We finished restoring and redesigning our 1908 home a year ago. This left a hardpacked post construction ground and a rather barren yard and garden. We have spent a lot of time talking to different and really good garden design and installation people over the past year and nothing ever seemed to feel quite right. We knew there was a lot of prep work to do that we didn’t have the inclination to take on all ourselves, so a good team to work with was important.
Two weeks ago, as spring was beginning to bloom here, with no idea how we were going to proceed, we were talking ourselves into another potential summer of unfulfilled garden space. Then a friend came by and she was talking passionately about her own garden and I mentioned our own lack of the right folks to move forward with our space. She lit up and said she had a great local plantswoman and two brothers who did really good garden creation work. I immediately called them and they were both available to come by and have a look at our project. The work we were imagining felt like a good fit for them and us. And we have been off and running.
Now into our second week of work on creating garden beds, amending and tilling the soil, laying out the paths and patio area and we’ve already found plants and six decent size olive trees we have been wanting for our street corner garden location. Anna and I were chuckling yesterday that we never could have imagined or planned for this to all be coming together so seemingly easy now. Yes it took patience, which at times felt really frustrating to not feel like we were making any progress.,
But maybe it’s like that old saying, when the student is ready the teacher appears. I have found this to be the case with almost everything in life. We’ll create some sort of idea or vision of what we’d love to create and keep our eyes and ears open. We will keep exploring possibilities until t something or someone emerges that feels right. And yes, this is often when we are least expecting it.