Last summer the couple who live behind us got a dog and needed to fence their yard. They were concerned to get something whose quality and design would not detract from the beautiful fence Mark built across our joint lot line. Ultimately they went with a simple cedar fence and gates from Struck & Irwin. We thought it looked so nice we had S&I replace the rusty old wire fence on the east side of our property with the same cedar design. Mark had them set 9' tall 6x6 pressure-treated gate posts in cement with the intention of designing our gate himself. This will be a permanent fixture replacing his bamboo gate.
He began construction late last week. He was moving along so rapidly, I noted that he needed to take a few pictures to record the process. At that, he turned to me and said, "You have a phone, don't you?" So this is my "phone" record of the first stage of building what we've always referred to as the "East Gate."
This fence and gate is not intended as the entrance to the garden, so we decided to make it simple and serviceable. Its purpose is to hide our work/materials yard from the driveway and front of the house.
The design is an alternating pattern of boards and bamboo poles. It is somewhat similar to the gate we built on the west side of the garden that links us with those neighbors. The bamboo has been sitting outside for a long time developing a nice patina.
If you garden seriously you always need a materials yard where you stockpile supplies, pile junk, have a potting bench, compost pile, whatever. As we completed different areas of the garden over the years, our work area moved to whatever spot was incomplete.
This narrow area adjacent to the garage has been our work area for quite a long time. There are no windows in our house that look directly on this and our neighbor often puts his ladder etc. on his side of the fence. The black plastic bags hold garden debris which we take to the city compost/recycling site. The other side is filled with assorted building materials which we might need for a project.
Since we are nearing the end of major garden projects, what doesn't get used soon will probably be given away free to neighbors. That's how we got much of it in the first place.
There will be a double gate that looks the same as the fence just a bit lower as the bar indicates in the photo below. The gate will have a board roof rather than shingles. The roof angle matches that of our garage overhang which is adjacent to this area.
We've always talked about the East Gate and West Gate areas of the garden and what kind of gates they might have: physical or symbolic. These gates, the interior of the Tea House and its surrounding garden area and the west driveway slope are the last few garden areas that still need significant work. While there's still lots of do, this is probably the shortest list of garden projects we've ever had. Once we get them all done we can work on the areas that need attention due to their age — and ours.