In just over a week, superhero landscapers Ray & Alan have turned an area -where ill-defined borders sloped onto paths in a rather unsatisfactory manner – into proper landscaping. It is so exciting. As with so many things, I am wondering why I waited so long, but it did have a certain ramshackle charm that meant I kept delaying. There have been so many positives about the experience. From my point of view it couldn’t have been more seamless – Ray & Alan listened to what I wanted, made their own suggestions, worked fast and very tidily and have probably added considerably more to the value of the house than it has cost us (not that we have any intention of moving, but a visiting estate agent did say that difficult to maintain gardens put a lot of buyers off). I’ve done the main planting, but will be adding annuals including ammi majus and cosmos for extra softness while the perennial planting fills out. I’m hoping that I can resist adding the clutter of pots that previously disguised the lack of structure. ‘Less is more’ I keep telling myself.