pathway finally done

davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)March 23, 2005

Last year I posted pictures of the leaves I'd made in anticipation of making a pathway. I promised then I'd post a picture of the finished path. Finally last month I got those leaves in the ground. Here's how it turned out. The leaves were made using the formula provided in the faq section- white portland cement, white sand, buff liquid coloring. I used several species of leaves to make the steppingstones.


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Lillie1441(b3 TX)

That is absolutely gorgeous! Never would have thought of doing that.Beautiful.........Lillie

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 1:17AM
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DebZone8(S.Puget Sound)

Wow, wow, wow! Your leaves are wonderful and make a beautiful path! It looks like something out of a gallery.

Sue, I hope you don't mind if I post a link into the Hypertufa forum where we talk about all things cement. I know people there would enjoy looking at your leafy path.

Deb

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 8:49AM
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use2bcapecodr(z5 OH)

What a lovely, creative idea for a pathway anyone of us would give our eyeteeth to have in our own yard. You did a wonderful job!

You put a lot of work into it, and it shows. I love it!

~Sandy~

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 9:30AM
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Blooming_Stone(z6b NS Cnd)

Really inspirational. Thanks so much for reminding me of where this tufa-tot wishes to toddle.
Blooming

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 11:30AM
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suzyqute(z4 WI)

Sue,
Exceptional! I love your path, its so pretty and absolutely wonderful to gaze upon! Thanks for the photos.
Suzy

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 11:55AM
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Sarahsaid(z8TX)

Ohhhhhh my!This is truely beautiful. I love it so much that I have to have one my self.Thank you for posting it.It is inspirational!!Debra

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 12:27PM
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myback_garden(6b ON Canada)

I came over from the Tufa forum from a link DebZone8 provided for us to look at your leaf path...What an awesome job DAVISSUE...Fabulous!!

I want one of these for my back garden... :)
Where's the Faq section so I can get the recipe???

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 12:43PM
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Granny_Anna(z4, USDA z7, WA)

Sue, this is gorgeous and gives me some great ideas. I'm in the putting-sand-in-the-weedcloth and pounding-stakes stages of building paths and raised beds for my tiny trapezoidal fill-filled yard and I've been kicking around what I want the stepping stones/pavers to look like. Some days it's rocks, other days it's wood, today it's leaves! :)

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 7:57PM
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bigack(z6 WV)

Beautiful job, I really like that!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2005 at 8:47AM
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Sarahsaid(z8TX)

I have a question. You said that you used buff liquid coloring. Did you mix two batches, one with less coloring than the other? The leaves have a very painterly look.How did you acheive this? If they were a solid buff color the look would not be as pleasing. You did a fabulous job!!!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2005 at 10:47AM
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OspreySanctuary(10a FL)

Awesome!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2005 at 9:57AM
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thorspippi(z9/s14 CA Sacramento)

Astounding!!!! I WANT THIS!

How thick are those? The FAQ makes it sound like it's a kinda thin, maybe not strong enough to walk on. Are yours thicker?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2005 at 5:16PM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

Hmmm, it's been so long since I made them, I'm forgetting what I did exactly. The pavers look mottled because they are wet in the picture, and are drying. The dry areas are lighter in color than the wet areas. When completely dry, they are fairly even in color. I used three bottles of the liquid tan color for the whole batch, which was one bag of portand cement, and five bags of fine white sand. I think the cement was a 90 or 100 pound bag, but I just cant remember exactly. The sand was in fifty pound bags, I think. I mixed up small batches at a time, I didn't do the whole shebang at once. The pavers were anywhere from one and a half inches to two inches thick. I reenforced them with strips of drywall mesh tape in the middle. I used fortifier as well, but not as much as recomended, things were beginning to get pricy there at the end. The leaves are laid on a sand bed. I wish I'd made them all a uniform thickness, it was hard to get them level with them all being a different thickness. It's hard to be precise when eyeballing it though. If you look in the first picture, to the left, there are two leaves stacked on each other, if you want to see how thick they were in general. I'm happy with how it came out, but think it will look even better once the vegetation I cut back grows back in to soften the edges of the walkway.

Here is a link that might be useful: link to the faq instructions

    Bookmark   March 25, 2005 at 8:41PM
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CDNDavid(BC Canada Z3)

WOW!
Perfect.
How long did it take you to get them laid out?
The spacing and layout is terrific.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2005 at 10:45PM
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meredithptown(z8 OR)

do you mind saying exactly how pricy?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2005 at 2:45AM
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Cflower(US)

Beautiful, where is the hylpertu link?

I'm new to gardening, but tryinhg to get back yard landscaped arounjd new pool and rest of yard. I want a wrought iron arch way leading unjder a treed area and a path, this is beautiful and I'm up for the challenge

    Bookmark   March 30, 2005 at 6:45AM
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Judy Lodin

Wow!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2005 at 4:42PM
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DebZone8(S.Puget Sound)

Cflower, there's a link to the Hypertufa Forum about 1/3 of the way down on the Garden Accoutrements page, right above "Messages." The Hypertufa Forum is a spin-off of the Garden Accoutrementf Forum.

