The Faces of Fences

As a farmer’s daughter I have a great respect for fences. Never climb a page-wire fence. It will bend under your weight and make for an unhappy farmer.

Farm fences are built to keep domestic animals in their place. Some may be fleet of foot and able to jump fences or as one young bull would do; lower his head, rush the fence and knock it over or punch a hole in it. His legs were too short and he adapted his escape strategy.

When ‘the old guy’ and I lived in the country we had two rail fences that were strictly for aesthetics. They were open on both ends. One had an arbor with climbing honeysuckle welcoming people into the garden.

With our move into town we have a smart, black, chain-link fence running along the back of the lawns of homes on our street. I could not resist the temptation to create a flower bed along our stretch of the fence. This year I have been rewarded with a lovely purple clematis, growing on a trellis placed against the fence. My beloved hostas are not doing well due to a killer frost and extreme cold in the late spring but there is always next year. On the outside of the fence trees and shrubs grow giving us the illusion of still being in the country. A wild rose bush peeks through the chain-link. Wild strawberries intrude on the flower bed and I am leaving them to mature. There will never be enough of them to preserve or make a pie but nothing tastes sweeter than a small handful of wild strawberries on a summer day.

My Fence
My Fence

Fences come in many configurations and serve a multitude of purposes but I love my little, black, chain-link fence with it’s garden best of all.


10 thoughts on “The Faces of Fences

  1. On that is a mighty fine looking fence. Loved the story with your fence photo. Well done and welcome to Good Fences Lillie. You will find wonderful friends and fine looking fences along with stories here. Hug B

  2. You need to stay away from the barbwire fences. They get you in trouble fast. Having been born and raised in the country, I know about them.

  3. Fences do come in all sizes and shapes, and sometimes they keep animals in, and sometimes they don’t. We’ve had two dogs who dug their way under or jumped over fences to escape yards or pens. I guess they had the song “Don’t Fence Me In” running in their heads. Fortunately, we figured out how to contain them (putting chicken wire under the pen’s surface; extending the height of the fence; and/or tying the dog to a tree or hooking the leash on a clothesline.)
    Your fence with its garden is lovely, and best of all, it is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.

    1. You would love all the birds that claim the trees behind the fence as home. Having moved from the country I feared we might not see so many birds but have been rewarded by even more of them here. Cardinals, hummingbirds, orioles, blue jays, finches etc grace our yard.

  4. I have been thinking about all the fences created by our early settlers. Stone, tree root, snake rail fences. Fences have truly evolved. Glad you finally conquered your wandering dogs.

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