Happily, a couple of days of spending quite a bit of time in our weedy and overgrown landscape (left alone all summer) is starting to feel like progress is being made.
The main vegetable garden is almost free of its cloak of crabgrass and some sort of amaranth-like weed, my potting bench (which had been almost engulfed by the giant Florida Anise behind it) has been moved forward, with a nicely reordered set of concrete pavers in front. And the glazed containers have been moved around for sowing some fall greens.
Amazing what progressive improvements can do, encouraging the gardener. My gardening companion is back, too (hooray!) Together, we can chug along getting our acre-and-a half looking like a natural landscape again.
Thank goodness that I'm not a plant collector, nor is my gardening companion.
We've created a perfectly wonderful landscape here (from lawn to mixed plantings) from what it was originally, but it's not fussy. Yes, the shrubs have become giant, but there's largely space for them (and they're better than lawn). I enjoyed watching tiger swallowtails visiting the Buddleia this afternoon!
Hmm, the front "meadow" is still to come, etc. along with the front woodland and native wildflower plantings, but I'm encouraged.
I actually lamented this summer that I missed the digging and exercise in our mountain landscape. I'm getting plenty of that now!