The front garden is SO much better with gravel. My only regret is not doing it before now. I have been growing cosmos from seed and sweet peas. Someone came and dug over the borders and covered them with a good bark mulch.
Its all ready now for a good display in late spring into summer.
We also have one or two birds nesting. A pair of Great Tits, and blackbirds who are nesting the ivy on the front of the house.
The first swallows were over the house on 18th April. A bit early than last year.
My sister gave me an old stone trough which I have planted up with succulents. I have not grown them before so hope they thrive and I dont kill them!