I'm not a knowledgeable gardener and to be fair not a very good one. In my old drinking days I had a massive resentment with gardening, you'd plant something, it died, you'd prune something to a neat shape, it'd grow up in an odd shape, you'd mow the lawn, next week it'd grown back. I had no concept that it is a constant work in progress it is a journey and wherever the garden is is wherever it is on that journey but you never reach the destination.
Now I don't mind pottering about in the garden. This year I cut back an old Hebe that had got way too big and had gone rotten in some places and planted some new flowers there - that has been successful, both those took and one flowered well. I planted a Buddleja which flowered and attracted butterflies to the garden. I also got our sweet peas to grow tall and flower.
Finally two I'm really pleased about. First a Passionflower plant we've had for a number of years, well I was sure it was dead after the winter, I'd never seen it looking so bad - it was frankly just a twig, and an unhealthly looking one at that! Still my wife said to give it some time so I cut back the dead leaves etc. fed and watered it and look at it now!
Then lastly I cleared out a bit of the garden long over taken with weeds etc. I moved this little old fuchsia which I also thought was dead, it had been over shadowed by a large Hydrangea next to it and last year just was a bunch of twigs. I moved it to this new cleared patch and fed and watered it, given I moved it in the middle of summer I again thought most likely I'd be writing it off... but no look - a red bud has appeared and all those leaves too. Looks like a potential success as well.
Quite chuffed with myself.