What I wish I’d known….
It’s often the little things that make a big difference. When we re-vamped our garden, we project-managed it ourselves and sometimes I didn’t know enough to ask the right questions. Take the garden path. We went to great effort to choose an attractive natural stone, but when the landscapers asked me if I wanted cement pointing between the flagstones, I only thought of saving on weeding and said ‘yes.’ Without giving it any further thought.
Dear Mr Middle-Size said we should just have sand and earth between the paving stones, but he’s not usually interested in gardens, so I ignored his advice. Well, I was wrong and he was right. With natural material between the flagstones, our new paths would look less like airport runways and more like part of the garden. It has taken me about three years to work out what went wrong. Then I looked at the front path (see above) and saw how much more natural it looked than the back garden path (see below). I am now very tempted to call in the landscapers and ask them to scrape out the cement….what do you think? A waste of money or ‘it will make all the difference?’