I found this great gardener on Craigslist whom I immediately liked. In her ad (well, to be honest, I thought she was a he until I met her today!) she asked for photos of the garden which I sent. We emailed back and forth and she came today to see the space firsthand. Her name is Tareyn (pronounced Tare-in) and she is just lovely.
It was funny that she was interviewing me in a very touchy feely way about my preferences in color, shape, etc. I decided I'm more of a purple/pink type... and that, for whatever reason, I don't want anything orange. She is trying to get me some jasmine which I love as it's so fragrant. I've had it a few times and the smell is just heavenly.
She talked about tracking dirt in my apartment and I told her not to worry about that -- I mean that, really -- and she said a few times "I want to respect your space" which made me think of the stairs guys and me with tears in my eyes -- not that they did anything wrong, but a number of people told me they totally understood how I felt with that intrusive energy.
But the best news is that she is coming back to do the work on Thursday. Will definitely send photos.