One of my all time favourite non-fiction books is Apartment Therapy with their accompanying website. It’s all about how your house is a reflection of your life and you can participate in an ‘8 week cure’. It is part sort out your clutter and clean up, part organize your stuff and part feng shui.
I love the little questionnaire that you can complete in the front of the book to identify what your tastes are and where you are heading. This is a good exercise to do to work out your vision. I’ve changed a few of the questions to turn it into a garden vision survey:
- What is your favourite garden or outdoor space?
- How would you describe your style (3 words)?
- What is the problem with your garden (3 words)?
- If your garden could speak, what would it say is the problem?
- What one thing would you like to do or do more of in your garden?
- A year from now, if friends came to visit, how would you like them to describe your garden (3 words)?
One thing I have learnt is that backyard blitzes may make great television viewing, but the reality is that it takes several years for a garden to develop and take shape. Most plants you buy are only babies and they need time to grow and mature. You can’t rush Mother Nature.