Does everyone remember the straight line I had in my front garden and how much I wanted to rid myself of it? Well, it is straight no more. The landscaping guys came today, and they were generous and wonderful to work with. They moved all of my beautiful deciduous shrubs to a new spot and got right to work on the gardens. I know the photos are small, but if you hover over them and the little blue symbol, the blog will bring up a larger photo. You can also click on them to see a larger one although it will open in the same window.
After the last post, several people wondered why I hired a landscaper since I also do design work. Sometimes, you just need to know when to ask for help. By hiring someone who hasn’t gazed upon the same two places for the last 20 years, you get the benefit of a fresh eye. Let him/her work on the design problems which have been driving you mad, and if you like their ideas, say “yes.” It is worth the money to stop making mistakes. How many times have you bought plant after plant trying to get just the right look, and you find it doesn’t work because you still have the same design problems?
Also, see those gorgeous, mature Ilex x aquipernyi ‘Dragon Lady’ hollies? There’s great value in a strong, young back. After remodeling the house with HH for four years, I just don’t want to work that hard anymore. Those guys popped my shrubs out of the ground in minutes. Besides, I got to pretend I was Martha for a day. I just pointed, and pretty soon my favorite deciduous shrubs were moved to their new homes. It would have taken me hours, and I’d be ingesting Aleve for a week.
The boulders were also a consideration. Tony and his crew delivered and installed five, lichen-covered boulders, placing them so that they looked like they were always there. See that one sticking out just slightly into the sidewalk? That was Tony’s idea to further break up the lines. Now, all I have to do is a little tweaking. Tomorrow, I’ll replant all of my bulbs and other perennials languishing next to the house. The guys even left me some empty spaces to place them because they knew I wanted to keep them. Any others they dug up in the planting process were placed in empty containers.
Then, I’ll place my angel in her spot and the fountain in the other garden. You won’t see it immediately, but what a nice surprise it will be.
We now have more winter cover for the birds and berries for them to eat.
Oh, and the guys left me the smaller containers too so I can divide some plants in the spring. Thoughtful, fast, courteous.
Can I just be corny and say “pleased as punch?”