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**FENCING PROJECT**....RAIN STOPS PLAY PART ONE!

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FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS WE HAVE ENDEAVOURED TO HIDE OUR NEIGHBOURS SHED, NOT AN EASY TASK, BECAUSE IT RUNS ALONG THE SIDE OF OUR GARDEN, AND IT IS ENORMOUS!! WHAT IS IT WITH MEN AND THEIR SHEDS? THIS IS ONE OF THREE SHEDS HE OWNS…..PHOTOGRAPH OF SAID SHED


SO WE DECIDED TO BITE THE BULLET AND BUY SOME DECORATIVE FENCING AND SEE IF THAT WOULD LOOK BETTER THAN THE TRELLIS. SEEMED TO BE A FAIRLY EASY TASK…..NOT SO! OVER THE YEARS WE HAD PLANTED NUMEROUS CLEMATIS, JASMINE, IVY, ETC, ALL TO NO AVAIL, THE GRISELINIA HAD GROWN VERY RAPIDLY (THIS IS GOING TO BE A LIVING ARCH OVER THE BENCH) ALSO A GATE WITH A MIRROR HAD TO BE REMOVED ….ALL THE TIME WORKING IN A GAP OF TWO FEET!! AND TRAMPLING ALL OVER THE BORDER.

WELL WE STARTED, OH DOING ALL THE HARD WORK, I JUST HAD TO HOLD THE FENCE PANEL AND POSTS IN PLACE, AND PASS THE TOOLS….. SIMPLES!!


WE MANAGED TO GET ONE PANEL IN, WHEN IT STARTED TO RAIN, BY THEN IT WAS AFTERNOON,SO WE TIDIED THE GARDEN, AND OH TOOK THE RUBBISH TO THE TIP

WE GOT UP THIS MORNING ALL PREPARED TO PUT IN THE OTHER TWO PANELS, NO SUCH LUCK, A STEADY RAIN HAS STOPPED PLAY, INSTEAD WE FETCHED GRAVEL BOARDS (WHICH WILL NEED PAINTING) AND MADE MORE PLANS…..

THE ROSE ARCH HAS BEEN PAINTED A COMPLIMENTARY GREEN AND THE PITTOSPORUM IS NOW A STANDARD, WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO HIDE THE SHED ROOF WHICH IS A DELIGHTFUL ASBESTOS ONE !! BUT I FEEL A LOT HAPPIER THAT THE CREAM WALLS WILL NO LONGER BE ON VIEW….
I SHALL ADD PART TWO WHEN THE REST OF THE PANELS GO IN , AND THE BORDER IS BACK TO NORMAL….
THANKS FOR PUTTING UP WITH MY SHED RANT,
PS. I REALLY DO NOT MIND HOW MANY SHEDS PEOPLE HAVE IN THEIR GARDEN, JUST AS LONG AS I DO NOT HAVE TO SEE THEM LOL

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That's a fair few plants you are having to work around - I don't envy you and OH that part of the job. From what we can see now, it will look great.
I hope the weather picks up to let you get it all finished. Rant away, I know I do on here quite often!

25 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks Scottish, like Karen I hate being overlooked, or looking at ugly buildings.....the weather forecast is not good for the rest of the week unfortunately.....

25 Mar, 2014

 

I hope this works for you Dotty ! You'll get there, it can't rain forever ! Says she ! lol

25 Mar, 2014

 

Oh dear! When I saw that first picture my heart sank for you! But that new fencing really will do the job! And you won't always see all of the roof. Your shrubs will get up there in time, and you could always make them even taller with some tall growing clems! Love the fencing...very snazz!

25 Mar, 2014

 

I would of been tempted to paint the shed a dark colour while the fencing was down DD! neighbour wouldn't know lol. Ive had the same trouble in the past, trying to hide neighbours sheds, they are pulled down now im happy to say. Loving your one new fence panel it is very snazz as karen said :)

25 Mar, 2014

 

Look on the bright side - at least you have privacy, even though its at a price...
You new fence will be much nicer.

25 Mar, 2014

 

And this man doesn't have room in his garden for a shed (because it's full of plants)

25 Mar, 2014

 

Ha ha - I like Andrew's comaprison of two different men!
1 with a garden so full of shed, no room for plants
1 with a garden so full of plants , no room for a shed
Each to their own!