Deb

Here is a link that might be useful: Hypertufa Forum link

    Bookmark   March 31, 2005 at 8:37PM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

Hmm, I made enough leaves for a 30 inch wide, thirty foot long pathway. I think materials cost under a hundred dollars, but not by much. I shelled out two hundred to get a friend's teenager to do the digging out of the soil from the pathway, hauling it to the dump, getting, spreading and leveling the sand bed. I probably overpayed him, but if it means he's happy and will be willing to help me in the future, I don't feel too bad. And it meant I didn't have to break my aging back moving all that weight myself. The layout didn't take long. At first I layed them all facing the same direction, but it looked awful.The random arrangement worked the best. I wished I'd made a few more smaller leaves to use to fill in where the big ones didnt quite fit together perfectly.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2005 at 12:16AM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

I had a garden photographer come by recently to take my picture for an article for the local paper. While he was here, I suggested he take a picture of the walkway to show the garden writer. The writer was impressed enough to call me and get instructions on how I built the walkway. The article on the walkway came out today. I got in a plug for Gardenweb and the Garden Accoutrements section. Maybe we'll see some new posters soon! Sue

Here is a link that might be useful: my walkway, getting famous!

    Bookmark   April 2, 2005 at 12:11PM
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thorspippi(z9/s14 CA Sacramento)

Wow! That's great!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2005 at 5:40PM
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ohiotransplant(NE FL.)

Wow! looks great! A real inspiration!!

    Bookmark   April 8, 2005 at 5:28PM
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cindydj(z7)

Wow I love this! The color really make a difference. I did some elephant ear leaves last year....What are the leaves you used? I had been wanting to do this but have a lot of natural stone and for some reason kept thinking the leaves would only look good if they were green and now I know I was wrong! Thanks and great job!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2005 at 11:25AM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

Hmm, Colocasia, Solanum quitoense, Strelitzia, Morus alba, Paulownia, Catalpa, Fatsia japonica, Piper sanctum, Canna, Acanthus and Arum pictum, are what I remember off the top of my head. I do live in California, so the selection is probably better than a colder area of the country. The Solanum quitense (available mailorder from Annies annuals) and the Piper sanctum gave the best leaves, the cannas were the least impressive.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2005 at 10:11PM
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pennycp(Z6 SE Penna)

That's FAB! It's better than fab - it's AB FAB!
My hat is off to you!!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2005 at 9:57AM
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lovebnretired

Thanks, DAVISSUE_zone9, love your path and hope to try making some leaf stones myself. Thanks for sharing your treasure. Hugs, nannycmc

    Bookmark   April 16, 2005 at 4:12PM
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getanjiggy(z7 Mo)

That is beautiful! You just gave me a solution to my ugly broken concrete front walk! I've been wondering what to replace it with, and you solved my problem! Thank you,
Jill

    Bookmark   April 19, 2005 at 10:33AM
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joyce_zone5(5)

What a beautiful path! Lots of work, but well worth it! The article in the paper was very nice too.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2005 at 12:11AM
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Bright199(foothills NC)

That is AWSOME!!!!Would love to have something like that. Great job!!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2005 at 9:42AM
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laurelann

That is absolutely gorgeous! And the stories you can tell about it's creation! Very nicely done!

Laurelann

    Bookmark   April 30, 2005 at 11:25AM
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shaybass(z8 West Ctl AL)

Great path. Hope you don't maind that there will be numerous copies of your path around the country!
I couldn't get into the link for the newspaper article, could you email it to me?
Thanks again for the inspiration!
Sharon

    Bookmark   May 1, 2005 at 7:39AM
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jleek(5/ma)

I couldn't get into the link either

    Bookmark   May 10, 2005 at 3:03PM
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rozaholik(Z7 LongIslandNY)

Yes, I also tried to see the walkway article but couldn't...could you post a picture perhaps????

Great job on the path!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2005 at 12:57AM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

I thought about cutting and pasting the article, but there's warnings all over the site about copyright, so I guess I better not, sorry. Sue

    Bookmark   May 24, 2005 at 7:31AM
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Ladydesireus

I could not get the pictures to open to see this path.Anyone here know how to open them and link it so I can see this.Thank you very much.

Annette

    Bookmark   July 26, 2005 at 11:45PM
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Gardengirl(z7GA)

Boo. Am I the only one who can't see the pictures at all?Just empty boxes w/red X.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2005 at 11:15AM
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Marie_zone5

I can't see them either. Even tried to register for Sacramento site and didn't get past that.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 2:10AM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

Sorry, I'm having trouble with my yahoo based website, they have pulled it for some reason, and I am having a hard time figuring out how to contact them to solve the problem. Hopefully the pictures will come back once I get them to fix things, since I did not save them on my computer. Sue

    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 9:01AM
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petalstx(DFW)

I'm stuck- I can't see the pictures. What do I need to do? I see a box with a red 'x' in it, but nothing happens when I click it. Thanks

