Never a Frown With Golden Brown…

IMG_5401I 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.

IMG_5402This 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…


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31 Responses to Never a Frown With Golden Brown…

  1. Gina says:

    Not 100% sure of the fence colour, like yourself……..but in the colour wheel orange and green are both complimentary colours of yellow so you can make it work I’m sure

  2. Since the fence is there to stay while providing you certain benefits, maybe you need to paint your bench a color that you really like that compliments the fence and when you look at that area you will see your seating arrangement and shrubs. 🙂

  3. Bec says:

    Hopefully the colour should fade soon (near neighbours got new fences in a shade similar to these fences – and the colour faded a lot over the winter. Or paint your side over the winter? Hope all goes well with the new chickens too 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Bec – I shan’t be rushing into repainting it so have plenty of time to contemplate any options. After a year’s break from chickens we are looking forward to another batch 🙂

  4. Kris P says:

    I don’t mind the color and I suspect it will age to a mellower tone but, as is, I can see why the backdrop might not be what you’re looking for. Is there any issue with painting your side?

    • Cathy says:

      Our neighbour is quite happy for us to do what we want our side – but isn’t it strange how I would have been quite happy to look at a brick wall in a golden brown shade…! 😉

  5. Linda Dewey says:

    About a year ago we bought a house that when built was on several acres. Developer who bought it carved out 1/3 acre for our farmhouse, and cut the rest into eight lots — divided by hideous, garish, orange/gold fencing. A year later, rain and sun have softened the color considerably. As we plant against it, color is far less odious. Too bad it’s not the color of teak, but in a couple of years, covered with vines and hidden by plants I love, probably won’t be nearly so bad.

  6. Christina says:

    I would advocate painting the fence as dark a colour as you can. Black is a great background colour for plants and the fence will just disappear and appear as shadow.

  7. Pauline says:

    It will soon tone down and then won’t be so noticeable, I think once you start painting the fence, you have a job for life! Plants will also soon grow to hide it.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, you are right, and I still stop at gaze at it with the pleasure of having a solid boundary at last so it can’t be that bad!

  8. Nice reference to a great song the fence doesn’t look too bad either 🙂

  9. The fence will fade but I agree that shade of orange is pretty harsh on the eye. If you paint it and are not brave enough to try black as Christina suggests,, I personally love it, there is a cuprinol colour called dark holly which is a good back drop for plants. Exciting to have such dramatic change in your garden.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Dorris – I use the Cuprinol ‘Wild Thyme’ on my other garden timber but I wouldn’t want a whole fence of it so I will look at their darker shades like the Holly you suggest. I am just adjusting to have a proper boundary at the moment!

  10. Golden brown is a good look just now. It’s transformed the border, making it looked “finished”, but I agree about black or dark green. We used dark holly on a dissecting trellis fence and it provides a great backdrop to plants, disappearing into the background. That’s what I would recommend. We have also used the black ash, I think it is, for our pergola and table, and, it too, works well.

    • Cathy says:

      I agree it has transformed the border, Ali, so perhaps I am being a bit harsh in my judgement (which was probably a little tongue in cheek anyway!). I will certainly look into other colours though, as of course an effective backdrop is the most important consideration. Thanks for your suggestions.

  11. Noelle says:

    What an opportunity to grow clematis, roses and other plants up against this.

    • Cathy says:

      Well yes, Noelle, there is that too, but I mustn’t rush into important decisions about new clematis and roses – and there are already 3 new Rosa rugosas close to the back of the border which will of course spread out once they establish…)

  12. rickii says:

    Our neighbor’s taste is the opposite of ours, but he’s such a nice guy that we somehow work things out. I kind of like the challenge (occasionally) of something I would never have chosen being thrown into the mix. Of course much muttering under my breath out of earshot precedes this adult approach.

  13. I vote to paint it ‘Dark Oak’. I liked the ageing and toning effect it had on our fence. Unfortunately, my neighbour paints his side an orangey colour and it bleeds through the knot holes etc. Ho hum.

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