The blog is so-named for a very good reason. I'm not a very tidy gardener. And SomeBeans has claimed in the past that I have the poise and elegance of a troll. I'm not sure what the neighbours make of the front garden, as most of them have a rather more traditional lawn & bedding combo.The front garden was overgrown with old and badly pruned shrubs when we arrived nearly four years ago, as well as the sort of gravel that looks like the stuff they put on Victorian graves. They went. The shrubby plants are still young. It must make the postman a bit damp as he brushes against the wet foliage - but I quite enjoy the feeling of being slapped in the face with wet Buddleia when entering and leaving the house, and I do prune it brutally.
Our next-door neighbour recently commented on the weeds coming up in her gravel. SomeBeans pointed out that those weeds (Verbena bonariensis) would cost her a fiver or more in a garden centre - she was a bit happier after being told that.