|Black chain-link runs along the road. Not the most attractive, but it's durable and effective. When you're fencing an area this large, designer fences aren't always an option.|
|The other three sides are regular metal, but for the most part it isn't too noticeable in the brush and trees. With the deer gone, I expect more shrubs to rise above the sword ferns eventually and obscure it even more.|
We've chased deer out twice now, once out through the main gate at the driveway, which we decided to close afterwards, and once through the walk-through gate next to it. Since that gate hasn't arrived yet, we put a bit of wire fencing (formerly a cage to protect a plant, rather fitting) across the gap as a deterrent. A deer could easily jump it, but hopefully the actual gate will arrive soon. Both times, there was a pregnant doe; the first time with a year-old fawn and the second time solo. She's probably expecting to hide her fawn somewhere on the property. Well, she can go around through one of the neighboring yards to the lower half of our property, which remains open to the deer. That's where the tall grass and dense sword ferns are anyway. You're not coming in my garden anymore! Take your pregnancy cravings somewhere else! They didn't jump the fence either time, and had to be herded out the gates where they came in, so I have a bit of hope once the gates are all in and fully functional we really won't have to worry about deer anymore.
The two photos below show the corners at the head of the driveway where the fence cuts in to make the turn in easier for large vehicles. This is where we decided the 'Crimson Pygmy' barberries could live. Since this week looks to be cloudy and maybe a little wet, I'm going to try moving them now so I can finish clearing out the last of the elements I know for sure I no longer want in the driveway island. Then I can get a better idea of how I want to move the remaining plants within the bed and what new plants I want to put in.
Temperatures are supposed to climb back up over 80F by Saturday, though, so I'll have to water the heck out of the barberries and continue watering all the other plants I managed to plant or move so far. The fence is finally in, and I find myself rather conflicted in a sulky kind of way. I'm happy the fence is done, but I wish it had been done sooner when the weather was still cooler. With summer off to a running start this year, I'll be trying to hold off on anymore planting until fall. I still want to try to get the last of the plants I've already purchased in the ground, but new acquisitions will be strictly limited. I do plan on watching for sales on deciduous trees and making regular stops at Means to check what cheap trees they've brought in that week. Those kinds of deals go fast and I want to plant lots of trees in the area south of the house, as was intended when the Douglas firs were removed so many years ago. I'm willing to stockpile them now and keep them watered over summer for fall planting. But my hopes of really going all-out are pretty much dashed for the year. Since I'm waiting until fall, I'll be restricted to reliably hardy plants. Admittedly, that's still a rather large selection, but even with those kinds of plants, fall planting can be a bit tricky. The fact that I have to hold myself back now that the fence is finally up has me in a rather grumpy mood and I've been gardening a little halfheartedly for the last few days.