I REFUSE TO LIVE WITH A MISTAKE. And what a colossal blunder my partner and I made back in 2003, when we had a pool dug on the property. Actually, the pool wasn’t the problem — the area around it was. As you can see in the photo up top, we’d had a fence installed right next to the pool’s narrow cement border. Would you like to see how I turned this pool prison into a pool garden?
I can tell you that after I started designing actual gardens on the property, the pool area became a real eye-sore. I tried to screen it from view by placing tall arborvitaes (above) along the pool’s long southern side. I also planted Baltic ivy at the base of the chain-link fence. The vine, I hoped, would turn the the fence into a wall of living green. Soon after, I learned that Baltic ivy is a ground-hugger, not a climber. Consequently I had no option but to change the fence.
In the spring of 2011, I had a new fence (it is up to code) built several feet outside the existing one. Then the old fence was cut away and removed. (It has a new life now, surrounding a friend’s kitchen garden in a neighboring town.)
Of course, as much as I love a crowd at the pool, I also enjoy quiet time there. My habit, after putting in long hours of writing, gardening, and cooking, is to set a glass of Pinot Grigio on the terrace at the far end of the pool. This way, I have to swim from shallow-end to deep-end before I can have a sip. That’s my idea of evening exercise.
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