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Fence Colour Dilemma

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 18:31

I think it depends on whether you want a strong contemporary look or a more romantic cottage garden feel.  Matt black can look fantastic, particularly with strong shapes and rich colours, but it can also feel a bit oppressive.

We've painted our fence in a bluey-green called Seagrass, which makes the fences recede and the greens of the climbers and treetrunks look fantastic against it  We used Ronseal Garden Shades - have a look at their website and the examples they show and see if it helps you focus on the look you're after. 


Posted: 16/05/2014 at 18:27

A man's urine is supposed to be a deterrent.  

Gooseberry & blackcurrant berries dropped off

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 18:24

Are they dry?  I note that you garden on clay - sometimes although there is plenty of moisture underground, the topsoil can dry out quickly and the bushes' roots can't reach the moisture.


Posted: 16/05/2014 at 18:08



Posted: 16/05/2014 at 18:02
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

At least you don't look miserable about it Dove! I'm afraid I put weedkiller on mine, there were more than just dandelions.

I do in the front, but not in the back 'cos we like the marjoram and the daisies and the bird's eye and the prunella  and the buttercups et al that we've got, plus of course the frogs and newts and hedgehogs etc.   It's only the dandelions that I dig out at the back and that's because the seeds blow next door - he's elderly  and a little confused and has a man come to do his garden and I don't want to add to the stress.

However, when I did the front lawn with weed and feed, the stuff had got damp in the garage and it didn't spread evenly and missed some patches, so I'm having to grub out some hawkweed that it missed - when I say 'some' I mean I'll probably have to re-seed afterwards 

Don't worry folks - I'll slap Panda's wrist and tell her to tell her GP   Anyway, she's got to be good or she won't get her pressie 

Planting Pyracantha next to a fence

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 16:11

Aw, thanks - it's good to be able to help 

At our last house our neighbour had a pyracantha hedge along part of our boundary - it's a brilliant shrub for wildlife - it was full of sparrows and bluetits looking for insects, and in the winter a flock of waxwings came to eat the berries - we watched them from our bedroom window just a few feet away -  wonderful. 


Posted: 16/05/2014 at 16:08

I'm sorry, I'm totally confused  -  I thought you wanted some shrubs that were taller than the fence to stop the neighbours seeing over  

New Helenium not come up...

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 16:07

I think they deserve to have their name mentioned 


Posted: 16/05/2014 at 16:02

I imagine you had a nice bouncy ride BL 

I've been crawling on the lawn grubbing out dandelions 

Planting Pyracantha next to a fence

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 16:00

Pyracantha is quite commonly grown against a wall or a fence, and in fact is recommended for such a purpose by the RHS. 

They do advise that it should be planted 50cm out from the base of the fence, but that is to avoid the roots being in the dry 'rain shadow' that is always caused by a fence or wall, and is nothing to do with the possibility of damage to the fence.  I know of several planted much closer that 50cm.

In fact planting the shrub close to the fence may cause it to grow less vigorously. 

I really don't think that the pyracantha is any cause for concern.

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