By popular demand: a blue fence:
I didn't stain the stringers. They are cedar and will weather to a gray that will "disappear" next to the blue. By not staining them, if I replace the pickets in the future, I can keep the stringers as is, since they will then go with whatever new pickets I put up:
Our Scottie, Archie, is a bit of a digger, so I put flagstones at the base of the back of the fence to discourage him from this practice. We'll see if it works:
It's hard to show in the photos the cooling, soothing effect this small stretch of fence has on the rest of the yard, but here is what greets me as I go through the gate to the shop space (try to ignore the construction mess):
This is such a marked improvement over the ugliness of the hurricane fence that I don't want to wait until I get the opportunity to finish the other half of it. I'm out of time this week, though, so a wait it will have to be.