Bob Thulmalow’s Back Garden Needed A Facelift So He Hired A Kent Garden Design Service
“Look forward to meeting you Bob and looking over your project” was the reassuring final sentence before saying goodbye to the garden design service owner. I had called them to see if they had time in the next week to look over my back garden as it was not in the best shape and having just retired, I needed to give the poor space a facelift. After that I could wile away the hours maintaining it and keeping it looking good.
Discussions with my partner, who clearly didn’t want me getting ‘under her feet’ now that my full-time corporate slavery was at an end, had led to examining exactly what the back garden did look like. You know how things gradually change, almost imperceptibly, so you don’t really notice the decline? Well that was the case with the back of our house.
I’m surprised our next door neighbour didn’t comment in his slightly sarcastic overtones which always had me wondering whether or not he was being tongue-in-cheek or it had some kind of devilry behind it. At least then I would have had an inkling that actually our back yard wasn’t as nice as it seemed through my own eyes.
Now, I’m not too badly of in the finances department, I think I took retirement at the right time, due to the company’s possible decline, as I saw it, but that’s another story.
The point is that I didn’t spending a reasonable amount of money on getting the back garden designed the way I wanted it.
I’d watched countless gardening programmes on television and gained plenty of ideas, but I was still very much open to suggestions from the experts when they came to study the ‘lie of the landscape’.
Landscaping and garden design had appealed to me a long while back, as a vocation that is, but I’m more of a fair weather person – I’m not much into getting cold and wet if they were the conditions I would have to endure along with the golden rays of sunshine.
My appointment with two representatives had arrived and I took them outside to cast their eye over the situation. I live in a small village called Sissinghurst in Kent, (two or three generations of Thulmalows settled here) and so I was keen to hire as local a team as possible. I was happy to find a reputable Kent garden design service, who had a good website with a decent number of client reviews that all looked pretty great.
On of the two chaps was the man I’d spoken to on the phone, the owner, and the other a very keen looking young chap. We discussed my vision and they helpfully interjected with their own ideas that would add to and make mine better. Choice of plants and their own knowledge of plant hardiness and how they flourish or not given the sun levels and soil type were put forward.
This was just a preliminary meeting, they would have to assess the soil type properly and other factors before producing plans and suchlike.
I knew I was in safe hands here and while I could feel the hole in my bank account gradually getting bigger, I knew that it was worth it, not to mention adding value to the property anyway. I’m looking forward to how things progress and the ‘finished’ product.