In the first few years of creating our garden, we took out a huge old Norway maple tree. We saved the lower trunk and used it as a pedestal for sculpture inside the house as well as in the garden. Just recently Mark sawed it in two to create a pair of rustic seats that we can use outside the tea house. They give us a place to sit, under the shelter of the roof overhang, where we can listen to the water tumble over the rocks in the stream and enjoy a lush view of our garden.
You can just see the edge of the stump seats in the lower right corner of this picture. Less than a quarter of an inch of rain in June compared to the usual four inches. So this picture is deceptive; it's much drier than it appears but I've been watering weekly and praying for rain.