This is a portion of the slate deposit left us by the Irene's flood this (past) year. The water is calm now, but during the flood the fall was about 90 feet wide and almost horizontal. It flooded the valley and tore away the flag iris that grew naturally there, but gave us about 2-3 ton of slate. I do see a few little green iris shoots left on the edges of the creek though. I hauled some of the flat pieces of slate to high ground, and then installed a small 5X15 foot entryway to the patio. The material was free! I inter planted the slate with low growing Corsican mint, orange spice thyme, and some chamomile; it smells so good when walked on. I will eagerly look for it all in the Spring.
Part II - This is one year later, today. The Corsican Mint is a little shy to grow but I am hopeful for next year. The moss grew on its own, the spores must have come from the waterfall area. The blue eyed grass, or maybe it is wild amaryllis, just popped up there so I left it there. When it blooms I will identify it. I am pleased with it and might expand it further out next Spring.