Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Garden Decision has been Made! Thanks to Silent but Deadly!

First I thought I would show you some Pretty things! This is MY Crabapple tree, the right side of it anyway. I had to cut several large limbs off of the left side of it last Fall so that I could get my neighbors Huge tree limb and branches off and out of it. I had hoped he'd come over and get it out of there but NO.
Here's a better view of it, you can see how there's nothing to the left of it. Luckily there are little green shoots coming out this Spring so one day it might look less lopsided. To the FAR left is the gnarly old tree that's grown up through his fence and is split now between his and my property. It's Dead. The green that you see behind it isn't part of THAT tree, that is just a random wild tree that's in his yard.

Here are some tulips that are growing up in a flowerbed of mine.
I didn't plant then there...I think the squirrels did it.
I have hostas lining the driveway and then they circle the garden in the back. I need to pull the weeds and work that soil so that I can plant the annuals soon! You can see a tiny bit of my new gravel that I put down.

This is ONE of the truck tire ruts in my neighbors yard. Notice the "nice" hedge that I've been talking about.
This is right next to my flowerbeds that border my driveway.
(You thought I was exaggerating didn't you! LOL! But wait it gets better...)

Here are just a small shot of the masses of wild violets that are growing at the far end of the garden on the side. My sister said that they are "weeds" and that I should dig them out...but I think they make a nice groundcover.

This is a cute little table that I got from Goodwill for $5.00!
I love how it's all weathered looking. I plan to put a big pot of flowers on it with flowers and greenery cascading down the sides.
and now for the
Pièce de résistance
I am working out in my garden yesterday, raking, weeding, moving things around.
I had planned on making a big potting bench with a table and old bench and a triangular piece of molding that I got from the Restore. I have a silver tinpunch double hanging basket, a metal silver garden "pouch" and some vintage metal towel bars. I was going to paint the whole wood structure white and have everything silver including the metal vintage buckets, trays etc. that would surround it and be filled with flowers.
As I'm working, I hear something. The neighbor is outside, hanging something from the corner of his house. After a bit, I look over. It's a clothesline running from the house to the garage.
I decide to go in my backyard and start digging up my patio blocks, (the dogs need more grass and I'll use them in the side garden area.) I work for a while and turn around. Apparently he's been out again and has hung some laundry. I look over.......I walk inside, get my camera. This is not to be believed! I must document it or everyone will think I am making this up! I walk between my fence and his chainlink one and take a photo.

First notice the Hot Tub. That is what prompted me to put up my privacy fence in the first place. I would be in my backyard and look over to see this fishbelly white object climbing in and out of the tub at all hours!
Then notice the dog kennels, I must say, the dogs are actually pretty nice. They like to lounge on top of the kennels and sun/shade themselves. But the sight of them doing this sent my little dogs into a frenzy. Blue, my Big Deaf guy, would walk up the the fence and stare at them, which sent THEM into a because of this, I put up MY privacy fence about 6 feet into the property. That created a wide walkway down to the bottom of my OWN overgrown yard. I also must say that this view affects my motivation to go around over there and work those areas. Also notice the truck topper. Apparently the Hot tub no longer works but has now become the perfect storage spot of truck accessories. Finally notice the clothes hanging on the line...all underwear, boxers and undershirts. Let me zoom in a bit so that you can read what I can see!
Yes, from MY fence I see the printing on the black pair "Silent, But Deadly!", the red pair has some Christmas saying and the end pair that's flapping in the wind says something about a "Long Weiner"!
REALLY!  I'M NOT KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am planting TREES between the fences and I am putting up a fence down next to the bushes so I don't have to see any stinking boat.


Suzie said...

Hmmm, I get the strong feeling that he is doing that just to antagonize you.

When you think about it, he chooses to do this when you are outside, and only hangs up underwear? And I seriously doubt that he is doing handlaundry, or is suddenly going green, not using a dryer. .and look at the ones he chose, and the writing is facing you. How convenient.

He is either grossing you out, for the sheer joy of it, or forcing you to put up the fence, so that he doesn't have to.

But whatever the reason, a fence is the answer. .it will be worth it for your peace of mind, and tranquil garden.

oldblackcatboo said...

Thank you Suzie! I never thought about him putting the underwear up so that I can read ALL the writing. Yes! You are right, he is obviously doing it on purpose. I might need to put up a laundry line myself! LOL! (just kidding)!
so, next project - Fence!

Pattee said...

He sounds like someone I'd not like to know....
I'd put bamboo up ~ that makes a really nice barrier!

Sorry you have such a neighbor.

yoborobo said...

Fence. Fence, fence, fence. I vote for fence. LOL!! xox Pam

oldblackcatboo said...

Hmmm, Bamboo. I'll have to go check that out! Thanks, Pattee!

oldblackcatboo said...

Pam, Yeah, I guess I have to bite the bullet and put up a fence. Now I just have to figure out what to do with that huge dead limb hanging in my yard! Sigh...

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i don't mean to find pleasure at your expense...but frankly..that is the most i have laughed since march 3rd...

the white fishbelly...and then the clothesline of underwear....

the busted out hot tub for storage...perfect...this was too funny

BUT that crabapple tree is a beauty

hugs and kisses to sweet little LOUIE...


oldblackcatboo said...

Kary, I'm AM happy to be able to make you laugh! And I WOULD be laughing if he didn't live NEXT door! Oh well, if this is the worst thing happening to me, then I guess I AM blessed.
Have a good night!
Love from little Louie!
your friend, Cindi

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

No apple trees are flowering here yet, but perhaps in a couple of weeks :-) I would leave the violettes where they are, I didn´t think anyone could see violettes as weed :-) :-) Many of us does anything to get them in to our gardens :-) :-)

Well neighbours!! I am so happy that I got the best one can get! The closest one is almost to kind to be honest. Why not plant some kind of Thuja along the border to Your neighbour? They are ever green and grows rather fast.
Have a great day now!

yoborobo said...

Cindi - I forgot to tell you I LOVE that table! Nice score!! :) xo Pam

Suzie said...

I got my hackles up over butthead so much, I forgot to tell you how much I love the table you found!

I'm also anxious to see how your potting table is going to look. It sounds delicious!!

As for using bamboo, I don't know if you were thinking of a dried bamboo fence, which is very sturdy, and gives you more of a natural background, or planting bamboo. .but if it is the latter, keep in mind, depending upon what zone you are in, it can be very invasive, and had to control. If you ever want to plant live bamboo, submerge a ceramic pot, and plant it in that so that the roots can't spread.

But dried, cut bamboo fencing is very pretty, super sturdy, and environmentally "green" because it is so prolific.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

maybe i should put a gun on as one of my giveaways and make sure you win it. then you could shoot the "long wiener". good grief!!!