Since we have had the new fence panels put in the neighbours have told us that they have decided to replace the rest of the fence so that it all matches. It will be good to have all new fence and should then last for many years but it is going to be a huge upheaval for us.
We have so much trellis and planting attached to the fence. We did this to hide the ugly fence and also to provide a screen between us and the neighbours as some of the original fence wasn’t very high. They are going to match the height of the panels that we have put in.
I took some photos before any work began.
Fence outside our kitchen window
Going past our cabin/kitchen
looking down the other way
They said they would let us know when work was going to begin so that we can take everything off of our side of the fence. We expect to lose some of the plants but hope to keep as much as possible. We hope to lay it down on our side and put it back on to the new fence.
The fence panels on this part are only as high as the bottom of the wood with the trellis on it. Our path is much higher than the neighbours lawn and patio area and it meant that with just the original fence we looked straight in on them. We grew the rose over the arches and along the fence to give a higher screen for privacy.
We also have a strip of concrete between our path and the fence which was already there and may get disrupted. We are not quite sure what will happen to this.
Work on the fence begins
We had a note through the door saying work on the fence was starting in the morning. First thing in the morning we took all the planting off of the fence.
We took down the plants but propped them up to begin with so that we could get past them
The rose was more difficult to pass
We propped the rose up with a chair and a plank
The panels opposite the kitchen window are in place
We start to put up some new trellis and put the plants back
All the trellis is now in place
The view from the kitchen window is much nicer
The honeysuckle and clematis is back on the fence
Looking the other way
It was our neighbour’s brother/brother in law doing the work, to help keep the cost down. He worked from eight o’clock to five o’clock and got as much done as he could. He said he would return at eight o’clock the next morning to finish the job.
Day two on the fence
Brother/brother in law arrived at eight o’clock in the morning once more. By lunch time he had finished the fence.
We put the pots back in place opposite our kitchen window.
The pots are back in place
We put new trellis on the rest of the fence and got the rose tied back to the trellis. We both got scratched to bits. It wasn’t an easy job but we were pleased with the end results.
Looking up past the cabin
The rose is back in place
Looking at the rose arches from the other direction
There was a gap between the concrete and the fence which couldn’t be filled so we have decided to plant it. We are using some of the plant from our front drive as it seems able to grow in any conditions. We hope it will eventually spill over and cover the concrete strip.
The original fence has been up for the ten years we have lived here so this new fence should last for many years. We are pleased that we have managed to get everything back on our side and it looks much neater than before.
With the bits of wood that were holding the trellis before the new fence, my husband is going to make a wooden chicken shelter, to replace the dog crate shelter and a wooden nest box to replace the cat box nest box.
We are very happy with the new fence and now that the entire length of the garden has been fenced we feel that the garden is now finished. Of course planting can always be tweaked from time to time and the veg plot is seasonal but for now the garden is complete.