Spring is my favourite time of year …….. the daffodils are out which gives me hope, and on occasions the sun is shining. Â Live Beside the Sea’s office looks out to sea, and I can see that boats are back on the water having had their barnacles scraped off their hulls in winter layup. Â Spring gives us all hope for a glorious summer to come, and don’t we all need something to look forward too?
We start to look at our neglected gardens, and think about a spring clean in the house as the sun shining though the windows shows up all the dirt and shoddy paintwork.
My lovely friend Gilly PoultneyÂ is a landscape gardener and hales from Solihull like me. Â I invited her around to assess my garden, thinking she’d say there was nothing needs changing…… not so. Â She opened my eyes to all sorts of ideas which hadn’t crossed my mind and actually said the magic words “Do you actually enjoy growing vegetables?”. Â No was the answer, as growing veg is very hit and miss and I’d rather go to Waitrose! Â She had highlighted to me that where the greenhouse and raised veg beds were was an absolute sun trap, and as an avid sun worshipper I was so grateful for this revelation.
“Do you really want your lawn?” was another question. Â No was the answer again. Anyway, Gilly is drawing me up some creative garden landscaping plans and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for me. Â She has spent a good 2 days in the garden taking measurements and even using a spirit level – I had no idea that all this work was involved, so I am very impressed. Â It is well worth spending money at the planning stage, to save wasting money with expensive mistakes later down the line.
When it comes to hiring a landscape gardener, really spend time in your garden and think what you want out of the space. Â It is well worth giving this some serious thought and then ask Gilly round for a cuppa! Â Just google www.gloriousgardens.uk
So, watch this pace as I shall be doing a blog and newsletter about our progress over the next few months.