Last year through my laziness I saw my large garden get overgrown, I kept the lawn in a reasonable state but gave up mowing early in the year. The fences became swallowed up with ivy. My pond filter was choked and hardly kept the water clean and healthy. All the fallen apples, which never got swept up have slowly disappeared throughout the winter.
This year I just couldn't motivate myself to get started on the massive task of returning it to the picturesque garden that fanatics would be happy to pay to see. The very best I can describe it is wild looking. I no longer have the joy of sitting in it and admiring the beautiful shrubs and flowers. Come to think of it, I never sat long admiring it anyway, always getting up and fussing with anything that wasn't perfect on the eye.
The garden has been taken over by the wildlife. I now have so many birds nesting in the ivy, 2 Blackbirds (that just sing and sing, I could listen to them all day,) 3+ Bluetits and many other birds that I don't recognise, all busy darting to a forth from their chosen sites. They perform acrobatics on the teasels, which were usually cut down.
The frogs have taken advantage of the slower movement of water and laid tons of frogspawn which will, I'm sure, supply the fish with some tasty morsels later. The water lilies appear much healthier too, looks promising to get some flowers on them.
Last week I spotted 4 baby foxes playing games down the bottom, absolute heaven to watch them jumping about and testing their survival skills on one and other. The vixen has supplied them with 3 different locations to go to ground but I guess the babies don't know we are their potential enemy because I can stand just feet away from them in their playtime. The joy my garden has given me so far this year has certainly compensated for all the hard work I've not put in.