Happily, even with a recovering Golden in tow, I've managed to clean up quite a few more of the seedling/sapling volunteers (think redbud, magnolia, sassafras, Althea, lacebark elm, American holly, Chinese privet, nandina, English ivy, etc.) Not to mention the runners - Bermuda grass, vinca (major and minor), air potato vine, and morning glory.
And the entrance to the front door actually looks like a flagstone path again, and not the entrance to a mysterious house in the woods. Woo-hoo!
Hmm, there's still LOTS to be done, but I'm feeling better about it. Geez, nothing like talking about and showing images of your garden in better times to help kick-start things. And a dear friend's suggestion that we visit together while we garden was encouragement, too. She's the original energizer bunny of mulching and weeding, so her suggestion helped me out of my gardening funk! Major garden cleanup involving pruners and heavy cutting is NOT on my list of favorite gardening activities.
I'm hoping to get out and get my garlic in the ground in the next couple of days. It's the perfect time, and my beds are ready.
The satellite vegetable garden is being nibbled on by some sort of herbivore (deer? rabbit?) I managed to harvest the turnips ahead of it, but didn't get a chance to check on the arugula today. I don't think it's a woodchuck, because, next to my potting bench, all the Tuscan kale in a tall ceramic container was eaten, right next to a container of cilantro, which has been a favorite of woodchucks in the past.
Thankfully, none of the normal nibblers care for garlic!