A Deviant Duhsigner in Zonal Denial would be so proud of (appalled with) me today. Jethro went out to fix the split rail fence today. Jethro senior had built the fence of Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia some time ago to protect the roadside vegetable and flower garden from cars wanting to pull off the road.
Falling trees and snow plows according to the story given have been the cause of its dilapidated state. It is entirely too close to my front entry for me to ignore its sad condition. Five new posts were needed and a sixth post needed to be moved inward next to my drive to accommodate the new culvert beneath.
The split rails had been fastened to the post with wire. Black Locust according to the story given is way to hard to drive a nail or spike though. After I had disconnected all the rails from the old fallen posts and dug new holes, we went foraging for new posts. Not a problem in a forest full of trees and Black Locust.
At the end of the day, after much post hole digging and wire twisting a split rail fence re-emerged. From a distance it looks just fine. It should be adequate for fifty mile an hour drive-bys too.
I got plenty new rocks left over from the grading and plenty more just laying about for the using. These rocks must be turned into art. Michelle, my dear, I need a new gate. A real gate of substance for security, black metal and stone, beautiful and artistic, but not over the top, subtle and dignified.
The Rudbeckia hirta is showing up in all kinds of petal colors. There was a major discussion about Gloriosa Daisy, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Cone Flower and Black Eyed Susan and who is who. I went online. Gloriosa Daisy and Black Eyed Susan are both common names for Rudbeckia hirta. This as I am watching and gathering info from the major seed collecting and spreading women who is the driving force behind this mountaintop meadow. She has a method. It makes flowers.
The forest can get a little spooky at the end of the day in the fading light. I can almost see things in there.