Dotty D, your garden looks great, like the green arch to match the new fence in particular.
I'd love a walled courtyard garden..you will just have to think of your neighbour's shed as giving you close to that!
Hope that you are delighted with it when all of your hard work is done,

25 Mar, 2014

 

PS This book got a mention in my Sunday newspaper and I am really tempted, the cover picture looks just so appealing!....Its called "A Woman's Shed" by Gill Heriz

25 Mar, 2014

 

Andrew, my neighbour is not a gardener, he dislikes plants!! the shrubs he allows his wife to grow are pruned to an inch of their life, he knows we dislike the building, but he won't pull it down!! Lol it is almost the size of a small bungalow!
Thanks Sarah for your comments, it can only look better, she says hopefully!
Stera that is true about the privacy..
YDd he paints it every year, he gave us a choice white or cream? glad you like the fence, we have it along the back of the garden, so it matches up.l
Karen, we will put all the clematis back, and the climbing roses, and move some large shrubs in to place, aren't you pleased you moved to the country, that's our problem we are country people at heart, still we can't have everything!!
Rose I hope you're right, the trampling over the border in the wet is the biggest concern, we moved as many plants out as we could.

25 Mar, 2014

 

The new panel kooks so good, I didn't even notice the shed roof. I'm sure a rampant clem could be persuaded to meander onto his roof:-))

26 Mar, 2014

 

Its a shame you cannot do what Ydd has suggested, it will hardly be noticable when you have the rest of the panels in, bet its only you that actually takes any notice really Dd, everyone else would be too busy enjoying your garden........

26 Mar, 2014

 

That's not a shed, it's a barn! the new fence looks good,a nd will look so m uch better when it's completed.

I've read about "quick fixes", growing vigorous plants to hid an eyesore, but the prob would be that it'd need a lot of keeping in check. Your wy seems a lot less labour-intensive

26 Mar, 2014

 

Dd I know all about men and their sheds believe me, but have given up now trying to hide things, too old and do not want the hard work ! Could you plant a very vigorous rambling rose like albertine, to go along your fence?? I love the fence it matches all your others doesn't it?

26 Mar, 2014

 

GM we have planted two very vigorous roses, unfortunately they had to be pruned for us to do the work!!
Fran it is, your right, it was a work shed lol
One more panel in today, just one to go and then we have a gap of two feet to play with!! ummmm back to the drawing board on that one lol
Lincs I have disliked it for 14 years, more like an obsession really, they are wonderful neighbours,but in all the years this house has been here nobody has attempted to hide it....
BA he would not like me growing anything over his shed, it would be cut down immediately.

26 Mar, 2014

 

Its not a shed, its a factory !

26 Mar, 2014

 

Fence is very nice and your plants will be well protected. I wonder what would fill 2 foot of space? MIRROR? A garden seat with an arch at the back?
We had an asbestos roof on our garage, when we moved here but I didn't like it so we had a new roof put on.

26 Mar, 2014

 

DD if that man would only paint the back of the shed and the roof green it would help and he wouldn`t be able to see it, he could have the other three sides Cream or white and all would be happy ... anyway thats not to be so you are doing the next best thing and its looking very good so far.

26 Mar, 2014

 

Its going to look great. I dont get this shed thing, why have a huge shed when you could have garden, I guess not everyone is a gardener, sigh.

26 Mar, 2014

 

Dianebully you have hit the nail on the head .......largest shed I have ever seen!! Lindak my OH has suggested a mirror, great minds, we cannot have a seat because the flower border is directly in front of the fencing....
Stroller, a few years ago he suggested to us that we could paint it whatever colour we wanted (as long as we paid for it) and have you seen the cost of coloured masonry paint ?hence that is why it is white or cream lol
Dawn thanks I hope so, it has been a very difficult job, working in cramped conditions and in between large shrubs, which had to be pruned severely.......as for the shed he has another 6ft X8ft and an extension on the end of the huge white one!! we have three sheds in the garden, but they are sentry box ones, which do not take up any room, and are a feature of the garden......still as they say each to their own......

27 Mar, 2014

 

Youve done well, difficult jobs are trying but well worth it :)

27 Mar, 2014

 

The only other thing you could have is a mosaic of some kind in the space. Good luck in completion anyway.

28 Mar, 2014

 

how long will the fence last before it needs maintenace or repair?

28 Mar, 2014

 

You will be very relieved when all the work is completed and you can forget about that huge shed. It was thanks to you and your sentry box sheds that made me get rid of my big one. I have 2 sentry box sheds although my family call that 'outside toilets' :)

29 Mar, 2014

 

Oh Gee they could have called them mini beach huts!

