Hi Everyone! Thanks for dropping by my blog! Today, I’m going to share a fun and easy gardening feature. It’s called an Inuksuk. No green thumb required. And, if you are lucky, it won’t even cost you anything.
Inuksuks are my favorite landscape feature! They are unique, vary in size and are an individual artistic creation. They easily fill in empty spots, add interest and some height to anyone’s landscape. The big bonus is that they don’t require sunshine, watering or any attention at all. You don’t even need any artistic talent!
What is an Inuksuk? Well, the easiest way to describe it is that its a stone figure. About 10ish years ago, when we were visiting family and friends in Canada, people built them beside highways in Ontario. It was really cool to see them! We used to go visit our cabin in the Muskoka’s (cottage country in Ontario) and they were everywhere. They were everywhere around the lake we stayed at.
Even in the winter!
Originally, these were used by the Inuit. These markers were used to show where food storage was located, directions or even a favorite spot. Even single stones could be considered an Inuksuk. In the barren north, whatever was available was used. However, it’s the human form Inuksuk, that I LOVE!!!
I had a large bed where I had dug out some shrubs and roses that didn’t survive a harsh Wisconsin winter. So, I used some landscaping stones to build some Inuksuk. It gave visual interest to the area, some much needed height and just something a little different!
There really is no right or wrong way to build these. I used landscaping stones that I already had. Since I prefer the human shaped ones, of course we have to start with the legs!
Then build the body, arms and head. If you don’t like it, change it! I liked my second version better. The three I have in my yard are between 15-18 inches high. Use any stones/rocks you have. Just try to get them fairly stable. Turning them over or sometimes flipping them around often helps. If you don’t have rocks or stones that you can use, you can buy them at any place that sells landscaping rocks.
I don’t use any glue. It allows me to change, move and rebuild my Inuksuks. However, if you build a bigger one or have one in a high traffic area, it might be a good idea to solidify your Inuksuk. Just Google ‘gluing rocks’ and you will get lots of suggestions as to what works.
A few years ago, I was in England. Once with my family and once with one of my best friends.
Do you recognize Stonehenge? Hmmmm. HUGE Inuksuks in my opinion.
Hey, now that it’s summer, you can make some small Inuskuks as a craft. They are fun and easy to make, even for the kids.
Go over to my Building Stone Men blog post for some suggestions to do this. Just an fyi, that little Inuksuk right above is only about three inches high. The power of photography : ).