Having assured her that I was more than happy to call in and chat, and of course have a cup of tea, we then spent a good hour talking about her garden.
She lives with her son, works full-time, and suffers with severe hay fever. The problem is that she also has a very large garden that is primarily lawn (well, rough grass actually, but I didn’t want to offend her.)
We talked about her needs, as well as what she liked and what inspired her. From this conversation we established that a garden with an oriental theme was what was desired.
The problem? Well, this came to light when we started to talk through a working budget. The kind of budget we had to work with would in no way give her the kind of thing she had in mind, so I had to start thinking a little harder.
It put me in mind of a garden I visited near Dublin, who’s beauty was in it’s simplicity.
We worked around some of the ideas, and I came up with a plan of action that might just work.
It will involve the planting of several specimen trees such as maples, flowering cherry and silver birch. As for the grass, I have suggested that a colleague start work on it to bring it back to a manageable lawn, and then employ a gardener to mow it on a regular basis.
All of this, along with some spring bulbs, and specimen planting and a fence paint will transform the garden into a space that will both inspire and relax, what ever the time of year.
So please don’t be put off talking to us. I guess the moral of the story is that a working budget is just that – we will find the right level and work to it. There’s always a solution, a happy medium, and usually, it just takes a chat with me to find it. And a cup of tea, naturally.