After that I took a break from digging, but gradually got back to it, a little at a time. I tried relatively small tasks such as, "Today I'll move one of those probably-fuscias to the Bed on the Edge." Unfortunately, the probably-fuscia turned out to be a monster:
On closer examination, this turned out to be three plants, closely entwined. I split them up and replanted them, then had another good, long break.
The pyracantha I was promising to move in the last post finally got tackled just the other day. It was a predictably tough job, the roots being extensive, in rocks, and very close friends with a tree root, and that's before taking account of the thorns.
...and here's the hole it came out of. Yes, I know holes in the ground don't make for great photos, but it was a big hole, OK?
Whilst looking up the spelling of pyracantha, I learnt that the berries are edible as well as pretty, so it may yet earn its keep.
As well as digging things up, I have also made some new paths:
Existing path at the top of the picture, new paths at the right and middle. The old and new paths are parallel, but the old one is more horizontal, which makes them look wonky in this photo
This is all probably very boring, but I've done a huge amount of work and I'm feeling rather pleased with myself. If I can't brag a little on my own blog, what's the point of writing it?
Today, I finally finished digging over the garden. Even as I write this, I know it's not entirely true. There's still the Virginia creeper by the house to dig up and make way for tomatoes (though they could go in the conservatory instead), and I haven't done the strip along the fence for (yet more) sunflowers, but that's outside the fence, so that doesn't count. The third and final laburnam is still there, too, but I've decided to leave that until next year, mainly because it's surrounded by bluebells at the moment.
Today I finished digging over all of the existing beds in the enclosed garden.
Just in case you were wondering, here's where I stand to get a photo of the whole garden:
As you can see, the hillside goes right along the top of the conservatory, so I can get to a good vantage point on the roof.
Finally, just so you can see how much stuff I've dug up, here's the compost heap:
Tomorrow I'll tell you about seeds, or knooking, or possibly both, but for now, I shall enjoy feeling a little smug.