My landscape journey.
If you’re like me, you want to get the most bang for your buck! Growing up there wasn’t a lot of money, but I always liked nice things. I was willing to work hard for the things I wanted, but also wanted to make my hard earned dollars give me the most return, so to this day, NOTHING makes me more happy than getting quality things on sale!! I get a huge sense of accomplishment when I am able to create a “look” for less. Weather it’s decorating, fashion, home projects, etc., I’m always looking for a way to go big on a less than big budget. I’m a huge DIY person, which really helps save money.
I wasn’t thrilled with the landscaping or lack of, that was here when I moved in. It was okay, but my hope was to someday transform the “Plain Jane”, outdated landscaping with something that was really beautiful. A design that would welcome & delight guests and clients alike: with sights, sounds, scents and textures as they made their way to the front door. I wanted them to get a feel for my love of design, beauty and nature, even before they meet me.
When I set my mind to something, I usually find a way to make it happen. And this endeavor was no different. My budget kept telling me one thing, but my imagination and desire to create something beautiful was telling me whoa Nelly, how are you going to pull this off?? So, I persisted to find a way. My bright idea was to have a designer design a plan based on my vision, which was a more loose English cottage garden feel, with lots of textures colors and blooming flowers and of course a fountain. Okay, so how was I going to save money? By planting everything myself!! Right…And had I ever undertaken such a huge project before? Well, no. Did I really know that much about what a project of this scope would take? HECK no!! But I couldn’t let my dream get buried there, pun intended 🙂
After much internet research, emails and phone calls, I was lucky enough to find a truly talented landscape designer. Eric, owner of The Landscape Design Guy. He really listened to my vision and created a design that was PERFECT and he was extremely reasonable, especially given his talent and comprehensive approach. When the final design was finished, I realized that I had no business trying to attempt a DIY installing it. There was too much at risk.
I had gotten to know Eric over the months that we had been working through all the details. He knew how desperately I wanted to do this project and how far I still was from meeting the budget. Thankfully, through his kindness, I was able to save on the plants and he also recommended a great installer that charged a few hundred dollars less than the installers I had planned on using. I also negotiated deals with other vendors and found the fountain for 50% off!! Although my original budget doubled to complete the project the right way and not compromise the design, I still ended up with landscaping that would have cost twice the amount than it actually did. So in my mind it’s a still a win!
After a successful install, I stood there viewing all the beautiful plants, where only dirt had been before… listening to the fountain soothe me with it’s lovely water sounds…imagining all the beauty of blooming flowers to come next spring…Joy, peace and contentment filled my heart.
Interestingly as I watered the newly planted garden, I thought about all the brides planning their weddings. How their situation was probably similar to mine in many ways. A dream to create a beautiful wedding but with a “Whoa Nelly”, budget! (more…)