Thursday, May 29, 2014

Good Fences #10...

I've always admired the white fence that runs around the meadow here on the farm.

When we moved here twenty (!!) years ago, it was a pretty wooden fence, but time took it's toll. It was already an old fence, and after about fifteen years of painting and repair, it was time to replace it.  We opted for PVC instead of wood.  Not our first choice, but the maintenance is next to nothing, and from a distance you can't tell much difference. More importantly, it keeps the cows where they belong!

A couple of weeks ago I shared a picture of my iris and rose border along the fence.  There was no color yet, but at least the weeds were pulled.  Now, finally, it's been mulched and the iris are beginning to bloom. The hard winter really took it's toll on both the roses and iris.  The iris are sparse, and the roses struggling, but at least we have some color...


Here's what it looked like in 2011 and in 2012. The colors were much more vibrant!

This is my perennial border along the north side of the garden.  I'm almost finished mulching, finally.  Why, oh why did I plant so many flowers?!  I was young then.  There's that white fence in the background...


And last but not least, here's one just for fun.  I found Gato lounging under the peonies that are about to bloom.  He's actually babysitting his niece, who hides out under the shed, behind the fence...


Oh, the life of a cat.

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25 comments:

  1. I dream of the life of a cat during our garden planting and weeding time...that lasts a few months here. There is always something to pluck or dig. Your fence full of iris is lovely. I've always wondered about the PVC fencing, if it were strong enough to hold cattle. Now I know. You have such a beautiful surroundings. You are most blessed.

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  2. i would LOVE to marry a cow, your blog title is adorable!! a beautiful place, maintained with lot's of love!!

    the first image was my favorite, what a beauty!!

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  3. Love the white fence, and your blog is just lovely. Have a great day.

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  4. so very cute! you really do have a LOT of flower bed to tend to! wow! as if you don't have enough to keep busy with! :)

    thanks for linking, alica!

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  5. What a lovely yard! I think iris are just gorgeous but wish the blooms lasted longer--can't have everything, can we?

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  6. Beautiful borders, and a beautiful fence-line!

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  7. Like TWG said. Wow, that is a lot of work to keep up. I lost interest with the fences once I saw your cat.

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  8. Beautiful photos of your fence, flowers and barn... I know that is one content cat, too.

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  9. Your flowers and the fence are so beautiful. It takes a lot of work to keep perennial weeded and I agree with you that it easier when we are young. At almost 68, I'm starting to feel that it's more and more demanding.

    I find weeding very meditative and I feel so close to our Creator when I'm on my knees in the dirt.

    My early irises are just starting to bloom this week.

    Have a joyous week.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  10. I can see you put a lot of work into your lovely garden and I love the fences.

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  11. Alica, you have such a beautiful farm. It is a thing of storybooks!

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  12. Well your Iris are lovely anyway even if they are a little sparse this year. They look great against your white fence. I bet that Perennial Bed is awesome when in full bloom. Gato looks so cute there under the bushes.

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  13. So beautiful. After this rough spring, I have nothing but too tall grass and weeds in my yard. Thanks for letting me enjoy yours.

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  14. Pretty fence shots, I love the beautiful flowers and the cute kitty. Have a happy Friday and weekend!

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  15. Your flowers and fence are just lovely. Obviously well cared for!!

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  16. Your flowers are still pretty. Yes our winter did in my knockout roses. Cute kitty.

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  17. Great fence shots and absolutely adore your banner shot at top of the cows.

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  18. love blue flowers, and it is hard to find them,

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  19. Great photos, very lovely and one sweet kitty too!

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  20. Beautiful fence shot! Kitty has found a nice shady spot.

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  21. Gorgeous, but I don't envy you the maintenance on the long border!

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  22. This looks lovely! I know that a garden always makes a lot work (I'm in the same place) but isn't it also wonderful at the same time? Gardening makes me happy.

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  23. I just got caught up reading your posts. I can't believe how much you have harvested lately. I know that fence garden has to be a lot of work, but wow it looks great.

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  24. You've worked magic with your fence! It's beautiful.

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  25. Looks so lovely. You know, my irises have been fine this spring, although the winter completely killed some other perennials.

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