Thanks all - great advice, especially Dovefromabove! We moved in in August 2011. The first year was taken up with tidying up and planning our wedding, unpacking boxes and managing to fit in work too!
Summer 2012 and this spring have been a revelation with so many surprises popping up in the garden. Apparently we have fritillaries- didn't see them last year.
I think my favourite job has to be pruning - I'm ruthless and it's so cathartic!
A friend helped to remove a particularly evil and diseased kiftsgate rose which was great fun. However, it has left the overgrown rhodie it was growing through somewhat decimated! has anyone got advice about how hard to prune a rhodie for regeneration and control?