That as well as actual weather and growing seasons, as gardeners, we also have seasons. We feel as though we are entering our autumn gardening years!
Our front gravel garden is mainly herbaceous with a few roses and spring bulbs. As beautiful as it often is, the continuous pruning, clearing and whatnot, is becoming a bit of a chore:(
Yesterday, I began the task of clearing the more annoying if beautiful plants out. The poppies, peonies, valerian, several geraniums etc. DB is helping clear the peonies due to their deep roots. They didn't start out deep but 30 years of adding gravel have buried them though they still flower very well.
We dug down at least a foot into bone dry soil and no doubt have left some roots behind which will sadly, have to be touch weed killed if they grow again.
3 bags of rubbish will go to the skip so we can re-use them. I reckon another 3 should about do it. We shall then buy some more roses, lavender, spring and autumn small shrubs and see how that goes. Growing up, I used to wonder why the gardens of the elderly were either empty or full of shrubs, now I know!