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Friday, March 20, 2009

Fanciful Fences

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There is a fence for every taste!
These fences go far beyond of the original fence' mission - to prevent escape or intrusion or to mark a boundary.
Simple and beautiful:
(The larger the better - click on the pick!)
How appropriate! What other material would you use for a fence in this location!

Without this light bamboo mini-fence the pedestal would look a bit lonely:

Wow! What an imagination! I couldn't pass this masterpiece!

Old-fashioned charm:

I like this birdhouse resting comfortably on a fence:
A bird house for each pole:
And look at this! Wonderful!
I love this post! Thank you Jacque, for reminding me such a great way to use all the rocks we get from our soil!

And how about this?!
What is your favorite?
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  1. Great post, I like the oars best.

  2. Definitely the oars! Ditto on the great post :)

  3. Great Post! love the evergreen
    tree fence.

  4. Very fun, Tatyana! Where did you find all of these? I haven't seen anything like these around here. My favorite is the oar fence too. Love the color and light-heartedness of it. I also like the trees, whatever that technique is called. Not exactly espaliered, since there's no wall behind it. Pleaching, maybe? Very nice.

  5. Great fences, each a work of art. I admire people who add new and unusual things to their gardens. These folks had wonderful imaginations.

  6. Bahahaha! I was actually going to do a wine bottle border myself - I wasn't even aware someone else had already done it! My boyfriend homebrews (beer and wine), so I thought it would be appropriate. We have a stock pile of bottles as well.

    I really love the juniper espalier fence. That takes time! Plus it has that "What's going on here?" factor.

  7. I always love the picket fences. The oars are a very close second though!

  8. I like the hedge-like fence. But really, any fence that doesn't completely fence everything in is a good fence ;->

  9. A delightful visit and thoughtful post! Love the poppies in your header. Happy Spring!

  10. Are all these great fences near your home? What a great menagerie. I especially love the espaliared (?) spruce or juniper. I would have never thought of that:D

  11. Those are so cool! Are they all in the PNW?
    I'm partial to anything espaliered, as well as the intense blues of the bottle fence. They are all so creative and lovely though.

  12. I am glad you like them!
    All these fences are from the places that are not far from us here in WA.
    The first one - from the garden and flower show; the single post with rocks - from my friend's garden; all the rest - from the garden tours, except the one with a birdhouse on each post and the whimsical one (with 3 absolutely different sections) - they are from Port Townsend.
    Donna, I believe that evergreen structure can be called an espalier since they can be against a wall or a trellis.

  13. I love the creativity and variety of found materials. How inspiring!

    My favs are the wine bottles and the oar fence. But, I admire the patience of the evergreen espalier.

    Thanks for the inspiration this morning.

  14. Hi Tatyana

    I like the oars best, closely followed by the 'old fashioned charm'.


  15. Nice post. I love the way my fence defines the edge of my backyard and contains my kids, but the glare of the sun off the white vinyl (the mandated option of our Home Owner's Assoc.) is too bright, so I had to hang sheer curtains to soften it!

  16. I like the last one with the blue painted border. Gorgeous garden.

  17. I love them all! The oars truly make waves for me, and I am inspired to begin to drink wine and water in blue bottles so I can make that fence. Seriously, really -- my vegetable garden is fairly close to the sidewalk and I don't like the thought of the local dogs peeing on my lettuce -- do you think the blue bottles would keep them away enough? Hmmm. How many bottles will I need? How much wine can I handle?

  18. I do like the oars and the bottles too. Hard to pick just one.

  19. Can't decide between the oars and the bottles... Like them both a lot though!

  20. I'm a picket fence girl too but I really like the oars. They remind me of my childhood and growing up on the water. You have a wonderful collection of unique and beautiful fences. I haven't seen anything near as creative in my neighborhood.

  21. Thank you for this post, you have given me an idea what to use on each of the posts holding the fence around my vegetable garden. I like the fence using the bird houses, so I think perhaps I will top all my fence posts with birdhouses.

  22. That pleached or espaliered evergreen fence is fantastic - I found this post really interesting, as when I used to live on the east coast of the US I was surprised at how few fences there were around properties (unlike Australia where every suburban block has a high wooden fence) - and that people only used wire ones when they had to so they could see through them and I guess get a sense of a bigger block of land. It's nice to see these creative fences.

  23. Brenda @View From the Pines sent me over to see the fences. They are terrific. I love the metal one embellished with all the art and the bottle edging. I'd love to try the edging, wonder how much I'd have to drink!

  24. Love that bottle boarder. I think I might start collecting some and use in my own garden.

  25. I like the oars too- but I don't live close to the beach, so I wouldn't use it here in my garden- these shots sure got my creative juices flowing! Happy spring :)

  26. I like the paddles/oars the best too. It seems so appropriate for the site. Personally I usually go for the picket fence. I like their old fashioned charm.

  27. I love fences too. My favourites tend to either be the type that act as a windbreak (plank fences) or the post and rail type, especially what we call snake fences. Hrd to build and maintain, maybe, but just radiant with charm.

  28. My favorite out of all of them is the 'Old Fashioned Charm' with the ivy on the fence! Mainly, because it's how mine looks (without all the bushes with blooms behind it!)...I am living with an HOA, and I couldn't have oars, or bottles, or most of the others, even birdhouses, lined up on my fence;-( I actually do like that one, with the picket fence & birdhouses; if I could, I might do something like that!!! I like how you've introduced so many varieties and new ideas!

  29. Definitely the birdhouse fence for me!

  30. I'm a little late replying to your post. Love the photos. A favorite? This isn't easy since they're all such works of art. Of them all I think I like the oar fence the most.

  31. I am enjoying catching up!
    All of these fences are so creative. I love seeing creative expression in the garden.
    I guess my fav is the oar fence...


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