If gardening is the growing of plants you intend to grow, I don’t do much of it. Today, I spent some time hacking back plants that I didn’t intend to grow. Example number one is this English Ivy, which has spread into the yard from the front. After numerous warnings about growing up the stucco or over the rocks, you can see the flagrant disregard of a reasonable request.
I also dealt with a few clumps of crabgrass that were getting too saucy. With a yard of my size, you can take a personal interest in each clump. You do need to wear gloves, or they will cut you back. If you trim them to ground level, they will only come back once or twice before dying out. You can root them out too if you are feeling energetic.
I did a little thinning of the plants I do like, but I’m always too afraid of doing too much, so plants get all thin and leggy. I found a few places where the Star Jasmine was attacking the Purple Potato Bush, and cut them off.
Not the best picture, but its hard when someone is tugging at the camera while you take it.