The next open garden looms large on the horizon. We know it provides a focus for our efforts and we keep telling us that there is no pressure, the garden will be whatever it will be, but there are so many areas that we are embarrassed to show to others we just have to get stuck in and try to clean them up.
So, we have been weeding every weekend for 3 months now. A major assault on the wandering trad or the vinca major. First we cleared the wilderness at the bottom ofthe garden and the fence line. Then we pulled the vinca out next to the stone wall and re-cut 'Sam's Path', removing weed trees like polygala. I have dug out over 12 tree roots, most of them left from years ago, and have at least another 4-5 to go.
With the help of A's friend we have made a first pass along the fence line from the shed to the elm and cleared the vinca & firethorn trees from near the pool. Finally, the garden bed near the carport has been cleared and (finally) the box hedge has gone, which has been donated to another garden. The chainsaw comes out this weekend so we can remove all the weed trees or the trees that have died.
We have had the stone steps relaid, irrigation will be installed this month, then truckloads of mulch, before we can start planting. A has a Pinterest plan for each bed and a design in her head for what she would like to do. We are sure it will still be all too new for open garden, but at least it will be in and in a year or two start to take shape.