My parents are asking my opinion on landscaping their new house. Like a writer experiencing a block with an empty page before her, I'm experiencing "gardener's block." It's much easier for me to deal with the landscape I was dealt when we bought a previously owned home. I have millions of ideas on how I want to tweak the yard in various areas on the property. On the other hand, a blank slate is just so overwhelming!
And if things look bad you can always say, "that was there when we bought the house, and I haven't gotten around to it because (insert excuse here)."