My husband and I moved into our house in November nine years ago. I recall the weather vividly because, instead of starting my new journey indoors with painting walls and arranging furniture, I immediately went outside to enlarge the garden borders and tear out overgrown and invasive plants. I was struck by the potential for a large, lush garden, with space for entertaining; a place for chickens to roam and a coop to house them; quiet spots to sit and ponder the flowers or read a good book. But what I had in front of me was an overgrowth of ivy and blackberry bushes, with invasive holly trees and bay laurel shrubs interspersed throughout, and rangy, weed-choked grass coming up where the other things weren’t growing.
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