An area that has always frustrated us is the wilderness at the bottom of the garden. It has been allowed to grow wild for years and is covered in wandering trad, buttercup and geraniums that were climbing over the top of everything else.
We thought about spraying the lot, but we weren't sure what else we would kill. So it all had to come out by hand, with the expectation that we will be weeding again here for the next few years until it starts to come under control. Hiding amongst the the forest of weeds is a white rhoderdendron, xmas lillies, a white plectranthus and a spirea. Plus we will see what bulbs might now come up in spring.
It was very satisfying, but we have 3-4 loads of weeds to get to the tip next weekend. And a bit daunting to think that there are another 6-7 areas like this that we need to clean up before the next open garden. Lots of weekends ahead pulling weeds! My back is complaining already :)
Hopefully, A can now start to build her design and put her stamp on this beautiful garden.