I wouldn’t personally choose to have a fence in what rickii referred to in her comment on the Wordless Wednesday post as ‘golden brown’ but which to me is more of a bitter orange marmalade colour – but for the first time in the 19 years we have lived here there is a solid boundary between us and the property next door! For many years it was a simple post and rail fence but the encroachment of ivy and self seeded hazel and holly resulted in a green and ever-thickening boundary, a breeding ground for numerous pernicious weeds.
A general overhaul of excess foliage around the garden last summer, along with the opportunity to develop the new shrub border and a promise from our new neighbour that fence panels were in the offing, saw the boundary cleared. Unfortunately this is how it remained and the Golfer and I were just on the point of erecting a temporary barrier when Neighbour announced the arrival of the panels, duly erected last week. Turning a blind eye to the glaring orange newness I am definitely not frowning at this solid backdrop to the shrub border which certainly sets it off and encloses this side of the garden in a way that has never been seen before.
This exciting state of affairs brought a minor problem – a ditch at the back of the border where installation of the panels emphasised the gradual slope across our properties, leaving a drop of about 12″ at this point. Happily we have been clearing the area where we keep chickens, digging over the ground and dismantling the Eglu for a good clean prior to sourcing a new batch of chuck chucks, and numerous barrowfuls of soil did the trick, the ditch was filled in and the bed suitably levelled.
The fence, however, will not be staying golden brown…