have sat in this ‘room’ all day.  The fern obviously love it here.  Not exactly what you would think of finding in central Illinois.

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The photo below gives you a glimpse at how they made the structures.  It also proves that this is not a maintenance free way to add structure to your garden.  However, once you realize that some of these are 50 years old, or more, it is very understandable.  I’m not sure many of the current decorative items in my garden would last 50 years.

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When rocks come to mind, I usually think of straight, clunky lines.  Seems that isn’t always true …

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If you look in the background, to the right of the house, you can see a ‘fence’ created from columns of rock.  At first I thought it was a wooden fence, due to its height and uniformity.

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If you want to make a statement in your neighborhood, think about doing something like this in your front yard.

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And who says you can’t add personality?

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