Gardening – the demon fence to the rear of the house

To the back of our rental is an old wooden fence, grayed with age and very rough to the touch but still solid, not wobbly at all.  A long row of timbers stacked two high runs the length of the fence out about two an a half feet from the fence to form a flowerbed.  Inside this flowerbed are several climbing vines and trees (of all things) that willow over the flowerbed border and over the lawn as well. 

I came up with the bright idea to chop off all cascading branches leaving only ones closest to the fence to let sunlight filter through so some pretty flowers could flourish in this bed, there in amongst all these trees.  The thought was one of ill-conceived planning, I fear.  But, on the other hand, if it does succeed the view from the patio will be spectacular. 

I chose to plant closest to the front of the bed some (warm colour scheme) Snapdragons, Marigolds, Impatiens and Petunias; all F1 Hybrids with some Lobelia and Dahlia in other beds that flank the ends of this troublesome and lengthy bed.  I say troublesome because, it is going to be a troublesome task, for sure!  Intermixed into these beds are some Nasturtium (orange/red); Tiger Lilly’s given as a Mother’s Day gift this year and a couple of other plants that were too pretty to pass up, given they were being sold for ninety-nine cents for a four pack.  (hint: I buy tiny, and let them grow to big — I don’t mind waiting)

Of course, I also came up with the bright idea to train the willowy branches of the climbing vines to the fence by inserting some eye-hooks into the wooden fence and running wire down the entire length in two rows.  The plan was to keep the branches to the back of the flowerbed and off my pretty flowers!  I tapped in with a hammer the eye-hooks then finished off screwing them in by using  the bit of a screwdriver to turn them into the wood.  My ex-husband taught me this trick!  Makes for an easy turning.  That is if you keep your knuckles out-of-the-way.

Always keep steady in thought and deed whilst installing line wire on an old wooden fence – or else – you will have plenty of splintered fingers to contend with.


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