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.
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.
I love fences and walls that have a rhythmic pattern and texture.
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.
Here’s a basic fence that belongs in the rolling Virginia farmland but looks great in the city as well.
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.
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.
Have you seen any interesting fences or borders in your neck of the woods?