Finally, a new fence in the garden!

We have wanted to replace the broken-down wooden fence on our north property line almost since we moved in 20 years ago, but for a variety of reasons we were never able to make it happen. This week though a young couple became our new neighbors and a new fence was one of the first things on their improvement list. Even better, they were willing to split the cost AND they wanted exactly the type of fence I had been planning for — a nice white, low/no maintenance vinyl fence. We quickly decided on the style of fence and they had personal connections to an installer so just 2 days later — yesterday — they started. Today they are nearly finished. They only thing left to install is the new front gates once the cement on the posts has cured a bit and the decorative caps for the posts.

New Fence 1 In Progress

New fence 2 New Fence 3

New Fence 4

As you can see from the photos, this makes a dramatic change to this part of the garden and improves the look of everything. The green plants stand out more against the white fence instead of blending into the brown of the old one. We also won’t have to deal with portions of the fence toppling over whenever we have a bit of wind. Overall we are really pleased with the fence, our new neighbors and how easily the project came together.




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Bee On Apricot Blossom

Bee On Apricot Blossom

Bee On Apricot Blossom

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7 Excellent Screening Hedges | A Gardener’s Thoughts & Fancies via blog.garden-of-eva.com

The Best Privacy Hedges for Southern California: 7 Plants to Know via Pacific Outdoor Living

Cactus Flowers in the garden

Cactus Flowers in the garden

A potted cactus shows off in the garden.

 

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Bearded Iris Closeup

Bearded Iris Closeup

Bearded Iris Closeup

Beautiful from afar and Closeup, too

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Variegation on houseplant leaves

Variegation on houseplant leaves

Variegation on houseplant leaves

Striking variegation gives a special look to these house plants. 

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Hydrangea Flowers

Hydrangea Flowers

Hydrangea Flowers

A closeup look at some hydrangea flowers at the nursery from last week. 

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Watch Cherry Blossoms Suddenly Explode Into Life in This Stunning Timelapse Footage via Gizmodo

I have only ever seen small stands of cherry trees in bloom and while even they are quite impressive, the thought of witnessing a bloom like this one is overwhelming. — Douglas
 
 
It’s that time of year when Mother Nature puts on her best fireworks show with pink and white cherry blossoms. By now your Instagram feed is probably clogged with endless shots of cherry trees, but this spectacular drone footage captured by Jack Johnston is still worth your time.

Shooting timelapse footage with a flying drone is tricky because you need to recreate the exact flight multiple times. Battery life limitations mean you unfortunately can’t just leave a drone hanging in mid-air for days on end. But by blending the footage from multiple flights in post-production, you can make it look like reality is speeding up.
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Blackberries soon

Blackberries soon

Blackberries soon

What’s your favorite fruit? Do you grow your own? 

The blackberry plants at the nursery were fruiting in their pots. They need to get in the ground to continue their growth. 

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