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rockery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rockery a garden featuring rocks; usually alpine plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rockery (Gardening) A mound formed of fragments of rock, earth, etc., and set with plants.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rockery An artificial mound formed of stones or fragments of rock, earth, etc., for the cultivation of particular kinds of plants, as ferns.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rockery a mound made with pieces of rock, earth, &c. for the cultivation of ferns, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. roke, roche; prob. Celt., as in Gael. roc, W. rhwg, a projection.

Usage

In literature:

HOW TO MAKE A ROCKERY.
"Your Plants" by James Sheehan
The object of their sudden interest was a rockery in the front yard.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
Beyond the threshold of the open window, the rockery-garden was still vaguely golden.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
There is a spring of excellent water in the rockery behind the house, of which I beg you will make every use you desire.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
Make more in a year with father than he would in this old rockery in ten.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
He was doing something in the rockery, clambering over the big stones, and one turned over...
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
COPROSMA ACEROSA is a dwarf New Zealand shrub suitable for the rockery; it has variously-shaded, transparent, blue-green berries.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
The truth is not one gardener in a hundred knows how to make a rockery, though he does not like to say so!
"Small Gardens" by Violet Purton Biddle
Why not give them a home by themselves in a rough rockery?
"Garden Ornaments" by Mary H. Northend
On the left a tumble-down rockery, with a headless plaster Mercury.
"Mr Punch's Pocket Ibsen - A Collection of Some of the Master's Best Known Dramas" by F. Anstey
He built them up like rockeries, and flowers actually grew on them, although they had never been planted.
"O'er Many Lands, on Many Seas" by Gordon Stables
Besides the florist's Hyacinths there are one or two natural species that are worth growing in the rockery, flower border, or in the grass.
"Beautiful Bulbous Plants" by John Weathers
Other people had come in and made groups among the foolish rockery.
"The Sins of the Children" by Cosmo Hamilton
A few species are hardy in dry sheltered positions, such as rockeries, under walls and old trees, provided the positions are well drained.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8" by Various
I'm building a rockery.
"The Little Princess of Tower Hill" by L. T. Meade
Well adapted for carpeting the border or rockery.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 7" by Various
An abundance of cottage gardens and little rockeries satisfy them.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, October 1879" by Various
We shall then set to work to re-arrange the rockery.
"A Year in a Lancashire Garden" by Henry Arthur Bright
The long unused road, winding among the rockeries from gate to house, was hidden by a rank growth of grass and mullein.
"The Little Colonel's Holidays" by Annie Fellows Johnston
If you climbed to the top of an artificial rockery you could see over the high hedge.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In poetry:

And these were the joys of that house: a tower with a telescope;
Two great faded globes, one of the earth, one of the stars;
A stuffed black dog in the hall; a walled garden with bees;
A rabbit warren; a rockery; a vine under glass; the sea.
"Soap Suds" by Louis MacNeice