Sunday, November 4, 2018

New Gate and Fence

We had a big change of the feeling of the garden this week. Our old wooden fence was rotting and falling apart. We were beginning to think that if Annie wanted to she could bust right through the gate to chase rabbits or any other furry creature passing by. I took the following picture shortly before the crew arrived to remove the fence. 
We had already taken down the wooden arch that was by the gate. We moved it over by the patio where the big arch used to stand. It is now it's permanent home. I didn't think I would like a wooden 
arch by a metal fence and gate.
It didn't take the crew long to dismantle the wooden fence. So many of the posts were rotted off. They dug out most of them which was a chore since there was concrete anchoring the posts.
The gate is what I am most happy about. We searched all through the internet and our town looking for just the right gate. We found this one on Etsy. It was made by Modern Iron Works out in Idaho. Yes, it traveled a long way to get to our garden but it was well worth it. The craftsmanship is excellent. I had it custom sized for our opening and it turned out perfect. 
Here is a close up of the gate. It is very expressive with the heron being the focal point and the cattails, frog and dragonflies adding character.
The chain link fence certainly gives the garden a more open feel. I am not so sure I appreciate that. I believe that I will be planting more shrubs in the near future.  I am hoping that the shrubs already along the fence line will fill out below the 4' mark now that there is more light.
Annie who is the cause for all of this change is of the mind that she just doesn't care about what happens as long as she gets her nap in. 
I am the one that can't get used to the changes. To me it is the gate that made it all worth it.

How about you? Have you had any projects in your garden this fall?


18 comments:

  1. It looks lovely Lisa.
    The gate is wonderful and something that I would love.
    Well worth the long drive.
    As the garden fills out the fence will slowly disappear.
    I think you will be very pleased.

    Annie is a lovely girl. It looks like the sun God is still smiling on you.

    Have a good week.

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  2. Oh gosh, that is fabulous! The gate is really special! Annie's lucky she has such a pretty, protected garden in which to rest and play.

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  3. Fabulous gate! You made me search as I had to find the frog 🐸 Your arbor looks right at home too. By spring you will have gorgeous plans for both 😊

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  4. Annie is beautiful and worth protecting. I like the gate a lot but I can appreciate the concern about being too open to your neighbors. Fences are relatively unusual here for some reason - we have a fence only on one side and rely on shrubs and hedges to mark our boundaries elsewhere. As to projects, I've got a lot of planting to do as I went crazy with plant shopping this weekend. The next big project after that is tree trimming, which is always somewhat traumatic.

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  5. Actually, I want to use wooden materials for my garden. But our climate is not friendly to outdoor wooden material.

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  6. Oh my gosh, I love the gate of course! It all looks really nice. We recently replaced our front door after being here for over 25 years. I still kind of go... OH!

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  7. It's funny how fences really change the feel of the garden. Your new one does make it seem mush more open. It would bother me too. I like privacy in the backyard. I'm sure your shrubs will fill in a little more and what a wonderful excuse to add some new ones into the landscape!

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    1. And the gate is amazing! I forgot to mention that.

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  8. Looks great! I love the heron/wetland theme of the gate.

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  9. Lisa, you're right to change the old fence. I love everything new in my garden, and your gate is beautiful with a picture of a heron on it. I see that the fence is made of metal net with solid metal slats on top. It's very safety.

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  10. Hello there Lisa girl !
    I love your gate !! .. it is beautiful and a theme I would more than happy to have in my garden. The bonus is that Annie is safe and secure and that has to be a load off of your mind.
    I do get what you are talking about though with the openness .. I am so private that I have an 8' wooden fence all around our back garden, so I can sneak out and take pictures without anyone seeing me.
    My front garden is all open though .. maybe you will feel more comfortable once shrubs and plants fill in .. it just takes time, which we aren't all that great with waiting for ? LOL
    Enjoy the gate and relax !

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  11. Your gate is awesome! Worth it ~ Annie is so precious ~

    Things we do for our fur person's ~ I am getting a new sofa and chair and one of the reasons is my fur person will have cushions that are not attached to the back so she can snuggle in like she did before with an older sofa ~
    pluse it will be better for my back ~ LOL ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. That gate is amazing, I love it! I would have never thought to search for and find something like that out online, it makes me want to find a place to put a fence and gate around here... hmmmm :)

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  13. the gate is beautiful, and fence looks strong.
    have a great day

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  14. Wow! You chose well, that gate is fabulous. The new fence will last longer than wood and your idea about planting a few shrubs to regain the feeling of enclosure is a good one. Annie looks quite happy with the change.

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  15. I love the gate. Gates make the garden I think. As for chain link, I have a 6' one at the back of my yard, with an empty lot behind it. It definitely makes it feel more open. I'd feel trapped if all sides were the 6' cedar. Although, if they even build on the lot I want something more for privacy! It's strange now to know people can see me in the back yard (not the deck area though) from the street that runs beyond the empty lot! When I drive by I try to visualize what I look like out there in my grubby garden clothes!

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  16. Happy Weekend to you and hope you are enjoying your beautiful gate and fence and walking in the wind ~ doggie hugs to Annie ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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