My mother had noticed the house was eating money and was already trying to help. That was sweet! I did have to come over myself as she's a digiphobe and internet banking makes her go doolally. And not going digital has other disadvantages.
When my dad saw my house I think he was a bit taken aback by the state it was in. Loose electricity cables everywhere, bare walls, messy ceilings, and whatnot. He offered financial help too! And he has a bigger budget to work on. It was really nice of him. Now the pressure was off. So I went back to the garden centre and bought some plants! It's summer now, so this is the time to enjoy the garden; let's make sure there's something to enjoy! So I added to my prized succulents raised bed, added some plants to my somewhat improvised raised bed, and cleared out an empty bed that had only had weeds in. The weeds went onto the compost heap, and I loosened the soil. My dad had given me a new gardening tool which did the job excellently. That bed now has plants in too. And there was a bell pepper plant on special offer so that now lives in the conservatory! Success! I hope my plants survive whatever the rest of the summer has to throw at us...
The succulent bed
The slightly improvised bed
The bed that only had weeds in