    Bookmark   August 3, 2005 at 12:26AM
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Ratherbgardening(PNW 7 or 8)

Did you get the coloring at HD or Lowes type of store or elsewhere?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2005 at 3:32PM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

Home Depot, it's the buff coloring. I used three bottles total for the fifteen foot walkway (and enough left-over leaves for another three feet)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2005 at 9:39PM
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Dena6355(z8 WA)

Sue,
The pathway is georgous!!! I have been re-reading this and now have a couple questions. After a summer time how did the pathway fair? Did you use any sort of sealant on the leaves, and the colorant appears mottled did you mix the colorant in after you had your mix ready, instead of adding the colorant to the water? I think I read that you used the wet colorant, right?
Dena

    Bookmark   September 6, 2005 at 7:56AM
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billie_ann(6b PA)

Dena, Sue said the coloring looks mottled because the walkway was wet and just starting to dry out. Billie

    Bookmark   September 6, 2005 at 8:56PM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

Still looks good, but one leaf cracked when my contractor who must weigh 220 lb put a ladder leg on it and climbed up to the top carrying a bundle of shingles. I didn't bother with a sealant. I live where the ground does not freeze so I don't know if that would be an issue elsewhere. Sue

    Bookmark   September 8, 2005 at 11:22PM
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Gozalda(z9 CA)

Sue, love your path. It looks like it took forever to plan and execute. It's a job well done and will last forever. I wanted to know if you laid down any barrier paper to prevent weeds?

    Bookmark   September 9, 2005 at 12:54PM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

No, and I have the weeds to prove it! Sue

    Bookmark   September 13, 2005 at 3:39AM
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SEWigardnut(5)

I live in Wisconsin. Could you do one for me???lol

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 11:03PM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

Here's some new pics, taken after the plants I'd cut back out of the way regrew. Sorry they're so washed out, the sun was brighter than I realized at the time.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 2:12PM
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sive(Msawawa)

i like your pathways, i wonder what makes you go that way, anyway that is the way; beautiful. can i ask you something please. can you use you stepping stones in more public areas like parks or popular gardens-are they not susceptible to pressure, or the stone is strong? i am disoriented-please give me a map, i must go now-siviwe mayekiso

    Bookmark   October 18, 2005 at 10:48AM
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dixiesmom(Austin,TX z8a)

This is defiantly worth seeing again. Beautiful job!!! Bravo!!
I've got the fever again.

Dixiesmom

    Bookmark   June 20, 2006 at 2:30PM
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dosaye(Zone 9)

Wow,
Slap me silly & call me "Stunned" I am so impressed!!!!!!!! I love this!!!!! Excellent job.
Now I have to go learn how to do this.. Dreary me now I am down to 2 hrs sleep a night.
Kudos kiddo!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 7:38PM
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magnoliasouth

Well blow me down and hello new project!! I know precisely where these adorable bad boys are going to be placed. Now if I just had a leaf, I'd be doing good. :D

    Bookmark   August 1, 2007 at 1:01PM
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diggerb2(z5oh)

just amazing!!!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2007 at 3:24PM
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natalie4b(7b GA)

Fabulous!!!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2007 at 2:58PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

I have this thread saved to my clippings, and come and admire the path every so often. I also link to it...hoping to maybe find others wanting to tackle trying it.

I am finally getting some big leaves, so hopefully this will be the season I will finally get to at least make a few stones.

I find the job you did just amazing....or as someone else said above...Blow me down!

Sue

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 4:28PM
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diane_v_44(Z6)

As you can see, we are all impressed with this path of yours

Seems to me, as I get older, I have more and more great ideas for my garden, but don't get around to doing many of them.

Seems, one can spend the day in the garden, working, but at the end of the day not as much is accomplished, as expected

Here is to you kiddo, for quite a major accomplishment and the inspiration for me, to get more of these great ideas, accomplished

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 3:08AM
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playinmud(z6)

Simply fabulous Sue! I'm wondering what type of leaves you used. Were they things growing in your garden? This is a very inspiring post.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 4:50PM
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butterbeanbaby(z5 MO)

I saw this and my chin hit my chest. Your leaf path simply rocks my socks off! I love your new "grown in" pics, and especially your garden furperson.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 12:14PM
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lovebnretired

Love it!!!
I am guessing your garden is fantastic. So many tropical leaves. Thanks for sharing the photos and info, it is so beautiful.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2008 at 12:45AM
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freshair2townsquare(z7/8, D/FW)

suh-weet!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2008 at 6:02PM
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gldno1

Congratulations! The path is stunning.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 7:03AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

All the photo links are broken. :-( Anyone have updated links to the photos of the pathway?

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 12:20PM
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jollyrd(Richmond VA)

I cant see them either, PLEASE PLEASE post them again

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 1:41PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

All the photo links are broken
I know the links have been broken for some time...I had suspected it was maybe just my computer. I emailed the OP asking that they post the pics again. In doing a little searching, I see they have been active recently on GW, so hopefully their email addy with GW is up to date.

Sue...who misses seeing the path and dreaming of what I could try and do.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2010 at 7:54PM
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