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Garden Solutions - May

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When people are very busy in their lives, priorities have to be given to how their time is spent and when that also involves running a business, the garden can become bottom of the list.

I have had the pleasure of rejuvenating two gardens recently where my clients are extremely busy running and expanding new businesses. The first garden hadn’t been maintained in over a year and although I liked the bluebell/dandelion combination. It was perhaps not the first choice for the route to the front door. I suggested removing a conifer that didn’t fit in with the formal design and created a significant amount of shade to one room. It is still work in progress but a seat will be placed between the lovely window boxes that can now be seen and then some subtle finishes added to provide a personal touch that reflects the personality of the owner.

The next is a garden originally designed by one of my students and works well but is being over used by three young boys. After an initial tidy up, discussions centred round changing materials to accommodate activities and play equipment. Although I’m not a fan of artificial turf, it may be a short term solution to allow a trampoline to be moved onto it from a sunny corner, to provide the opportunity for seating for the family in daytime sun. It also reduces maintenance in the borders where cutting the existing grass creates an increased weeding task. I still have to consider the flexibility to return the garden to its original layout once the children have grown out their current pastimes. Growing out of playing on a trampoline could take them to adulthood though!

I get a great deal of pleasure from restoring a garden to the point where my clients feel confident enough to take on the maintenance again. Gardens can reach that point, sometimes quickly, where the tasks are too daunting and therefore they give up and don’t do anything. That, of course, creates gardens that fall into a state of neglect and need a kick start to bring them to life. This is the challenge that I love and sometimes it can take a full season of around ten visits to achieve and others take one or two visits. The greatest pleasure though is seeing my clients heading off into their garden full of enthusiasm to maintain their plot!

Diane Pyper Tel. 07703 175334