30 Mar, 2014

 

Lol Gee, Sheds are a pain but also a Necessity but they should be hidden or disguised or prettied up, i suppose its a man thing. DD mirrors would be great but expensive, especialy to hide the length of that shed :)

30 Mar, 2014

 

YDD the mirror is to go in a gap of two feet, will show you in the next blog....
Fran they will be painted every three years, and as long as the posts do not rot we shall be ok, because the fence will be protected by the shrubs....
Gee how unkind, toilets indeed!!

30 Mar, 2014

 

that's good to hear, DD - and painting won't be so nearly as onerous a task as erecting them in the first place.

Will you grow plants up the fence, and will they need to be loosened to allow painting?

30 Mar, 2014

 

Ahhh i see, looking forward to the next Blog DD.

30 Mar, 2014

 

Just finished, doing the trellis now, slow work, then the flower border needs sorting after all that trampling on it.

1 Apr, 2014

 

What on earth does he do in those sheds DD?. We had sheds galore at the end of a long large garden. One of them had a devotee of player pianos. I often picked soft fruit to the strains of Scot Joplin or a virtuoso performance by a great pianist on piano rolls. The sheds didn't show in the summer as a row of artichokes obscured them. They were about 300 feet away from our house. Some kids set a fire once and one shed got burnt a bit. The new fence looks very elegant. Hope its finished by now.

22 Apr, 2014

 

Perhaps he's got a train set in there?

22 Apr, 2014

 

Dorjac our neighbour makes things and stores timber and tools, and bits and pieces, he just hates to throw wood of any description away, drives his wife mad !!
Andrew that has answered your question I think, I do not object to him having as many sheds as he likes, just object Having to pay out to hide them.....
It is finished now and looks so much better, just putting the final touches, some painting to be finished, and that will be project number one ticked off!!

22 Apr, 2014

 

I hope your garden is all sorted and made over in good time for The Open Gardens events. At least the weather is warmer and less wet to allow beavering away to get the garden looking really good. I am so far ahead this year that I'm amazed. Perlargoniums and fuchsias in full bloom early in April. Tulips over and done with. Apples and pears set. Hope you have lots of visitors DD.

23 Apr, 2014

 

Thanks Dorjac........ what did you say about the wet? lol was hoping to do some painting today, but it has rained on and off, at least it is warm rain!!
Tulips over and done with here......some of the fuchsias are in flower as well, no apples and pears unfortunately garden too small for any more trees.

23 Apr, 2014

 

Sorry, I just found this blogg Dd. Our neighbour on one side is trying to mimic 'Sheds Are Us'. Your fence is lookig really nice. It will be (is by now) lovely, with the border tidied and plants shooting up again.

2 May, 2014

 

Hi HB no worries, sometimes it is difficult to catch all the blogs, especially at this time of the year, love the sheds bit, very funny, we have finished, and it does look so much better, will have to continue the fence now, because it makes the original one look bad....hey ho, but, not this year, have not got the time, as we open in June, and we still have a couple of tricky projects to complete... photographs will be on soon, a spot of painting to do, the forecast tomorrow looks to be good, so all being well, that is what I shall be doing!! (we are expecting a frost tonight, would you believe) who would be a gardener?

2 May, 2014

amy
Amy
 

I think the rain might be a blessing in disguise Angela it makes you down tools and take a break otherwise you can easily over do it on a large project like that , I love the green fencing my favorite colour in the garden ,good luck with the rest of it .......

4 Jun, 2014

 

Amy too true, we tend to forget how old we are lol!! I did not realise I had not finished this blog, the weather is going to be good tomorrow, so I will try and finish this blog, it has filled out well since we put up the fence, still not perfect, but getting there.......

4 Jun, 2014

 

That is unfortunate for you Dd2. It looks more like an aircraft hanger, than a shed. What you have done so far looks great and I am sure you must be pleased with the results. We had a similar situation with a neighbours garage. I built a pergola and put honeysuckle up the side which gave us some extra height. Refer to our photo 11 "Honeysuckle Arch" if you have a minute. We had a choice though, it was a new build and we designed our garden from scratch, so we new it was there when we bought the house. Hope you continue to make good progress.

13 Jun, 2014

 

Alan thanks for your comments, I will get around to finishing this blog, it just needs one final feature, I am popping over to look at your pics...

14 Jun, 2014

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