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Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 | 0 comments

Fences and Borders We Love

Fences and Borders We Love

Take a stroll around Del Ray and you’ll be amazed by the variety of flower borders and fences surrounding homes and gardens in the neighborhood. Many are a DIY effort like these upside-down wine bottles. I did a double-take before realizing what they were. I can only imagine the work it took to pound them into the ground one after the other, with splendid results.

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These bamboo edges are also a DIY effort made by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia and used in the Simpson Gardens by the YMCA on Monroe Avenue. I talked to one of the gardeners over there one day while walking past and he said that making them requires a special Japanese knife and freshly harvested bamboo. Not something for the weekend DIY warrior. They’re great looking though.

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I love fences and walls that have a rhythmic pattern and  texture.

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There’s a home near my house that I walk past with the dog and I often admire the vignettes they create in their garden using beach shells and what appear to be horseshoe crabs.

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Here’s a basic fence that belongs in the rolling Virginia farmland but looks great in the city as well.

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Melissa and Bruni, whose green roof shed and workshop we featured on the blog, installed a cattle fence that’s popular in Melissa’s home town of Austin, TX. I don’t think you’ll see many like this here now, but they ought to catch on.

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I’d love to know more about this gate and discover an artisan welder who can make such beautiful works of art in Del Ray if there is such a person.

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Have you seen any interesting fences or borders in your neck of the woods?

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