“Scale the shifting tower of coin and what awaits may change from the breathtaking vista of your expectations into terrifying vertigo.”– Stewart Stafford
I generally try to be as optimistic as realistically possible (no pun intended). When I went to view this house in London, the advert boasted these photos of a gorgeous, albeit overgrown, garden with the promise of some amazing plants already thriving:
When I went to view the house, I was stupid enough to not take photos. Probably because I had back to back viewings booked and had no time to waste. I couldn’t even step beyond the raised beds – it was that overgrown. This was back in November – exactly a year ago. The house had remained unoccupied for quite a while so I was re-assured that the garden would be ‘cleaned up’ before it was handed to us. Fair enough, I thought.
New house new garden?
I mean sure, technically it was a new house with a new garden. But did the garden have to really be new-new? We moved in roughly 2 months after the viewing. Due to some logistical issues, my husband went in first and sent me photos of the empty house and the garden, in excitement, saying everything had been beautifully cleaned up for us to move in. The house, sure. The garden – erm, let’s just say I was short of having a seizure when I saw what a good job had been done ‘cleaning up’ the garden:
Here are some more detailed shots of various parts of the garden as we found it when we moved in:
To recap, here’s expectation vs. reality:
Jokes apart, I am thoroughly grateful to my agency for having organised the clear-out since the whole outdoor area was extremely overgrown. I do wish they had also removed the bamboo which soon became the bane of my existence. However, given that the garden looks the way it does now, I can’t complain. Instead, it has inspired me to start this website and continued to bring me joy beyond explanation everyday. I really cannot complain!
Yes, your assumption is correct. My homepage photo is what the garden has been transformed into:
I will keep you posted about how we’ve come this far. Stay tuned and happy gardening!