This is how it looked at the end of the initial work, last year. When the stone was dry, it was a light grey colour all over and lacked the tonal contrast you might get on an old stone. I decided to apply some mid and darker tones using artists’ earth colour pigments.
This is how it looked when the colour was applied. The homemade “keto” mix described in Part 2 has proved to be very successful, as it has brought the 2 trees planted last year through the winter very well
This is how it looks at the moment with a few more trees, some moss and a newly acquired display pot.
I still need a few more trees to complete the planting and it will take several more years for the trees to fill out and present a more natural appearance, but I’m pleased with the progress so far and look forward to starting a few more in the summer.