It was a lot of hard work, with jobs for every weekend listed on the fridge and dutifully crossed off. We re-tanked the fish pond, cleared the ugly creeper west of the elm and replanted with oak-leaf hydrangeas, rhododendron, roses, japanese maples, azaleas, spireas and a bartlettina sordida. I still have nightmares about how much mulch we shifted - thankfully, a helping hand was not far away. And the re-planted lawn is still lovingly caressed.
Badgers Wood shone in all its glory, however, as the bride walked through the rose petals to her young man waiting under the elm, it took a back seat to a beautiful couple starting their own adventure together.