If you have been reading my blog for a while you might remember we moved into our home a few years ago. The house was designed by us and built to look like a turn of the century California beach cottage. At the time I didn’t blog about the design or building process because I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to share with the whole world. Blogging was only starting to become mainstream when I began this blog in 2009, and I didn’t exactly know where I drew the line when it came to privacy. Now that it is 2014 and I have been doing this for a long time, I am very comfortable sharing my life with you dolls, and can therefore be more open about home projects, including one that I am currently in the middle of, which is redoing the front garden.
You might be wondering why I would need to redesign the garden if the home is only a few years old. The reason is due to the city planning laws. In order to move into our home we had to have the landscaping planted, and it had to be xerisacape compliant. By the time the garden rolled around I had made thousands of decisions regarding the house and couldn’t handle one more. So we hired the first person we saw and I told him to do whatever he wanted so long as the city would approve.
The good news is I liked the general layout of the garden. The bad news is I wasn’t keen on the actual plants he put into the yard.
After a few years I figured it was time to hire someone who could bring about the vision I always had for the space, but hadn’t bothered to do anything about. After doing a Google search I narrowed my choice of designers down to one: The Garden Magic Company. There wasn’t much on their website, but I just knew it was the perfect match for my design ideas. I don’t suggest doing what I did and only interview one person. To be honest I did have a back-up, but once I met Mimi I knew she was the one.
Mimi is a kindred spirit who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the flowers and plants that work best in Manhattan Beach. She amazed me with her passion and she was thrilled to be working with someone who wanted a lot of flowers. She understood my vision of a sort of overgrown English garden (inspiration can be seen HERE) but done using drought tolerant plants. She especially embraced the large playhouse for Ariella and incorporated it into the design instead of ignoring it as an eyesore.
We decided on a color chord of pink, yellow, and white which would contrast perfectly with our bluish-gray home.
Work started earlier this week and I can’t wait to show you the new garden because it is gorgeous! But I want to wait until the newly planted flowers perk up a bit from their precarious homes.
To see my pathetic attempt at doing it all myself last year see THIS post.