If You Had A Weathered Fence?

If you had a weathered fence, would it be adorned with flowers?

Would you plant some scented colors?

Would it stand alone or would you cover it with leafy things?

Would you let it age with character?

Would you espalier?

Would you add a copper archway?

Just what would you do?

I took these pictures at Reynolda Gardens in Winston Salem, NC.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Phillip @ http://goldenagegardens.blogspot.com/
    said:
    All of the avove Anna – a fence is a wondefrful canvas on which to be creative.

    Anna replied:
    I think so too! I’m even thinking a split rail. They are so popular around here and age beautifully.

    From If You Had A Weathered Fence?, 2008/11/28 at 6:51 AM

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  2. greenwalks said:

    Nifty! We had an equally weathered (i.e. falling down) fence in the previous garden, I planted a Himalayan honeysuckle and a passionflower vine on trellises against it and they helped to hold it up!

    Anna replied:
    I love those passionflower vines so I know you did too. There is just something about a good fence! I’m glad you are home.

    From If You Had A Weathered Fence?, 2008/11/28 at 6:59 AM

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  3. Deb @ http://auntdebbisgarden.blogspot.com/
    said:

    I would love a weathered fence. Unfortunately, we have ugly chainlink.

    Anna replied:
    We need a fence and I’m thinking the weathered look will be perfect. I may even go with a split rail.

    From If You Had A Weathered Fence?, 2008/11/28 at 7:01 AM

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  4. Tyra @ http://waxholm.blogspot.com/
    said:

    Hi dear Anna, I have a weather fence and I think it is beautiful, not mine unfortunately it is so very old we have to make a new soon. Thank you for your visit Anna. Enjoy the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday. / Tyra

    Anna replied:
    I think I’ve decided on a spilt rail. It just speaks warmth and will fit nicely with my rockwork. You do have a beautiful blog with many gardening pics. I’ll try to go find your fence. I would love to see it.

    From If You Had A Weathered Fence?, 2008/11/28 at 7:17 AM

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  5. Zoe @ http://www.scattymare.blogspot.com/
    said:

    Hello Anna,

    it does look so beautiful when it has weathered down like that; I tend to paint mine thought, Old English Green. I have trained some fruit trees against mine, Double u Cordon’s mainly, although I hope to get some fan trained plums and Cherries, and Step-Over apples this season.

    Lots of nice ideas to steal from that garden, imagine the wildlife love it too.

    Zoë

    Anna replied:
    Well it sounds like you have done an incredible job with your fence. Trees take a lot of patience to prune and tend. I’m impressed.

    From If You Had A Weathered Fence?, 2008/11/28 at 8:55 AM

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  6. Susan Tomlinson @ http://bikegarden.blogspot.com/
    said:

    All of the above!

    Anna replied:
    That’s the spirit…the more the better–right!

    From If You Had A Weathered Fence?, 2008/11/28 at 12:50 PM

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  7. Raquel @ The Perennial Garden Lover http://perennialgardener.wordpress.com/
    said:

    I would do it all Anna! Those are some beautiful pictures of the Reynolda Gardens!

    Anna replied:
    I have a ton of pics I took while there. Since it’s winter…I’m rummaging through old pictures and seeing what i thought was interesting to do next year. I’m always planning and you certainly are too.

    From If You Had A Weathered Fence?, 2008/11/28 at 8:25 PM

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  8. Joey @ The Village Voice http://joeyrandall.blogspot.com/
    said:

    Beautiful photos, Anna, but this post brings tears to my eyes. I designed my wildflower and hosta garden hugging my neighbor’s beautiful old split rail fence. Four years ago, the new neighbor ripped it down (I begged to repair and keep it up) but, nevertheless, she replaced it with a ‘carefree’ plastic fence, which mades me cringe. I’m still working on making improvements to soften the cold structure. Sigh ….

    Anna replied:
    That’s a really tough one Joey..I feel for you. I know it completely changed the look and feel of the area. It’s sad to see years worth of work destroyed with a single blow. It’s like something died. I hope in time you will get things properly back in the right spirit.

    From If You Had A Weathered Fence?, 2008/11/28 at 11:42 PM

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  9. Cinj @ http://cbmvwag.blogspot.com/
    said:

    I like them all. Can we just choose all of the above?

    I’m glad to hear that you were able to get your name back. Did you have a good Thanksgiving?

    Anna replied:
    I did have a good T-giving. I ate too much. Now I’m tired and should go to bed. I see you went shopping today and fought the crowds. You are very brave.

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  10. mothernaturesgarden@
    http://mothernaturesgarden.wordpress.com/
    said:

    We are continuing our holiday celebrations by visiting my brother’s family today. Happy Holidays.
    Donna

    Anna replied:
    We’ll have to continue cause we have lots of it;) I hope you have fun and a safe trip back home.

    From If You Had A Weathered Fence?, 2008/11/29 at 1:57 PM

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  11. Yes, yes, and uhm, yes. I would and I would grow roses on it.~~Dee
    You know I will do lots of things with mine. I do like the idea of a nice rose growing along the fence. I had a Don Juan rose once that grew like the wind. It was so beautiful.

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