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Atherton Japanese Garden


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zengarden7 wrote:
Could you please tell me what type of rocks are these? Thanks
   Comment   November 3, 2013
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The large boulders are called "Sonoma Fieldstone", readily available in Northern California. They were hand selected and placed to complement one another as well as overall composition within the garden.
The small rocks or gravel is called "Pami Pebble" composed of small 3/4-1/2" diameter rounded gravel of various colors.
November 8, 2013 at 3:34pm   
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Susan Payment wrote:
Please tell me what type of boarder or divider seperates the mulch and stone?
   Comment   June 1, 2013
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The divider is Trex, the brand name for a composite material using recycled plastic and sawdust. Trex is primarily a decking product, but we have found it subject to less shrinkage, warping and discoloration than other composite headerboard products.
June 19, 2013 at 9:39am   
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Susan Payment wrote:
what does the rest of the yard look like, this is beautiful?
   Comment   June 1, 2013
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Please feel free to see the rest of the project on our Houzz site as one of our featured projects!
June 12, 2013 at 9:26am   
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ealonso wrote:
Backyard - Are the large stones cemented or just laid on the gravel?
   Comment   January 20, 2013
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These stepping stones are laid on a compacted baserock bedding, set snuggly so that they will not shift, then filled in around with gravel. However, this path is intended for minimal use and is symbolic in nature. If you plan to constuct a highly traveled pathway, I would recommend a concrete base with the stones mortared on top to lessen the possibility of future settlement and a tripping hazard!
January 21, 2013 at 9:30am     
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Thank you! Very helpful
January 21, 2013 at 9:42am   
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jasonrush wrote:
what is the tall pine tree please - just wondering what type of pine tree is on the right of the picture
   Comment   January 16, 2013
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The tree is a Japanese Black Pine or Pinus thunbergii. This tree is over 40 years old and would normally be over 30 ft. tall, but it has been bonsai trained and pruned to attain and retain the current appearance.
January 16, 2013 at 2:51pm     
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Transport yourself to Kyoto by going for Japanese style in your garden. While Japanese gardens appear to be minimal and simple, every rock, sculpture, plant and path has been placed with great care. These elements inspire calm meditation when you're sitting and looking out at the garden and provide a very specific experience when you're walking through it.
Genevieve Schmidt added this to Pacific Northwest Gardener: What to Do in June
Candle prune pines to keep them right-sized for the garden. Pines can be challenging to keep small in the garden, because they don't respond well to regenerative pruning to bare wood, as many other species do. So once a pine has grown enough to fill in a space, gardeners use a technique called candle pruning to keep pines petite and neatly shaped.The new shoots on pines are called candles because they emerge in a bright white bundle on the end of each tuft of foliage. The bundles, which look like small white candles, open up in time to reveal the green pine needles we are used to seeing.Before they unfurl, however, there's a monthlong window of time when the candles can be cut in half or even removed to reduce or eliminate the plant's growth for the year.Simply use your pruners to cut each emerging candle by one-third, one-half or entirely off, depending on whether you'd like it to grow a little more slowly, a lot more slowly, or not grow at all that year. You can even plan the future shape of your pines by removing some candles, cutting others by half and leaving some to grow. This technique allows you to choose which branches get taller and which stay the same size.

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