Crazy Cat + Boulders

Back to the renovated building and landscape for retailer Crazy Cat Cyclery.

Part of the design involves boulders. Since this store is named for Crazy Cat Mountain just above the site, mostly a limestone formation, we set out to find some limestone boulders to ground it to the site. They are unavailable for sale, of course, since there are homes built long ago over them.

But if you know someone building in the area…the architect knows someone who knows someone. Photos from 6/28/2014 –

looking at rocks and boulders we might use…

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limestone rock – a few larger, but many this size and smaller…
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Saturday morning work, but the reward of sun flooding through the canyon…
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moving boulders we selected…
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loading up the trailer…
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grades still not finished, like they should be…

We marked where boulders go…the soil for each was excavated, so 1/4 of the boulder gets buried and a more natural appearance results.

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the largest but flat 42″ boulder being hoisted over its new place…
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right there…

There are companies in California and Arizona who only locate and install boulders – correctly. Not in this region…and plenty of boulders just plopped onto the grade. I’m so glad another someone was found, who can get it done.

a few more to go in this planting area…

Notice that parked car. I’m convinced the people who operate heavy equipment are cut from the same cloth as off-road enthusiasts. They seem to take the challenge to work where there’s no room to do it, then make it happen perfectly.

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the last boulder to be set…
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all boulders set…

The dents were already on that car before we arrived!

ready for plants…that blue sky means heat…103F later
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4 Replies to “Crazy Cat + Boulders”

  1. That looks like some mighty hard ground! It is amazing how many boulders I see on my travels just plopped on the ground in a “but why?” Fashion. Look forward to seeing the final result.

    Great to see you, again, Mr. Patch! I think boulder placement rates with maintenance on being the last frontier of gardens…

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  2. I saw the dents and then read your commentary. Wonder if the car owner will see the boulders and think “aha! My chance” hope not. They (the boulders) look fabulous…

    Thanks…while not huge boulders, but grouped well with small plants, they’re doing the trick.

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  3. Boulders! Now I have a severe case of boulder envy. Glad you reassured us the car was dented prior to the rock placement. Fascinating your crew worked around it so well – looks like it could hardly have been left more inconveniently.

    Looking forward to seeing the plants in place around their rocky counterparts!

    I only wish I could make use of all those 8-12″ limestone chunks, too. Martina found some good folks who worked with the delicacy of a pianist. Plants soon – changed ls contractors…

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