Midsummer pruning and weeding needs continual attention in the "garden rooms" surrounding the house. These gardens and orchards are the most productive areas of the property and as a consequence are the most labour intensive.
Usually things wouldn't get out of hand like the Cut Flower Garden in the photo above, but as a result of the floods in November everything went a bit sideways. In the Cut Flower Garden, the lavenders all drowned in the floods and the weeds took over. Two months later, the soil in here is still very moist , temperatures are consistently high and the growth is exceptional for this time of year.
It will be interesting to see just how long it takes to get this area back to being manageable again. And once it is sorted out, then ideally a few person-hours a week is all that should be needed to keep this garden attractive and productive.