Thursday, February 26, 2015

YARD PLANTINGS AROUND WHITE FENCE, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Planting areas in yard, image courtesy of Southernliving.com
Here in the middle of Winter, cold, dreary, and (for many of us) frozen...it's nice to see pretty pictures like this and dream of Spring, right?  We love the various ares of plantings in this picture.  We're also leaning toward painting our garden fence white.  We have let it weather but we still keep coming back to pictures with white picket fences and we love it so much.  

We will have that to think about this Spring and so many other things to do, but of course, it's fun to plan and dream now.  Where does one start with something like this?  Perhaps right around the fence and then spread outward...

Be inspired!


14 comments:

KCD said...

Just remember, when you paint it white, you gotta keep painting it every so often. Nothing looks worse than a raggedy looking white fence that hasn't been painted in years. It quickly shows you are neglecting it, whereas if it is just weathered, well, that just looks natural.

FionaG said...

I would have to agree with KCD, besides that list is never going to be completed if you keep adding to it, and in winter too! LOL. I love looking at pictures like this. I always get envious of people who can have such open gardens. Living so close to the bush, we have to have everything totally enclosed. If we don't the possums and the birds eat everything long before they are even ripe.

Practical Parsimony said...

What I learned from reading Painted Ladies about painting houses can be applied here. Use an oil base that soaks in. Then, use water base so rain rolls off. Never spray paint. fence in need of painting just looks shabby chic.

As for the plantings, remember they will look sparse before they fill in like pictures in books. The other concern for me would be spending too much time on flowers instead of edibles. That is my downfall. I did not grow one thing to eat last year, but I had time to spend worrying over tulips and other flowers. LOL...but you have more energy than I.

You always have the prettiest picture ideas.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i have so much fencing here i can't even think about painting it. that pic is really pretty though!

Texas Rose said...

Really pretty picture! There’s nothing prettier than a white picket fence with colorful flowers. But I think after a while I’d be pulling a Tom Sawyer trick to get the fence painted!

Easy-care “bullet-proof” flowers/bulbs and small flowering shrubs:
http://www.texassuperstar.com/plants/
and http://www.ktrh.com/pages/gardenline_newsletter/GardenTalk_03-06-03.htm
and http://www.texasgardener.com/pastissues/janfeb06/arboretum.html
and http://www.covingtonnursery.com/pdf/flowers/2013-tx-tough-perennials.pdf
and http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/southerngarden/landtable.html
and http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/xeriscape/table4.html

Janie Junebug said...

That's beautiful--so beautiful. My yard will never look that nice because my neighborhood was built on a swamp.

Love,
Janie

1st Man said...

This is true. Thanks for the reminder. It is nice looking but definitely would be work we need to take into account. :-)

1st Man said...

Well burst my bubble, LOL! Just teasing....totally understand and agree. We do have a 'longer term' list...we could at it to that, ha. Not sure how much open we can have either, our ground is so tough but we'll see what we can make happen.

1st Man said...

Awesome, thank you for that idea. I will keep that in mind. Perhaps there is a way to accomplish it. True, food feeds the body, but hey, flowers feed the soul, right? ;-)

Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Ha, I never thought about that. Too much fence doesn't make for even thinking of painting huh?

1st Man said...

Ha, Tom Sawyer, I never thought about that....great suggestion, haha!

You find the best links. I'm off to visit them (and probably bookmark them). Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Isn't it pretty? Hey, we might not have a neighborhood at the farm but the soil is so much clay so who knows, we might as well have a swamp, ha.

Colleen said...

Pictures like this are so pretty to look at and great for the city life curb appeal, but for me; in the country, I think more Naturalizing has more appeal.

1st Man said...

I like they way you described that....naturalizing does have a better look huh? Thanks!!