Maintenance & Privacy

Other than planting 21 new plants, lately my efforts in the garden have focused on maintenance, which isn’t always a glamorous activity.

My area of Texas hasn’t had any significant rainfall since August 26th, and the ground is parched, so watering has become most important.

I’m also working on a variety of projects as is my neighbor, John.


John’s recently built deck above.

John just added a deck to his cute train depot-like house located beside mine.  While he doesn’t live in this house, he has slowly worked to upgrade the home’s mechanical systems.  The house has a relatively new roof, new wiring, and new plumbing, so although it still needs other work, the mechanical systems are in prime shape.

John tells me he will eventually sell or rent the house. Wish I could buy it!

While I think the deck is a lovely addition, it comes with a price for me.  Have a guess?

Now with the deck in place, it’s much easier to see into my backyard.  Below are a few photos taken of my backyard from John’s new deck.




With privacy in mind, one of my next projects will be to add privacy flags around the inside of the fence where privacy matters most.

I don’t have a photo to share of privacy flags, but basically, they are rectangular in shape and will hang 2 feet above and parallel with the top of the fence to provide screening.

I’ve also ordered four sections of lattice to install above another portion of my fence.

Finally, Build-A-Sign (which I can’t get to link) was running a 40% off special on their custom signs. I’m a fool for signs so I made two.  See below.



Here’s wishing you the best for your garden!






6 thoughts on “Maintenance & Privacy

  1. The city I live in is transitioning from housing that was once modest, to three level mini mansions. Or McMansions. Complete with balconies and decks on both the second and third level which can, and do, look right into the neighbours once private back yards. The City has also approved building new homes set back further into the yard, supposedly to allow more space to park a collection of luxury cars in the front driveway.

    Progress, sigh.

    In preparation for an adjacent house that will soon be torn down, and it’s massive replacement, I have been nurturing laurel seedlings from one of my trees, that will, in a couple of years hopefully give me privacy. I need narrow-ish prunable evergreen trees that will grow fast!

    I have two in the ground, and two more potted up awaiting the best placement in front of the future neighbours side windows.

    I like your idea of privacy flags!

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    1. I feel for you (and for me). A friend in Austin was in the same situation. She lived in a cute 1920’s 2 bedroom bungalow. To either side of her, the homes had been torn down and replaced with McMansions. Her neighbors could see into her backyard, and her privacy didn’t exist. However, there was a positive side to this. She & her husband decided to move to Canada and her tiny home sold in a heartbeat for close to a million dollars. I don’t know if it was torn down. It would make me sad to think it was. I never went back to see.


  2. Nice deck but privacy is always an issue.We have a neighbour’s treehouse right up against our side fence so they get a great view into a part of our back garden. There is a cumquat tree on our side and some “barbed wire” asparagus fern growing up the fence onto the trellis to repel the curious. When we had the back fence replaced that neighbour strangely would not allow us to put up trellis so we can see into his garden from the upstairs studio but he can’t see into ours. Not that we can be bothered looking. Apparently in Victoria most neighbour disputes are caused by fences so it is good to plant small trees along the fence line that do not create problems. I’ve never heard of privacy flags. These sound interesting. I like that your dragon has been collecting seashells. Did he visit Puff?

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    1. Kat, I’ve actually ordered some fast-growing boxwoods that are supposed to grow anywhere and get 10 feet tall. (Of course this could all be hype. We’ll see.) I like the idea of trees, but in the meantime I’ll use the flags till the trees are big. And, yes, he visited Puff. (You have me laughing!)

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