I have a fascination with stone walls that borders on the obsessive. And the older and more decrepit they are, the more I’m attracted to them. I think they are so beautiful, especially when the stone is weathered and pitted and covered in moss and plants. Stone walls or steps in gardens add architectural interest as well as provide a substrate for plants. And it adds a feeling of history and mystery to a place, as if the walls are ruins from a long-forgotten people. I find stone cottages equally amazing for the same reasons. (Plus they are very English, but we’ll not get started down that rabbit trail or we’ll get lost.)
There are lots of stone walls at Spring Mill State Park – this is one of its great charms. The area is rich in limestone and you can find all sorts of natural and man-made outcroppings of weathered limestone covered in moss and lichens. They serve as homes for a myriad of different plants and tiny animals.
The pictures in this post come from a stone wall in the floral and herb garden of the pioneer village. The garden is built into a depression and the stone wall borders the side of the garden that slopes upward into the forest again. It’s full of fascinating details and I could literally stand there for hours pouring over every rock, plant, and crevice. Each little niche is a beautiful microcosm – a tiny world of rock, mineral, water droplets, moss, plant roots, and tiny leaves.
Blessings to you,