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RE: update on garden/bottle brush

Donna-  You need something with thorns to keep the kids from jumping your
fence.  This is precisely why I got the yellow-berried pyracantha a couple
of years ago- but for me- I wanted to keep the neighborhood cats from
climbing the fence.  It is now tall enought to start over the edge of the
fence, which it what i want- that cats pathway to the bird feeder is now
blocked by some pretty nasty thorns.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of Donna
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2004 8:18 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] update on garden/bottle brush

Thanks Marge- your right, I never could visualize that! Maybe a path
would work.

My goals are that I am also trying to stop the view from neighbors
bedroom 2nd floor window to the window by the birdbath. Don't know why
they never pull their shade down, and I keep mine open for the cat,
although now I pull it down half way to avoid the view. I also would
like the birds to be attracted there, so tigger has something to watch.

I am also trying to avoid folks from the street being able to see the
pond waterfall. (I realize that you can't see that from the picture
sent, it was behind me) Kids are forever wandering over and trying to
climb the fence to get a better look, of course, jumping right into that
perennial bed:( I figure if they can't see it, maybe..... I also can't
stand the look of the chain link fence either. The wood fence is my
previous neighbors who I allowed to hook into mine. I don't have an
issue with how that looks. Couldn't afford a wood fence at the time, so
opted for that to contain the pond and dog. I envisioned covering it
with different kinds of vines, but due to the amount of sun here, seems
to bake them all when small and not getting too far on that plan....


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Marge Talt
> Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2004 3:44 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] update on garden/bottle brush
> Well, Donna, here's a really rough sketch as a picture is worth a
> thousand words:-)
> http://www.mtalt.hort.net/temp-a/sketch.gif
> Figured it would be easier to draw than explain...but idea is to
> extend the bed you already have on the other side of the chain link
> fence in a curve, so it looks like it just continues through the
> fence.  Put in a bed at the street corner of the house that bells
> out; plant some taller, wider shrubs and/or shrubs and a small tree
> so they would actually hide most of that area from the street,
> creating a bit of a secret garden from that side.  Put in a path to
> the electric meter and turn the grass into groundcover as it would be
> hard to mow in there.  Path would actually take up most of the space
> between the beds; realize this sketch is at no scale:-)  Hope it
> makes sense.
> At the end of the extended bed, where it hits the wood fence, put in
> some narrow columnar shrubs or grow some vines up the fence.  Dunno
> if you're trying to hide the fence, neighbor's yard or not.  If not,
> you could just use some taller perennials there and let that fence be
> their background.
> I'd be inclined to plant a tall columnar something up against the
> chain link fence between the meter and the existing garden so you
> don't see the meter from where you took the photo.  That item would
> start the new extended bed on the house side.  I just thought of that
> and didn't put it in the sketch.
> So, that's my suggestion, FWIW:-)
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Donna  <justme@prairieinet.net>
> > A picture is worth a thousand words... so :)
> >
> > http://illianagardenpond.org/southside.jpg
> >
> > This was taken from inside the yard looking to the street. Need
> > something from the fence to front of home. I may be mistaken about
> 16
> > ft, but I thought that was what I measured a few years ago and
> somehow
> > stuck in my head. I know the 53 ft is right cause I just got done
> buying
> > flooring for my basement :)
> >
> > My neighbor is not into gardening as the small bed (barely visible
> > against the garage)was put in by previous owners. I was not
> planning on
> > adding anything to their side of that space. At one time had
> thought
> > about a mini-wildflower prairie, but DH assured me someone would
> end up
> > mowing it down.
> >
> > Sounds interesting Judy, but not sure I have enough room. I also
> still
> > have to make it accessible to the meter reading folks.
> >
> > I just need to get started and it would probably fall into place,
> or
> > everything get moved at later date. I am forever digging something
> up
> > and moving it anyways.... due to not liking the combo or plant not
> > liking the area....
> >
> > Donna
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