Additionally all sorts of wild animals visit: deer, rabbits, ground hogs, squirrels, raccoons, etc.
I received a phone call from Dash’s vet that said his specimen showed that he has been eating too many bunny balls. Hmmm.
Other visitors include large domestic animals like the neighbor’s goat.
We decided to get a dog run not just for Dash but also for a new puppy named Rory which we are picking up on June 16th.
The 5 foot by 10 foot kennel was delivered from Lowes. We decided to order the style with pre-assembled panels as opposed to poles that are wrapped with chain link fencing. If we decide it needs to be larger we can order another set and insert the panels.
It went up in a flash.
The last detail was to attach the shade cover with zip ties which came with the kit.
A few years ago Charlie took apart an old fence that a neighbor was having replaced. He (we) salvaged the wood because I was intending to use it to rebuild our fence which had been knocked down by a fallen tree.
I asked Charlie to pull out some pieces for me (I’m not climbing in there) so I could make 2 planters for the front of the potager. Unfortunately there was wood enough for only one but I made it as a prototype since I was using plans from Ana White’s blog but intended to change them a little.
I basically built a planter all by myself in one morning using my new tools. It takes a super-strong person, however, to move it so naturally I asked Charlie to take it outside for me. I wanted to put the boxwood in it but proportionately this planter is waaayy toooooo biiiggg, instead it’s just perfect for a small (olive) tree.
I still intend to build 2 planters for the front of the potager but they will be smaller. I like the way this one looks and I’ll use it as a model.
I didn’t get much accomplished yesterday, just a few odds and ends.
Actually nothing was finished but I did start a few things.
I gave two coats of paint to the trim on window #10 and the double window.
While I was working on window #10 I decided I would also wash the window. When I went to clean the inside of the storm window I wanted to lower the top sash of the inside window which then dropped really fast and smashed my thumb between the two sashes. No photos since I soaked my poor, sore, bleeding thumb in a glass of ice water. I’m guessing that the counterweight (inside the wall) has come loose from the upper sash which makes opening this particular window very perilous.
I also removed, scrubbed, rinsed, and replaced the screen.
As I was admiring my paint job Charlie and I started talking about how the front yard is going to change.
For one thing the brick path is being removed and the new centrally located porch will come out into the yard more than the current one.
I think the lamp post will stay where it is but I took a saw to a section of the fence.
I also drew some rough plans for the kitchen island which I developed from a design on Ana White’s blog. I’m not quite ready to build yet but I do know I’ll need a power miter saw and a Kreg jig.
This is a delicate, moveable, distinctive fence which originated in England and is sometimes made in willow or hazel. The idea of a hurdle is that it can be moved and so the fencing is sold in premade sections.
Each section of this fence is pegged to the next with removable pegs.
Sometimes the sections, while still pegged, ease themselves apart but the fence still stands.
There’s a book which you can read online via www.archive.org at the Winterthur Museum Library called English hurdle fence for use on farms, country places, breeding establishments, suburban homes and hunt clubs.
I thought you’d like to see it. It’s different and we don’t see English hurdle fence much anymore but I’d love to have some surrounding my yard. It needs very little upkeep. I’ll probably end up with a live hedge of some sort. Maybe unclipped burning bush.
Do you have a fence or a hedge? What’s it made of? Or do you prefer nothing at all to define the perimeter of your property?
Many of the houses in our neighborhood have names. When we moved into our house it was already named The Glade. Since the house is in a clearing in the woods, what name could be better?
Years ago I replaced the homemade sign that was here with the one above that was especially designed and made for us by a firm in Annapolis. It’s fabricated from some kind of foam/plastic material that holds up very well to the weather.
The wooden post that holds it, however, needs to be painted. We’ll have to gently pull the double white Clematis Henryi away from the post. For now I’ll leave the gate hardware attached although we have no plans to replace the large double gate that closed the driveway off to traffic.
I love paint, don’t you?
Have you got a little improvement that would help your curb appeal? Maybe all you need is 15 minutes to half an hour. It’s true, some things can really be done in a short time. It’s the conception that takes time.
Our plants don’t stand up for themselves. And they are attacked by vicious predators, so our solution is to put the helpless plants in cages.
The tomatoes are in 4-foot tall fencing that has been fashioned into round towers. It’s vital to put these in place well before they’re needed. Once the plants begin to branch out damge can be done by forcing the extensions through the openings. You can see below the cages on the newly planted seedlings.
Charlie has surrounded or covered in some way with chicken wire or wire fencing the squares that are planted with cucumbers and basil. The birds and bunnies will just snap off the plant if he doesn’t.
A close-up of the fence.
A few years ago I found this lovely garden-enclosure fence in someone’s back yard and have been using it as my inspiration for a long time. I would estimate it to be about 8 feet tall and 25 feet wide and wrapping around four sides. I’d love to see the gate!
Here’s a corner detail . . .
And the center medallion . . .
I don’t know if we’ll ever have it because 1) it takes us forever to do anything and 2) there are way more important projects than a one-of-a-kind garden fence. But seriously, don’t you love it?