I have spent most of the summer gardening. After thinking I'd do some in spring and some in autumn spring never really happened, so summer it was. Given how cold and rainy and dark it's suddenly got, I think that turned out to be a good idea. Aside from some weeding and pruning what I mostly did was cut ivy. I did all my Big Finish audio listening for four months while I chopped ivy. To say there was a lot of it was an understatement:
(If you click on either of those photos you get a bigger picture - and by big I mean huge).
I started at the end closest to the house, so most of the leaves in the patch of ivy on the rightmost part of the After image have grown back since the beginning of July.
While doing this I filled up 22 bin bags (mostly ivy) and now I've finished I have a garden waste bin, so I don't have to do a third trip to the tip this year. I just need it to stop raining so I can fill the bin.
I also discovered just how falling apart the fence is. It's the ivy's fault, getting into every gap and making gaps where there weren't gaps previously. There's a horizontal piece of wood across the top of the fence and quite a lot of it came away with the ivy. It's probably just as well I stopped when I did because I think I needed some of that ivy to stay to hold the fence up!
I can't get rid of the ivy because my contract says I'm only allowed to maintain the garden, not change anything in it. But although I keep looking outside, amazed at all this fence I can see, it's probably best the ivy covers it, then I won't have to look at the poor quality fence (which is my neighbour's landlord's, not mine and to be fair, has been destroyed by some things on their side too).
Next year there'll still be some ivy to get rid of - I didn't get to it all - but there will be less to do than there was this year. I feel a great sense of achievement looking at those photos at just how much less ivy there is now.
Mirrored from my blog.